With a strong selection of midcentury modern items, especially glass furniture, The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. will sparkle at its monthly Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 10 am. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
“We usually feature one or two midcentury modern pieces each month but for this auction, we are thrilled to have nearly a dozen fine examples but that is a small piece of what is on offer,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation. “This is a far-ranging sale, which buyers here are accustomed to. Besides furniture, Asian art, decorative accessories, fine art, jewelry and other collectables are well represented.”
Expected midcentury furniture highlights include an antique metal medicine cabinet with a glass front and three glass shelves on S-curved legs that was originally bought at Wyeth in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood; a pair of Lucite console tables, each having a 2-inch thick top, waterfall edges and sculptural modern lines; and a Montresor lacquered cabinet in oak and metal, 30 by 90 by 24 inches.
The parade of furniture across the block continues, segueing from glass to wood with a vintage executive desk, Dunbar, having seven drawers, 29 ½ by 72 by 32 inches; and two vintage wooden dresser with six drawers, part of the groundbreaking Thomas O’Brien collection for Hickory Chair, each having cutouts serving as drawer pulls, 35 by 68 by 22½ inches. All the furniture pieces are estimated at $500-5,000. Seven handpainted tall Asian cabinets will also cross the block as well as a “Maria” drop-leaf teak dining table by Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson ($1/4,000) having four leaves, measuring about 110 inches long when fully extended.
The furniture offerings run the gamut from midcentury styles to traditional, including a Kindel Empire style buffet with claw feet ($500-$2,000), having two small drawers flanking one large center drawer over cabinet storage area and an antique marble top gilded side table ($300-3,000) with cabriole legs, 29½ inches tall.
Among fine art will be a Chinese ancestor painting on mirrored surface ($200-4,000), possibly watercolor or gouache, depicting a man in traditional Chinese garb, 32 by 22 inches, and a Jacob Lawrence signed workshop silkscreen ($400-800), picturing five men doing a construction project, 24⅜ by 19⅝ inches.
Rounding out the auction will be an 18K gold polished and textured estate wrap bangle bracelet ($1/3,000) with a textured surface, creating a distinct look with polished orb accents and for petroliana collectors, there will be vintage metal Texaco sign ($150-350) with a 73-inch diameter.
Red Carpet sales here typically feature choice collections of antique, Midcentury Modern, brand furnishings, sterling, china, crystal, jewelry and fine art. With a mission of “to donate, to discover and to do good,” the foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Consignors get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and local non-profits get much needed funds.
The auction gallery is at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, https://www.thebenefitshop.org or 914-864-0707.
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.