• Courtesy of Witherells

  • Courtesy of Litchfield County Auctions


iGavel has scheduled seven online auctions during the summer months, it was announced by Lark Mason, founder of the online auction platform. “We have an exciting schedule of online sales during the months of June, July and August, presented by several of our associates,” says Mason, “Each of these sales offer a wide range of objects from every collecting category and time period.


The schedule is as follows: The Fort Lauderdale-based Abington Auction Sale --now through July 2; Southern Estates and Various Owners Sale -July 1 through July 17, presented by Savannah-based Everard & Company; Summer Estates Auction, July 10 through July 24, presented by Litchfield County Auctions;  Bloomfield New Jersey’s Nye & Company August Auction -- July 30, 2013 through August 13, 2013; Sacramento-based Witherell's Summer Estates Auction - August 6  through August 20 and their War Posters and Prints from the Estate of Hubert Wade, August 6 through August 20; and Asian and Other Works of Art from a New York Collector August 13 through August 27, presented by Lark Mason Associates, New York.




When Lark Mason founded iGavel Inc., the online international network of independently owned regional auction salesrooms, specializing in the sale of fine and decorative arts, in 2003, his stellar reputation as a leading expert, appraiser, and television personality on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, was already well-established within the art world.


Mason served as a general appraiser and Assistant Vice President of fine and decorative arts and household furnishings from 1979 until 1985.  As a Senior Vice President he was a specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985–2000, and from 2000–2003 he was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com.  He served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009.  He is also a Fine Arts Advisor with Timothy Sammons, Inc.


As a general appraiser with Sotheby's Appraisal Company, Mason valued notable collections including those of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Andy Warhol, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many others.  In addition to his appraisal work, he has taught courses in the fine and decorative arts at Parson's School of Design, the New York School of Interior Design, and currently is a professor at New York University.


Mason is the translator and author of many articles and books including: The Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture by Wang Shi Xiang, Lark Mason translator; Classic Chinese Furniture of the Qing Dynasty, translator; and Asian Art, author.  In the capacity of Chinese art expert at Sotheby's he was responsible for the cataloging of the sales and appraisal of Chinese works of art, becoming intimately familiar with all aspects of the marketplace.  He is an expert in the field of Chinese furniture, having responsibility for this area during his tenure at Sotheby's.  As a Chinese furniture specialist he has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.


Lark Mason has appraised and advised major American and foreign institutions for the sale and appraisal of Asian and other art including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Freer Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, The Honolulu Academy of Arts, and many others. 


He regularly has served on the vetting committees for Chinese and Asian art of numerous art and antique shows including: the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, the Winter Antiques Show, and The Arts of Pacific Asia Show in New York City.


iGavel associates are independent auctioneers, appraisers, and dealers. They include: Abington Auctions (Fort Lauderdale), Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York), Litchfield County Auctions, (Litchfield CT), Nye and Company (Bloomfield NJ), South Bay Auctions (East Moriches NY), Locati Antiques (Maple Glen PA), Elder's Fine Art and Antiques (Nokomis FL), Everard & Company (Savannah GA), Bill Lowrie Antiques (Minneapolis MN), and Witherells (Sacramento CA).


For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com


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