Eclectic Mid-Century Modern auction this Saturday in Cranston


An eclectic Mid-Century Modern auction featuring quality items pulled from estates across New England – including art glass, lighting, figures, bronzes, furniture by several designers and much more – is planned for Saturday, September 14 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online, and in the Cranston gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue, starting at noon, with over 360 lots coming up for bid.

Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer, predicted the auction “is sure to bring Modern collectors out of the woodwork, not just in Rhode Island but beyond,” adding, “From being able to offer a Walter Dorwin Teague sled radio and a two-piece Vladimir Kagan3 sofa and ottoman is an exciting opportunity. It makes auctioneering the sale that much more enjoyable.”

The sofa and ottoman set by Vladimir Kagan (German-American, 1927-2016) is a candidate for top lot of the auction, with an estimate of $6,000-$9,000. The orange biomorphic serpentine sofa rests on aluminum feet, while the round, tapered ottoman rests on a round aluminum base. The sofa, 110¼ inches in width, is signed on the bottom. The ottoman is 36 inches in diameter.

The Walter Dornin Teague (American, 1883-1960) for Sparton model 557 sled radio, made in a streamlined Art Deco style, is expected to change hands for $2,000-$3,000. The radio features cobalt blue mirrors on the front, top and left side, with contrasting black lacquer finish and chrome speed lines. The case is in overall good condition, but the radio needs some repairing.

A large and rare Gj Neville canister drum coffee table, made in the United States from steel, wood and glass in the 20th century, has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

A Ralph Lauren (U.S., 20th century) lacquer high style duke bar made from rosewood and stainless steel, is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

A large semi-abstract Modernist sensual nude painting by Diane Desmarais (Canadian, b. 1946) should reach $1,500-$2,500.

A two-piece, Mid-Century Modern Surreal glass sculpture by Edward Leibovitz (Belgian, b. 1946), has an estimate of $800-$1,200. The lot includes an etched glass stand with the image of a three-headed, six-eyed person decorating the top and base; and a decorative, multi-colored plate with cameo carved figural depictions of people and animals along the rim and face in the center.

Previews will be held Thursday and Friday, September 12-13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern time. After the Sept. 14 auction, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers has an exciting slate of auctions lined up for early fall. They include the following:

• Sept. 21 – Comic Books & Toys (10 am pre-auction; 12 noon catalog auction)

• Sept. 27 – DiscoverIt Art, Antiques, Comics & Toys (6 pm; doors open at 3 pm)

• Sept. 28-29 – Video Game Auction (at Retro World Expo in Hartford, Conn.)

• Oct. 5 – Estates Fine Art & Antiques (10 am pre-auction; 12 noon catalog auction)

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Sept. 14 Mid-Century Modern, Art & Décor Auction, visit, or call them at 533-9980 or stop by on free Appraisal Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.


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