Paintings by Indian artists B. Prabha and Maqbool Fida Husain will be at Bruneau & Co. on November 15 …


Painting by B. Prabha (India, 1933-2001), titled Indian Women Painting, of six Indian women walking with their hair tied back, 30 ½ inches by 77 ½ inches (estimate: $ 15,000-20,000).
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CRANSTON, RI – Paintings by renowned Indian artists Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) and B. Prabha (1933-2001) have performed so well in past sales of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, the pair will be back for a recall in the upcoming Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction scheduled for Monday, November 15, online only, starting at 6 p.m. EST. More than 325 lots will be auctioned.

In September, a vibrant Cubist oil-on-canvas painting by Husain, depicting a rider on the back of a wild horse, sold for $ 43,750. Prior to that, in March 2020, an equestrian-themed watercolor on paper by Husain made $ 16,250. In this same auction, a figurative oil on canvas by B. Prabha, entitled Woman with a basket of pears, brought in $ 11,875. The prices quoted included the buyer’s premium.

At the auction on November 15, the painting by B. Prabha entitled Indian women painting, depicting six Indian women with their hair tied back and long limbs, walking through a village, 30 ½ inches by 77 ½ inches, has an estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 20,000. The work is signed by Prabha’s agent, Nayana Sarmalkar. Prabha entered the art world when few Indian women were professionally involved and has worked on over 50 exhibitions, both inside and outside India.

Husain’s painting is a cubist figurative watercolor depicting a man and a woman in bright polychrome outfits on the back of a white horse. Housed in a 33-inch by 27-inch frame, the table is expected to fetch $ 10,000 to $ 15,000. It comes with a certificate of authenticity. Nicknamed “the Picasso of India,” Husain began painting billboards in India, but quickly developed his own style by mixing folk, tribal and mythological arts.

Cubist figurative watercolor by Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011), depicting a man and a woman on the back of a white horse (estimate: $ 10,000- $ 15,000).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

The Estate’s Fine Art and Antiques Auction will feature fine artifacts from prominent estates and collections across New England, including works of art, decorative arts, collectibles and items. Asian arts. “This will be the last art and antique auction of the year, complemented by some amazing Indian artwork and looking forward to what we find for the new year,” said Travis Landry, auctioneer at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers.

Kevin Bruneau, President of Bruneau & Co and Auctioneer, added, “The sale consists of several local estates, including that of a longtime friend who showcases the whimsical statues everyone hails in the gallery. He was referring to the pair of life-size kinetic metal sculptures – a man and a woman, made up of painted metal rods, one six feet high and the other 80 inches high. They should hammer for $ 800 to $ 1,200.

Lots 1, 2 and 3 are bound to make the paddles vibrate right away. These are circus banners, led by lot 1, titled This strange creature Obby Dobby Alive by Fred G. Johnson (American, 1892-1990), considered the best circus banner artist in history. The banner, measuring 7 feet 10 inches by 9 feet 7 inches, features a large iguana painted in bright colors in a jungle setting. The banner carries a rather modest estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.

Lots 2, by Jay Meah (American, born 1937), is titled Devil child girl fish and depicts a blonde mermaid in the upper half and a baby devil in the lower half. The 7-foot-8 by 9-foot-7 banner is signed “Meah Studios Weeki-Wachee, Fla. at the bottom right. He has an estimate of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000. Meah has works at the Smithsonian and the Barnum Museum.

Lot 3, by Florida artist Jay Sigler, consists of four banners that will be sold in one lot (estimate: $ 2,000 to $ 3,000). They are titled Children of forgotten fathers, the strangest babies in the world; Addicted babies (representing a baby and a syringe); Two-headed baby (shown in a cradle); and Human baby frog twins. The Addicted babies the banner is signed “J. Sigler Tampa” lower right. The group comes from an area in Burrillville, Rhode Island.

Pair of life-size kinetic metal figurative sculptures – a man and a woman, made up of painted metal rods, one six feet high and the other 80 inches (estimate: $ 800 to $ 1,200).
Auctioneers Bruneau & Cie

A large rectangular French Malles Goyard steam trunk from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that opens to a removable tray with two lid compartments and an open compartment next to a clothes basket placed in a large removable basket on a second removable basket, should bring $ 2,500 to $ 3,500. The trunk is marked, “Malles Goyard 233 Rue Saint Honoré Paris Monte Carlo Biarritz” on a metal label and “Goyard” on the top of the lid.

A 19th century Swiss (or Austrian) enameled automaton music box, the top of the box decorated with women and sheep by a lake with landscape cartouches on either side, and the inside of the box having a Viennese movement and a red-feathered bird that chirps and moves side to side, 2 inches high and 4 ¼ inches wide, is expected to sell for between $ 2,000 and $ 3,000.

A $ 20 gold coin from Saint Gaudens of the United States from 1925, graduated NGC MS 62, will also be brought into play, housed in a case (estimate: $ 1,000 – $ 2,000); and a Japanese porcelain censer “A Thousand Faces”, late 19th or early 20th century (estimate: $ 600- $ 900). The censer has a figurative three-fingered dragon finial mounted on a lid adorned with gilding and tendrils on a footed censer decorated with a plethora of people, beautifully supported by three figurative bamboo feet.

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Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers always accepts quality shipments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a great time to clean your attic. To contact the Bruneau & Co. auctioneers regarding consignment of a single piece or an entire collection, you can send an email to Or, you can call them at 401-533-9980.

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