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Nadeau’s Auction Gallery Welcomes 2021 With Their Signature New Year’s Day Event On January 1, 2021 At Their Windsor, CT Headquarters.

This sale includes nearly 700 lots of jewelry, decorative arts, carpets, important furnishings, and paintings, all expertly curated for this highly anticipated, annual auction.

Windsor, CT, December 14, 2020 – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is excited to announce their New Year’s Day sales event starting at 10am. This event offers treasures from collections across the northeast, as well as several premier Park Avenue estates. All lots are available for preview at The gallery is open for in-person previews on Monday, December 28th from noon-4pm; Tuesday, December 29th from noon-4pm; Wednesday, December 30th from noon-4pm; Thursday, December 31st from 10am-5pm; or by appointment. For bidders who wish to participate in the sale remotely, they may do so via phone, absentee bids, or online through Invaluable, Bidsquare, or Liveauctioneers. Contact Nadeau’s directly if you’d like to submit bids in advance via absentee bidding.

Nadeau’s is most concerned with safety during the current public health crisis, and is in full compliance with COVID-19 state guidelines. Client capacity is capped at 50% during sales and gallery seating is spaced six feet between chairs. Surfaces are wiped down multiple times a day, staff wears masks and practices social distancing, and restrooms have touchless dispensers. Customers are asked to supply their own protective gear, and, if possible, not to bring children to the gallery.

Breathtaking jewelry and fine silver items are well represented in this sale, with several sparkling lots of gold-medal status.

• Lot #100, a 5.5 carat platinum and diamond ring, is estimated at $65,000-100,000. This pear shaped diamond is E color, VS1, and includes its G.I.A. report. It was purchased around 1910 by Francis Marion “Borax” Smith – Founder of Twenty Mule Team Borax – most likely from Shreve & Company of San Francisco for his 2nd wife, Evelyn Ellis Smith.

• Lot #15, a Cartier 18k gold bracelet with large square links, is estimated at $4,000-6,000. This 112.6 gram bracelet is signed Cartier, measures 7-1/2″ long, and includes its original box.

• Lot #84a, an Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Company 18k gold necklace, is estimated at $8,000-10,000. This stunning, 142-gram collar is decorated in a raised, nocturnal design, featuring an owl, moth, stars, and moons. It is accompanied by a Tiffany & Company letter registry #57/23095 from 1983.

• Lot #276, a set of ten Jocelyn Burton (British, 1946-2020) silver goblets on seahorse stems, is estimated at $2,500-4,000. These magnificent cups are set on round bases, have gilt interiors, and measure 7-3/4″ tall. Burton was an award-winning silver and goldsmith, and the first woman to receive the City and Guilds of London Institute top award, the Prince Philip Medal.

Fine 19th and 20th century paintings and illustrations are another key category, with a full range of portraits, still lifes, and vistas by globally recognized artists on offer.
• Lot #650, Washington Square, by Guy Wiggins (American, 1883 – 1962), is estimated at $30,000-50,000. This 24″ x 30″ oil on canvas work is signed on the lower right and is from the Matthes-Theriault Collection of Woodbridge, CT. Wiggins, who was known for his NYC themed work, was the President of the CT Academy of Fine Arts and a member of the Old Lyme Art Colony.

• Lot #610, Venice Boats on The Canal With Saint Mark’s Basilica by Félix Ziem (French, 1821 – 1911), is estimated at $25,000-40,000. This 21″ x 29-3/4″ oil on board work is signed on its lower right cradled back.

• Lot #635, a set of three original signed and monogrammed drawings by Sir John Tenniel (British, 1820 – 1914) for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is estimated at $25,000-40,000.These include Transformation! (sight size: 3-1/4″ x 2-3/8″); Alice and Kitty (sight size: 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″); and And It Really Was A Kitten After All (sight size: 3-1/4 ” x 2-3/8″). In addition to his work with Carroll, Tenniel was also the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for more than half a century.

• Lots #620 and #621 are by Italian artist Antonio Bueno (1918 – 1984) and feature signed portraits of young ladies on red backgrounds. Lot #620 measures 17-3/4″ x 16″ and pictures a pensive looking girl looking straight ahead. Lot #621 measures 17-3/4″ x 14″ and shows a ponytailed girl in profile form. Each painting is estimated at $6,000-12,000.

• Lot #661, Pommes et Dahlias by Louis Valtat (French, 1869 – 1952), is estimated at $10,000-15,000. This fruit and floral still life measures 7″ x 12″, is initialed LV on its lower right, and retains its Wally Findlay Galleries International label on the back.

• Lot #641, Achillees Et Roses d’Inde, 1982 by Bernard Cathelin (French, 1919 – 2004), is estimated at $6,000-12,000. This 28-3/4″ x 23-3/4″ oil on canvas features an uplifting bouquet of gold, yellow, and red flowers on a white background and is signed and dated by the artist.

