Litchfield Auctions July Sale - Estate of Philip Roth and Others

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  • July 03, 2019

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Philip Roth, New York City, 1998. Litchfield Auctions thanks Nancy Crampton for the use of this image.
Copyright Nancy Crampton 1998. All Rights Reserved

Litchfield Auctions

Litchfield Connecticut, July 3, 2019. 

The auction opens for browsing and bidding Wednesday Evening July 3rd  on Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare and

The auction will take place on Saturday July 20 beginning at 10am E.S.T. in front of a live seated audience while run simultaneously and internationally on the Internet.

Litchfield's July Auction opens with and features the Estate of the novelist Philip Roth, a pre-eminent figure in 20th-century literature; the Estate of Ines Bausili of Manhattan, the daughter of a prominent Argentinian family; the Estate of Jo Sullivan Loesser, singer and the widow of the famed Broadway composer Frank Loesser; deaccessioned pieces from the Milbank Tweed art collection, further consignments from a fourth generation gallery collection, and the Estate of Rosalie Coe Weir, descended from members of the Smith & Wesson family and Jekyll Island Club as well as many other New York and Connecticut private collections.

Highlights of the Philip Roth Estate include his Olivetti 32 typewriter and two IBM Selectrics, a collection of Akari Noguchi lamps, Stendig Leather seating, numerous library tables and lamps, a hand-signed Maurice Sendak opera poster inscribed to Roth and Claire Bloom, a master proof copy of Philip Guston's "Poor Richard", a collection of Bruno Schulz prints, a JFK-Angry LBJ poster, a Topps 1963 Sandy Koufax card, English and country antiques, hand-knotted carpets, and an unsigned oil portrait of the writer. Many of these pieces appear in photographs or articles about Roth as well as appearing in Roth's own works.

Other highlights in the sale include an 18th century copper urn with an engraved 1788 inscription honoring General Washington, a Ghiso 18k gold cigarette box, a Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze Buddha from a Washington Connecticut estate together with other Asian pieces, a large and complete 19th c. French faience dinner service purchased in Paris, a collection of hand-painted German porcelain plaques, an exceptional Ogden Pleissner fly fishing watercolor and other sporting art, a Tiffany tall case clock, pendant portraits attributed to Ammi Phillips, a fine copy of a Eugene Delacroix oil, high end field cameras from Wisner and Zone VI, and an early 19th c. life-sized ship's figurehead in original paint among eight-hundred lots.

Additional lots include hand-knotted carpets, sterling silver, case furniture and seating, glass and porcelain, modern design, lighting, fine art and sculpture and antiques.

The sale will open online for immediate browsing and bidding on four bidding platforms on the evening of Wednesday, July 3rd: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, BidSquare, and and will extend through and conclude in front of a live seated audience on our premises at 10am EST Saturday July 20th.

Telephone and Proxy Bidding available with advance notice and proper identification.

Note: Lots will appear at the auction block and close extremely quickly on Saturday July 20th. To avoid disappointment, please consider placing your bids early versus the dubious thrills of last minute bidding.


tom curran
Litchfield Auctions

Litchfield County Auctions
425 Bantam Road
Litchfield, Connecticut
About Litchfield County Auctions

Litchfield County Auctions & Appraisals is Connecticut's premier estate Auction House, featuring fine art, antique & midcentury modern furniture, silver, handmade carpets, jewelry & couture, art glass and pottery, fine porcelain, Asian art & antiques, antiquities, ethnographic arts and more. LCA's 10,000 sq. ft. gallery is located on the main road, just a mile south of "The Green" in historic Litchfield, nestled in the beautiful hills of Litchfield County. Major sales are held 5 times per year presenting fresh-to-the-market property from Estates and Collections in New York, Connecticut,New Jersey, Massachusetts and beyond. Growing out of Weston Thorn's successful antiques business that began nearly 30 years ago, LCA held its first auction in 1994. Year by year, sales have grown from that first auction of just over one hundred thousand dollars to sales over a million dollars, and from lot counts in the low hundreds to sales featuring over 1000 lots. Many major collections have been sold over the years, including property from the collection of Mike Nichols & Diane Sawyer, the estates of opera star Anna Moffo, the celebrated photographer Horst P. Horst, the renowned collector Alice Lawrence, and many others.

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