Terms and Conditions

When you register to bid at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery, you agree to all terms and conditions below. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you are entering into a legally binding contract to pay for any items which you have bid on and won during the auction.

Key points to remember:

*All items are sold as is.

*Payment is due within three (3) days of the auction.

*Items must be removed from our gallery within seven (7) days of auction.

*Auctioneer has the right at his discretion to withdraw any lot from any auction at any time and for any    reason.


  1. AS IS

All items are sold as is, where is, with all faults, and all sales are final. there are no warranties expressed or implied. Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is not responsible for the correctness, nor has Nadeau’s Auction Gallery deemed to have made any representation or warranty on the description, quality, size, importance, genuineness, authorship, attribution, provenance, period, culture, source, origin, or condition of the property. All items are described briefly in our catalog, for detailed descriptions please ask. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. All mechanical items- such as clocks, watches and music boxes are sold as-is, please assume that they are not working.  

Nadeau’s Auction does not guarantee authorship or signatures of paintings. All items are available for your examination prior to bidding. Your registration and participation in bidding will signify that you have examined the items as fully as you desire, or that you have chosen not to examine them. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. Our goal is to provide prospective bidders with accurate and detailed information. We recommend that prospective bidders examine all items in which they have an interest. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you not bid on the item in question. We do not give refunds. No statement written or oral made by the auctioneer or any employees shall be deemed a warranty or assumption of liability by Nadeau’s Auction or by any seller represented by Nadeau’s Auctions.


Each lot in the catalog is briefly described and given a low and high estimate. This estimate represents a conservative range which, in the opinion of Nadeau’s Auction, represents a fair and probable auction value. When possible, the estimate is based on previous auction records of comparable property, condition, rarity, quality and provenances. Estimates are subject to change prior to an auction. Actual prices realized for items can fall below or above this range. An estimate of the selling price should not be relied on as a statement that this is the price at which the item will sell or its value for any other purpose. Estimates do not include the buyer’s premium.   

Glossary of terms for artwork:

Artist name

Example: C. E. PorterThe work is, in our best judgment, by the named artist.


Example: Attributed to C. E. Porter In our opinion, on the basis of style, the work can be ascribed to the named artist but less certainty as to authorship is expressed than in the preceding category.

Studio of

Example: Studio of C. E. PorterIn our opinion, a work by an unknown hand in the studio of the artist, which may or may not have been executed under the artist’s direction.

Circle of

Example: Circle of C. E. Porter – In our opinion, a work by an as of yet unidentified but distinct hand closely associated with the named artist but not necessarily his pupil.

Style of / Follower of

Example: Style of or Follower of C. E. Porter – In our opinion, a work by a painter working in the artist’s style, contemporary or nearly contemporary, but not necessarily his pupil.

Manner of

Example: Manner of C. E. Porter – In our opinion, a work in the style of the artist and of a later date.


Example: After C. E. Porter – In our opinion, a copy of a known work of the artist.

The term “signed and/or dated and/or inscribed” means that, in our opinion, a signature and/or date and/or inscription are from the hand of the artist.

The term “bears a signature and/or date and/or an inscription” means that, in our opinion, a signature and/or date and/or inscription have been added by another hand.

All paintings are measured by sight size and all measurements are given with the height preceding the width. Unless otherwise stated in the description, all pictures are framed. All weights and measurements are approximate.


Condition reports are usually available on request, on lots with a low estimate of $300 and above. Condition reports are answered in the order that they were received. Please understand that regardless of when you request condition information, we will not respond to the request until the week prior to the auction date. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that condition reports requested less than 48 hours prior to an auction will be answered.

Any condition statements are given as a courtesy to prospective buyers. Condition reports are only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact.

Nadeau’s shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Any lot that has multiple pieces will not have a detailed condition report given, you may send a representative in for you. We are not responsible for any omissions in descriptions or in any condition reports, your only guarantee is to preview the items yourself, or have an agent preview for you.     



Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is pleased to offer several options for bidding. Bidding can be done in person at our gallery, over the telephone, via absentee bidding, and live on one of three live bidding platforms. When submitting bids via email or fax, please confirm that we have received them.

