Academy award-winner Dustin Hoffman’s collection tops holiday auction offerings

 

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — Nye and Company is preparing their last auction for the calendar year. The sale is going on now and will remain open for bidding until the 17th. Almost 1,000 lots come from all over the tri-state area and New York City, representing numerous private collections and families.

Pair of Terra Cotta Double-Sided Lions, English, late 19th C. (Photo courtesy Nye and Company)

Pair of Terra Cotta Double-Sided Lions, English, late 19th C. (Photo courtesy Nye and Company)

Dustin Hoffman, Academy Award winning actor, is by far the most recognizable person selling in December. After years of living in a tri-plex in the San Remo, one of New York City’s landmark residences, he sold his apartment, is downsizing, and like so many people selling at auction, is pairing down a lifetime of collecting.

The Hoffman collection, of almost 200 lots, reflects the artist’s broad interests and eclectic taste. The offering includes such Folk Art item as copper cowboy boot molds, cobbler’s shoe molds fitted as bookends and ceramic glove molds. He is also selling a George III leather-upholstered easy chair, and mid-18th century Irish mahogany pier table, a Regency étagère, an oversized gate-leg table and a pair of Chinese pier tables with other examples of Asian furniture. He is selling an NBA-Jam arcade game, pool table accoutrements, and two Kni-Tron Projector Unit, Kni-Tron Rectifier, a Lens, Autograph Projector Reel, dated 9-18-13. Those interested in creating an in-home theatre may be interested in the two Louis XV Style leather-upholstered multiple chair-back settees. There are also bentwood chairs by Thonet, a contemporary custom-made dressing table, similar television cabinet, wall bracket and Biedermeier looking glass. The smalls include Baccarat glass, a figural thermometer and other whimsies.

A woman living on an impressive 200 acre estate in Bernardsville, New Jersey is selling about twenty-five lots of impressive jewelry. There are two Tiffany and Company “Atlas” 18K gold bracelets, a Tiffany and Company 18K gold sapphire band ring, an unmarked platinum, diamond and ruby necklace, an unmarked gold and emerald suite comprising a necklace, ring, pin and earrings. Numerous other pieces accompany these fine items.

Pair of Bronzed Cowboy Boot Molds, 20th C., from the Hoffman Collection. (Photo courtesy Nye and Company)

Pair of Bronzed Cowboy Boot Molds, 20th C., from the Hoffman Collection. (Photo courtesy Nye and Company)

An Essex County estate being disbursed for the executors includes provincial French furniture, Continental landscapes and numerous American Folk Art portraits. Examples include multiple children seated together several pairs of spouses. Alas, this collection was stored for over fifty years in an unheated store-front, so the condition on some items is lacking. The dolls, however, include examples by Madame Alexander, Steiner, Kestner and A&M. There are boxes and boxes of heads, limbs, eyes, parts and clothes. The store was vacant for so long, digging through the unlit, unheated space was an exciting treasure hunt.

Another estate, this one from Bergen County, is primarily of German origin. The family collected Nymphenburg plates and figural ceramics, Meissen, Rosenthal and Delft. Additionally, there are Austrian mid-century case furniture. And of note is the 16th century Flemish wall-size tapestry and numerous paintings.

For more information about the items in the auction, or to bid online visit the Nye and Company auction pages on iGavel.

 

 

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