9 Audubon prints, the Shah Nemeh, Cortes oil painting will headine Nadeau's New Year's Day Auction Nine large James J. Audubon bird prints from the 1820s and ‘30s and a 1620 manuscript of the Persian Shah Nemeh (or Book of Kings) are just a few items slated to be auctioned Wednesday, Jan. 1st.
books, as well as art aficionados and collectors of Middle Eastern history.
Martin Lewis was born in Australia but moved to the United States at a young age and lived in New York City most of his life. He was multi-talented, exploring human activity and relationships on canvas and executing nearly 150 graphic works as a printmaker between 1915 and 1945. His etchings, highly prized, are an offshoot from his work as a commercial illustrator.
The two etchings in the auction are both drypoint and sandpaper ground. One is titled Bay Windows (1929, Edition 104) and shows a snowy Manhattan street scene. It is a fine impression printed on white paper, with full margins. The other, titled Stoops in Snow (1930, Edition 115), also shows figures walking in New York’s snowy streets. Both are pencil signed by Mr. Lewis.
Other artworks will include an oil on canvas Paris street scene by the French painter Edouard Cortes (1882-1969), two oil on canvas renderings by Edward Moran (Pa./N.Y., 1829-1901), two prints by the German painter-engraver Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), large Currier & Ives prints, several Dutch paintings, Old Master drawings and European and American paintings.
Dazzling estate jewelry will include an Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch having a center cushion shaped sapphire mounted in an openwork and filigree setting, surrounded by 98 diamonds and four sapphires; a platinum three-stone diamond ring with a 1.65-ct. round cut brilliant diamond flanked by two slightly smaller brilliant cut diamonds; and a ruby necklace composed of three graduated strands of bead rubies connected with an 18kt yellow gold clasp having three emeralds on either end and filigree ruby inlay.
Sterling silver will feature a Gorham Martele bowl, an eight-piece Gale and Willis tea and coffee set, a Tiffany 15-piece tea set with tray, a Tiffany seven-piece tea and coffee service with tilting pot designed by Moore, a three-piece Reed & Barton Art Nouveau tea set (950/1,000), English and Georgian silver, a Friedell silver lamp and enameled pieces.
Approximately 20 bronze creations will come up for bid. These will include three Dan Stix bronzes (including one of a horse and rider jumping), a bronze Leopold Bernstamm and a bronze of two men boxing. Marble busts of Benjamin Franklin and a bishop will also be sold.
Decorative accessories will feature names such as Lalique, Sevres, Marblehead, Tiffany (lamp. inkwells, candelabra), Royal Vienna, Meissen (two covered jars with figural tops), Baccarat, Rose Medallion, Rookwood (vases, to include a tall vase with a blue bird, and a pair of covered jars), Pairpoint (a lovely reverse painted bird lamp), and French porcelain pieces and other items.
The furniture category will be brimming with custom mahogany pieces, Georgian and continental furnishings, an L. & J.G. Stickley sideboard, a custom Chippendale-style canopy bed, a Louis XVI-style canopy bed, and pieces by Margolis & Fineberg, Baker and Joseph Gerte.
In addition to the fist-edition copy of Moby Dick The Whale, a veritable library of books will be offered, spanning the 16th to the