The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc., will present an auction designed to tantalize buyers with powerful and figurative artworks as well as intricately carved sculpture and bronzes, along with noteworthy lots across the board ranging from farm tables to slot machines on Wednesday, March 13, at 10 am.
The sale is primarily driven by a Greenwich, Conn., and Palm Beach, Fla., estate where the collectors had a good eye for fine art, design, bronze smalls and much more. Several other choice local estates round out the auction, which comprises furniture, painting, Asian art and antiques, bronzes, sculpture, coin-op, pottery, inkwells and scales, decorative accessories and more. A lakefront Putnam County, N.Y., estate yielded many choice country antiques, including a multi-purpose farm table, as well as “man cave” items from a taxidermy wild boar collection to an intricately carved antique wooden coat of arms crest shield, 42 by 30 inches.
“The Greenwich and Palm Beach collectors split their time between two homes and furnished both with wonderfully vivid paintings that practically have the subjects leaping off the canvas as well as statement pieces and fine antiques,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation. “Buyers will find many fine things here to choose from encompassing a flair for design as well as traditional antiques — all well made and with the utmost attention to detail.”
Fine art will dominate the auction with a robust selection of colorful and striking paintings from the aforementioned Greenwich-Palm Beach estate, led by an Itzchak Tarkay (1935–2012) signed painting on canvas, depicting a woman sitting next to a table with fruit and flowers, 50 by 47 inches. Tarkay’s works are instantly recognizable and he is seen as a central figure in the modern figurative movement.
Another standout from the estate is a Peter Max acrylic on canvas painting, “Liberty Head, 16 inches square, signed and professionally framed in a gold toned shadow box frame. Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein in 1937) is an American artist known for using bright colors in his work. Works by Max are associated with the visual arts and culture of the 1960s, particularly psychedelic art and pop art.
A pioneer of the hybrid art form — the action-painted portrait, Andrew Baird is a gestural action painter, one who flings or drips paint onto canvas to create compositions, rather than the traditional use of paintbrushes. He is represented in the sale with “Jezebel,” an acrylic on canvas, 46 ½ by 51 inches, professionally framed on gold/silver leaf wood frame. In this work, Baird marries the traditional realism seen in portraiture with Abstract Expressionism.
From the same estate that had a keen eye for bold paintings comes a Kim Schuessler signed splatter overlay acrylic artwork, “Fleur de Lis Jacket With Orange Pants,” which depicts two standing figures, 51 by 27 inches tall. Schuessler is a renowned figurative painter who uses color, texture, and pattern to create collages and paintings that connect the viewer to everyday experiences. Also on offer is a signed Len Abbott oil on canvas of figures, “Chorus,” 50 by 47 inches.
Along with fine art are a number of standout pieces that will make compelling design statements in the home, including an antique French railway carriage station rack with mirrored back ($1/3,000) in brass-toned metal that would be a great wall shelving piece, 78 by 80 by 15 inches. Eminently suitable for today’s dining room is an antique English oak folding top farm-style table with turned legs and joined by two stretchers. Purchased earlier from Howard Kaplan Antiques in New York, the table measures 91 by 33 by 29½ inches.
Vintage gaming and coin-op machines were also collected by the same consignor who had a eye for art and will also be plentiful in the auction. Highlights include a Watling Baby Twin Jackpot Torch vendor front 1-cent slot machine ($1,5/3,000). This gooseneck bell, three-reel slot machine was made by Watling in the late 1920s-early 1930s and has an Art Deco inspired front casting with twin jackpot and gumball banks, 23 by 15 ½ by 15 inches not including the 33-inch tall stand. Also crossing the block are a circa 1940s Challenger coin operated arcade shooting game ($200-400) by the A.B.T. Mfg. Co. of Chicago, with striking graphics to the metal and wooden case. and a 1930s PEO Little Whirl-Wind trade stimulator slot machine ($100-400) made by game operator-turned-manufacturer Howard Peo in 1930. Peo Manufacturing’s Little Whirl-Wind became one of the most popular counter games of the 1930s, 17 by 9 by 7 ¼ inches.
Bronzes and sculpture of all manner and shape, in varied media, will whet buyers’ appetites for good three-dimensional art, such as a room sized abstract white marble disk sculpture ($1/2,000) on black marble base and separate rectangular black stand, having a 25-inch diameter and standing on base at 53 inches tall. Among the great diversity of bronzes from sculptures to candelabra and candlesticks to lamps is a bronze Gates of Promise figure ($200-400) by Demetre Chiparus on marble base with brass plaque, 26 by 18 by 9 inches.
Asian art is always a big draw here and this auction boasts ceramics, watercolors, vases and more, including a large and impressive bronze buddha head on metal stand ($500-1,000), 16 by 9 inches, and a vintage pair of bronze smiling Buddha figurals ($100-200) 7 by 3 inches, mounted on square bases. Rounding out this category are a gold toned Asian-style brass inkwell ($30-50) containing two wells, 4 by 3 inches, a set of three signed Chinese ceramic musician figurines ($100-300) playing the drum, hand cymbals and flute and an Asian carved soapstone sculpture on stand ($200-400), 8 ½ by 12 by 2 inches, depicting foo dogs with puppies guarding baskets.
A veritable Noah’s Ark of animalistic smalls will also cross the block, led by several big cats: a majestic bronze sculpture of a lion posed ferociously and snarling ($300-600) having a pleasing brown patina, 13 by 9 by 3 inches; a roaring tiger bronze sculpture ($100-250), 13 ½ by 6 inches; a Lalique France frosted cut crystal lion figure ($300-600) in ornate detail and a Lalique France amber-toned cut crystal leopard ($300-500). Adding to the menagerie is a room sized white bone mosaic elephant ($150-450) with an intricately carved design and turquoise toned embellishments, 32 by 46 by 15 inches.
Highlighting a collection of scales from the Greenwich and Palm Beach estate is an antique French commercial scale, circa 1900 ($400-600), having a plaque on front reading “Usines de la Mulatiere, porter 2 kilo, Madison Beranger, Lyon (France),” 17 by 4 ¼ by 7 inches. It has a wooden box with glass over gauges and a marble top with metal plates for possibly weighing meat. Other notable scales are an antique letter weigher brass scale ($150-250) with fountain pens, two inkwell containers and 11 gold toned weights, 13 ½ by 8 by 6 inches, and a vintage gold toned brass postal scale ($80-160), including a balance scale and six different weights, 7 ½ by 3 ¾ by 5 inches.
The monthly Red Carpet sales feature choice collections of antique, Midcentury Modern, brand furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. With a mission of “to donate, to discover and to do good,” the foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local non-profits get much needed funds.
The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
185 Kisco Ave Suite 201
Mount Kisco, New York
About Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
The Benefit Shop receives donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and non-profits in the community get the money. This elegantly-conceived, eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is thrilled at the response from the community. It’s no secret that non-profits, from hospitals to homeless shelters, are having a tough time in this economy. Responding to the call for funding to fill the gaps , local resident Stone imagined a new possibility, an auction gallery with donated merchandise from the grand estates that surround the area. For 10 years, Stone has been busy visiting estate sales in the area, encouraging people to make high quality, tax-deductible donations for the satisfaction of helping a host of community organizations, including Neighbors’ Link and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the continued support of Northern Westchester Hospital. According to Pam, “Often these kinds of shops benefit a big national charity, but I really wanted the beneficiary to be my community, for the people who live and work here.” Mission statement: To donate, to discover, to do good.