Auction Catalog Now Available: Collection of Laura Fisher (1945-2021), Quilt Expert, Dealer and Author

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  • May 06, 2022

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"Gather Up the Fragments" pieced quilt, New York State, circa 1880, with verse from the Book of John describing the Passover feast, cotton. 77-3/4"h, 61"w.
Rare African American World Geography pictorial quilt, made by the Lomax sisters, Kentucky, circa 1940s-1950s, rayon, silk and cotton. 96"h, 77"w.
Native American silver belt. Concho 3-1/2”w.

South Bay Auctions is pleased to announce the launch of their auction catalog for The Collection of Laura Fisher (1945-2021), world-renowned quilt expert, dealer, and author. This sale of more than 400 selected lots from her estate is happening May 21st, 2022 at South Bay Auctions in East Moriches, Long Island, New York. 

The catalog contains premium antique quilts, hooked rugs, Americana, and Folk Art from the late dealer's Fisher Heritage inventory, as well as some items from Fisher’s personal collection, including jewelry, being offered for the first time.

Of note is the “Flags of the Nations of the World” commemorative U.S. Centennial Exhibition quilt with provenance to J. Watson Webb of Shelburne Museum. 

Among other highlights is a unique, late 19th century pieced quilt with a verse from the Book of John describing the Passover feast, and a rare late 19th century Hawaiian Monarchy Flags quilt, created in the sovereign Hawaiian Kingdom before it was colonized by the United States. 

Also offered is a rare African American "World Geography" pictorial quilt made by the Lomax sisters of Kentucky in the 1940s or 1950s. This exquisite quilt has been exhibited many times and published in several books and it has an interesting backstory. As noted by Fisher in her catalog, "According to family lore, [the Lomax sisters] were school teachers who created the pictorial blocks based on pictures they savored in National Geographic Magazine. They never travelled overseas nor far from their Kentucky home, but were so affected by what they learned that they chose to depict some of the wonders of the world in this unique work."

The catalog can be viewed on Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, and on South Bay Auctions' website. 

Sunday, May 15th – Friday, May 20th, 2022, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, and by appointment
South Bay Auctions, 485 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940

Saturday, May 21st, 2022, 11:00 am
South Bay Auctions, 485 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940

South Bay Auctions
485 Montauk Hwy P.O. Box 330
East Moriches, New York
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About South Bay Auctions

South Bay Auctions, Inc. is a family owned and operated traditional auction house, serving Long Island and the metropolitan area, while selling to the national and international market. We specialize in the sale of artwork (paintings, sculptures, photographs), antique furniture and accessories, silver, jewelry, clocks, folk art, collectibles, historical documents, artifacts, garden furniture and decorations, oriental rugs, field & stream sporting collectibles including decoys, guns and fishing items.

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