As fall brings cooler temperatures, the action is heating up at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. This summer has proved especially fruitful in sourcing fine goods from area estates and a bounty of choice antiques and art will cross the block at its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, October 20, at 10 am, featuring a large collection of Asian arts, antiques, jewelry, luxury fashion and decorative arts.
“The auction primarily features choice pickings from a collector who maintained homes in Westchester County and Palm Beach for years and was an avid collector,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have a really strong grouping of Asian decorative arts as well as iconic Judith Leiber bags and all the usual collecting categories buyers expect.”
An expected standout is an antique Persian Tabriz oversized handmade wool rug ($10/20,000) having an intricate multi toned floral, vine and leaf detail, 170 by 124 inches. Several other fine rugs are on offer too, with something for every taste and budget, such as a vintage oversized and multi-toned French Aubusson wool pile rug ($400-$800) and an ABC Home Morocco Berber rug ($400-$800) that is cream toned with multi toned geometric detail.
Asian arts sourced from a decades-long collector with homes in Westchester, N.Y. and Palm Beach estate figure prominently into the auction. Standouts include a framed ink and color on silk artwork ($500-$1,000) depicting an older Asian man, an Asian child and tiger sitting under a tree by a waterfall and stream, frame measures 53⅛ by 59 inches; and a signed fine ancestral watercolor portrait ($500-$1,000) of a seated couple wearing traditional Asian clothing, 42½ by 65⅛ inches.
Also on offer in this category will be Asian furniture, chinoiserie, Orentalia, blanc de chine sculptures, ceramics, pottery and much more. Highlights include a grand vintage painted Chinese cabinet ($400-$800) with two folding doors and intricately painted detail, 74 by 50 by 20 inches; a pair of signed Asian porcelain urns with stands ($200-$800) signed with Asian characters on the underside, each stands about 20 inches; and a lacquered multi-panel room screen ($100-$500) with illustrations of rocks, clouds, trees, and flowers, 84 by 16 inches.
Fine art will be well represented in this auction and an undisputed highlight is sure to be the Victor Salmones (1937-1987) bronze of a female nude titled “Woman in the Wind” ($2/10,000). The 1973 work stands 38 inches tall and was purchased from the artist studio in Mexico. Additional sculptures from this private collection based in Scarsdale will be in future auctions.
Ornate decorative arts will be the mainstay of this sale with high-end items ranging from a n antique Napoleon III ormolu and gilded bronze mantle clock ($2,5/5,000), depicting a seated female embraced by her lover, on a conforming pedestal, 19½ by 15¼ by 6¼ inches, and a pair of antique Rococo style gilt bronze candelabras ($1/3,500), late 19th Century, having scrolling acanthus leaf detail 21 inches tall.
Fashionistas will want to take note of a collection of striking Judith Leiber purses that will cross the block, led by a vintage multi-colored crystal-encrusted Chatelaine pouch-style minaudiere ($1/3,000), having Bergdorf Goodman tag, 5 inches long; an abstract multicolored crystal-encrusted purse ($1/2,500) having floral and abstract patterns 4 by 6 inches; and a crystal-encrusted Lemon Slice minaudiere ($500-$3,000), having costume cabochons and gold-tone hardware, 4 by 6 inches.
Rounding out the auction will be pair of free standing life-size wood candelabras ($500-$1,500) depicting a man blowing air out a shell with dolphins in Italian styled carvings at base, measures 19 x 78 inches, and a Louis XV-style French bureau plat desk ($1/2,500) with ornate gold toned brass accents and drawer handles. 41 by 32 by 23 inches,
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 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.