Audubon prints lead flock of rarities at annual New Year’s Day auction


WINDSOR, Conn. — Nine large James J. Audubon bird prints from the 1820s and ’30s, a 1620 manuscript of the Persian “Shah Nemeh (or Book of Kings),” two important etchings Audubon-print-2webby the renowned artist and printmaker Martin Lewis (1881-1962) and a rare first-edition 1851 copy of Melville’s “Moby Dick The Whale” are just a few items slated to be auctioned as part of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day Auction.

Also being sold is a late 19th century Sultanabad ivory rug in excellent condition (palace-sized, at 12 feet by 15 feet), fine estate jewelry and decorative accessories. In all, more than 600 lots will cross the auction block.

The nine Audubon prints are large prints, around 38 inches in height, the biggest made at the time and known in the trade as “double elephant” folio prints. Five of the nine are of large American birds; six still have their original Kennedy Gallery labels en verso, with Whatman watermarks, critically important to collectors.

The “Shah Nemeh” is an epic poem written by the Persian poet Ferdowski, sometime between 977 and 1010 A.D. It is the national epic of Iran (Persia) and the Persian-speaking world and contains some 50,000 verses, telling the mythical and historical past of the Persian empire.

The two Lewis etchings in the auction are both drypoint and sandpaper ground depicting the streets of New York – “Bay Windows” (1929, Edition 104) and “Stoops in Snow” (1930, Edition 115).

Other artworks will include an oil on canvas Paris street scene by the French painter Edouard Cortes, two oil on canvas renderings by Edward Moran, two prints by the German painter-engraver Albrecht Durer, large Currier & Ives prints, several Dutch paintings and Old Master drawings,

Estate jewelry is led by an Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch having a center cushion-cut sapphire mounted in an openwork and filigree setting, surrounded by 98 diamonds and four sapphires.

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