Martha Stewart Items Take Center Stage At Benefit Shop Foundation June 15

  • MOUNT KISCO, New York
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  • May 27, 2022

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Martha Stewart and The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. founder Pam Stone pose for a photo on day one of her recent tag sale.

Pam Stone, founder of The Benefit Stop Foundation Inc., never imagined one day partnering with Martha Stewart but attending Stewart’s tag sale in April at her Katonah, N.Y., estate, one town over, the two women began talking and found not only are they practically neighbors but they share a passion for philanthropy.

After buying up Stewart’s vintage poster collection during the tag sale, Stone came back after the sale ended and took seven truckloads of items back to her auction gallery, which are now crossing the auction block on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 am. Proceeds will benefit the Martha Stewart Center for Living at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the same charity that Stewart’s tag sale raised funds for. 

“Martha Stewart’s ‘Great American Tag Sale’ was an iconic event and we are thrilled to transform it into an single-owner auction that expands its reach online to a global audience,” Stone said. “A maven of style, Martha had so many wonderful pieces from antiques and collectibles to furniture and decorative arts in her homes. Buyers who missed their chance at her exclusive tag sale, where entry tickets sold out within minutes, have another opportunity to acquire some of these pieces.”

Through her many brands, Martha Stewart has designed home decor for every room of the house from bathrooms to kitchens as well as outdoor living spaces. Furniture is perhaps most prominent and featured in this auction is a trestle style dining table ($1/2,000) designed by Stewart for her Bernhardt line and this very table was used in her Katonah home as her dining table. 

Statement pieces of furniture like this table are sprinkled throughout the auction, including an antique painted two-piece cabinet hutch ($500-$2,000), standing 72 inches tall. It features windowed doors with three shelves and the lower half has two dovetailed drawers over doors opening to reveal a shelf. Stewart is well known for her love of bold colors and yellow was a particular favorite with a cheerful yellow kitchen gracing the magazine cover of the January 2012 issue of Martha Stewart Living. This particular cabinet appeared on her television show. For the DIY’ers out there, also on offer is a Martha Stewart Living children’s craft drying rack, new in box ($100-4,000), 31 by 33 by 20 inches.

Highlighting a grouping of vintage posters from Stewart’s Maine estate, Skylands, is this Robert E. Lee American Railway Express lithograph ($500-2,500), measuring 57 by 37 inches. The collection came with the house when she bought it and originated with its former owner, Edsel Ford.

One can never have enough chairs and this auction features a diverse array of seating styles, some personally designed by Stewart. Highlights include a group of five vintage painted chairs with Belgian linen seats ($500-1,100) having carved center backs with flowers and modern looking baroque style forms, 39 inches tall; a pair of vintage Chinese lacquer chairs ($500-1,000) designed by Stewart for her Bernhardt furniture line, and a vintage Midcentury Modern style makeup chair ($50-$200) in gray leather and with chrome tubular arms. The chair started at Stewart’s TV studio prior to its moving to her Katonah home. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, about a dozen of wicker chairs (and some teak chairs) will also cross the block.

This trestle style dining table ($1/2,000) was not only designed by Martha Stewart for her Bernhardt line but she used it in her home. Having pull out supports with gold toned brass knob style handles, the table measures 82 by 44 by 30 inches.

Stewart has homes in Maine, New York and Connecticut so the auction items are not just from her Katonah estate. Her Maine home on Mount Desert Island is named Skylands and once belonged to Edsel Ford and it came fully-furnished right down to a collection of vintage posters  mostly purchased by him and passed on to Stewart. They ranged from travel themes to products such as Peugeot cycles. Stewart kept them on the walls for many years since buying the home in 1997. For vintage poster aficionados, Jules Cheret is well known as master of Belle Epoque lithography and posters and he is represented here with one of his works, “Halle Aux Chapeaux” ($600-2,000) depicting a woman and little girl gleefully trying on hats in Cheret’s signature Art Nouveau style. Framed, the work measures 53 by 38 inches.

Other expected poster standouts include an American Railway Express lithograph ($500-2,500), designed by artist Robert E. Lee, 57 by 37 inches; and a vintage Sideo lithograph, France ($500-$1,000) titled “Sideo La Premiere Marque D Huile Pour Autos,” 47 by 63 inches and an obvious nod to Ford is an El Nuevo Ford lithograph made for the Spain market ($500-$1,500) advertising a Model T sedan and a sports coupe.

Also coming out of the Skylands estate is a striking and large collection of carpets, many of the colorful braided oval variety, led by a braided rug ($200-800) in black, red, yellow and green, 134 by 120 inches, and one having sand, yellow,  beige, red and brown tones ($200-800), 181 by 115 inches wide as well as a vintage handmade wool Afghan rug with braided fringes ($150-300) with multi-toned geometric details against a red background. From Stewart’s Westport, Conn., estate is a vintage handmade Victorian wool rug ($200-$500) having multi-toned floral and geometric details, 138 by 106 inches.

Rounding out the auction will be an antique French tapestry fireplace screen ($400-$500) having an ornately carved dark wood base and a French tapestry woven in hues of red ochre, marigold, and sage, 38 by 22-¾ by 13-¼ inches; and an English lead downspout with a gargoyle face ($100-300), 32 inches tall, that retains its charm even while being well weathered.

The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, or 914-864-0707.

Andrea Valluzzo
AV Communications

Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
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.

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