Got Quilts? Encore Sale from the Estate of Laura Fisher in Single-Owner Timed Auction

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  • July 20, 2022

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Burnham Star round hooked rug, late 19th century. 49-1/2” dia.
18k gold starfish pin. 1-1/2''h, 1-1/2''w, ~9.3 dwt.

South Bay Auctions is pleased to announce a single-owner timed auction from the collection of late quilt expert, Laura Fisher (1945-2021), available for bidding exclusively on iGavel Auctions from Wednesday, July 20th through Thursday, August 11th, 2022. This encore sale features more than 175 lots from Fisher’s estate, including antique quilts, hooked rugs, jewelry, Americana, folk art, and more.

Highlights include a 1920s "Alphabet Postage Stamp" quilt reminiscent of a needlework sampler, an effect achieved "thanks to the one-inch postage stamp squares used to create the letters,'' as described by Laura Fisher in her original catalog write-up. An unusual “Odd Fellows” pieced quilt with appliqued indigo print is among the many examples on offer in the popular "Flying Geese" pattern. Antique hooked rugs abound, including a late 19th century "Burnham Star" round rug in the style of Ralph Burnham, a Massachusetts rug company that was the source of similarly executed patterns. Star jewelry lots round out the sale, including an 18 karat gold starfish pin, and a gorgeous 18k gold bracelet with yellow and white gold oval links.

Laura Fisher was born and raised in the Bronx and graduated from Cornell University where she studied home economics. Her career in antiques began in 1975 when, on a whim, she bid on and won three months of storefront space at Manhattan Art & Antiques Center in a charity auction for New York’s Channel 13 PBS station. In the 45 year long career that followed, Fisher became a recognized expert on Americana specializing in textiles. Top collectors and designers would vie for the unique finds she sourced internationally.

A frequent guest on Martha Stewart Living Television, Laura lectured at museums and universities and was known for her extensive writing on quilts. Books by Fisher include “Quilts of Illusion” and “Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art” (with Deborah Harding), and she contributed essays to “Diamonds and Bars: The Art of the Amish Quilt”, “America’s Glorious Quilts” and others. A regular contributor to periodicals such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Country Living, her shop was also featured frequently in Town & Country, The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, among many others.

South Bay Auctions is a family-owned auction house that has been operating in East Moriches, Long Island, New York for more than 40 years.

Alphabet Postage Stamp quilt in red and white, circa 1920s, cotton. 72''h, 67''w.

Viewing can be arranged by advance appointment at our East Moriches gallery, located at 485 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, NY 11940. Please email with your preferred date(s), time(s), and a complete list of items you would like to view.


Online via iGavel Auctions from Wednesday, July 20th – Thursday, August 11th, 2022.
Lots will begin closing on Thursday, August 11th, 2022 at noon.
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