WINDSOR, Connecticut – Original oil paintings by famous black American artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Henry Ossawa (HO) Tanner and Charles Ethan Porter, will headline the auction annual New Year’s Eve at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, scheduled for Friday January 1. the firm’s gallery at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor. Around 650 lots of different categories will be auctioned.
HO Tanner (US / Fr., 1859-1937) was the first black American artist of international renown. He was born in Pittsburgh to a well-educated and deeply religious family, and he studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he became a close friend of Thomas Eakins. His oil on artist cardboard work entitled Flight into Egypt is conservatively estimated at a price of $ 40,000 to $ 80,000.
Charles Ethan Porter (Connecticut / NY, 1847-1923) lacked the upbringing and upbringing benefits of Tanner, but his unique talents made him one of the best black artists of his day. He was only recently rediscovered as a major 19th century painter and few of his works are known. His oil on canvas titled Still Life with Fruits and a Basket is expected to sell for between $ 6,000 and $ 10,000. The work is pictured in the book Charles Ethan Porter, published by The Connecticut Gallery, Inc.
Many of the paintings and prints in the sale are from banking giant Credit Suisse’s massive 3,500-piece Americana Collection, including large framed portraits, period American furniture, quilts, cards and more. On November 7, the Nadeau Auction Gallery sold the first part of the collection. Many paintings and other works of art will be sold on New Year’s Day. The remainder of the collection will be sold in subsequent auctions throughout 2016. The set will be held by the Nadeau Auction Gallery.
The January 1 auction will feature original artwork, estate jewelry, Victorian and Continental furniture, furniture designs by Margolis and Fineberg, vintage lamps and more. Internet auctions will be provided by Invaluable.com. Offers by telephone and correspondence will also be accepted.
The sale will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. EST. Previews will take place Monday through Thursday and auction day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The prizes can be viewed on www.NadeausAuction.com.
Fine art is expected to dominate the list of highest realized prices. An oil on canvas signed by Marin Rico y Ortega (Sp./It./Fr., 1833-908), titled Venetian Canal, 28 inches by 18 ¼ inches, has a pre-sale estimate of $ 20,000 to 40,000 $; while an oil on canvas signed by Edward Arthur Walton (UK, 1860-1922), titled The Uplands of Ceres, 24 ½ inches by 31 inches, is expected to fetch $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.
An oil on canvas mounted on panel by John George Brown (NY / Calif., 1831-1913), entitled Distant Thoughts, Young Girl Peeling Apples, artist signed lower right and measuring 30 inches by 25 inches, should achieve between 20,000 and $ 40,000; and an etching, aquatint, and hand coloring of a male black-billed cuckoo, after John James Audubon by Robert Havell (NY, 1793-1878), altogether 36 ½ inches by 44 ¼ inches ( plate and sheet), is expected to rake in $ 3,000 to $ 5,000.
An expected superstar in the antique lamp category is a Duffner & Kimberly lead lamp with a thistle theme, having a matching base with a thistle motif and three light groups covered with a lily leaf cap, 22 inches tall and in excellent condition. It is estimated between 12,000 and 18,000 dollars.
Fans of 19th century American furniture maker RJ Horner will want to bid on the Victorian oak safe with carved winged griffin backsplash, a carved face on the door with winged griffin brackets on the base, and bird’s eye maple drawers . It should be $ 4000- $ 6000.
A Philip and Kelvin Laverne “Eternal Forest” coffee table should also catch the eye, in patinated and enameled, acid-etched and pewter-coated brass, signed. It should reach $ 5,000 to $ 9,000. In addition, a Gustav Stickley Mission oak two-piece set consisting of a desk with original handles and finish and a side chair with three-slat backrest and original leather seat should cost between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000.
Two-piece Queen Anne-style custom highboys should do the trick as well. One is an example of Eldred Wheeler’s tiger maple, signed by Wheeler and measuring 83 inches in height. It is estimated that it will sell for between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000. The other is mahogany, by Fineberg (Hartford, Connecticut), having a pointed arch top on the bottom with two long drawers, 79 inches high. It should fetch between $ 800 and $ 1,200.
The estate jewelry category will be highlighted by a 12-karat diamond bracelet that carries a presale estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 12,000; a graduated row of 37 individually knotted black South Sea Tahitian baroque pearls in multicolored undertones, 21 ¼ inches in length, which is expected to cost at least $ 2,000 to $ 4,000; and a pair of earrings set with undrilled sapphire prongs (6.90 carats) and diamonds (2.66 carats) in 14k white gold with clip back, estimated between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000.
Coming back to art, an oil on canvas signed by Sigmund Joseph Menkes (NY / Pol., 1896-1986), titled Still Life of Red Poppies, 26 inches by 20 inches, is expected to change hands for $ 8,000 to $ 12,000; while an oil on canvas trompe l’oeil depicting an American currency by Victor Dubreuil (NY / Fr., 1846-1946), entitled Hand Over the Money, is estimated between $ 4,000 and $ 8,000.
An oil on canvas by Guy Carleton Wiggins (NY / Conn. / Fla., 1883-1962), titled November in the Hills, signed and dated (1920), with a sales receipt dated 1989, is expected to end at 4,000 $ – $ 8,000; and a full-length portrait of American inventor Thomas A. Edison, by Ellis Meyer Silvette (Va., 1876-1940), painted from life and measuring 90 inches by 40 inches, signed by Silvette and inscribed by Edison, should cap at $ 2,000- $ 4,000.
An oil on canvas circa 1902 portrait of James Jerome Hill (1838-1916), a Canadian-American railroad executive and vice-president of the United States Chamber of Commerce from 1908 to 1912, by Adolfo Muller-ury ( US / Switz., 1862 -1947), is expected to reach $ 2,000 to $ 4,000; and a color lithograph signed in pencil by Ralston Crawford (United States / Can., 1906-1978), titled Overseas Highway, titled and numbered (4/25) by the artist at lower left, bears an estimate of pre -sale of $ 6,000 to $ 10,000.
The Nadeau Auction Gallery always accepts quality mailings for its sales, held throughout the year, and its general auctions, held every four weeks. To consign an item or collection, you can call them at (860) 246-244 or you can email them to [email protected] For more information on Nadeau’s New Year’s auction, please log on to www.NadeausAuction.com.