Now Live on Pop Culture Collection of Record Executive Michael Klenfner, Americana, Fine Art & Decorative Objects

New York, NY, January 25, 2013 --( The first offering from Nye and Company in the new year is as diverse as any auction ever compiled by the firm. In addition to nearly 350 lots of Rock & Roll memorabilia from the Estate of Michael Klenfner, the notorious record executive, there are approximately another 600 lots from a variety of private estates. The sale, posted to is available for bidding between the January 22th – February 5th, and property will be available for public viewing in their Bloomfield galleries, 22nd – 5th, calendar details are at

A rare Shaker trestle-base stained pine and maple dining table is one of the furniture highlights in the auction. The table is purportedly from a Kentucky community and previously sold at auction for $55,000. Today it can be bought for an opening bid of $5,000. Two giltwood convex mirrors reflect the high style of early 19th century décor. Each is adorned with leafy sprays and wing-spread eagle finials. A Federal New York mahogany case piece incorporates several different functions. The upper section of the imposing cabinet is fitted with sliding linen press shelves, while the base features a butler’s desk and bottle drawers above long drawers. Two different New York State consignors – one from the High Peaks region and the other from Long Island - each provided rare desks. The first is a Victorian Jerusalem Olivewood Davenport from the late 19th century. With the elaborate veneers and deeply carved case sides, this represents the epitome of the form. The second example is a metamorphic writing table. “The designer of this unusual piece of furniture was Stephen Hedges of New York. Little is known about Stephen Hedges except for the United States patent that was issued on April 4 1854: Patent No. 10,740. In the patent Stephen Hedges declares he has, “invented a new and useful piece of furniture, intended to serve as a table alone or as chair and table combined,” as stated Tania Batley in her paper on the Metamorphic Desk.

Often referred to as an “Aaron Burr” desk, the moniker is, in fact, incorrect, as Hedges received his patent in 1854, and Burr died in 1836. Nonetheless, it is believed that only twenty-seven examples of the metamorphic desk are extant.

From a private New Jersey collector comes a rare and fine oil on canvas by Hermann David Salomon Corrodi, (Italian, 1844-1905), depicting a view of the “Ruins in the Roman Campagna.” Of impressive size, the work shows a monumental structure against a dramatic sundrenched sky. Corrodi’s vivid landscapes are always popular images that realize strong auction results. This piece bears a conservative estimate of $15,000-25,000, but the opening bid is a mere $7,500. Another remarkable painting is the oil on canvas of an elaborate still life from the Circle of Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. There is also an oil on board of a City Scape by Ludolfs Liberts, (Latvia, 1895-1959), with an opening bid of $1,500.

A rare Codman and Codman sterling Art Nouveau silver coffee pot and sugar bowl are features of the silver offering. The boys’ father, William Christmas Codman, worked at and was the chief designer for Gorham. These pieces are reminiscent of the Martele style. There is also a Continental three-light candelabrum, notable because the center candle socket is supported on a stylized birdcage.

Art glass is represented by a French Art Nouveau Daum Nancy “Autumn” enamel-decorated table lamp. It has been in a Florida collection for the last fifty years, so this is a rare opportunity for someone to reunite the lamp with the other seasons, should they be lucky enough to own the others.

Some notable jewelry is in the auction, such as the 14K yellow and white gold emerald and diamond necklace. This is part of a suite that includes matching earrings, brooch and ring. There an 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby heavy link bracelet from a San Francisco collector; an Edwardian gold, platinum, diamond and garnet brooch; and a yellow gold emerald, diamond and ruby butterfly motif pin.

Amongst the fashion items are a selection of handbags and fur coats. The notable example being an Hermes brown crocodile Birkin bag, French, 20th century.

The varied and comprehensive personal collection from the estate record executive Michael Klenfner, who died in 2009, comprises nearly 350 lots of the current auction. Visit to see the lots.

“This is a large and diverse auction,” said auction veteran and owner John Nye, “and a really exciting way to begin a new auction season.”

In early 2010, Nye and Company relocated to Bloomfield, New Jersey making them more easily accessible to New York City. Their location is moments off major interstate arteries (Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 80, 280, 287) and State Routes 3, 46 and 23.

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