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Sublime Painting by American Landscape Artist John F. Kensett (1816-1872) Soars to $1.08 Million at Cottone Auctions

Geneseo, NY, USA, October 6, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- A truly sublime painting titled Singing Beach & Eagle Rock, Magnolia, Massachusetts by American landscape artist John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872), was the top lot in Cottone Auctions’ Fine Art, Antiques and Clock auction held on Saturday, September 18th. The painting saw trade competition into the high six figures, and easily surpassed its estimate, selling to a private collector by phone for $1.08 million. Overall, the sale grossed $3.7 million.

The Kensett painting was purchased in 1955 by Mrs. Adrian Smith (formerly Lusyd Wright Keating) of Buffalo, New York, from Victor D. Spark of New York, and bequested to her daughter Cynthia Doolittle in 1971. It was previously twice exhibited at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, first in 1958 and again in 1983.

“It has been a privilege to market the painting,” said Matt Cottone of Cottone Auctions. “I was pleased for our consignor – the Doolittles – who could have sent their things anywhere but gave us the opportunity.”

Catalog notes included quotes regarding the painting, including a letter by John K. Howat, assistant curator of American paintings and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Mrs. Adrian W. Smith, on May 25, 1965, stating, “The Kensett strikes me as being a very fine one. The arrangement and colors are very clear and forceful — a good sign in Kensett’s work. The silence of these spare Kensetts is very impressive.”

More recently, Susan Crane, associate curator Albright Knox Art Gallery, in a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Doolittle on March 24, 1983, said, “Your Kensett was an important element in the success of the show — it really made the room glow. Several art historians, in fact, commented on its excellence. It really does rank with the most magnificent of his works, and we are grateful to have been able to show it in the context of his ‘peers’.”

There were also many outstanding lamps in the auction. These were led by a rare Tiffany Studios elaborate Peony lamp on a telescopic library base with a 22-inch shade ($390,000); a fine Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp on a reticulated Indian base with a 20-inch shade ($153,600); a Tiffany Studios, Lily Pad table lamp on a twisted vine base with a 20-inch shade ($127,200); a Tiffany Studios Bamboo table lamp with a 16-inch shade ($136,800); and a rare Duffner and Kimberly Poppy floor lamp on a renaissance floor base ($98,400).

Modern and contemporary art included an oil on canvas designator by Ted Stamm (American, 1944-1984), titled DGR-32 (Dodger), selling for $55,200 to an overseas buyer. A gouache by Patrick Heron sold for $23,400 and Maternite by Vu Cao Dam brought $21,600. An oil on board by British artist Tristram Hillier titled The Mud Berth sold to a U.K buyer for $16,200.

An Early Tibetan Thangka from a private Rochester, New York collection sold to the phones for $30,000. A fine Turkish sword (Kilij) from the historic Wadsworth family sold to a buyer in Istanbul for $24,000, and a rare 17th century scagliola table, also from the Wadsworth family, brought $12,000.

The clocks category featured a rare E. Howard & Co. No. 49 astronomical hanging regulator, purchased directly from Edward Howard in 1875 by Henry Abbott, which sold for $174,000 to a bidder by phone. Other highlights included a rare D. J. Gale astronomical calendar gallery clock, patent model 1871, selling for $43,200, and a Robert Houdin (Paris) mystery swinging clock, which sold for $12,000.

Americana featured two exemplary Navajo weavings, one a Second Phase chief’s blanket, circa 1860-1870, the other a Navajo transitional blanket, in near pristine condition. Both were descended in the family of Othniel Charles Marsh, a paleontologist at Yale University. The blankets were purportedly given to him by Red Cloud, the native American Sioux chief. After intense competition, the blankets totaled $204,000.

Period furniture was led by a fine and rare Chippendale serpentine blocked-end slant-front desk, circa 1770, figured mahogany with a deep rich amber patina, shell carved and blocked interior, block ends and bold ball and claw feet with original period brasses, from the Wadsworth family ($15,000); and a diminutive New England Queen Anne tiger maple highboy, circa 1740-1760, with a deep rich honey brown patina, cabriole legs and pad feet with period brasses, purchased from Israel Sack in the 1940’s ($18,600).

For more information about Cottone Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auction events, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com; or, call (585) 243-1000.

About Cottone Auctions:
Since 1985, Cottone Auctions has expertly handled a diverse mix of fine art and antiques for national and international audiences. With average sales between $1 million and $2.5 million, our typical offerings include Fine Jewelry, Asian Art, Modern Design, American & European Paintings, Decorative Items, Americana, Native American, Oriental Rugs, and more. Allow Cottone to be your gateway to the international art market through live internet and unlimited phone bidding. Cottone Auctions strives to provide welcoming personal service with outstanding final results. We are proud to work with private individuals, estates, museums, and institutions across the United States and all over the world. If you represent a museum, have a private collection, or are deaccessioning a single time or an estate, contact us today to learn more about how to consign. To learn more, please visit www.cottoneauctions.com.

Gorgeous Galle Cameo Glass Vases Lead The Way in Neue Auctions’ Online-Only Art & Antiques Auction held September 25th

Beachwood, OH, USA, October 8, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Vibrant, colorful vases and table lamps by Galle and other famous makers, lithographs by Charles Burchfield, Alberto Giacometti and other noted artists, Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces, original oil paintings, sterling silver flatware and more all came up for bid in Neue Auctions’ online-only Art & Antiques auction held September 25th.

The two top lots were Galle vases. A Galle cameo glass blown out vase with a Plums design, 15 ½ inches tall, of baluster form, fire polished with pendant branches heavy with plums, finished at $9,840; while a large Galle cameo glass vase, Lilies, 23 inches tall, of baluster form with incised Galle signature, cameo carved with lily flowers on long leafy stems, changed hands for $9,225.

A lovely Galle cameo glass scenic table lamp, the base with tall pines in a mountain landscape, the shade showing eagles soaring over clouds, 14 inches tall, sold within estimate for $4,612. Also, a Muller Freres scenic cameo glass lamp with a domed shade on a baluster base, 14 ½ inches tall, the shade cameo carved with a hunting dog, pheasant, pond and trees, made $1,722.

