Boonton, NJ- It is time to give thanks. Millea Bros Fall “Select“ sale arrives Thurs-Sat Nov 21-23, featuring an important group of 19th and 20th c. African and Oceanic tribal art including over 55 lots deaccessioned from the Newark Museum; Modern American art, including an Alexander Calder stabile, from the estate of Arthur and Anita Kahn; Contemporary paintings by Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Peter Halley and others, from a single-owner collection; a 1935 Pablo Picasso drawing; and over 1100 lots of fine antiques and decorative arts.
Day 1 will feature Asian Arts, British and American art and antiques, silver and jewelry, opens with over 150 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Indian decorative arts including spectacular jade and nacre inlaid furniture from the Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection; a group of 18th/19th c Chinese jade carvings, bronzes, porcelain vases and furniture from a single-owner Pennsylvania collection; and a group of 17th-18th c. Thai and Chinese Ming-era Huanghuali furniture from a Long Island collector; other Asian highlights include a massive 9th c. Indian granite relief carving of Jyeshth, and a fine group of 19th c. Chinese painted scrolls and embroidered silk panels. Highlights of American and British Arts include an important Aldon Pickens oil, shown at MOMA’s 1946 edition of their “14 Artists” series, from the Arthur and Anita Kahn Collection; oil paintings by Louis Comfort Tiffany, William Glackens, and Henry Gasser, a Bill Traylor folk art drawing; a selection of WPA-era paintings; and a large John Shackleton oil on canvas; furnishings include an Aesthetic era specimen table attrib. to Kimmel Bros., and a collection of period Regency antiques from the estate of Shirley and Harold Leviton; silver highlights include an exceedingly rare mid-19th c. Tiffany cigar server and fruit bowl, and an extensive Puiforcot “Normandie” flatware service; the day concludes with fine estate jewelry including a group of custom designed pieces by Alberto e Lina of Capri, Italy.
Day 2 mixes Modern and Contemporary Art and Design with a rare-to-market group of antique African and Oceanic tribal art from four important collections. The African component is anchored by over 50 lots from the famed Newark Museum tribal art collection, renowned for having one of the oldest and widest ranging African tribal collections in the world, and incudes many examples of tribal masks and fetish objects from the Dan, Baule, and Fang tribes of West Africa; An exceptional group of 19th c. Oceanic art come from the Wright Art Trust, including pieces acquired through the famed Klejman Gallery in the 1960s. Other highlights include zoomorphic heddle pullies from the Harold Rome collection, and a Fang four-faced helmet mask bearing a 19th c. French colonial label from the Collection of Marguerite Jossel Appleman. Modern and Contemporary Art and Design feature artworks from the estate of Arthur & Anita Kahn, whose renown collection of sculptues by Alexander Calder and David Smith were consider the most significant in private hands. This group includes a stabile maquette attributed to Alexander Calder, large selections of works by Dorothy Dehner, Jose de Creeft, and an important group of etchings by Eduardo Chillida; contemporary paintings by Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Peter Hailey, John Baldessari, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl and other come from a single-owner collection assembled over two decades through participation in charity art auctions to benefit AIDS research; and an early Agnes Martin pen and ink drawing, from the collection of a European diplomat and recently accepted into the official Catalog Raisonne. Design highlights include works by John Vesey, Karl Springer, Josef Hoffmann, a fantastic suite of Jules Leleu from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, an rare Art Deco modernist centerpiece by Maison Desny, three c. 1910 Louis Vuitton steamer trunks from the estate of of Isabella Linen Ballantine; and a group of modernist mid-century art jewelry including Arman, Sammy Gee, Hubert Harmon, and Spratling.
The sale concludes on day three with French & Continental antiques, European art from Old Masters to Post-Impressionist, carpets, art photography and rare books. Fine Art highlights include a Pablo Picasso 1935 charcoal and ink drawing “Femme et Tete Antique”, and a group of Picasso ceramics; a fine Renoir bronze likely cast in the artist lifetime; and a spectacular Hector Hyppolite oil painting from the Arthur & Anita Kahn collection. The sale includes an impressive selection of signed 18th c. Louis XV furniture from ebenistes Pierre Wattellin, N.A. Lapie, Jean-Joseph de St. Germain, and an extraordinary pair of Napoleon III "Armoire a Medailles" by Befort Jeune. A group of fine Continental art and decorative objects come from Estate of Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen, Jr., former New Jersey Congressman; additional highlights include a spectacular 19th c. gilt and decorated Erard piano; a 70 piece Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica dinner service; and a selection of photogravures by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Stand from the famed early 19th c. Avante Garde photography publication Camera Works; and an archive of personal New York City and family photos by German Expressionist artist George Grosz from the estate of Richard Cohn, a close family friend.
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