The exceptional furniture, rugs, and lighting available through this sale are certain to be of interest to collectors, interior designers, and museums nationwide.
• Lot #403, a Baccarat Crystal Mille Nuits chandelier, is estimated at $10,000-20,000. New, it retails new for c. $155,000. This world-class fixture can be refitted into three chandeliers, with the top having six arms with lights, the middle section having twelve arms with lights, and the bottom largest section having twenty-four arms with lights. It measures 105-1/4″ x 51- 1/2″ overall and features bevel cut crystals, decorative scrolls with hexagon and prisms, and a signature red crystal drop. Nadeau’s specialist will dismantle, deliver, and reassemble this chandelier within a 100 mile radius of the gallery for an additional fee of c. $3,000 – $4,000.

• Lot #359, a Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood, and marquetry commode, is estimated at $5,000-8,000. It measures 33-1/2″ x 36″ x 19-1/2″ and is detailed with a serpentine marble top, two drawers inlaid with flowers, and decorated sides. It is stamped Roussel, has a MMD Hermanos printed label, and retains bits of its original paper label indicating its original purchase price and retailer, located in central Paris.

• Lot #515, a handsome Serapi carpet, is estimated at $4,000-6,000. It measures 10′ long by 12′ 5″ and is primarily red, blue, and cream hued. Given its pattern and presentation, this important rug was most likely woven in the rugged mountains of Northwest Persia.

This expertly curated sale rounds out with outstanding selections of decorative arts, including a number of noteworthy sculptures.
• Lot #477, The Family, a bronze by Elizabeth Catlett, (American/Mexican, 1915 – 2012) is estimated at $15,000-25,000. This brown patinaed piece features three figures hugging, measures 17″ including the base, and is initialed E.C. Catlett was best known for graphic design and sculptures featuring 20th century African-American themes.

• Lots #480 and #481 are inscribed, polychromed bronzes by Richard MacDonald (American, born 1946) that feature half life-sized musicians. Lot #480, his Trumpeter, Draped measures 41″ tall, is numbered 51/90, and retails for $49,500 new. It is estimated at $8,000-12,000. And lot #481, his Piper from 1978, measures 30″ tall and is numbered 29/90. It is estimated at $3,000-5,000.

According to Eddie Nadeau, President of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, “I don’t know too many people that will be sad to see 2020 end, and our January 1st event is one great way to kick off 2021 in the most exciting way possible. We have worked tirelessly to gather extraordinary merchandise for our signature New Year’s Day auction and this just might be our finest offering of estate treasures yet! Many of the paintings are simply breathtaking and it is such a pleasure to have them on display in our gallery. Given the universal and timeless appeal of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland books, I can’t wait to see what the John Tenniel pencil illustrations bring. Cheers to everyone and happy bidding!

Auction Provenance and Sources:
This sale features merchandise from the Dana Cooley Victorian furniture and accessories collection from Old Lyme, CT; the estate of Gloria Schiff of Park Avenue, New York; the former Greenwich, CT home of Mel Gibson; the Melissa Matthes and Dan Theriault Victorian collection from Woodbridge, CT; the estate of Alina Roisen of Park Avenue, New York; the Margolis furniture collection from Glastonbury, CT; the estate of William and Teresa Patton of Lake Avenue Greenwich, CT; The estate of Marilyn Ware of Strasburg, PA; The Estate from Sutton Place, NY; The estate of Dr. Thomas and Alice Kugleman of Bloomfield, CT; The NY Academy of Medicine, NY; The estate of Dr. Mark W. Izard of Avon, CT; the Robert Cerciello collection of West Hartford, CT; The estate of Andrew Wolf of New Haven, CT; and the estate of Ed Brenner of Short Hills, NJ.

About Nadeau’s Auction Gallery Inc.:
Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is a full-service auction house providing a complete range of estate offerings, nonprofit deaccession management, and fine art and personal property appraisals. The company presents about a dozen premier sales annually, with a focus on art, furniture, accessories, and important antiques. A second-generation family company, Nadeau’s enjoys a well-deserved reputation for outstanding merchandise, top-tier personalized service, and helping sellers realize the realize the maximum value for their collections. The company has been in business since 1985 – with the family start in the antique business in 1945 – and today is one of the largest and fastest growing auction houses in New England. Its state of the art auction facility is conveniently located right off Route 91 and easily accessible from all points in the mid-Atlantic and northeast.

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is located 25 Meadow Road, Windsor, CT 06095 and can be reached by telephone at 860-246-2444, fax at 860-524-8735, or email at [email protected].

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Lot 276: Jocelyn Burton (British, 1946-2020) 10 silver goblets on seahorse stems, estimated at $2,500-4,000.