The sale consisted of 404 lots that included undiscovered finds in many categories. Most were acquired from regional estates and longtime collectors. Most items sold within estimate or above. “We also had the most viewers ever watching the auction,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions, “and that was exciting for our team members. The strength of this sale and its statistics tell me online bidding is healthy. Now’s a good time to sell the finer things to a global audience.”

Maciejewski added, “The bottom line is, as long as our consignors and bidders are happy, we’re happy, and profitable, too. This allows us to continue bringing in the best auction inventory, whether through referral or marketing. We’re constantly reviewing fine collections for auction.”

Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

A lithograph on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled Summer Benediction, the Print Club of Cleveland publication #31 for 1953, edition of 250 plus 10, went for $5,228 (a record price for the image); while framed a lithograph on Arches paper by Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966), titled House in Majolica, signed and numbered (“26/65”), rose to $3,690.

The paintings category featured an oil on canvas marine work by Mauritz Frederik De Haas (Dutch/American, 1832-1895), of a craggy coast with figures along the rocks and sails at sea, signed, that rang up $8,610; and an oil on wood panel tranquil river scene with two boys in a boat by Emilio Sanchez Perrier (Spanish, 1855-1907), also signed, that commanded $4,612.

A lovely collection of oil paintings by the American artist Andre (Gittelson) Gisson (1921-2003) came up for bid, including a beautiful oil on linen canvas Still Life with Flowers that was signed upper right and housed in a 32 inch by 38 inch frame ($2,091); and a colorful and vibrant oil on canvas Paris street scene, signed lower left, 24 inches by 12 inches (sight, less frame) ($1,845).

Fans and collectors of silver had much to consider, including a Gorham Buttercup sterling flatware service that brought $2,214; a Towle sterling flatware service in the King Richard pattern in a fitted felt-lined case, weighing 90.66511 oz. troy ($1,722); and several pieces of Old English silver, including a Hester Bateman sterling silver tea caddy produced in 1784 ($1,230).

Henri Matisse and Salvador Dali both were represented in the sale. An etching on chine colle by Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled Nu Pour Cleveland, rendered in 1932, signed and numbered (“231/250”), brought $4,612; while a signed lithograph in colors with collage from 1971 by Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989), titled Trotting Horses No. 2, from Dali’s Currier & Ives series, hit $1,476.

A set of ten vintage Eero Saarinen black wool upholstered executive chairs, comprising eight side chairs and two armchairs, with tubular chrome steel legs, each one 37 inches tall, gaveled for a respectable $5,842. Also, a Charles and Ray Eames molded LCW lounge chair made from molded ash plywood with a shaped back and seat and raised on molded legs, realized $1,476.

Mid-Century Modern furniture was led by a dining/conference table in solid walnut, the long oval form with squared ends raised on squared legs, 117 inches in length and 45 inches deep ($4,612); and a walnut stereo cabinet, rectangular form with hinged doors, inset stereo speakers and Empire Gold turntable and a Macintosh MX 110, plus a variety of vintage albums ($1,476).

A beautiful Mettlach stoneware charger by Heinrich Schlitt, 17 ½ inches in diameter, the large circular form depicting a scholarly gnome reading a book in a toadstool forest, signed lower left with impressed marks for Mettlach and stamped ‘2698’, earned $3,321. Also, a Royal Worcester Embassy pattern dinner service for twelve with the Royal Worcester mark in black made $3,075.

As mentioned, numerous items sailed past their high estimates. A few examples are as follows:

  • A large 19th century carved pine and scallop shell ornament with a gilded finish, 15 inches tall with a wire for hanging, sold for $2,460 against an estimate of $300-$500.
  • A Grand Tour early Christian brass relief of The Crucifixion, cast in low to high relief with the corpus Christi flanked by apostles, rose to $1,845 against a $400-$700 estimate.
  • A pair of conical black enameled Swedish lamp shades with teak wood arms and mounts, designed for Luxus by Uno & A-sten Kristiansson (sold for $1,599, estimate $150-$300).
  • A Bitossi for Raymor ceramic vase, cylindrical form and glazed with concentric rings in various colors and glaze textures, signed Italy 1393A (sold $1,599, estimate $100-$300).

Internet bidding was facilitated by the two platforms: Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

Neue Auctions’ next event is slated for Saturday, October 30th, at 10 am Eastern time. The auction will feature fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture, decorative arts and more. To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notifications and information regarding all current and future sales. For info, visit www.neueauctions.com. Neue Auctions’ next event is slated for Saturday, October 30th, at 10 am Eastern time. The auction will feature fine art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, furniture, decorative arts and more. To learn more about Neue Auctions, visit www.neueauctions.com.

The Classic Car Collection of Larry and Dawn Menard will be Auctioned Oct. 2 in Chippewa Falls, WI

Chippewa Falls, WI, USA, September 24, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- The Larry and Dawn Menard collection of rare and classic cars, gas station signs and other petroliana, fine pickup trucks, vintage motorcycles, antique tractors, over 300 pieces of memorabilia and more will be auctioned Saturday, October 2nd, in the Expo Building of the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, at 225 Edwards Street in Chippewa Falls.

The auction has a start time of 9 am Central. Gates will open at 7 am. “We hope everyone can come and bid on a chance to own one of these fabulous collector cars and more,” said Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions, the Minnesota auction house conducting the sale. “But even if you can’t attend in person, you can bid online” (thru www.VanDerBrinkAuctions.com).

The auction is a rare and vintage car collector’s dream, packed with rides like a fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet convertible, a fuel-injected 1963 Corvette with the split rear window, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1950 Ford Woody wagon, a 1935 Ford 3-window coupe, the complete Tri-Five series of Chevrolet convertibles and Nomad wagons, amazing 1958 and 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertibles, a 1959 Series 62 Cadillac, great vintage pickups, a 2007 NASCAR rolling body, beautiful customs, and over 300 pieces of automotive memorabilia. Many of the vintage cars have been lovingly restored back to their original showroom condition by Larry and Dawn.

Folks in the Midwest will instantly recognize the Menard name. Menard’s is famous throughout the region as a hardware store chain that sells everything from birdseed to lumber. For years, Larry Menard was the face of the company and could be seen at stores, giving sales and product seminars. His recent death led his wife Dawn to made the tough decision to sell their collection.

