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Nye and Company to feature an important John Singer Sargent painting of Winston Churchill's mother
Included in this exceptional sale is an historic work by the renowned portraitist John Singer Sargent: an oil-on-canvas portrait of Lady Randolph Churchill.
NEW YORK, NY.- Nye and Company announces its upcoming sale of extraordinary silver, jewelry, fine and decorative arts, taking place live and exclusively on iGavel, January 21 to February 4, 2014.

Included in this exceptional sale is an historic work by the renowned portraitist John Singer Sargent: an oil-on-canvas portrait of Lady Randolph Churchill. Born Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn in 1854 and considered one of the greatest beauties of the age, Lady Randolph Churchill has achieved immortality as the mother of Britain's legendary prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. This important work of art is signed John Singer Sargent on the left side and was purchased in 1970 from the estate of Leroy Ireland, a well-known art collector associated with George Inness. The estimate is $150,000-$250,000.

Says John Nye, founder of Nye and Company, in Bloomfield, New Jersey: "It's a momentous privilege to handle such an historically significant painting by such a prominent artist as Sargent, who is often regarded as the greatest American portraitist." Adds Nye: "This sale is also special because this memorable work of art holds huge appeal to collectors in three major categories: Americana, Brittania and history."

Also of historical importance in the sale is a monumental early-19th-century Neoclassical giltwood looking glass (probably French) with an eagle pediment, which very likely once graced the White House. This mirror, which measures 11-feet high by 6 feet, 6 inches wide, may have been purchased during administration of President Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841, because there was much White House redecorating at the time and the purchase of French mirrors is recorded. This one is thought to have remained in the White House until 1901, when it was moved to the old Army and Navy Club, and was eventually purchased by J. Franklin Biggs of Richmond, Va., for his home, Pratt`s Castle, where it remained for more than 25 years. The estimate is $15,000-$25,000.

Another piece of Americana in the sale is a bronze bust of Myron Taylor (1874-1959), an American industrialist who was Theodore Roosevelt`s personal envoy to Pope Pius XII. This exquisitely sculpted piece is by American artist Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937) and has a presale estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The Nye and Company auction of these items-and much more-kicks off on January 21, 2014, exclusively on iGavel, the online international network of independently-owned regional salesrooms, specializing an the sale of fine and decorative arts.



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