Need to sell?

Unless you’ve been on your personal yacht on the high seas or whitewater rafting for a month in the Grand Canyon without contact to to outside world, you know that times are going to be tough for many of our fellow Americans, and perhaps for you too. Maybe it’s time to sell a painting or the family jewels. You can do this gracefully and discreetly with Neue Auctions.

We are a small company, working in a bubble of sorts, keeping safe and not engaging in close contact. Known for our bespoke service and evolving ideas about how to run an auction house, we have created a protocol for accepting consignments to keep staff and you safe. What should you do? First, send us an email about your item/s with pictures and we’ll respond right away with estimates and a proposal. Next, we’ll schedule an appointment for delivery to the gallery or pick up at your location without interacting in person, which is unfortunate because we are all incredibly good looking…

Who’s buying

There is hope. In Clare McAndrew’s recent report “The Art Market 2020”, she suggests that millennials are making the moves. Among collectors, McAndrew found that the surest indicator of online buying—and buying overall—is age: 92% of millennial collectors reported having bought art online. Her survey of more than 1,300 high-net-worth individuals also found that millennials were the most active collector cohort, with average total expenditures on art and collectibles of $3 million over a two-year period. Millennials now make up nearly half (49%) of all collectors globally, according to the report.

Surprisingly, millennial collectors were also the most active consignors, with 71% of millennial collectors saying they’d resold works from their collections (compared to just one-third of boomer collectors). The report also showed a high rate of resales overall, with an average turnaround time between the original purchase of a work and its resale of just four years.

When you ask people their motivations for buying, everybody says ‘I buy it for passion’ and things like that, but when you look at their actual behavior, they’re getting in and out quickly, they have stuff in storage, some of them in long-term storage,” McAndrew said. “They’re acting very financially for being so aesthetically motivated.” That’s good news for sellers.

Here’s how Neue Auctions wants to help;

We are reducing our seller commission to 15% for all first time consignors for the May auction. This can be for one item or more. There are no hidden costs or fees-we’ll even pay for the transportation so you don’t have any out of pocket expenses during these troubling times.

In certain circumstances, we are able to provide cash advances for consignments or outright purchases to help get folks through a tight spot. Lots of people do this and have done so for years. Call the gallery today and ask for Cynthia or Bridget to discuss your options. All of us here at Neue Auctions hope you stay healthy and be safe. We are all in this together.

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Experts say that a floral bouquet can ease your winter blues. Harvard research on happiness reveals that flowers at work or home increase the feelings of kindness and compassion. In a study by the University of Florida, they discovered that people with flowers in their homes reported a significant decrease in stress levels. A painting of flowers, although not fresh flowers, will last much, much longer. This can be a traditional still life of flowers in a vase or a more abstracted depiction of our floral friends. They are the perfect way to bring a touch of natural beauty into any room, and they make the perfect choice when you want to add that extra touch of quality, charm, and precision without being too specific.

In the February Fine Art auction, there are many to choose from, whether something traditional such as lot 16 by Jean-Jules Louis Cavailles (French 1901-1977) or something contemporary like lot 25 by Rose Haserodt (American, 21st C), we have something to add a colourful surge to any environment.

If a painting purchase from our auction isn’t in your budget this time, consider visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art or your local museum or favourite art gallery. Research proves that your stress level will be decreased after viewing artwork, leading to better sleep, less anxiety and improved memory. After analysing 15 studies that had people looking at art for different reasons, neuroscientist Oshin Vartanian explaines that “areas of the brain involved in processing emotion and those that activate our pleasure and reward systems are also being engaged.” Basically, parts of the brain that are associated with contemplation are automatically sparked when viewing art, even if they aren’t thinking about it critically.

So take care of yourselves (and each other) by adding more color and happiness into your life through art.

 

As we all contemplate and fret about the state of the planet there is an impetus to consume less and recycle more. That is what the auction business is built on. On that note, at Neue Auctions, Nothing is Neue!

Oftentimes, old is better.  Better quality, better design and better style. With the recent sale of famous decorator Mario Buatta’s Estate in New York last week, a cultural event for sure, fashion might finally steer us toward a reexamination of collector style.  After so much time with neutral color and pared down design and with mid century modern hogging all the air in the room, other styles start to look weird and exotic- in a good way. 

Hence, if we don’t already, we should learn to love charming imperfection, as all of these old objects that have been changed and used and worn over the years are perfectly imperfect.  I’m not sure I would have liked the 18thc. Venetian chair if it looked as it did when it was first new. It would be too shiny, gaudy, too colorful. But if you allow 300 years of age to take effect, you have something completely wonderful.  The wear of hands on wood and paint, the fading of the paint and the upholstery by the sun, the softening of the edges all contribute. This effect is hard won. 

Come visit us at Neue Auctions in Beachwood Ohio, in the Ohio Design Centre to preview our old and beautiful offerings and to participate in our sustainable business model by buying old things at auction!