Larry grew up on the family farm in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and learned hard work at an early age. He enjoyed cars, speed and their styling, too, and was just 12 years old when he sold his 4-H calf with the idea of buying his first car, with help from his Uncle Ed. Larry had heard that a neighbor had a 1935 Ford slant black sedan for sale. He promptly bicycled over and bought it.

So, at age 12, he proudly drove that car home (his bike in the trunk), and when he got there his father asked him, “Did you get the title?” Larry had been so excited about getting the car, he’d completely forgotten about the title. But the experience convinced him he was a deal maker who was destined for a life in sales, and he vowed then to start collecting rare old automobiles, too.

Larry’s father didn’t want his sons, Larry and John, to spend their lives farming, and he began a family business, building pre-fab buildings. He gave the boys the first building, which they used to sell lumber out of a boxcar. That modest beginning, of selling lumber and pre-fab buildings, eventually became Menard’s – everything under one roof for all one’s building and home needs.

When Larry was still in high school, he hung out with a friend and kindred spirit who also loved cars and had a sister, too, named Dawn. The two never dated back, then, but years later they were reintroduced at the Menard’s store in Eau Claire by Dawn’s daughter. A strong connection was quickly established and the two became soulmates. It turned out Dawn loved old cars, too.

Larry and Dawn embarked on a life together that was centered around their rapidly growing car collection (and work of course). They loved to go to cruises with car buddies. They never missed Back to the 50s and Good Guys car shows. They had a list of cars that they looked for and actively sought out. One was a 1935 Ford, since that was Larry’s first car. They loved “the hunt”.

Eventually, the collection expanded to include not just classic cars but other American classics: gas pumps, porcelain signs and many items of petroliana and memorabilia. A collection became a museum. Larry and Dawn’s adventure continued for many years along the road of life, through all the twists and turns they encountered, leading up to Larry’s death and Dawn’s decision to sell.

An open-house preview will be held the day before the auction, on Friday, October 1st, from 10-6 Central time, at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds at 225 Edwards Street in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Masks are recommended but not required for the open-house preview. The auction, on the following day, October 2nd, starting at 9 am, will be held in the Expo Building.

For more information about the sale of the Larry and Dawn Menard collection on October 2nd, visit www.VanderBrinkAuctions.com.

Neue Auctions’ Online Art & Antiques Auction on Saturday, September 25th, Features Undiscovered Finds in Many Categories

Beachwood, OH, USA, September 16, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Neue Auctions’ online-only Art & Antiques auction on Saturday, September 25th at 10 am Eastern time, is an exciting offering of more than 400 lots that include undiscovered finds in many categories. Most were acquired from regional estates and longtime collectors. Paintings, works on paper, glass and Asian ceramics will all come under the gavel.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by two platforms: Liveauctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.

The list of artists in the auction reads like a who’s who in the fine art world, names like Henri Matisse, Charles Burchfield, Georges Braque, John Cyril Harrison, Emilio Sanchez Perrier, Mauritz Frederik De Haas, Franklin D. Briscoe, Andre Gisson and many others. The superb glass collection includes gorgeous examples from Galle, Legras, Muller Freres, Daum and others.

“We are also privileged to be offering many fine Mid-Century Modern pieces from a home in Akron, Ohio, where the interior designer was Isabelle Lichtenstein, the wife of the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein,” said Bridget McWilliams, an appraisal services specialist at Neue Auctions. “In fact, Roy hung the curtains in the house. The couple worked there in the late ‘50s and ‘60s.”

Items from the home include a Japan Series upholstered teakwood lounge chair (1957), designed by Finn Juhl for France and Son (Denmark) and retailed by John Stuart (estimate: $600-$1,000); and a Jens Risom walnut two-part rectangular credenza, the left side with a hinged blind door and tambour door and the right side having four graduated long doors (estimate: $500-$1,000).

The paintings category will feature an oil on canvas marine work by Mauritz Frederik De Haas (Dutch/American, 1832-1895), of a rocky coast with figures along the rocks and sails at sea, signed (estimate: $4,000-$6,000); and an oil on wood panel tranquil river scene with two boys in a boat by Emilio Sanchez Perrier (Spanish, 1855-1907), also signed (estimate: $6,000-$9,000).

A lithograph on Arches paper by Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901-1966), titled House in Majolica, signed lower right and numbered (“26/65”) and matted and framed, should bring $4,000-$6,000; while an etching on chine colle by Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), titled Nu Pour Cleveland (1932), signed and numbered (“231/250”) has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

The outstanding glass collection comprises around 75 pieces in all and includes cameo glass and Victorian glass. The Galle pieces are expected to do particularly well. A few examples include:

  • A large Galle cameo glass vase, Lilies, 23 inches tall, of baluster form with incised Galle signature, cameo carved with lily flowers on long leafy stems (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A Galle cameo glass scenic table lamp, the base with tall pines in a mountain landscape, the shade showing eagles soaring over clouds, 14 inches tall (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A Galle cameo glass blown out vase with a Plums design, 15 ½ inches tall, of baluster form, fire polished with pendant branches heavy with plums (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).

Fans and collectors of silver will have much to consider, including a Gorham Buttercup sterling flatware service (estimate: $2,000-$4,000); a Towle sterling flatware service in the King Richard pattern in a fitted felt-lined case, weighing 90.66511 oz. troy; and several pieces of Old English silver, including a Hester Bateman sterling silver tea caddy from 1784 (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Other Old English silver pieces include a silver brandy warmer and stand (London, 1826), possibly by Allen Dominy (estimate: $400-$700); two silver gadrooned dishes (London, 1801), each engraved with a unicorn crest and motto (estimate: $500-$1,000); and a sterling silver tankard (London, 1804), fitted with a silver gilt figure of a running fox (estimate: $800-$1,200).

Fine furniture will feature an early 19th century English Regency marble top console cabinet on fluted columnar supports, painted in faux bois with gilded leaf design (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); and an 18th century Chinese Chippendale armchair with an arched crest rail over a fretwork back, with scroll arms and fretwork side supports above an upholstered seat (estimate: $1,000-$2,000).

A lovely collection of oil paintings by the American artist Andre (Gittelson) Gisson (1921-2003) will be offered, a couple with provenance tracing them to the Vixseboxse Art Galleries in Cleveland. They include Portrait of a Young Girl in a Lavender Hat and Portrait of a Girl with White Bow. Both are artist signed, framed, and carry identical pre-sale estimates of $400-$800.

