Another round of interesting auctions coming soon!
After a few years of experts and buyers alike avoiding antique and vintage furniture pieces, it would seem that they’ve become back in style. And I’m sure that’s good news for those who love antique furniture as well as those who may be interested in purchasing or selling some treasured pieces.
I’m not sure that the market for older furniture ever became as unpopular as the “experts” said it was, but I was aware that the prices had dropped dramatically on items such as dining room sets; bedroom furniture as well as desks, tables and secretaries to offer a few examples.
I read about the furniture comeback in November issue of “Country Living.” The article said that young people have come to embrace the “brown” furniture that their parents and grandparents owned, most likely because of its durability and high quality construction. I’ve often written about the newer furniture being manufactured today as not being very dependable for a long period of time. Here’s a great example -- I purchased a game table and four chairs about 25 years ago. In the first year, my husband had to re-brace the table which began listing like the Titanic after hitting the iceberg – although the table had hit nothing, nor had anything hit the table. Within a few years, the chairs began breaking apart one by one until all we had left was the table, which finally was disposed of about five years ago. This was not an inexpensive set; yet the quality was lacking as well as the durability. The dining room set I have now was made in the 1930s and sold at Homer Brothers, a Chicago store that offered custom-made furniture on all pieces in the showroom. The set has been used in the last 80-plus years, and apart from a few scratches, is as sturdy as it was when it was first made. I also have the original pads for the table that came with three leaves for seating up to 12 people. Currently a few of the chairs are showing wear on the fabric seats, but that is to be expected. I plan on having them recovered soon. I am very pleased that this trend is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and hope it continues and spreads with other antiques and collectibles. Fine china, crystal, sterling silver pieces and other porcelains could use a boost in sales as well. But that’s for another column.
Those who may be looking to purchase some vintage furniture pieces may want to check out this issue of Collectors Journal for upcoming auctions and sales. Here’s a listing of some additional sales of specialty items that are scheduled in the next several days and weeks. I received these notices via e-mail.
A fine art auction is slated for Thursday, October 24th, by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, online and in the Milford, Connecticut gallery. The cataloged auction of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures will feature 271 lots of fine quality art, to include American and European works from the 19th century, Impressionism, Modern and Contemporary art. Artists will include Grandma Moses, Percival Rousseau, James R. Brevoort, J.G. Brown, Montague Dawson, Theresa Bernstein, Fernando Cueto Amorsolo. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sandra Germain at 203-877-1711; or, you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, October 30, Morphy Auctions will host a gallery auction devoted exclusively to antique firearms, accessories, militaria, swords and edged weapons amassed over 50+ years by Stephen D. and Marcy Hench. All forms of remote bidding will be available, including absentee and live online through the Morphy Live platform. The Oct. 30 2019 auction of the Stephen and Marcy Hench Collection will be held at Morphy’s gallery in Denver, Pa., starting at 9 a.m. Eastern time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Questions: call (877) 968-8880, email email@example.com. Online: www.morphyauctions.com.
An Estate Treasures Auction is planned for Wednesday, October 30th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Bloomfield, N.J. Bidders will be in for plenty of treats the day before Halloween; the trick will be to get in their bids before it's too late. The sale features items for just about everybody and every taste, whether it be traditional or modern. The catalog will be available for preview thru October 30th, on www.nyeandcompany.com, as well as on LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye or Andrew Holter at 973-984-6900; or, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The auction of items from the Town Hall Museum at Cedar Point, the venerable amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, currently celebrating its sesquicentennial, having opened back in 1869. Cedar Point has selected Gray's Auctioneers of Cleveland to conduct the sale, which is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Gray's Cleveland gallery, 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. Offered will be vintage Rock-Ola arcade games, old steam powered vehicles, a 19th century apothecary store & antique Mutoscope Reel Company machines. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Serena Harragin at 216-226-3300; or, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info about Cedar Point, email Tony Clark at email@example.com.
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