Pam Stone, owner of the Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc., was just about done cataloguing her upcoming Red Carpet auction, slated for Wednesday, March 21, at 10 am, when a last-minute donation came in that was too good to hold for another month.
The donation was a fine painting, an Italian School still life on canvas, circa 1800, depicting tulips, roses and chrysanthemums in a basket and had solid provenance. It was bought at Sotheby’s in December 1997 from the estate of the late conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The painting is expected to perform well in the March auction. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 28½-by-36-inch painting is in a gold leaf carved wooden frame marked for Pocker and Sons. Accompanying the painting is the Sotheby’s auction catalog describing the contents of the Bernsteins’ luxe apartment in the landmark Dakota in New York City’s Central Park West, said to be the most famous apartment building in New York City, where they famously entertained celebrities and their friends in music, arts and entertainment worlds. The couple avidly collected art, antiques and high-end furnishings.
“This is a gorgeous painting that just came in and we knew we had to put it into this month’s auction,” said Stone. “Its beauty is underscored by the symbolism in its flowers, the meanings of which can be hard to ferret out in modern times. It was well suited to the Bernsteins’ home in the luxurious Dakota and will look lovely in the home of its future owner.”
The monthly Red Carpet sales 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 non-profit and all 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 takes place at 185 Kisco Avenue, Suite 201, and online. 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.