Gisson works with loftier estimates include a beautiful oil on linen canvas Still Life with Flowers that’s signed upper right and housed in a 32 inch by 38 inch frame (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and a colorful and vibrant oil on canvas Parisian street scene, signed lower left and with a canvas size of 24 inches by 12 inches (sight, less frame). It’s expected to change hands for $600-$1,000.

A lithograph on paper by Charles Burchfield (American, 1893-1967), titled Summer Benediction, the Print Club of Cleveland publication #31 for 1953, edition of 250 plus 10, has an estimate of $1,500-$2,500; while a workingman’s lithograph by Edward Arthur Wilson (Scottish/American, 1872-1912), titled The Propeller (1941), one from an edition of 200, should finish at $200-$400.

Two of the more intriguing artworks in the auction are a color woodcut with embossing on handmade paper by Katharine Hood McCormick (American, 1882-1960), titled Rittenhouse Square, Spring, signed, titled and matted (estimate: $1,000-$2,000); and an offset lithograph film poster for Andy Warhol’s 1968 movie Flesh, starring Joe D’Allessandro (estimate: $100-$200).

Returning to the house in Akron, other Mid-Century Modern treasures include a circa 1950s-‘60s Massimo Vignelli for Venini pendant glass lamp having a conical shade with concentric rings in blue, green, maroon and plum colored glass (estimate: $400-$700); and a Charles and Ray Eames rocker for Herman Miller with a molded fiberglass orange seat (estimate: $400-$600).

Other Akron house pieces will include a circa 1950s-‘60s Venini pendant glass lamp, 11 inches tall, with an expanding pattern of vertical stripes in yellow and red (estimate: $400-$700); a Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe Barcelona lounge chair for Knoll International, with black tufted leather upholstery on an X form chromed steel base (estimate: $700-$900); and an Eero Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, having a steel frame and wool upholstery (estimate: $300-$600).

To learn more about Neue Auctions and the Art & Antiques auction that’s planned for Saturday, September 25th at 10 am Eastern, visit www.neueauctions.com.

Stevens Auction’s Sept. 25 Auction will Feature Beautiful Antiques and Southern Finery from Four Mississippi Estates

Aberdeen, MS, USA, September 17, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Hundreds of beautiful antiques and Southern finery from four Mississippi estates – two in Columbus, one in Tupelo and one in Southaven – will come up for bid at a Mid-Summer Antique Auction planned for Saturday, September 25th, at 10 am Central time, by Stevens Auction Company, live in the Aberdeen gallery and online via LiveAuctioneers.com.

The sale has 441 lots, many of them fine furniture pieces by renowned 19th century American makers like Mitchell & Rammelsberg, Thomas Brooks and Alexander Roux. But there are also wonderful decorative accessories, too, such as a seven-piece set of Moser wine glasses (estimate: $500-$1,500) and a lovely gold gilded Victorian over-the-mantel mirror (estimate: $800-$1,500).

In the furniture category, a gorgeous mahogany carved four-poster plantation bed with flamed finials and a heavily carved headboard, 93 inches tall, 62 inches wide and 75 inches long, has a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-$5,000. Also, a rosewood triple-back sofa attributed to Alexander Roux, heavily carved and quite beautiful, 78 inches wide, is expected to sell for $1,000-$2,000.

A Tennessee sugar chest with a divider and drawer at the bottom and Sheraton turn legs, 29 inches tall by 43 inches wide and pulled from a Tennessee home, should bring $2,500-$4,000; while a walnut Victorian oval center table by Thomas Brooks, with white marble, 37 inches long by 29 inches in diameter, would be a handsome addition to any home (estimate: $1,200-$2,000).

A George III style ebonized mahogany triple fusée musical bracket clock with eight nestev bells, gilt bronze mounted, is expected to hit $2,500-$3,500. Also, an 80-piece set of Chantilly sterling flatware by Gorhan should hammer for $2,000-$3,500; and a hand-painted Limoges porcelain punch bowl with five cups, grapes and flowers, signed Austria, should finish at $600-$1,000.

Two ornate cast iron garden benches, both white, loveseat-size with a rounded gothic back, will be offered as separate lots (each estimated at $1,000-$2,000). Also, a pastel painting of a lady in a gold gilded wood frame, with a Royal seal and French signature, has an estimate of $500-$900.

A roll-top walnut Victorian desk with a fitted interior and carved man and woman heads, 50 inches tall by 56 inches wide, should knock down for $1,200-$2,000; a walnut Victorian rococo writing desk with pierce carved gallery, 65 inches tall, has an estimate of $1,000-$2,000; and a solid oak Wooten S roll-top desk, signed, with a Rotary patent, should realize $2,500-$4,000.

In the market for a sideboard? A mahogany Empire Revival sideboard with bow front doors, acanthus carved column, claw feet and bevel mirror backsplash, 66 inches tall and 72 inches long, is expected to make $1,200-$2,000. Also, a mahogany sideboard with exaggerated column ends, four drawers and two doors, 45 inches tall by 77 inches wide, should garner $500-$1,000.

Or perhaps a secretary is on your wish-list. A flamed mahogany slant front secretary, period Empire, with all beaded trim in place, in great condition, 98 inches tall by 46 inches wide, is expected to bring $1,500-$2,500. Also, an early cherry slant front secretary with dove tailing, bracket feet and original pulls, 42 inches tall by 39 inches wide, should fetch $600-$1,200.

A rosewood Victorian etagere with a bonnet crown and white marble top, 8 feet 3 inches tall by 58 inches wide, carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,500-$3,500. Also, an early flame mahogany Empire chest with column front, turned legs and backsplash, should command $700-$1,500.

A Tennessee cherry pie safe with peg construction, two drawers and two doors, 49 inches tall by 43 inches wide, is expected to change hands for $1,000-$3,000; and a tall (80 inches) quarter sawn oak china cabinet with bow front, leaded glass doors, curved glass ends, a full column front, carved crown and claw feet, should ring up. Many other furniture pieces will also be sold.

An open house preview will be held at the gallery on Friday, September 24th, from 10 am-7 pm.

Doors will open at 8 am on auction day, Sept. 25th. Pictures are continually being added to the Stevens website (www.stevensauction.com), so interested parties are encouraged to check often for new additions and further information. For information not contained in the sales brochure, please call 662-369-2200 or email to [email protected] Phone bids are welcome.

