SELECT: 2 Day Auction • June 4 & 5 @ 10am
As the world plummets into a Dark Age, Millea Bros. turns up the light with an extra special two day Select World Heritage Auction. Offering an astounding assortment of museum quality artifacts, art, antiques and design, spanning continents and epochs, and coming from prestigious museums, distinguished private collections, and the worlds’ top galleries, this sale is a veritable cultural celebration.
Day One highlights include a group of Tang era Chinese pottery from the collection Beatrice and Robert B. Mayer; exceptional Ming era huanghuali and jade items from two prominent collections; finest examples of African and Oceanic art sourced from the Mathias Komor and JJ Klejman galleries, with pieces from the legendary Paul Guillaume collection; important examples of Native American weavings and carved artifacts from a distinguished Manhattan collection, including a fine 19th c. Cheyenne beaded pipe bag and Hopi Kachina doll. Modern Art and Design highlights include an important David Smith ink and tempera drawing from the legendary collection of Ben Heller; paintings and sculpture by Renoir, Hunt Slonem, Piero Dorazio, John Wells, Carroll Cloar, Sokichi Suga, and Leo Amino; fine art photography including nine works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and iconic images by Ruth Orkin; a focus on important 20th c. French design includes works by Claude Lalanne, Eugene Printz, Maison Leleu, Jean Dunand, Pierre Patout, Hubert le Gall, and features a rare oversized Line Vautrin Soleil a Pointe n.3 mirror.
Day Two opens with over 85 lots of Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian objects deaccessioned from the Newark Art Museum, including painted pottery, ancient wood carvings, bronze objects and glass, many acquired over a hundred years ago through prominent donations and museum funded exploration; a single-owner collection of pre-Columbian artifacts sourced from Mathias Komor Gallery in the 1960s; over 25 pieces of 19th c. American Folk art, from the collection of a trustee of the Folk Art Museum, including several Civil War related items; exceptional American, English, French and Continental art and antiques including an important oil on canvas by Russian artist Konstantin Somov, shown in 1924 at the landmark Russian Art Exhibition at the New York Grand Central Palace, and residing in a private collection ever since; other American and European highlights include two Prince Paul Troubetzkoy bronze sculptures; a pristine Tiffany Studios ‘Apple Blossom’ table lamp; exceptional pair of 19th c. Minton majolica shell-form floor jardinieres; and paintings and sculpture by William Meritt Chase, Emo Mazzetti, Edmund Coates, Mathurin Moreau, and many others.