Litchfield Auctions October 20-21 Auctions - Selections from the Collection of Peter Tillou and Others

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  • October 17, 2019

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Dr Downey Collection - 19th century
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From a 1970's Manhattan Dealer
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Litchfield Auction's Autumn Sale will consist of over nine-hundred and fifty lots and will take place over Saturday and Sunday, October 19th and 20th, 2019, beginning at 10:00 am EST both days.

Saturday, Day One, Part One will be focused on Asian porcelains, bronzes, silver and antique dragon robes drawn from various collections and estates, including many consigned by a major New York dealer formerly based on East 62nd Street during the 1970's.

After a short break, Part Two of Day One will be devoted to Selections from the Collection of Peter Tillou, continuing with his own Chinese porcelain, bronzes, and antiques; then moving into European and American fine art and sculpture, exceptional antiques, natural history such as fossils and specimen minerals, and Texas folk art furniture, these just a sampling of pieces acquired over the course of his long and illustrious career as the consumate collector/dealer.

Litchfield Auctions is honored to present Selections from the Collection of Peter Tillou. Peter has enjoyed wide renown across the United States and Internationally over his seventy-year career. While in college in 1956, Peter was already advertising a pair of fine antique flintlock pistols. By 1960, now a resident of historic Litchfield Connecticut, he was cited by the New York Times as a dealer in "great rarities." With later residences and shops in London, Manhattan, Sun Valley Idaho, and Sanibel Island Florida, Peter continued to consider Litchfield his home. By 2013, Peter was recognized by the Antiques Dealers of America with its highest honor, its Award of Merit, "in recognition of his extensive contributions to the fields of fine art, American decorative arts and antiques." More recently, a cover story in The Antiques and the Arts Weekly traced "the arc of Tillou’s long career"

Chinese Dali Dreamstone - Tillou Collection
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Friday Evening Reception

Peter himself will be joining us here for a reception to celebrate that historic career on our premises Friday Evening, October 18th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The event is open to the public and wine and light fare will be available.

On Sunday, Day Two, Litchfield Auctions is presenting an additional five hundred lots drawn from estates and collections throughout the tri-state area.  The estate of Jo Sullivan Loesser, "Singer and Guardian of a Legacy" per the New York Times, consigned Georgian and Tiffany silver and Imari porcelain among other lots. Interior designer Martha Rogers and Talk Show Pioneer Dick Cavett have provided fine European and American antiques from their personal collection. Exceptional examples of period Jacobean oak antiques and 19th c. English watercolors of Northern India assembled by Dr. John A. Downey of Sharon Connecticut and Manhattan will also be featured.

Each day will be hosted on LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, and while being conducted simultaneously in front of an in-house seated pool of bidders.


Litchfield County 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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