I used to think lucite furniture was kitsch but I’ve had a recent change of heart. We have a lucite and glass coffee table in our showroom and I love how this piece of furniture doesn’t visually crowd the space and hide the carpet below. What’s also great about transparent lucite and glass furniture is that you can incorporate it into most any decor. We have ours on a beautiful antique carpet surrounded by traditional arm chairs and a brown leather sofa. It can be the visual glue to seamlessly bind past with present.
I inquired with Graydon Yearick, principle of NYC based Graydon Yearick Architect, PLLC, what he thought about clear furniture; “I love lucite furniture. I love mixing it with antiques, the more ornate the better. A lucite coffee table with a Victorian settee… it’s also super in small spaces, or spaces where you want a minimalist affect. And it’s great in ornate spaces because it disappears and let’s the architecture and design take center stage. Mostly, it’s wonderful because it harkens back to the groovy time period of Antonioni, Kubrick and Warhol, an era when every preconception was being challenged.”
A little history about this clear wonder, it’s trademarked as Lucite, Plexiglas, Acrivue and, in Europe, Perspex. Thermoplastic furniture became popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The most respected designer of this medium is Charles Hollis Jones-called “a pioneer in acrylic design” by the LA Times. His firm, CHJ Designs, opened  in LA in the early 1970s. Jones designed pieces which were purchased by numerous celebrities, among them Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, and Tennessee Williams. He created small accessories, such as the acrylic and chrome waste bins and tissue boxes designed for Buffy Chandler. Frank Sinatra ordered forty tissue holders and wastepaper baskets for his Palm Springs residence after seeing them in an LA showroom. Christie’s in Beverly Hills offered eighty pieces of CHJ designed pieces in their “Innovators of 20th Century Style” auction in 2001.
I didn’t realize how many different types of pieces were manufactured; chairs, tables, lamps, stool and bar carts are aplenty from vintage dealers and it’s worked it’s way back into the limelight of today’s modern decor. Younger generations coming into inherited antiques can add a fresh twist to an otherwise stuffy decor with a clear piece, whether a  table, chair or accessory such as a lamp base or bar cart. A single piece in a room of antique furniture will lighten the space with a sense of playful sophistication. So keep lookout for a piece for yourself at auctions and estates sales. However, too much transparency  will time-warp you to the past where you’ll clearly miss the intended look you’re trying to achieve.

As summer has sadly ended, it’s that time of year to happily focus attention once again on your interior spaces. Having a lovely, welcoming environment to come home to after a long, trying day is restorative to both one’s mental and physical health. In addition to relaxing the mind, it also engages the brain’s creativity channels. Whether it is realized or not, we tend to feel better in a well thought out space with attractive original artwork and well designed and arranged spaces. 

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Our current auction scheduled for September 14 and 15 2019 is loaded with affordable original artwork for your looking, learning and decorating efforts. Look around your current residence. If you have plenty of wall space, we recommend filling it up Salon Style for an always exciting, engaging and original look. The Salon Style originated with art exhibitions in the 19thc. Where paintings were hung floor to ceiling.  

There are some great scenes in the recent film Mr. Turner, about the life of artist J.M.W.Turner which recreate the Royal Academy Exhibition. A must see, if you have not seen it. 

Modern Art looks wonderful hung Salon style, but why not mix styles together? It’s the privilege we have today that those in the 19thc. did not.  

When hanging a wall, focus on like colors or color families and consider the shapes and sizes of the frames. It can be a fun puzzle to create on the wall as you fit the pieces together. You can do this over time, and please do not worry about nail holes in the wall. They can always be filled.  

The first day of our auction includes multitudes of artworks with estimate ranges beginning between $100-$500. Some examples below and our auction online for many more!!!!

 

 

The Neue Auctions appraisal fair at the Cleveland Heights Library on Lee Rd. was a wonderful community event that we look forward to having on a regular basis. There was a line of eager antiques enthusiasts waiting for the doors to open. The weather was beautiful on Sunday and we were worried the crowd would be small but the Neue team evaluated approximately 80 items!

The entire Neue Auctions team was on hand to offer insights and valuations of everyones items, which ranged from family heirlooms to estate sale discoveries-no item was too big or too small for an opinion of value. Some of the highlights of the day were an Art Deco period platinum diamond ring,  an oil painting of boats in a Bass Rocks MA harbor, a Clarice Cliff teepee teapot and a lovely circa 1920’s Hungarian knitted window panel from the old country.

Stay informed of future appraisal events by joining our mailing list and following us on social media. If your organization, club or group would like to book a Neue Auctions appraisal fair, please email us. We enjoy seeing wonderful things, meeting new people and helping folks understand the history of antiques and what determines their values.

Understanding your consignment options is paramount. Believe it or not, an auction of your prized possession may not be the best way to realize maximum potential. Whether a fine painting or fine jewelry, if it’s not the right fit for the item, it’s not the right fit for you.

