WINDSOR, CONN. — A good selection of Americana and Orientalia was offered on April 6 during a two-session auction at Nadeau’s. More than 350 lots of Americana crossed the auction block during the morning session, followed by close to 300 lots of Asian items in the afternoon.
“We were pleased with the results,” commented auctioneer Ed Nadeau in the days following the sale. “We didn’t set the woods on fire, but overall the sale was solid.” The auctioneer reported a good crowd making its way through preview in the days leading up to the auction and active bidding from participants throughout both of the sessions.
“The silver did really well,” said Nadeau. The auction opened with a Steiff sterling repousse pitcher that listed a provenance of the Connecticut Historical Society and carried an estimate of $400/600. Strong bidding from several in the gallery pushed the piece far past estimate, with it selling at $2,185. A pair of sterling candlesticks with intricately decorated bulbous bases terminating in griffin feet more than tripled estimate, selling at $4,945, while a silver porringer thought to have been by Eighteenth Century Boston maker John Cooney realized $2,070.
Paintings in the auction did well, with two Eric Sloan oils leading the way. “Kids Fishing by ‘Just Suits’ Red Covered Bridge,” Sloan’s oil on Masonite, retained an Abercrombie & Fitch label on the verso and was also inscribed “Eric Sloan, New Milford, Conn.” The painting, with a classic touch of Sloan folky interpretation, sold at $11,500.
Another oil on Masonite by Sloan, “Morning Sun Rising on Red Covered Bridge,” became the top painting of the auction after an active bout of bidding from the telephones and the gallery, bringing $17,250.
A couple of paintings that seemingly sold under the money included a Modernist painting signed illegibly that went out at $460 and a John Bazadona “Still Life with Roses,” with a Cooley Gallery label on the verso, selling reasonably at $575.
A couple of weathervanes did well, with a running horse with jockey vane selling at $13,800, while a stag weathervane with gilt surface brought $9,200.
A handsome mahogany tall case clock marked W. Cummens with rocking ship brass works became the top lot of the auction as it sold for $24,150. An Elmer Stennes girandole clock with gilt eagle finial and a scrolling leaf base did well at $4,887.
Furniture brought mixed prices, with a diminutive early cherry Queen Anne highboy selling well. Listing a Phelps-Brown family history, the attractive case piece made $5,175. An early blanket box in salmon-colored paint and decorated with eagles, shields and floral motifs was one of the items that attracted a great deal of presale interest. An attractive folky chest with unusual decoration, it sold for $2,645. Case pieces included a cherry serpentine chest with inlay selling at $2,185. A bold Sheraton mahogany chest with bowed burl veneered front and cookie corners caught the attention of the crowd, bringing $4,255.
A mahogany tilt-top table on tripod base terminating in lion paw feet in the manner of Duncan Phyfe was a sleeper. Estimated at $200/400, the table garnered active bidding and climbed to $4,600. A small tiger maple spice chest on a bracket base also did well. Active bidding from the crowd took the 11-drawer chest to $4,025.
Asian antiques followed the Americana and opened up with a selection of famille rose that sold between $175 and the $690 that was paid for a small covered jar with gold decorated handles. A large sandstone head caught many in the gallery by surprise as it soared past estimates to bring $4,025.
The top lot of the session came as a Chinese silk robe with dragon claw decoration was actively bid by several in the gallery, the telephones and Internet bidders, with the lot finishing at $10,350. Several other robes were included with prices ranging from $2,450 paid for a blue Chinese silk example to $450 for a plain robe with gold ornamentation.
Prices include the buyer’s premium charged. For further information. 860-246-2444 or www.nadeausauction.com.