  1. In-Person Bidding:

During the auction, the auctioneer will announce the lot number and brief description of each lot. If you would like to bid simply raise your bidding card so that the Auctioneer can see and acknowledge your bid. When all of the bidding for a lot is complete, the auctioneer will announce the winning bidder number and the winning bid amount. When you have completed your bidding on the lots you are interested in, return your bid card to the reception window, review your invoice, and make arrangements for payment and pickup. By participating in In-Person Bidding, you agree to all of our Conditions of Sale.

  1. Telephone Bidding:

To register for a telephone bid, complete an Absentee Bid Form and submit this to Nadeau’s Auction Gallery in person, via email, or fax. In order to participate in telephone bidding, you must agree to an automatic minimum opening bid amount. This amount can change for each auction. Please contact our gallery to confirm the minimum opening bid for the auction you would like to telephone bid on. When completing the absentee bid form, you do not need to enter an amount in the bid section of this form. That field is for absentee bids. In order to be sure your bid is received and entered in time, we request that they be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of an auction. You may send a completed Bid Form by email to info@nadeausauction.com or by faxing it to 860-524-8735 (if faxing bids, please call us to be sure it was received). By submitting this form, you agree to all of our Conditions of Sale including minimum opening bid, and will be registered for the sale.

On the day of auction, a qualified member of our auction team will call you approximately three to five lots before your item is scheduled to be sold. They will confirm with you the item that you are bidding on and the minimum opening bid requirement. The team member will then relay the bidding activity to you and announce your bids to the auctioneer as you request. If you are successful, an invoice will be emailed to you the day of the auction.

  1. Absentee Bidding:

There are several ways that you may submit an Absentee Bid (Left Bid). You may present a completed Absentee Bid Form to our staff during the auction preview, you may place them on our website, or you can email or fax us a completed Absentee Bid Form. By submitting an Absentee Bid, you agree to all of our Conditions of Sale and will be registered for the sale.

You may send a completed Absentee Bid Form by email to info@nadeausauction.com or by faxing it to 860-524-8735 (if faxing bids, please call us to be sure it was received). By submitting this form, you agree to our Conditions of Sale and will be registered for the sale.

When completing your Absentee Bid Form be sure that your bid amount is the maximum amount that you are willing to bid and indicate if you would like to overbid by one increment. One of our experienced staff members will bid competitively for you up to that amount.

  1. Live Online Bidding:

Nadeau’s Auction also runs our auctions on three third party online bidding platforms which include LiveAuctioneers,  Bidsquare and Invaluable. For information on how to bid and buy using these online bidding platforms, please refer to the third party websites. Any absentee bids placed with one of these online bidding platforms are released to Nadeau’s during the time the lot is up for sale and not before. Bids placed in advance of the auction have no timed advantage over those made in real time. The buyer’s premium for bidding on one of these platforms is 28%. By registering to bid on one of our auctions through, LiveAuctioneers,  Bidsquare or Invaluable, you agree to all of our Conditions of Sale.


Your bid is a contract. Nadeau’s Auction Gallery is not responsible for any bids that were placed in error. Most of these errors can be easily prevented by taking the time to clearly read our terms. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our terms we encourage you to contact us PRIOR to bidding. If you are the successful and winning bidder, you have entered into a legally binding contract to purchase the property bid on from the seller. Bidding will begin at a price appropriate at the auctioneer’s discretion. The auctioneer always reserves the right to withdraw a lot for any reason he deems appropriate.

This is a live auction and bids are accepted from the live audience (floor), absentee bids, telephone, and the internet. You may place an absentee bid online and still not prevail when the selling price is the same or, in some cases, lower than the winning bid. The auctioneer accepts bids from where he/she sees them first. Internet bids that were placed prior to the auction are transmitted to the auction gallery during live bidding and not before. The auctioneer is the final determination on who the winning bidder is.  We are providing you with a service, we are not responsible for missed bids or mis-executed bids. The Auctioneer, at his sole discretion, reserves the right to reject any opening bid, which he feels is unacceptable or too low. The auctioneer also reserves the right to withdraw any property