Greenwich Village Gets an Auction House

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • May 19, 2011

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Bill Roland, co-founder of Roland Antiques, Greenwich Village

William Roland and Robert Roland, co-founders of Roland Antiques Gallery, Inc. have formally announced the opening of their new auction gallery, Roland Auctions, in New York City's Greenwich Village.  Established late in 2010, Roland Auctions specializes in estate auctions. The next is slated for Saturday, June 4 in the gallery at 80 East 11th Street and simultaneously online at

William (Bill) Roland, one of New York's foremost appraisers and antique dealers since 1975 and a popular charity event auctioneer, stated that the gallery is already a Greenwich Village attraction. Any given sale is likely to include period antiques, vintage modern furniture and decorations, fine art and contemporary paintings, oriental rugs and jewelry, objéts d'art and objects of vertu.

For example, a recent sale contained a number of desirable mid-century items, including an Alexander Calder woven hammock from the estate of actress Monique Van Vooren that went for $1,680.  A Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs  made $3,300. A 1970's sunburst mirror with three concentric bands of mirrored tiles brought $6,600. All prices include buyer's premium.

Traditionalists competed for a French credenza decorated with biblical scenes crafted of inlaid pewter, copper, bronze doré and mother of pearl. Shown in Denise Ledoux-Lebard's "Les Ébénistes du XIXe Siecle 1795-1889, the credenza brought $19,200.

Meanwhile, collections of antique porcelains and decorations, marble statuary and French and Georgian furniture also topped their reserves.

Many of the properties, Bill Roland said, come from Manhattan and Long Island's finest residences. "We're in the business of building relationships. By offering estate managers and consignors prompt service and realistic prices and following through on our promises, we can give our buyers exceptional values."

"My brother and I go on private house calls daily and give free appraisals in the gallery to bring the best we can find to auction."

Robert (Rob) Roland, also a highly-respected antiques dealer with more than thirty years experience, handles the lion's share of the in-house activities.

Rob Roland characterized Roland Auctions as "an unpretentious venue with straight forward cataloging and good values." With five knowledgeable employees on staff, someone is always on hand to answer questions. Complimentary catalogs are available at the desk. Lots can also be viewed online.

Roland Auctions occupies street level retail space in the heart of Greenwich Village's prestigious antiques district. Browsers are welcome.

Auctions usually take place on the last Saturday of the month and previews run for two days before hand. Dates are posted in the windows and are available online at

Historically, the Roland brothers have curated exceptional sales of properties via auction, the retail environment or as agents for the seller. They sold a Tiffany window for $1,500,000. Their sale of Raoul Dufy's "Epson Downs, Race Day," 1937, for $264,000, set an online world record for a watercolor by the artist.

For executors, decorators, collectors and dealers, as well as renters and apartment owners, Roland Auctions in Greenwich Village offers a wealth of opportunities and values. The next estate auction is Saturday, June 4 at 11:00. It will be conducted at the gallery, 80 East 11th Street and online at

For more information about Roland Auctions please visit or call 212-260-2000.




Regina Kolbe
PR To the Trade

Roland Auctions
80 East 11 Street
New York, New York

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