Paintings by Francis Cotes and B. Prabha will lead Bruneau & Co.’s online-only auction on August 1st | Pro Club Bd

Portrait painting in oil on canvas by Francis Cotes (UK, 1726-1770) of an aristocratic woman identified on a panel as Mrs Elizabeth Mannering (estimate $5,000-$10,000).
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CRANSTON, RI – A figurative oil painting by celebrated Indian artist B. Prabha (1933-2001) and an aristocratic portrait painting by Francis Cotes (British, 1726-1770) are the principal protagonists in an online fine and decorative arts auction scheduled for Monday , August 1, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Internet bidding takes place on several platforms.

More than just original artwork will be offered in the 337-lot auction, which will feature mostly items from prominent New England estates. “This auction features a wide range of items, from Chinese ceramics to numismatics and fine jewelry,” said Travis Landry, auctioneer at Bruneau & Co. and the firm’s director of pop culture. “There is something for almost everyone”

The 36 inch by 48 inch oil on canvas by B. Prabha depicts two blue-skinned women with bare breasts next to a third dressed in green and yellow. The work is signed and dated (“82”) and has a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000. It is one of two paintings by B. Prabha for sale. The other, showing two women carrying fishing baskets, should fetch $15,000 to $25,000.

Paintings by B. Prabha have previously been offered by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. A work with the title was published in November 2021 Indian painting of women sold for $38,750 at an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. B. Prabha entered the world of fine arts when very few Indian women were professionally involved. She has worked on more than 50 exhibitions inside and outside of India.

The portrait painting in oil on canvas by Francis Cotes shows an aristocratic woman with dark hair dressed in white with pearl and gold accents. A plaque attached to the 36″ by 31″ frame reads “Mrs. Elizabeth Mannering / F Cotes 1726-1770”. The work has a canvas area of ​​30 ¼ in. by 25 ¼ in. It is expected to fetch $5,000 to $10,000.

Figurative oil painting by the celebrated Indian artist B. Prabha (1933-2001) showing two blue-skinned women with bare breasts next to a third woman, signed and dated (’82’) (estimated $20,000-$30,000).
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Cotes learned from the portrait painter George Knapton. His early work was often in pencil and pastel, but by the 1760s Cotes was beginning to follow Reynolds’ style of portraiture. Cotes helped found the Society of Artists and became its Director and was later invited to be one of the first members of the Royal Academy. His work can be found in many galleries.

“This auction features a large selection of 19th and early 20th century American art,” said Kevin Bruneau, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers President and Auctioneer. Anthony Thieme and Charles Cahoon are definitely my favourites.”

The oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (Mass./Calif.,1888-1954), titled buggy ride, is an impressionistic depiction of a man in a buggy driving down a dirt road lined with birch trees and autumn foliage while birds fly about. The 30″ by 36″ painting (visor, unframed) is signed lower left ‘A Thieme’ and has a presale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

Charles Drew Cahoon (Mass., 1861-1951) oil painting is an impressionistic depiction of a windswept sand dune framing a distant ocean. The 12 x 16 inch painting (visor, unframed) is signed lower right and has a plaque on the frame reading ‘Charles Drew Cahoon 1861-1951’. The work has an estimate of $1,000 to $1,500.

Oil on canvas by Anthony Thieme (Mass./California, 1888-1954), titled Buggy Ride, 30 in. x 36 in. (field of view, unframed), signed “A Thieme” lower left (estimate $2,000-3,000).
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Leading the jewelry category is a 17-inch, 18-karat gold, two-strand women’s woven necklace with 25 diamonds and a total weight (with stones) of 55.8 grams (estimate $2,500-$3,500); and a David Yurman chatelaine ring with a morganite center stone and paved bezel, set in 18k rose gold, size 7.14mm, which originally cost $5,500 (estimate $1,800-$2,400).

A 19th-century Westminster mantel clock from Tiffany & Company, with a wooden case and four brass knobs housing a decorative face with cherub and scrollwork elements, was expected to cost $2,500 to $3,500; while an 18th-century South German marquetry table cabinet with two intricately carved column and scroll doors opening to 15 drawers and a door decorated with landscapes and figures is expected to reach $2,500 to $4,000.

A late 19th/early 20th century German Meissen porcelain plate depicting a blond, bare-breasted woman in flowing white diaphanous drapes accompanied by a winged nymph standing beside her in a forest, 9 ½ inches in diameter, should reach 300 to 500 dollars. Also, a pair of Chinese Qing Dynasty Fitzhugh white gilded porcelain vases with orange and gilded court scenes, butterflies, fans, vases and flowers, 10 ¼ inches tall, should cost $500 to $800.

Previews are available by appointment during the week and day of sale, doors open at 9:00 am Eastern Time. The preview will be held at 63 Fourth Avenue, Cranston Gallery, Rhode Island. The auction begins at 6:00 p.m. EST. Bidding is possible by remote, telephone or internet, with a buyer’s premium of 20% (or 18% if paying by cash, check or wire transfer).

Web bidding is powered by,,, and the Bruneau & Co. mobile app. on iTunes or GooglePlay.

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

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the 337 lot Fine & Decorative Arts Online Auction scheduled for Monday, August 1 at 6:00pm EST, visit

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