In search of a bronze goddess?


An all-day auction featuring 400 lots of estates and collections from throughout New England will be featured at the Winter Antiques Fine Art Auction of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, will be held at their gallery on 63 Fourth Ave. (off Elmwood Ave.) in Cranston on Saturday, Jan. 14. Three consecutive auction sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m., noon and 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. for previews. Refreshments will be available all day.

A Neoclassical bronze figure of the Greek goddess Thetis on a large mantle clock by French sculptor Pierre Eugene Emile Hebert (1828-1893) and a Madoura pottery partial glaze ceramic bowl by Pablo Picasso are just part of the featured items in the auctions, which will feature a wide variety of decorative and fine arts, Asian art and objects, militaria and erotic art.

“Our January 14 auction is our first Auction-in-3-parts. 10:30 a.m. features over 100 lots available only to people who are in-gallery with us in Cranston. We then switch at noon to our fine art and collectibles auction, where bidding can take place from anywhere in the world, via our online auction partners,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.

The noon cataloged auction features 200 lots of antiques, decorative arts, militaria and Oriental rugs and textiles.

The 4:30 p.m. cataloged auction will feature 60 lots of erotic artwork, all from a single estate in Providence. Highlights will include four bronze groupings by Franz Bergman, three bronze figures by Bruno Zach, seven colored etchings by Claes Oldenburg, and three trompe loeil paintings by Pierre Ducordeau (b. 1928).

Previews will be held on Jan. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 13, from noon to 9 p.m. and on Jan. 14, the date of auction, when the doors open at 9 a.m. In addition to live and Internet bidding, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. To learn more about the auction, visit

“We hope our local people will come to our events, and we love to educate people about the world of collectible art and antiques. We're always available to answer your questions or give a quick evaluation of an item,” said Bruneau.


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