Terms of payment are all major credit cards or pre-approved business or personal checks (with proper ID), or wire transfer. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases, with an extra 3 percent processing fee for credit cards. A sales tax will be charged as well, except for those bidders with a valid state resale number. Light refreshments will be served on auction day.

To learn more about Stevens Auction Company and the Mid-Summer Antique Auction planned for Saturday, Sept. 25th visit www.stevensauction.com. Updates are posted often.

About Stevens Auction Company:
Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (662) 369-2200; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected] To learn more about Stevens Auction Company, visit www.stevensauction.com.

A Cubist Oil Painting by Maqbool Fida Husain (Indian, 1915-2011) will Headline Bruneau & Co.’s Sept. 30th Online Auction

Cranston, RI, USA, September 18, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- A dynamic oil on canvas Cubist painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain, an early 20th century Tiffany Studios ‘Bleeding Heart’ table lamp, and a circa 1904 Caille Brothers (Chicago) Eclipse upright 25-cent slot machine are all expected to do well in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction on Thursday, September 30th.

The online-only auction has a start time of 6 pm Eastern and will be highlighted by a single-owner collection of antiques and collectibles. In all, 333 lots will come up for bid. All items can be previewed, by appointment only, in the Bruneau & Co. gallery located at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston. For an appointment, call 401-533-9980, or send an email to [email protected]

“I enjoy doing the online bidding during these online-only auctions because it is like a video game with so much action,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer. Company president Kevin Bruneau added, “You never know what you’re going to find in a house, especially in New England. The single-owner collection being sold was just five minutes away from the gallery.”

With a stout pre-sale estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the Cubist painting by Maqbool Fida Husain (India, 1915-2011) is a strong pick for top lot of the auction. The monotone composition of gray, black and white depicts a rider on the back of a wild horse. Impressive at 46 inches by 24 inches (sight, less frame), the work comes with a certificate of authenticity from Husain’s son, Shafat.

Maqbool Fida Husain was dubbed the “Picasso of India”. He started off painting billboard signs in India but quickly started blending together folk, tribal and mythological arts in a unique, modified Cubist style. He was one of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century and was a founding member of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group.

The early 20th century Tiffany Studios (N.Y.) ‘Bleeding Heart’ table lamp, 22 inches tall overall, has an emerald green marbled glass grid lampshade with yellow leaf and vine belting over a thin, shapely column, supported by a round base. The lamp presents beautifully and was in working order at testing. The lampshade measures 16 inches in diameter (estimate: $10,000-$15,000).

The Caille Brothers Eclipse 25-cent slot machine, manufactured in Chicago around 1904, is a 63-inch-tall upright floor wheel model having an oak cabinet with a glass front and decorated with cherubs framed by Corinthian columns and ornate acanthus leaves and fine figural metal work throughout. The handsome machine, restored about 15 years ago, should fetch $10,000-$15,000.

A large 20th century marble fountain that at one time graced the grounds of the Russian Embassy in the United States, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$4,000. The base alone is 46 inches tall and the ornately carved basin, 17 inches tall and 36 inches in diameter, is decorated with three eagles having outstretched wings, supported by a column with putti, dolphins, swags and sphinx.

A bronze, enamel and hardstone Viennese dancer sculpture by the noted Austrian artist Gerda Iro Gerdago (1906-2004), 14 ¼ inches in height, is estimated to sell for $800-$1,200. The sculpture depicts a woman frozen in a dynamic pose, while dressed in an elaborate costume of navy blue and lavender enamel over gilded bronze. The work is signed “Gerdago” on the hem of her skirt.

Gerdago studied in Berlin and Paris before working as an assistant to the architect Oskar Strnad. During this time, she began to design statuettes of figures in dramatic poses often dressed in futuristic costumes and eccentric headgear. The Viennese foundry Artur Rubinstein had also produced some of her designs and created Gerdago signed objects.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com and the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction on Thursday, September 30th, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently.

About Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers:
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions, with commissions as low as zero percent. Now would be a perfect time to clean out your attic. To contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers about consigning a single piece or an entire collection, you may send an e-mail to [email protected] Or, you can phone them at 401-533-9980. To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, please visit www.bruneauandco.com.

Chinese Porcelain Bowl Decorated with An Enamel Dragon Design Knocks Down for $200,000 in Briggs Auction’s July 30 Sale

Garnet Valley, PA, USA, September 9, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Briggs Auction’s Fine Estates Auction held on July 30th featured a fine selection of antique and modern furnishings, fine art, fine porcelains, decorative arts and more. “This was a well-received auction with a wide variety of items that appealed to a broad range of bidders,” said Stephen Turner, the president of Briggs Auction, Inc. “Strong prices were a good indication the industry is thriving.”

The highlight of the auction was a lovely Chinese covered porcelain bowl, beautifully decorated with an enamel dragon design and a double-ring Yongzheng mark, paired with a small famille rose covered teapot with a calligraphy mark. The bowl gaveled for $200,000 (all prices quoted include the buyer’s premium). It was part of a collection from a direct descendant of Thomas Alexander Scott (Pennsylvania, 1823-1881).

“It was very exciting,” Mr. Turner said, “and gratifying to see this rare piece of Chinese decorative arts be so competitively fought over by bidders across the globe. The intense interest this small bowl generated almost from the day the auction was posted online showed us that we had an incredibly special piece on our hands. We’re very happy not only for the consignor’s family, and for the bowl’s new owner as well.”

Other items from the same collection included two early 20th century Louis Vuitton monogram steamer trunks, which realized $12,250 and $6,875; a grouping of ten Sevres porcelain cabinet plates with central floral medallions and various maker marks ($9,375); a grouping of fifteen Mintons Aesthetic Movement porcelain plates, each decorated for the Japanese market with raised gold and silver ikebana designs ($6,000); and a rare German horizontal table clock of hexagonal form, circa early 18th century, signed for Peter Krenckel, who worked as an assistant to Wilhelm Köberle in Eichstätt, Germany ($6,250).

