September 27, 1986 |
A housecleaning sale today at the Philadelphia Art Alliance will kick off an unusually busy week of auctions - many of them in New Jersey and with an emphasis on furniture. The auction at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., begins at noon and includes about 100 lots. It is being run in conjunction with a tag sale that starts at 10:30 a.m. Both follow a $300,000 renovation of the building, once the mansion house of the Wetherill family. A few of the items to be auctioned date to those days, including a receptacle from the bell system by which servants were summoned - and possibly a pre-World War II gas mask.
September 23, 2005 |
A busy week of auctions lies ahead, beginning at 5:30 p.m. today with a special 700-lot estate antiques sale at Briggs that will offer a painting by Milton Avery and some peripatetic pieces of fine furniture, and winding up Thursday with Freeman's fall sale of fine books, manuscripts, maps and prints. The furniture, two elaborately carved bookcases plus a matching drop-front desk, comes from an estate in Hockessin, Del., said Briggs president John Turner. Before that, they had been part of a wall unit, along with a matching mantelpiece and fireplace surround, in a mansion called Miraflores in Claymont, Del. The bookcases and desk were moved to the Hockessin estate in the 1960s, after Miraflores was torn down to make way for Interstate 495. They will be sold as a single lot with a presale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
February 20, 1988 |
Three auctions next Saturday will offer quality furniture at a small fraction of its retail price, heavy-duty construction equipment and a painting apparently once owned by columnist Dorothy Kilgallen. The furniture will be offered at 1 p.m. at Clements & Sons' new site, 14 W. Winona Ave., Norwood. It consists of a $150,000 inventory that came from a store in Northeast Philadelphia; its owner is retiring, proprietor Joseph Clements Jr. said yesterday. The all-wood furniture, with such brand names as Bassett and Thomasville, includes 10 cherry dining-room sets, 17 cherry dinette sets, bedroom sets, kitchen sets and new bedding in all sizes.
November 7, 1998 |
Back in the 1970s, an Italian furniture designer came up with a soft leather sofa, a two-seater really. They showed up in a number of design centers in Western Europe with a retail price, if memory serves correctly, of about $1,000. What made it unusual was its shape: a baseball glove. Evoking that "mitt on which to sit" is another leather sofa, this one designed by the American George Nelson. Formed out of circular leather cushions, it was known as the "marshmallow" loveseat.
December 31, 1988 |
Having upgraded its quarters in Southampton, Stephenson's Auction on Monday will give its biweekly sales schedule a boost with a catalogue sale set for noon at the gallery at 1005 Industrial Blvd. Among the furniture is an 18th-century Dutch buffet; a 19th-century, carved dining room set signed by Manuel Lopez-Madrid, and a French ormolu desk signed by New York craftsman Don Ruseau. Among the artworks are a woman's portrait dating to the 1920s signed by Nikol Schattenstein and a watercolor signed by C. W. Smith, an early 20th- century Bucks County painter.
July 13, 2002 |
For years, Jay P. Murray has been a Center City decorator catering to the famed and fashionable. Less known is the second string to his bow, selling fine furnishings to other decorators and to the public. Once based at the Marketplace, Murray also has run outlets in New Jersey, most recently LeMontage II Inc. Gallery Showroom at Woodlawn Avenue and Route 73 in Maple Shade. Now the lease there has expired and Murray, who wants to ease back a bit, intends to move to smaller quarters.
September 23, 1988 |
If furniture and other home decorations turn you on, don't miss the Art Nouveau in Munich show that opens Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This stuff is wild! And surprising. And fun. This is a first-ever-anywhere exhibition of the beginnings of what is now known as modern furniture and abstract art. It seems that at the turn of the century, Munich was an influential center of design (not to mention the home of playwright Henrik Ibsen and writer Thomas Mann). But somehow, its enormous contribution to 20th-century decor has been pretty much overlooked in the United States - possibly because for much of the century, given World Wars I and II, we haven't felt all that friendly to Germany.
January 24, 1998 |
Barry Slosberg will begin a busy series of specialty auctions tomorrow with a sale of contemporary furniture representing much of the inventory of a defunct area furniture store. More than 70 bedroom, dinette and sofa-love seat sets will be offered, at 10 a.m. at the Slosberg gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. The highly upholstered furniture includes pieces by Craftmaster, Braxton-Cullen and Schwergen, not particularly well-known names in the industry. But items should sell at well below list price, even if the price slashes on the stickers attached to many of the pieces are taken into account.
September 21, 2007 |
Major two-day catalog auctions next weekend will offer a study in the contrasting styles of American furniture and appointments. Both sales will feature items expected to bring five-figure prices. Beginning at 6 p.m. next Friday, Pook & Pook Inc. will offer more than 300 lots of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, art and accessories at the first session of a 900-lot sale that includes Pennsylvania cabinetry, quilts, and other local crafts, as well as furniture from other regions.
March 17, 2006 |
Two catalog sales next week will offer treasures from both sides of the Atlantic: fine English and Continental furniture and decorative art at Freeman's and fine artwork, predominantly American paintings, at Pook & Pook. The more than 1,000 lots of English and Continental items will be sold at two Freeman's sessions Thursday and next Friday, each beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday's session will open with 348 lots of furniture, some of it coming from prominent U.S. collectors such as Charles Emerson and Pauline Hayworth of High Point, N.C., where Charles Hayworth was active in the furniture business.