Nye & Company’s Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction October 27-28 features fine decorative art
BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The two-day online auction of treasures from the chic and antique estate of Nye & Company Auctioneers, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 27-28, will be hosted by properties of Winston FC and CZ Guest, the estate by Mrs. Mimi Adler, the NAMITS Collection, the Steve and Stephanie Alpert Collection, Millbrook School Items and goods from the Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Terian Collection, as of 10:00 a.m. East.
The sale will present a large and diverse selection of fine and decorative art. Real-time internet auctions and mail order auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com and the Nye & Company website: www.nyeandcompany.com. Telephone auctions will also be available on a limited basis.
“This auction will be a special one and is sure to delight collectors, dealers and institutions,” said Andrew Holter of Nye & Company Auctioneers. “It is made up of an exceptional selection of properties from private collections, with an emphasis on American and European furniture, sports art, Chinese ceramics, rugs and contemporary and modern art. In addition, a beautiful set of modern furniture complements the contemporary art.
One of the headliners of the auction is the collection of Winston FC and CZ Guest. Winston Frederick Churchill Guest was born in England in 1906 and was named after his godfather and his father’s best friend and cousin, Sir Winston Churchill. He was brought up in the company of great men. His father, the Right Honorable Captain Frederick E. Guest, grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough, was a Member of Parliament and held the post of Britain’s First Secretary of State for Air. His mother, Amy Phipps, daughter of Henry Phipps of Pittsburgh, was a philanthropist and partner of Carnegie Steel Corporation. It has mobilized its considerable resources to satisfy its deep interest in aviation and to realize its value in the future of global transportation.
Mr. Guest was not only a dedicated student (while attending Yale University and Columbia Law School he developed fluency in French and Spanish), but also an avid sports enthusiast and gamer. by Polo Hall of Fame 10 Goal. He then served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and during his trips abroad he began his outstanding art collection. Many Chinese works in the collection were purchased by Mr. Guest in the mid-20th century after the war, through his close friend Ralph M. Chait of Chait Galleries, and through CT Loo, also an important Chinese art dealer of the period.
In 1947, Mr. Guest married the love of his life, Lucy Douglas Cochrane, of Boston, known to family and friends as CZ, following his younger brother’s attempt to call him “sister. “. Ernest Hemingway was witnessed as a witness at the ceremony in Havana, Cuba. As a style icon of New York high society, Ms. Guest graced the covers of Time review and City Country, among many others. With their unbridled enthusiasm, high standards and unmatched sense of style, CZ and Winston FC Guest have become one of America’s most iconic taste-designer couples of the 20th century.
Reminiscent of having traveled a lot, the collection offers a diverse selection of furniture and decorative arts from England, France and Italy. The couple collected a variety of 17th and 18th century European wall mounts that featured some of their Chinese porcelain. These supports are exceptionally sculpted, with flowing lines of intertwined foliage, monograms, seashells and figures. The adage that good things come in small packages definitely applies to these pieces.
There is also a beautifully carved oak marble-topped console, decorated with satyr faces and continuing with forked feet. This impressive room would have made all the difference in his European country house. Note also the sporting art of the collection. John Frederick Herring Sr., Henry Alken, Sr., Charles Towne, Harry Hall, and Sawrey Gilpin are all pictured, with classic English depictions of horses in the 19th century. These vibrant equestrian portraits capture an era of landowning nobility and the celebration of horse racing and fox hunting.
The Guest collection is completed by the property of the estate of Mimi Adler. Ms. Adler and her late husband, Max, also collected sports art, silver, English and American furniture, and Chinese export emblazoned porcelain. Of particular note is an exceptional oil painting by the famous 18th century British sports artist James Seymour (1702-1752). Hare course is a great photo that would be a welcome addition to any serious collector. This collection also includes a stunning portrait of a man on horseback by John N. Sartorius. The exceptional work captures the essence of an 18th century English gentleman riding the countryside on a large bay horse. This image has all the characteristics of highlighting the high social status of the rider.
The Adlers also collected a wide variety of English and American furniture. They acquired items from top merchants in the field such as Israel Sack, Inc., Hirschl & Adler, James Robinson, Arthur Ackerman & Son, Inc., Mallet and Richard Green. The collection includes a superb bookcase with a mahogany front inlaid with Regency ebony. With its delicately interwoven mullions, vibrant veneers, and well-balanced proportions, the cabinet is truly a centerpiece and would be the highlight of any room and collection.
There is also a magnificent 18th century George III carved gilded wood mirror. This piece is a masterpiece of Rococo aesthetics. The fluid sculpture of the foliage and volutes is exceptional. Acquired from the New York firm Israel Sack, Inc., it is a superb Liverpool Success in America pitcher of cider. Featuring the American flag and the eagle, this coin arouses a patriotic fervor unlike any other. Israel Sack also sold the Adlers a large federal office signed by Providence, Rhode Island cabinetmaker William Clark. It is a true historical document of American cabinetmaking. Another highly respected New York gallery, Hirschl and Adler, sold the couple a quintessential Severin Roesen. Still life of fruits. The image is brilliantly colored and symbolic of a generous and prosperous America.
Continuing the theme of fine art, the NAMITS collection features a diverse selection of contemporary art from around the world. Belgian artist, Charlotte Culot, manages to capture a bold, yet light and airy feeling of her work titled In the heart of white. This abstract representation of clear white and yellow colors attracts the viewer and creates a calming effect that soothes the soul. The famous French artist François Bard does not disappoint with his bust of a man. Filled with frenzied energy and textured paint strokes, this work is mysterious and a visual delight.
Continuing with European artists from different private collections, a small group of ceramics by Pablo Picasso. These colorful and beautifully sculpted pieces provide a great opportunity to own something designed by one of the world’s most famous artists.
Picasso’s ceramics are complemented by a property in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Terian, including a pair of green upholstered Percival Lafer lounge chairs that feature modern, rectilinear lines. The collection also includes an Edward Wormely one-drawer console for Dunbar. Light and airy, this piece seems to be inspired by Chinese altar tables.
A Philip and Kelvin Laverne table from another collector also pairs well with the aforementioned pieces.
Millbrook School (Millbrook, NY) has approved a selection of properties to be banned. The pieces include a magnificent watercolor by the French impressionist painter Paul Emile Pissarro. Continuing in the footsteps of his father, Camille Pissarro, and his godfather, Claude Monet, Paul’s work is reminiscent of these master technicians. There is also a nice selection of Chinese Blue Fitzhugh export ceramics. It’s a perfect opportunity for graduates to buy a piece of their childhood and support the school that propelled them into adulthood.
People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview will take place October 13-27-28 at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports, or item information is welcome to visit the Nye & Company website or email [email protected]
John Nye had a long and successful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, bought Dawson’s in 2003 and founded Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The company has a nationwide presence, but much of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area.
For more information on Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Estate Treasures online auction only Wednesday and Thursday October 27-28, visit www.nyeandcompany.com. The full color catalog can be viewed in its entirety now at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com.
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