The Scott descendant collection also featured a fine assortment of antique sterling silver decorative items, to include a Scandinavian silver peg tankard with an inset Danish Coronation of Queen Caroline Mathilde medal and with a “JJE” hallmark ($10,625); a fine English sterling silver kettle on stand with 1751 date mark ($4,560); and a fine English sterling silver epergne with an 1818 date mark ($4,500).

Mid-Century Modern furniture and decorative arts continue to see strong prices, as a fine George Nakashima end table with unusual triangular-form free-edge top on a Minguren I base, circa late 1960s/early 1970s, was no exception, changing hands for $8,750. Also, a pair of Modern design floor-standing metal sound sculptures in the style of Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient hammered for $5,000.

More traditional styles also did well, including a set of ten Stickley Colonial Williamsburg Restoration Georgian-style mahogany dining chairs ($3,500); a large 18th century or earlier Flemish verdure tapestry with bucolic design ($7,500); a fine pair of antique Chinese Export gilt mirrors with reverse-painted crests depicting two figures ($3,250); an American carved wall panel featuring an eagle in relief surrounded by a wreath, cornucopia, and fruit and floral design ($3,250); a lovely A Chinese silver and carved pale jade belt hook and plaque fitted as a hand mirror ($5,000); and a more contemporary David Goode signed and numbered cast bronze sculpture titled The Ferryman, from the artist’s The Goblin Collection ($4,250).

Fine art covered a variety of genres and periods, with many pieces achieving great prices, including a James Webb oil on panel genre scene harbor landscape ($8,750); a painting attributed to Thomas Chambers Hudson River School oil on canvas depicting a view of West Point ($6,875); a Harry Leith Ross oil on board illustration titled Soda Fountain ($5,280); a Joan Miró etching with aquatint titled Demi-Mondaine a Sa Fenetre ($5,250); a mixed-media illustration on panel attributed to Stanley Arthurs of a colonial military procession ($3,600); a Frank Earle Schoonover oil on canvas landscape titled Fall October ($3,250); and a large Itzchak Tarkay acrylic on canvas of three women at a café table ($4,320).

Internet bidding was done through Briggs Auction’s Bid at Briggs platform and via LiveAuctioneers.com.

Please visit www BriggsAuction.com for their full auction schedule and details.

About Briggs Auction, Inc.:
Briggs Auction, Inc. is a four-generation, family-owned and operated auction house located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, offering online auctions, estate appraisal services and real estate auctions for estates, downsizers and more. Their bi-weekly Discovery auctions feature over 1,000 lots of antique and name-brand furnishings, decorative and fine art, fine and costume jewelry, silver, collectibles, coins, toys, tools, home goods, estate vehicles and more. Monthly Fine Estates auctions feature wonderful 18th and 19th century and Mid-Century Modern furnishings, period and contemporary decorative arts, fine art and sculpture, fine porcelains, estate fine jewelry, silver and more. Please visit www BriggsAuction.com for their full auction schedule and details.

Items from The Estates of Two Texas Icons will be Auctioned Online, September 11th and 12th

Dallas, TX, USA, September 1, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Two important Dallas estates, plus other fine consignments in a wide variety of categories, will come up for bid in a two-day, online and absentee-only auction planned for the weekend of September 11th and 12th by J. Garrett Auctioneers, based in Dallas. Start times both days will be 10 am Central time. Nearly 1,000 quality lots will come up for bid in the two days.

Headlining the auction is the collection of oil magnate Jimmy Musselman. “Mr. Musselman has a knack for finding oil, and he found accidental celebrity when he starred in the movie Big Men, produced by Bratt Pitt,” said Julie Garrett VanDolen, an officer with J. Garrett Auctioneers. “We are honored and privileged to be selling the contents of his Dallas mansion home in the auction.”

The other major estate is that of Onesia Rigney (1940-2020), the renowned interior designer whose husband, the late Frank Rigney, founded Anderson’s Furniture in Dallas in the 1960s. “Ms. Rigney was known for her timeless interiors and for maintaining a portfolio of classical traditional design,” VanDolen said. “We are pleased to offer the contents of her Dallas home.”

Onesia Rigney graduated from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in Interior Design. She was hired as a trainee designer by Anderson’s Studio and was elevated to developing residential and commercial clients. In 1976 she married Frank Rigney and carried on his family business. Ms. Rigney was a member of the American Association of Interior Designers (ASID).

The auction will feature important 19th century oil paintings, a large collection of rose famille porcelain, Reed and Barton Francis I and other fine silver, two pristine Lalique Bacchantes bowls, a Steinway piano, a pair of cloisonné pagodas, rubies and diamonds and designer jewelry by names such as Cartier, Gurhan, Kurt Wayne and Tiffany, plus wonderful decorative items.

Day 1 highlights will feature an oil on panel marine painting by Edward Potthast (1857-1927), titled Blue Boats (circa 1920s), signed lower right and nicely housed in a 14 ¼ inch by 12 ¼ inch frame; and a large, early-to-mid-20th century Italian oil on canvas landscape, signed lower right Belle Firenze (Beautiful Florence), impressive at 47 ¼ inches by 71 ¼ inches (sight, less frame).

Gorgeous French furniture will be offered in abundance, to include these expected star lots:

  • An exceptional roll-top desk by Henry Dasson, with detailed cast gilt bronze mounts, reticulated gallery and a tooled leather writing surface, stamped “Henry Dasson 1889”.
  • A nice pair of 19th century carved walnut bergères (armchairs having an unusually low and deep seat, with cane woven back and sides), boasting custom designer upholstery.
  • An early 20th century parcel gilt settee, with custom chinoiserie motif upholstery and bolsters, 72 inches wide and 42 ½ inches tall.

An exquisitely detailed, 19th century Italian marble statue of a young fisherman, signed on the base “Sol Corelli, Firenze” (Florence), stands 46 ¼ inches tall, with all fingers and toes intact. Also sold will be a 19th century French bronze and marble jardiniere centerpiece featuring cherubs and horses with a fish form base, previously used outdoors and 15 inches in height.

Fine jewelry will be offered across both auction days. Expected Day 1 top performers include an 18kt gold diamond necklace with 136 diamonds weighing over 20 carats, 18 inches long (over $120,000 retail); and a GIA-certified tanzanite pendant on a 17-inch platinum chain, tanzanite surrounded by diamonds to comprise a pendant with diamond bail (estimated $80,000 retail).

