The lots in this sale were secured from Claremont, George B. Post_s (American, 1837-1913) country seat. Built in the Georgian style in 1904, the home originally sat on 300 acres atop Bernards Mountain. Now boasting 70 bucolic acres, the stately grounds showcase an elegant alle and Black Angus cows flanking the long drive and Manhattan skyline views, some thirty miles away. Though Post designed numerous retreats for his wealthy friends meant to rival the summer Cottages of Newport, Rhode Island, he is better known for designing the New York Stock Exchange building, the Wisconsin State Capitol, the Brooklyn Historical Society and numerous other structures such as the Williamsburg Savings Bank. Two private collections from Portland, Oregon made the transcontinental trip over the summer specifically for the fall auction. The premier item n the sale is a charming double portrait of young children byDeacon Robert Peckham.Though unsigned, the work is most certainly by his hand, based on comparing it to previously auctioned examples and those included in the current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in our Nation_s capitol. The two collections comprise an eclectic and diverse group. Included are period furniture, such as the George I Easy Chair, the Louis XVI Blue-Painted Tall Clock and the Louis XV Style Ormolu-Mounted Kingwood Bedroom Suite. The smalls_ include objects by Lalique, Val St. Lambert, Wedgwood, Limoges and Gucci desk accessories. Some incredible chandeliers, wall sconces and a broad group of Continental style furniture were removed from a Central Park South duplex that sold for$70,000,000_ the second highest price paid for a New York apartment. A leather Chesterfield sofa, a pair of marble top pier tables, Regency style circular dining table, Dutch inlaid side chairs, numerous fauteuils came from this and a fabulous Park Avenue residence. TheDuPontestate from Watchung, New Jersey proved interesting in that the deceased traveled the world extensively. The collection includes pieces of petrified wood and a nautilus, tribal weapons, whale_s teeth, pocket watches, hand-painted porcelain plaques, pre-Columbian artifacts and examples of Civil Ware-eraencased postage. There is a nice New York / New Jersey Linen Press, a Federal Tall Case Clock and other period furniture. Nearly fifty Italian, Dutch and Old Master paintings were consigned by a very discreet individual from his private collection. Some examples show rural landscapes, some are sheep or cow scenes, traditional portraiture and others architectural interiors.
Tuesday, January 29th, 5-7pm
Wednesday, January 30th, 10-5pm
Thursday, January 31st, 10-5pm
This auction features Asian and Ethnographic art from the Collection of Ron Krannich that he amassed over the last 35 years. As a travel writer he spanned the globe, and as a collector he purchased items he was passionate about along the way.
Other highlights in the auction include American, English and French 18th and 19th century furniture and decorations, the steel sculpture featured above by Ernest Trova, a bronze of Cupid and Psyche by Eugene-Ernest Chretien, a 16th century portrait of Virgin and Child from the Circle of Pieter Coecke van Aelst, several works by Savannah artists Myrtle Jones, Christopher Murphy Jr. and Sr., Hattie Saussy and others.
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Amanda and Chris Everard