CRANSTON, RI – A figurative oil painting by famed Indian artist B. Prabha (1933-2001) and an aristocratic portrait by Francis Cotes (UK, 1726-1770) are set to headline a sale auction of works of art and decorative art online only. for Monday, August 1, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, beginning at 6 p.m. EST. Internet auctions will take place on several platforms.
More than just original works of art will be up for auction in the 337-lot auction, which will include items largely drawn from prominent New England estates. “This auction features a wide variety of items ranging from Chinese ceramics to numismatics and fine jewelry,” said Travis Landry, Bruneau & Co.’s auctioneer and the company’s director of pop culture. . “There’s something for almost everyone.”
The 36-inch by 48-inch (view, minus frame) oil on canvas by B. Prabha depicts two bare-breasted blue-skinned women next to a third dressed in green and yellow. The work is signed and dated (“82”) and carries a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. This is one of two paintings by B. Prabha for sale. The other, depicting two women carrying fishing baskets, is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $25,000.
Paintings by B. Prabha have already been offered by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. In November 2021, a book entitled Painting of Indian women sold for $38,750 against an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. B. Prabha entered the world of fine arts when very few Indian women were involved professionally. She has worked on over 50 exhibitions both inside and outside India.
Francis Cotes’ oil on canvas portrait depicts an aristocratic woman with dark hair, dressed in white with pearl and gold accents. A plaque affixed to the 36-inch by 31-inch frame reads “Mrs. Elizabeth Mannering / F. Cotes 1726-1770”. The work has a canvas area of 30 ¼ inches by 25 ¼ inches. It should fetch between $5,000 and $10,000.
Cotes trained with portrait painter George Knapton. His early works were often in pencil and pastel, but during the 1760s Cotes began to follow Reynold’s style of portraiture. Cotes helped found the Society of Artists and became its director and was later invited to be an early Fellow of the Royal Academy. His work is present in many galleries.
“This auction offers a great selection of 19th and early 20th century American art,” said Kevin Bruneau, president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and auctioneer. Anthony Thieme and Charles Cahoon are definitely my favorites.
Oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (Mass./California, 1888-1954), titled Buggy ride, is an impressionistic depiction of a man in a buggy traveling down a dirt road lined with birch trees and fall foliage as birds fly by. The 30-inch by 36-inch (view, minus frame) painting is signed “A Thieme” lower left and carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
Oil on panel by Charles Drew Cahoon (Mass., 1861-1951) is an impressionistic depiction of a windswept sand dune framing a distant ocean. The 12 inch by 16 inch (view minus frame) painting is signed lower right and there is a plaque affixed to the frame marked “Charles Drew Cahoon 1861-1951”. The work is estimated between $1,000 and $1,500.
The jewelry category will be led by a 17-inch women’s two-row woven 18-karat gold necklace set with 25 diamonds, with a total weight (with stones) of 55.8g (est. $2,500-$3,500 $); and a David Yurman Chatelaine ring with a morganite center stone and pavé bezel set in 18k rose gold, size 7.14mm, originally costing $5,500 (est. $1,800-$2,400).
A 19th century Tiffany & Company Westminster bracket mantel clock having a wooden case with four brass finials housing a decorative face depicting putti and tendril elements is expected to cost $2,500 to $3,500; while an 18th-century South German marquetry table cabinet with two ornately carved columns and tendril doors opening to 15 drawers and a door decorated with landscapes and figures, is expected to fetch $2,500 to $4,000.
A late 19th/early 20th century German Meissen porcelain plate showing a bare-breasted blonde woman in flowing white diaphanous drapery accompanied by a winged nymph standing beside her in a forest, 9 ½ inches in diameter, should reach $300 to $500. Also, a pair of Fitzhugh Chinese Qing Dynasty Chinese gilt porcelain white vases, featuring orange and gilt court scenes, butterflies, fans, vases and flowers, 10 ¼ inches tall, is expected to fetch $500 at $800.
A preview is available by appointment weekdays and day of the sale, with doors opening at 9 a.m. EST. The preview will take place at the Cranston Gallery, Rhode Island, located at 63 Fourth Avenue. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. EST. Bids are made by purchase order, by telephone or Internet, with a buyer’s commission of 20% (or 18% in cash, check or bank transfer).
Internet auctions will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the “Bruneau & Co” mobile application. on iTunes or Google Play.
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. This would be the perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers regarding the consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can email [email protected] Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.
To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the online auction of 337 lots of fine and decorative art scheduled for Monday, August 1 at 6 p.m. EST, visit www.bruneauandco.com.
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