On to Day 2, where jewelry will also be in the spotlight, with a spectacular Elizabeth Gage pearl and gold necklace, 55 inches long, with baroque South Sea pearls set in heavy molten 18kt gold shell caps to each end and polished gold jump-rings (retail over $160,000) and a pair of diamond solitaire stud earrings, about 3 carats each set in platinum with screw backs (over $86,000 retail).

A 7-piece Reed and Barton sterling tea service in the Francis I pattern includes a coffee pot, a teapot, a kettle on a stand, a covered sugar bowl, a cream pitcher, a waste bowl and serving tray, circa 19341-1949, weighing about 361 troy oz. Also offered will be a monumental, 7-foot-tall by 5-foot-wide chandelier made from rock crystal and cut crystal prisms.

From France comes a rare, custom-made and stenciled Louis Vuitton trunk, with the original label affixed and all hardware present, plus the original interior tray and one key, all in very good condition; and a 19th century Louis XVI style bronze mounted mahogany vitrine, 88 ½ inches tall by 36 inches wide, the interior glass shelves 25 inches in diameter, the cabinet fitted with a light.

Asian lots on Day 2 will feature a Chinese cloisonné brazier in pagoda form resting on a tripodal imperial Nara deer base, on a pedestal, 52 inches tall, including the 8 ½ inch tall 20th century pedestal; and a monumental early 20th century Chinese lacquer floor screen depicting a large town scene flanked by dragons and town scenes verso, each panel 111 ¼ inches by 21 ½ inches.

Online bidding will be facilitated by the popular bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com, with phone and absentee bids also accepted. In-person previews will be held on September 9th and 10th, from 10-5 Central time each day and the jewelry on display from 10-3 each day. Appointments will be held in the J. Garrett Auctioneers gallery at 9203 Diplomacy Row in Dallas. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced; masks are required at all times.

To learn more about J. Garrett Auctioneers and the two-day, online-only auction on September 11th and 12th featuring the Jimmy Musselman and Onesia Rigney estates, starting at 10 am Central time both days, please visit www.jgarrettauctioneers.com. Updates are posted frequently.

Nye & Company’s Online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures Auction, September 8-9, is Packed with Fine and Decorative Arts

Bloomfield, NJ, USA, August 25, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Chic and Antique Estate Treasures auction features property from the Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf family, the NAMITS collection, the estate of Peter Benchley (the author of JAWS, Princeton, N.J.), and several private collections. It is slated for Wednesday and Thursday, September 8th and 9th, at 10 am Eastern both days. Up for bid are thousands of lots of fine and decorative arts.

Real time Internet bidding and absentee bidding will be provided by the popular platforms LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com, as well as the Nye & Company website: www.nyeandcompany.com. Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

“This is going to be a special sale,” said Andrew Holter, Director of Business Development at Nye & Company Auctioneers, adding, “It is sure to delight collectors, dealers and institutions alike and features an exceptionally curated selection of property from private collections, with an emphasis on American and European furniture, books, folk art, textiles, Chinese and Japanese works of art, silver and jewelry. For those who prefer contemporary and modern to the traditional, there is also a nice selection of chic furniture, lighting and carpets.”

Headlining the auction are works from a private collection based in New England. The collection features a delightful group of early American furniture, folk art and Northeastern Indian baskets. Of particular note is a richly figured maple Queen Anne high chest. The face of the chest is so vigorously figured, the eyes can’t help but dance with delight.

The collection also has two early mirrors that are rare survivors and gems. The first is an early 18th century diminutive looking glass that is in untouched condition and a real survivor of the late William and Mary/early Queen Anne period. Equally exciting is a William and Mary japanned courting mirror. Only traces and shadows of the japanning remain, but this mirror is potentially a rare example of Boston japanning and a true survivor.

The collectors also amassed a superb collection of colored and potato-stamped Northeastern Indian woven splint baskets. The colors, shapes, sizes and condition are truly striking and exciting to see. For those that appreciate folk art and collect textiles, the collection also includes a rather large selection of quilts from the 18th through the early 20th century. Highlights include a terrific “Whig rose” example, as well as “log cabin” and “flying geese” patterned quilts.

Continuing along the theme of folk art, the NAMITS collection features a superb gilt and paint-decorated zinc and iron optician’s trade sign. Purchased from the highly respected dealer, Alan Katz, this piece can’t help but garner collectors’ attention with its superbly painted eyes. Also included in the sale are some exceptional painted cast-iron banks acquired from noted dealers, Gemini Antiques. The Clown and Globe bank is a personal favorite and conjures up fond childhood memories of the circus and the joys that the clowns brought to the audience.

The collection also contains a broad and diverse selection of inlaid tea caddies, boxes and miniature chests of drawers from both sides of the Atlantic. The collector’s tastes also dipped into the contemporary and modern design aesthetic and include a terrific pair of hemp rope and wood Christian Astuguevielle designed chairs. These tall-backed chairs are reminiscent of weeping willow trees that can be seen in early folk art needlework and paintings and are a nice complement to the folk art in the auction.

Another collection with a strong hold in the traditional decorative arts is being offered by descendants of the early New England Bishop-Peabody-Metcalf families. Steeped with a rich New England history and tales of global travel, this family amassed a superb collection. Of note is a collection of Asian arts that includes carved jade, Japanese baskets and carved boxes that were part of the Heber R. Bishop collection. Bishop assembled one of the finest collections of carved jade in the world. A large portion of his collection was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1902 and is recognized as a hallmark collection. Of particular note is a cast bronze vase that possibly dates from the 16th century.

Dovetailing nicely with this group is a selection of Asian arts that were collected by Charles Shultz, the celebrated collector from Montclair, NJ. This serendipitous connection with the aforementioned family was buoyed by fact that Shultz purchased several items that were part of the Heber R. Bishop auction held in 1906 at the American Art Galleries in New York City. Two spectacularly weaved Japanese bamboo baskets by the celebrated basket weaver, Tanabe Chikuunsai I (1877-1937), are woven so tightly and with such precision, one can’t help but marvel at the craftsmanship. Also acquired at the Bishop auction was a great pair of Samurai warrior chainmail sleeves.

