Nye and Company’s January Auction Features the Estate of Michael M. Sweeley

. January 21, 2011 . 0 Comments

Associate Seller Nye & Company sale is now live until Monday January 31st on www.iGavelAuctions.com. Born in Idaho, Michael Sweeley lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for approximately fifty years after attending Juilliard. He was a lifelong devotee of the arts and music. Following employment with Sol Hurok, Sweeley first got involved with Caramoor in 1955, eventually becoming the Executive Director, a position he held for more than thirty years. Mr. Sweeley implemented founder Lucie Bigelow Rosen’s dream of seeing her country house and gardens opened to the public and evolve into a world renowned center for music and the arts, replete with educational programs and a fully developed summer concert series. This auction has a large number of items from his estate. Other highlights include two works by the noted artist Robert R. Bliss, (American, 1925-1981), Athlete’s Back and Torso. A Contemporary Crystal Sculpture, inscribed Christopher Ries, dated 7.8.99 displays the artist’s fascination with mathematics and geometry. Further are a Louis XV Style Twenty-Light Chandelier, Baroque Carved Walnut Fall-Front Secretaire, Italian, a Venetian Etched Glass Looking Glass and a monumental Renaissance Revival Carved Walnut Mirrored Sideboard, American are being sold in the Nye auction. A New Jersey family consigned a nice collection of European porcelain, which includes figurals, hollowware and a pair of monumental hand- painted chargers decorated with young maidens. This collection represents such notable firms as Meissen, Sevres, Rosenthal and more. Nye & Company relocated to Montclair and Bloomfield, New Jersey making them more easily accessible from New York City. John and Kathleen Nye acquired Dawson’s after his long and fruitful Sothebys career. Nye and Company 425 Bloomfield Ave Montclair NJ 07042 (973)984-6900, email: info@dawsonandnye.com iGavel is a leader in online art auctions. Our sellers are a select group of international dealers, non-profit organizations, and regional auction houses, who follow a code of professional conduct in their presentation and sale of works of art on the iGavel site. Lark E. Mason – President of iGavel – was formerly a Senior Vice President with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department, and a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com. He frequently appears on national and international media as a guest appraiser.

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