Nadeau’s Auction Gallery of Windsor, CT to Present ItsAnnual Outdoor Mid-Century Auction on Saturday, May 18, 2024

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This sale features 580+ lots of important 1950s-era furnishings and fine and decorative artwork, patio and garden items, as well as Asian art, silver and jewelry, and other fine antiques. 

Jose De Creeft's Figure (New Being), is estimated at $15,000-25,000
Jose De Creeft’s Figure (New Being), is estimated at $15,000-25,000

Windsor, CT, May 9, 2024 – Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is excited to announce this signature spring event starting at 10am. All lots are available for preview at now or live in the gallery on Thursday, May 16th from 12pm-6:30pm, Friday, May 17th from 12pm-5pm, and Saturday, May 18th from 9am-10am. For bidders who wish to participate in the sale remotely, they may do so via phone, absentee bids, or online through Invaluable, Bidsquare, or Liveauctioneers. Contact Nadeau’s directly for more information. 

All eyes will be on lot #50, one of the top lots in this sale. This is Jose De Creeft’s (Spanish American, 1884-1982) Figure (New Being), estimated at $15,000-25,000. This 55″ tall patinated bronze depicts a standing individual from the thighs upward, with one arm at their side and the other behind their head. Their eyes are closed and their expression is pensive, as if they are dreaming or praying. It is signed by the artist on verso and is mounted on a complementary rectangular base. Perhaps De Creeft’s best known work is his Alice in Wonderland climbing sculpture located in Central Park in New York City.

Other premier lots in this sale include:

  • Lot #300, Harry Davis’ (British 1885-1970) polar bear double handled porcelain vase, is estimated at $10,000-20,000. Produced for Royal Worcester, this magnificent example is decorated with a continuous scene featuring two polar bears on icebergs, two peach and gilt colored griffin handles, and a gilt flame finial topping its lid. It measures 16″ tall, is model number 240969, and is signed H. Davis on the lower left. The vessel’s marks include 1764 and a purple Worcester stamp on the underside of its base. This is one of three Royal Worcester polar bear vases on offer through this sale, with the others being lot #301 and #302; the trio are from a private NJ collection. 

Davis created a series of polar bear themed porcelain decorative item for Royal  Worcester at the turn of last century. Each was decorated with the animals in different poses against a background of icebergs, glaciers, and a clear blue sky. Items from this polar bear line still captivate enthusiasts more than a century onward; in 2023 a premier example sold for nearly $30,000 at public auction in Australia. 

  • Lot #420, eight labeled Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan bronze rope chairs, is estimated at $6,000-12,000. The octet includes four armchairs and four side chairs. They are manufactured from repurposed bronze tubing and cotton rope and measure 32″ high by 21″ wide by 22″ deep. 

These midcentury seats were designed by Walter Lamb, an artist who created furniture and art from materials salvaged from the sunken ships in Pearl Harbor. Robert Brown, founder of Brown Jordan, went to Hawaii to recruit Lamb as a designer for his company. Lamb would go on to create the company’s signature bronze rope line, which today is considered a gold standard of midcentury modern design.

  •  Lot #3, a Buccellati pendant Rolo lariat necklace, is estimated at $8,000-12,000. This stunner is made from 18K white and yellow gold and features two pear shaped 15.5mm South Sea pearls mounted in diamond encrusted, acorn shaped bezels. The chain is punctuated with diamond stations and has a diamond decorated clasp.  It measures 17″ with an additional 5″ tier drop; the overall weight of its diamonds is 2.54 carats. 

This necklace has provenance to The Orianne Collins Collection and recently traded hands at Kodner Auctions’ 12/19/2023 sale for  $13,000. Orianne is the former wife of musician Phil Collins; they were married from 1999 to 2006.  

  • Lot #400, a woven tapestry after Pablo Picasso (Spanish 1881-1973), is estimated at $4,000-8,000. Titled “Jacqueline”, this circa 1960 primarily blue and cream wall hanging measures 71″ x 87″ and is signed “Picasso” on verso. It depicts a face in profile, a standing figure, and a chair, table, and plant vignette. This intriguing example was created by a talented craftsman based on an original work by the prolific and popular Spanish artist. 
  • Lot #1, a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, is estimated at $5,000-10,000. This iconic red and black automobile has was last registered in 2004, has 52,500 miles on its odometer, and has VIN 3822457. This model replaced the company’s debut Model T and was in production from 1927 through 1932. Company records document that they ranged in cost from $385 for a roadster (equivalent to about $6,911 in 2024 dollars) to $1,400 (equivalent to about $25,130 in 2024 dollars) for the town car model.

According to Eddie Nadeau, President of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, “The arrival of spring also heralds our annual sale featuring patio and garden furnishings, planters and statuaries, and other decorative items. Many are from premier regional CT, RI, NJ, and NY estates. Now is the perfect time to give your outdoor living spaces a glow up with these eye-catching temptations!”

About Nadeau’s Auction Gallery Inc.: 

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is a full-service auction house providing a complete range of estate offerings, nonprofit deaccession management, and fine art and personal property appraisals. The company presents about a dozen premier sales annually, with a focus on art, furniture, accessories, and important antiques.  A third-generation family company, Nadeau’s enjoys a well-deserved reputation for outstanding merchandise, top-tier personalized service, and helping sellers realize the maximum value for their collections.  The auction company has been in business since 1985 – with the family starting in the furniture antique business in 1945 – and today is one of the largest and fastest growing auction houses in New England. Its state of the art auction facility is conveniently located right off Route 91 and easily accessible from all points in the mid-Atlantic and northeast. 

Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is located 25 Meadow Road, Windsor, CT 06095 and can be reached by telephone at 860-246-2444, fax at 860-524-8735, or email at [email protected].  For more information on this sale and Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, please see   

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Nadeau’s Auction Gallery

860-246-2444 or [email protected]

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