BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The auctioneers at Nye & Company will launch their hot summer auction of chic and antique treasures on Wednesday, July 20, featuring designer and English furniture, as well as artwork and decorative arts . Auctions will begin at 10 a.m. sharp EST.
Clearing a crowded house and yard led to the remarkable discovery of not one, but two William F. Mangels silhouette shooting gallery targets. The example tentatively titled Shorty Where The drawing is a well-known shape that rarely comes to auction. The other, The stickis believed to be a previously unknown example of Mangels’ ability and incorporates vapor pipes on the back to simulate smoke from a gunshot when the target is hit.
Mangels formed the Wm F. Mangels Co. Carousel Works in 1890, after working in Coney Island, New York for nearly a decade under James McCullough, learning the maintenance and upkeep of the various gun galleries. His mechanical, light-filled galleries raised the bar far above their stationary predecessors, establishing his genius and reputation as the father of modern arcade gaming.
The estate of a renowned New York psychologist is included in the auction and includes a remarkable pair of painted and sculpted Italian angels given to the sender by his close friend Gloria Vanderbilt. One of his works of art, a collage, is included in the sale, along with a pair of Ionic columns and some European paintings.
A private family from the Continent presents a watercolor of a Butterflysigned by Albert Bierstadt (German-American, 1830-1902), purchased in Madrid, and an oil on canvas by Melvin B. Warren supply train which was acquired in Switzerland. The whimsical interpretation of Thom Ross (American, b. 1952) Robert E. Lee and his pet chicken along with works by Frank A. Barney (American, 1862-1854) round out some of the fine art highlights.
A collection of Ralph Lauren and other designer furniture from a Florida family includes much of the decorative arts. There are pairs of sofas, wing chairs, side tables, box springs and more. Historically, Ralph Lauren home furnishings have done well at auction, so interested parties are encouraged to visit the galleries and explore this collection in person. Other designer names include Jay Friedman, BoConcept and others.
Some of the 18th and 19th century furnishings include an ornately inlaid, German Baroque walnut armoire; a beautiful Regency buffet library; and a George IV mahogany armoire formerly in the collection of Lord and Lady Iliffe of Basildon Park, Berkshire, England.
There’s a small but classy selection of jewelry that includes a stunning yellow gold Continental charm bracelet, an assortment of Cameo brooches, and plenty of beads and accessories.
Real-time internet auctions and mail-order auctions will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com, as well as the Nye & Company Auctioneers website: www.nyeandcompany.com. Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.
From July 11, the galleries will reopen for preview after Nye’s summer break. The public is encouraged to visit and view the pieces in person. During the online preview, from June 28 to July 20, people can bid online or in absentia. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports, or item information can visit the Nye & Company website or email a request to email@example.com.
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.