Pam Stone and her crew at The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc., have been logging a lot of miles on the road lately. From last month’s auction featuring a Westport, Conn., estate to this month’s sale, they have made multiple treks back and forth to New York City to scout out and then pick up the contents of a Brooklyn brownstone, which makes its auction debut here Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 10 am.
From its lively stoop culture to hip shops and restaurants, Brooklyn is an eclectic borough and this estate is equally eclectic. It comes from longtime Brooklyn residents who are now downsizing in their golden years. Offerings run the gamut from fine art, designer furniture and striking accessories to bold jewelry, Oriental carpets and chic fashions.
The consignors were well traveled and favored a global motif when it came to decorating. Auction highlights come from South America, Italy, France and Asia, including a pair of 20th Century Italian Brevettato style candelabras having seven arms, brass mounted with variegated green marble bodies, 24 by 11 inches; a pair of oils on board in ornate frames carved with floral filigree motif, depicting Ecuadorean villages and signed “Guarderas 73,” each 45 by 31 inches; and a vintage, possibly antique handpainted Tibetan side table with a single drawer and lower cabinet having a raised cloud motif, 27 1/2 by 16 by 14 1/2 inches.
“This estate is as varied as you would expect to find in a Brooklyn home and has been put together over several decades,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation. “When I walked into this home, I found Lalique crystal and French mustard pots sited in harmony with garden statuary, designer furniture and midcentury modern items. I know our buyers will be excited to kick off the new year with some great old stuff.”
Asian antiques figure prominently in the auction, led by a vintage bronze Buddha statue, 16 ½ by 12 by 6 inches; a carved green quartz funerary urn lamp on floral embossed brass base having a carved bird and flower motif, 33 inches tall; a vintage Asian cabinet sideboard buffet in black and red tones with handpainted panel front doors, 53 by 34 by 10 1/2 inches; and a vintage cloisonné Asian dog figural with turquoise ground over brass with stylized polychrome enamel insets, 10 by 9 by 4 ½ inches.
When it came to wall art, Asian paintings and prints also were favored with the owners of this brownstone, including a large oil on canvas depicting a portrait of an Asian woman lounging in traditional robes and holding a fan, 51 by 43 ½ inches, which they bought while in vacation in China. Another noteworthy lot in this category is an oil painting of three Asian women playing musical instruments, framed in an intricately carved gold toned frame, and also bought in China.
An expected standout in the sale evinces the couple’s taste for fine jewelry — a hammered gold curb chain link bracelet with maker’s mark SL on clasp, having four cabochon chrysoprases. “This piece has an artisanal jewelry feel and has that timeless look, ensuring its desirability,” Stone said.
The couple also had a good eye for striking decorating touches such a sculpture of a nude maiden tethered to a rock on a pedestal, possibly Spelter, 37 by 12 inches. Proving that good things come in small packages is a Lalique French crystal Bagatelle vase draped with deep set lovebirds and springtime foliage, 6 1/2 inches tall.
A number of choice Oriental rugs will cross the block, led by a Chinese Art Deco handmade wool pile rug in hues of tones of green, navy, brown, cranberry and plum, 142 by 110 inches; and a handmade Oriental wool pile multi-toned rug with an intricate floral vine and leaf design with tones of maroon, olive, and gold, 130 by 97 inches.
Furniture from other estates on offer in the auction will range from a mahogany Queen Anne drop leaf table with D-shaped drop leaves over pad feet, 28 by 46 by 12 ½ inches, to a stone topped bar with carved wooden base and iron foot rest bar having an intricately carved wooden base with column and acanthus leaf motif, 64 by 43 by 23 inches.
Rounding out the auction will be a Midcentury Modern glass centerpiece bowl in a folded form with bright, deeply saturated tones of red, yellow, greens and blues, and lower section of black tones, 9 by 16 by 9 inches; and a pair of seated horse stone statues, painted over stone, 32 by 23 by 12 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.
For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
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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.