A parade of interesting collections, one after another, will make their way across the block at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc., during its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, September 22, at 10 am, featuring antiques, jewelry, luxury fashion and decorative arts.
“We have several nice estates represented in this auction, all with a specific flavor in addition to our usual selection of furniture, antiques, art and striking decorative objects,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have tasteful selections of fashion from Escada shawl to Judith Leiber bags as well as a collection of illustration art, several of which depict cafe society at the turn of the century; in addition to art glass and fine perfume bottles from noted names such as Lalique.”
Among expected standouts in the auction will be a pair of 18th Century Asian table lamps ($1,5/2,500) with hand painted ceramic bodies depicting several robed figures, dragons, butterflies, leaves, and flowers, 28½ inches tall.
Among the collections on offer is a grouping of folk art objects from a waterfront Rye, N.Y., home, part of the late Arthur Liman estate. The noted lawyer, who was chief counsel when the U.S. Senate investigated the Iran-Contra Affair, and his wife were avid art collectors. This sale will include a smattering of interesting and whimsical objects from their collection, including some folky and abstract pieces.
The furniture category is another one that shows the breadth of this auction, kicking off with a Joe D’Urso Bieffeplast, Italy, glass top pedestal dining table ($500-3,000) that has a frosted glass round top over a black conical steel pedestal, 48 by 28 inches; a profusely carved antique wooden hall chair ($100-800) with figures of a satyr and a female (nymph?) flanking a shield, 49½ inches tall; and a three-drawer antique Chinese cupboard ($500-1,000) with open fretwork, dovetailing and pierced floral, vine and leaf detail, 71 by 40 by 23 inches.
Midcentury Modern offerings are still highly sought after and this auction boasts a fine array of pieces, led by a pair of Thayer Coggin tufted leather barrel back chairs ($500-3,000) in a vibrant green tone, each is 25 by 30 inches; an Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman sideboard ($500-2,000) with brass inlay and each drawer having a dangling brass handle, 70 by 35 by 21 inches, and a oversized George Nelson saucer bubble pendant light ($200-2,000) bought by the consignor from Herman Miller in late 1970s, 18 inches tall and with a 38-inch diameter.
Also featured in this category are a circa 1960s Warren Platner for Knoll metal glass table having a 44-inch diameter ($500-2,000), a desirable 1960s Arco floor lamp in stainless steel ($500-2,000) measuring 7 feet, 11 inches tall; and a vintage wooden Danish hutch and sideboard with a teak finish ($50-500) having six graduated drawers, carved wood handles and five adjustable shelves behind sliding glass panes, 71¼ by 71 by 19½ inches deep, possibly Hans Wegner or in the style of.
From a collection of perfume bottles crossing the block are such beauties as a J.L. Garcin art glass perfume bottle in frosted glass painted with ornate floral designs, 2001, and having a frosted glass stopper ($100-400), 7 inches tall; a grouping of two signed Michael Nourot paperweight perfume bottles ($100-400) having plum forms with pink and violet-toned detail in addition to clear bubble designs and teardrop stoppers, biggest is 5 inches tall; and a signed Roland artisan glass perfume bottle ($100-300) in iridescent glass having hues of amber and cranberry with a pointed stopper, 5 inches tall.
From a massive collection of Waterford crystal will come a curated selection of choice pieces that will cross the block along with Italian ceramics and Asian porcelain.
For the traditionally-minded, two 18th Century grandfather clocks will cross the block. First up is a signed Briant grandfather clock ($200-1,000), French, with a tall, hand painted case having intricate floral, vine and leaf detail, 90 inches tall. Next up is a signed antique Peter Bower tall case clock ($200-800), English, having an ornate gold toned clock face with black hands and Roman numerals. The 75½-inch tall clock has fine carved detail on the case.
Buyers can always count on finding a variety of artwork idesrt4n the Red Carpet auctions and this sale runs the gamut from illustration art spanning several decades to European landscapes and much more. Highlights include a signed James Edwin Meadows oil on canvas ($2,5/3,500), of an English countryside scene titled “Children Playing by a Cottage,” 42 by 30 inches; a signed Irma Deremeaux watercolor painting ($100-400) depicting early 20th Century partygoers, 20 ⅛ by 30⅝ inches; and a graphite drawing of a cubist-style woman that signed Picasso ($100-1,000), 9½ by 11⅜ inches.
Rounding out the auction will be six ceramic sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, including a toucan egg ceramic sculpture ($150-500) depicting four colorful toucan birds breaking free from an egg; an ornate National gilt bronze antique cashier ($500-2,000), circa 1910, 17 by 19 by 16 inches; and a C.M. Russell signed bronze “Stagecoach” sculpture ($500-1,500) cast in the traditional lost wax casting process. The sculpture bears subtle modeling, a rich patina and a marble base and measures 23 by 9 by 8½ 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.