Further strengthening the connection with the Far East is an exceptional Chinese Queen Anne carved hardwood armchair. This delicately carved chair was made in the George II manner and is a magnificent example of Chinese artisans imitating the English Georgian style at the height of the Queen Anne period. Representing the Chippendale period, Nye & Company will be offering a boldly sculpted block-front chest of drawers from Boston, circa 1770. This exceptional chest stands proudly and is wonderfully proportioned and balanced. The large original brass back plates would have reflected the dancing and shimmering light of 18th century candles.

The sale also features a large selection of printed books dating back as early as the 16th century. Included is a selection of early American printings and Revolutionary war period books and period travel books with pull-out maps. There is also an exceptional early topographical map exhibiting the plan of Fort Washington (now Fort Knyphausen), surveyed by Claude Joseph Sautheir, published by permission of Right Honorable, the Commissioners of Trade of Plantations by William Faden, 1777, “A Plan of Attack of Fort Washington, now Fort Knyphausen, and of the American Lines on New York Island by the King’s Troops on the 16th of November 1776.” For those who like American and English literature, there are several large sets, including works by Washington Irving, Rudyard Kipling, Herman Melville and Charles Dickens.

Fine art is also well represented in this auction. There are several works that were exhibited at the famed Salmagundi Club in New York City. Many works descended in the Clinedinst family who count the highly acclaimed artist, Benjamin West, as one of their descendants.

If traditional furniture is not your preference, fear not. There is a wonderful selection of contemporary furniture, including a pair of Weiman kidney-shaped sofas, terrific dining tables and chairs. The sale is also brightened by a large selection of chandeliers and lighting by designers such as Sean Lavin, Thomas O’Brien and Chapman & Myers.

Speaking of bright objects, the sale includes one of Nye & Company’s largest offerings of silver and jewelry for the year. Of particular note is an incredibly large and sophisticated early Tiffany & Company sterling silver punch bowl with Bacchante handles. This piece is a pure showstopper and hails from an old Virginia family. Equally impressive is a sterling silver presentation repousse footed bowl, Bigelow-Kennard & Co., Boston. Bold and impressive, this footed bowl would have been the envy of all dining guests seated at the table.

Highlights from the estate jewelry and watches category include pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Company and Spiral Brequet Remontion, plus unmarked turn-of-the century engagement rings comprising old-mine diamonds from private collections.

People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from August 25th thru September 8th-9th at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and www.invaluable.com. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or email to [email protected]

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Estate Treasures online only auction on Wednesday and Thursday, September 8th and 9th, visit www.nyeandcompany.com. The full color catalog can be viewed in its entirety right now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.LiveAuctioneers.com, www.Bidsquare.com and www.Invaluable.com.

About Nye & Company Auctioneers:
John Nye had a long and fruitful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, acquired Dawson’s in 2003 and started Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The firm is nationwide, but the vast bulk of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area. For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers, visit www.nyeandcompany.com.

Greenwich Living Design is The First Art, Antiques and Design Gallery in Stamford’s Burgeoning Waterside Design District

Stamford, CT, USA, August 18, 2021 -/OXBRIDGE PRESS RELEASE/- The longtime Stamford company known as Greenwich Living Antique & Design Center has a new name, a new look and a new location. Now called Greenwich Living Design, the firm relocated in June into a 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at 375 Fairfield Avenue, where it will anchor Stamford’s burgeoning Waterside Design District, alongside Stark Carpet, Holly Hunt and Schwartz Design Showroom, just to name a few.

The move is a mere five minutes from its former location on Canal Street, but it brings with it many internal and external changes for the family-owned and operated gallery, chief among them its place in the Stamford Waterside Design District, a creative neighborhood and shopping destination dedicated to interior design and architecture and serving decorators, designers and design-enthusiasts alike.

Greenwich Living Design is the first art, antiques and design gallery in the District. Its space – on the first and second floors – is filled with rare and important furniture and home décor by iconic and lesser-known designers from the 18th through the 20th century, with a focus on 19th century French design and 20th century works. The gallery is home to various styles and periods, including those in the Hollywood Regency and Mid-Century Modern style.

Recent installations feature Maison Jansen, Gio Ponti, Phillip and Kelvin LaVerne, Francois Linke, Ueli Berger, Massimo Vignelli, and many more. Rare case/storage pieces and important seating are elegantly highlighted and sit elevated among other works in installs throughout the gallery. Both floors are invitingly open-concept and are filled with eye-pleasing natural light. Installations are often changing as new inventory from well-known design firms and creators is carefully sourced for the gallery.

“When the business existed as Greenwich Living Antique & Design Center, its focus was mainly on traditional décor and antiques,” said Nick Pizzichillo, Greenwich Living Design’s Gallery Manager and son of company founder Sam Pizzichillo. “But now, we’ve re-introduced the brand and diversified our inventory, with Mid-Century Modern pieces and contemporary artwork.”

Sam’s father actually started the business as a rubbish removal company, which would slowly grow into a small antiques business. It was while cleaning out houses in Brooklyn, New York that he developed a passion for certain furniture and home décor. His interest in lower-end, newly manufactured furniture quickly developed into a fascination with important antique works. His travels as an estate liquidator would often take him to the fledgling but rapidly growing Stamford antique district. Then he went on a personal sourcing trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“It was there that I turned my admiration of antique works into what would become one of the largest single-owner antique and design gallery in the country, Greenwich Living Antique & Design Center,” he said. “I built an impressive collection of 19th century French works, largely those by Maison Jansen, plus I was an antiques dealer at a local antique mall, occupying just three small booths.”

Fast forward five years later, when he would populate an entire 40,000-square-foot design center and a storage facility and build out a team of twelve people to help him transform his small business into a design forward, client-focused design gallery. Sam is still very hands-on, overseeing with his son Nick the shift to a trimmer business name and more built-out model.

To auction, consign or sell one piece or a collection, you may call Greenwich Living Design at 203-274-5130; or, you can send an email to [email protected] To learn more, please visit www.greenwichlivingdesign.com.

About Greenwich Living Design:
The mission at Greenwich Living Design is to energize, rejuvenate and inspire through timeless design. The company has served tastemakers and the design-forward community for twenty years and has worked with some of the top decorator/designers in the country. It is widely known for having some of the most important furniture and high-end home décor, along with unmatched customer service. GLD is there because of its design-forward clients, and it is mindful of that in every aspect of the business. To learn more, visit www.greenwichlivingdesign.com.