That’s where we come in; the auction specialist. It’s our job to guide you through the auction process and recommend the best course of action for you. Not everything is in our wheelhouse and if we don’t have the right audience for your item or collection, we’ll refer you to another firm who might. Typically, auction is the best choice to sell because competitive bidding drives up the price. However, other more creative measures may be suggested. For example, a retail consignment might be better for a larger piece of furniture that might otherwise fall through the cracks in an auction.

In certain cases we may believe we’ll get a better result by offering your item privately to a collector, museum or corporate collection who may be seeking to fill a void in an existing collection. Big collectors are often willing to pay higher prices in a private sale scenario rather through auction. Many busy dealers don’t have the time to comb through lot offerings to bid or don’t want clients knowing the purchase price of an item for resell. There’s nothing wrong with making a profit and a living, but many dealers simply enjoy being private about it and that’s ok.  Some folks prefer staying anonymous and don’t want anyone to know they are parting with family treasures which may be seen at auction and might be linked to them-think Rockefeller or Carnegie.

I’ve had the fortune of selling a few important lamps via Private Treaty over the years. I’ve enjoyed seeing several of them together on loan for an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Of course I would have loved to sell these via auction and it would have been quite the feather in my auction cap, but the bottom line was a private sale was better for all the parties involved.

The point is to try and select an auction house who’ll meet your needs. Whether buying or selling, contact one of our specialists to discuss your unique situation so we may provide you a bespoke experience and make sure you understand your options.

 

 

One of our bidders shared this image of a recently acquired painting by Cleveland artist Jose Luis Quinones from our May auction and it’s looks so wonderful in it’s new home, we had to share it with our readers!

As you can see, this fun painting fits perfectly in a creative director’s office, topping a mid-century modern sideboard where vintage typewriters are featured. We love the vibe of this space!

If you have a vision and desire of how you want your everyday environment to look, share it with your favorite gallerist who may be able to find the right painting for you. We know art is an important part of everyone’s lives whether they realize it or not. Let us help you enrich your surroundings with a great piece you’ll be proud to own.

The “Woodsmen” carefully removing the E.V. Shaw mural

We are pleased to offer a beautiful Cowan Pottery polychrome mosaic designed by Elsa Vick Shaw. The glazed ceramic tile mural titled “Egyptian Maidens” was saved from demolition by our specialist Bridget McWilliams and a small conservation team known as the “Woodsmen” from Vermillion OH. The home of Elsa Vick Shaw in Moreland Hills was scheduled to be demolished and Bridget received a call to rescue the mural. One of five known to exist, the glazed ceramic tile mural was submitted by Cowan Pottery to the 1930 Cleveland Museum of Art May Show where it was accepted and displayed amongst

1930 May Show

other favorable works of art as seen in this vintage photograph of the exhibition. From the museum intake sheet we can see that Cowan Pottery stated only 5 murals were created. It is the only piece created by Elsa for the Cowan Pottery Studio. She was a mural painter; the most well known example of her work is the series of ancient instrument mural paintings in the Grand Foyer of Severance Hall, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra. The Cowan Museum, located inside the Rocky River Ohio Library, has one of these mosaic murals prominently displayed at the entrance to the museum.

Another item from Elsa’s home is a beautiful clear glass sand blasted panel, made for the mural titled “Oceania”. She won a national competition to design this mural for the passenger ship S.S.President Polk, of the President Lines. The metal framed panel was one of 21 etched plate glass panels. There is another panel on display at Rose Iron Works, who sand blasted the design for the artist.

Potter and Mellen

While you’re here in the Gallery previewing the May auction collection, please take notice of our cherished display cases, designed by Horace Potter for Potter and Mellen. We haven’t been able to pinpoint a date of creation, but these cases were built in the store on Carnegie, so we believe ca. 1929-1933. Several were made and we are lucky to have three.

At Neue we recognize the importance of cherishing the history of Cleveland artisians past and present and passing title of ownership of their works to the next generation of collectors. We encourage the discussion of stewardship in collecting and welcome everyone to get involved.

 

Bridget McWilliams invited us into a another world of famous collectors’ homes on April 17th. The audience was diverse and engaged as Bridget spoke about the collecting styles of Gertrude Stein, Bunny Mellon and Yves Saint Laurent. Beautiful images of items were shown throughout her 20 minute talk and questions afterwards included inquiries as to what happened to these collections, were the artists collected personal friends of the collectors and relationships with the dealers and auction houses they frequented. Neue Presents is a monthly immersive evening, usually and hour and a half long on a Wedsnday at 6:30, of like-minded individuals who appreciate art and wish to learn more about art and collecting. Seating is limited and reserved in advance by rsvp to the gallery. Subscribe to our enews for gallery events to enrich your life and enjoy art.