PART I OF THE CREDIT SUISSE AMERICANA COLLECTION WILL BE AUCTIONED BY NADEAU'S AUCTION GALLERY, 11/7
The auction will be held at the firm’s gallery located in Windsor, Conn., starting at 11 a.m.
WINDSOR, Conn. – Part I of the sale of items from the massive, 3,500-piece Americana collection of banking giant Credit Suisse – featuring large framed portraits, period American furniture, quilts, maps and more – will come up for bid on Saturday, November 7th, at Nadeau's Auction Gallery, in the firm's gallery located at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor, at 11 a.m. EST.
“We are pleased to have been chosen to handle the sale of part of Credit Suisse’s Americana collection, only a part of which will be sold in the November 7th auction,” said Ed Nadeau of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery. “The balance of the collection will be offered in subsequent sales throughout 2016. The first of those sales will be held on New Year's Day, January 1st, 2016.
The Nov. 7 auction will feature original oil paintings by the renowned marine artists Montague Dawson and Antonio Jacobsen, large important portrait paintings by the equally famous artists Daniel Huntington and Thomas Hicks, Asian items, American antiques and more. In all, 350 lots will come up for bid, about 30-50 of which will be from the Credit Suisse Americana collection, formerly housed at the firm's opulent U.S. headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York City.
Other premier lots will also be offered, chief among them items from the estates of Natalie Rafferty (Farmington, Conn.); Sylvia Leven (Bloomfield, Conn.); and Anne S. Carey (Farmington, Conn.), plus other fine homes in the surrounding areas. “This is our annual fall antiques, fine art and Asian auction,” Mr. Nadeau said.
British sea painter Montague Dawson (1890-1973) never attended art school, but took every opportunity to look at and study paintings, absorbing the methods of the masters. Also, it didn’t hurt that he was the grandson of Henry Dawson and the nephew of Henry Alfred Dawson, both landscape and marine artists of note. The painting in the auction is a watercolor depicting ships.
Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921) was born in Denmark and went on to become one of America’s best known and most prolific painters of marine subjects. He emigrated to New York in 1871, to avoid serving in the Franco-Prussian War, and soon afterward began painting vessels in the Old Dominion Steamship Line. The oil on canvas work being sold is a portrait of the ship Benares.
Several portraits by Daniel Huntington (N.Y., 1816-1906) will come up for bid, the most notable being a portrait of the American business magnate and philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877). Other portraits by Huntington include renderings of William Cullen Bryant, John Sherman, Richard Lathers, Moses Taylor and Albert Gallatin, all in original Victorian frames.
The portrait by Thomas Hicks (N.Y./Pa., 1823-1890) of the prominent 19th century American businessman Thomas Tileston (1796-1864), with ships in the background, is also expected to generate keen bidder interest. Other portraits will include ones of Andrew Carnegie and Gen. John Adams Dix by Thomas Waterman Wood (Am., 1823-1903); and one of Henry Wyckoff by John Wesley Jarvis (Am., 1790-1840). In all, over 100 paintings and prints will come up for bid.
Additional artworks will include oil on canvas paintings by John Henry Dolph (Am., 1835-1903) and Charles Chapin (Am., 1830-1889); wallpaper panels depicting Boston Harbor (63 inches by 94 inches); a collection of Currier & Ives prints, ship prints and works on paper; and maps, to include a map of the British Empire in America (44 inches by 40 inches) and a map of Virginia.
Chinese and Japanese items will feature porcelain, jade, cloisonné, screens, export and furniture. Decorative accessories will include a collection of American quilts; sterling silver and American silver tea sets and flatware; 20 Oriental rugs and carpets (including Heriz, Caucasian and several Sarouks). Most of these were pulled from prominent local estates and collections in Connecticut.
The American antiques will be plentiful, to include three chest-on-chests, Queen Anne highboys, Chippendale and Federal chests, a set of four Queen Anne side chairs, a Federal camelback sofa, cupboards, desks, knife boxes, three sideboards, three convex mirrors, two Bilbao mirrors with Sack provenance, pewter, stoneware, two weathervanes, a Boston shelf clock and tall clocks.
Georgian furniture will feature an assembled set of George II chairs with pad feet; George II drop-leaf tables; a George IV dining table; a George II burl wood secretary desk; and chests, tables and stands.
Previews will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 3-4, from 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1-6:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, from 2-6 p.m.; and auction day, Nov. 7 from 9-11 a.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated by Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
A fully illustrated catalog may be viewed online at www.NadeausAuction.com
. Terms are cash, known checks and Visa and Master cards. Out-of-state buyers must establish credit 72 hours prior to auction. A 20 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases made.
Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is always accepting quality consignments for its sales, held throughout the year, and its general auctions, held every four weeks. To consign an item or a collection, you may call them at (860) 246-244 or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Nadeau’s November 7th auction, please log on to www.NadeausAuction.com
-Review by Ken Hall