Paintings by William Bradford, John Durand and an old Italian master are in the Nye auction on May 25 and 26

Oil on canvas maritime painting by William Bradford (1823-1892), titled Whaleship Daniel Wood.
Auctioneers Nye & Company

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Nye & Company Auctioneers will launch a two-day, three-session online auction on Wednesday, May 25, featuring a 50-lot sale titled Property from a Private Collection. This highly curated sale features exceptional American, English and Continental furniture as well as fine art and decorative art. Bidding begins at 10 a.m. sharp EST.

An auction of posh and antique estate treasures will begin immediately thereafter at approximately 11 a.m. and will continue until Day 2. Real-time internet bidding and mail-order bidding will be provided by, , and the Nye & Company Website: Telephone auctions are available on a limited basis.

The Private Collection sale is a wonderful collection of American and English antique furniture and French furniture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights include a Philadelphia tilt-top scalloped tea table that retains a rich, antique surface. There are also two rare hexagonal marble center tables in the Gothic Revival style, one of which is attributed to Alexander Jackson Davis and was potentially made by Alexander Roux, the famous New York cabinetmaker. This table is closely related to the Belmead Center Table, which sold at auction for $235,000 in September 2000.

There are also two ornately carved cornucopia armchairs attributed to John Henry Belter, the cabinetmaker who was an early pioneer of laminating wood for extreme effects in his designs. For those who prefer the more opulent furniture of the late 19th/early 20th century, there is a gilt bronze roll top desk by the highly regarded cabinetmaker François Linke. There is also a Parisian lacquered mahogany signed Henry Dasson happiness of the day.

The collection also includes superb works of art, ranging from two paintings by Italian Old Masters of the 17th and 18th centuries depicting Abraham and the three angels and the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael. The extensive collection moves through the decades and includes an early Joseph Whiting Stock portrait of Martha Otis Bullock, which was once part of the personal collection of popular Connecticut dealers Arthur and Marguerite Riordan and retains the distinction of being one des, if not the highest price ever paid for a Stock portrait at auction.

Italian old master painting titled Abraham and the Three Angels, 17th/18th century.
Auctioneers Nye & Company

Maritime artist William Bradford (1823-1892) is also depicted with his portrait of the Whaler, Daniel Wood passing the Dumpling Rock Lighthouse at the western entrance to New Bedford Harbour. Continuing the theme of Massachusetts-themed images, there are a number of paintings of Rockport, Massachusetts by renowned artist Anthony Thieme. John Terelak is well represented with a work depicting a street in Nantucket titled Nantucket lilac.

The Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction is anchored by a large collection of Arts and Crafts/Mission-style furniture by Stickley and Roycroft from a private collection in New Jersey. Rich in diversity of form, this group is primarily made up of modern Stickley pieces such as inlaid dining chairs, dining tables, sideboards, coffee tables, bookcases and beds. Of particular significance is the set of six Harvey Ellis style inlaid dining chairs and a Roycroft wine cellar.

For those who prefer 18th century furniture, there are two exceptionally carved bedsteads with testers. One has carved legs and can be attributed to Duncan Phyfe (or one of his contemporaries). The second would come from the cabinetmaking center in Salem, Massachusetts. Both beds retain a rich, warm dark brown color and an old, dry surface.

The sale also includes two 18th century canvas portraits by John Durand of a young woman and a gentleman. Both capture the quintessence of the spirit of young American nobility. Another painting worth noting is that of French American Impressionist Edward-Alfred Cucuel. His oil on canvas depicts two women in a boat-pond. The artist captures the sunlight in such a way as to highlight the two ladies in a verdant landscape.

Oil on canvas Portrait of a Young Woman by John Durand (active 1765-1782).
Auctioneers Nye & Company

The sale also includes a fairly large collection of pre-Columbian pottery from a private collection in New York. The group contains everything from painted bowls, deep dishes and storage vessels to large painted terracotta figures. This group is vast and is truly a rare survival of archaeological treasures.

Finally, there is a small but elegant selection of jewelry, which includes a stunning Art Deco bracelet in yellow platinum and white diamond, an Estate diamond and emerald ring and a circular star brooch in platinum yellow gold.

The galleries are open for preview and the public is encouraged to visit and view the pieces in person. During the online preview, May 11-25, people can bid online or in absentia at,, and Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports, or item information is encouraged to visit the Nye & Company website or email

John Nye had a long and successful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, acquired 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 business is nationwide, but the vast majority of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area.

For more information on Nye & Company Auctioneers and the two-day, three-session-only online auction on Wednesday May 25 and Thursday May 26, visit

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