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'Flight into Egypt' by H.O. Tanner headlining Jan. 1 auction

Works by two of the first African American artist to earn international acclaim, H.O. Tanner and Charles Ethan Porter, are among the lots featured in Nadeau's Auction Gallery's Jan. 1 auction.

WINDSOR, Conn. – Original oil paintings by the renowned late 19th/early 20th century Black American artists Henry Ossawa (H.O.) Tanner and Charles Ethan Porter will headline Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day auction, slated for Friday, Jan. 1, in the firm’s gallery at 25 Meadow Road in Windsor. Around 650 lots in a variety of categories will come up for bid.

H. O. Tanner (U.S./Fr., 1859-1937) was America’s first internationally famous Black artist. He was born in Pittsburgh to a well-educated and devoutly religious family, and he studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he became close friends with Thomas Eakins. His oil on artist board

Tanner painting

This original oil painting by the renowned late 19th/early 20th century Black American artist Henry Ossawa (H.O.) Tanner is estimated to bring $40,000-$80,000. (All photos courtesy Nadeau's Auction Gallery)

work titled Flight into Egypt is conservatively estimated to hammer for $40,000-$80,000.

Charles Ethan Porter (Conn./N.Y., 1847-1923) didn’t have the advantages of Tanner’s education and upbringing, but his unique talents made him one of the top Black artists of his day. He’s only recently been rediscovered as a major 19th century painter and not many of his works are known. His oil on canvas titled Still Life with Fruit and Basket should sell for $6,000-$10,000. The work is photographed in the book Charles Ethan Porter, published by The Connecticut Gallery, Inc.

Many paintings and prints in the sale are from the huge, 3,500-piece Americana collection of the banking giant Credit Suisse, featuring large framed portraits, period American furniture, quilts, maps and more. On November 7th, Nadeau’s Auction Gallery sold Part I of the collection. Many paintings and other artworks will be sold on New Year’s Day. The balance of the collection will be sold in subsequent auctions throughout 2016. All will be held by Nadeau’s Auction Gallery.

The Jan. 1 auction will feature original artworks, estate jewelry, Victorian and continental furniture, furniture creations by Margolis and Fineberg, vintage lamps and more. Internet bidding will be provided by Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The sale will get underway promptly at 11 a.m. (EST). Previews will be held Monday through Thursday and on auction day from 9-11 a.m. Lots may be viewed at

Fine art is expected to dominate the list of top prices realized. A signed oil on canvas by Marin Rico y Ortega (Sp./It./Fr., 1833-908), titled Venetian Canal, 28 inches by 18 ¼ inches, has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$40,000; while a signed oil on canvas by Edward Arthur Walton (UK, 1860-1922), titled The Uplands of Ceres, 24 ½ inches by 31 inches, should hit $10,000-$15,000.

An oil on canvas mounted on panel by John George Brown (N.Y./Calif., 1831-1913), titled Distant Thoughts, Young Girl Peeling Apples, artist signed lower right and measuring 30 inches by 25 inches, should realize $20,000-$40,000; and an engraving with etching, aquatint and hand-coloring of a male black-billed Cuckoo bird, after John James Audubon by Robert Havell (N.Y., 1793-1878), overall 36 ½ inches by 44 ¼ inches (plate and sheet), should garner $3,000-$5,000.

An expected superstar of the antique lamps category is a Duffner & Kimberly leaded lamp with a

Duffner & Kimberly lamp

This Duffner & Kimberly leaded lamp with a thistle theme, having a matching base with a thistle pattern, 22 inches tall and in excellent condition, is estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

thistle theme, having a matching base with a thistle pattern and three light clusters covered with a fleur de lis leaf cap, 22 inches tall and in excellent condition. It is estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

Fans of the 19th century American furniture maker R. J. Horner will want to bid on the Victorian oak safe cabinet with carved winged griffins back-splash, a carved face on the door with winged griffin supports on the base and fitted bird’s eye maple drawers. It should rise to $4,000-$6,000.

Also expected to attract attention are a Philip and Kelvin Laverne “Eternal Forest” coffee table, acid-etched and enameled patinated brass and pewter clad, signed. It should hit $5,000-$9,000. Also, a Gustav Stickley Mission oak two-piece lot consisting of a desk with original pulls and finish and a side chair with three-slat back and original leather seat, should go for $3,000-$5,000.

Custom Queen Anne-style highboys in two parts should also do well. One is an Eldred Wheeler tiger maple example, signed by Wheeler and standing 83 inches tall. It is estimated to sell for $2,000-$3,000. The other is made of mahogany, by Fineberg (Hartford, Conn.), having a broken arch top on the lower section with two long drawers, 79 inches tall. It should bring $800-$1,200.

The estate jewelry category will be highlighted by a 12-carat diamond bracelet that carries a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000; a graduated strand of 37 individually knotted baroque Tahitian Black South Sea pearls with multi-color overtones, 21 ¼ inches in length, that should fetch at least $2,000-$4,000; and a pair of non-pierced prong set earrings of sapphire (6.90 carats) and diamond(2.66 carats) in 14kt white gold with clip backs, estimated to command $1,000-$2,000.

Returning to artwork, an oil on canvas painting signed by Sigmund Joseph Menkes (N.Y./Pol., 1896-1986), titled Still Life of Red Poppies, 26 inches by 20 inches, should change hands for $8,000-$12,000; while an oil on canvas trompe l’oeuil image of American currency by Victor Dubreuil (N.Y./Fr., 1846-1946), titled Hand Over the Money, is estimated at $4,000-$8,000.

An oil on canvas rendering by Guy Carleton Wiggins (N.Y./Conn./Fla., 1883-1962), titled November in the Hills, signed and dated (1920), with a sales receipt dated 1989, is expected to finish at


This dazzling 12-carat diamond bracelet carries a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

$4,000-$8,000; and a full-length portrait of the American inventor Thomas A. Edison, by Ellis Meyer Silvette (Va., 1876-1940), painted from life and measuring a larger-than-life 90 inches by 40 inches, signed by Silvette and inscribed by Edison, should top out at $2,000-$4,000.

A circa-1902 oil on canvas portrait of James Jerome Hill (1838-1916), a Canadian-American railroad executive and Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1908-1912, by Adolfo Muller-ury (U.S./Switz., 1862-1947), is expected to reach $2,000-$4,000; and a pencil-signed color lithograph by Ralston Crawford (U.S./Can., 1906-1978), titled Overseas Highway, titled and numbered (4/25) by the artist lower left, carries a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$10,000.

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is always accepting quality consignments for its sales, held throughout the year, and its general auctions, held every four weeks. To consign an item or a collection, you may call them at (860) 246-244 or you can e-mail them at For more information about Nadeau’s New Year’s Day auction, please log on to

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