While the offerings at this months’s Red Carpet auction at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. on Wednesday, May 20, at 10 am, are far-ranging, from Asian art and African masks to midcentury furniture and Pop art, a high point will be metalware.
Sleek and chic, metal is all the rage today in design. Featuring everything from framed art to statuary and accessories, this auction boasts a wealth of interesting metalware pieces.
“Metal makes for a stylish and luxurious finish,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have some lovely midcentury metal-framed works of art as well as bronze sculptures, decorative accessories and fine dining items.”
Chrome was a favorite material for famed Modernist furniture designer Milo Baughman and a striking addition to the auction will be a set of six chrome chairs by Baughman for the Design Institute of America ($500-5,000).
Crossing the block early on will be several signed mixed media artworks on paper by the late Canadian artist Rene Marcil, estimated at $100-500 each. Dated 1950, the Abstract Expressionist style works, possibly crayon and colored pencil, depict landscapes. Each is attractively set within a silver metal frame and measures 20¼ by 16¼ inches.
Other highlights in the fine art category include three bronzes of women: a signed bronze sculpture of a woman in long robes by Giuseppe Renda ($100-500), reminiscent of his “Spring Breeze” sculpture, 17½ inches tall; a signed and gilded bronze statue signed by Eugene Marioton and cast by L. Perzinka ($50-150) of a woman in peasant clothes holding a tambourine, 18 inches tall, and a gilded bronze nude Art Nouveau sculpture ($100-500) of a female nude holding castanets and dancing in front of a mirror, 15½ inches tall.
The thread of metalware in the auction continues into the art of dining with a set of 12 Wedgwood Florentine porcelain plates ($400-$1,500) having wide gold borders with dragon forms, an antique RW&S sterling silver Art Nouveau ladle ($100-300) with a repousse female nude figural surrounded by scrollwork and sinuous vines and florals; and a Gorham sterling silver coffee pot ($200-600), circa 1853, having Art Nouveau design elements with sinuous lines repousse of curling stems, a floral finial and sea shell detail, 11 inches tall. Also on offer is a 77-piece Grande Baroque by Wallace sterling silver flatware set ($1,5/3,000) with a total weight of 45.21 troy ounces.
Rounding out the auction are an H&F antique French dore bronze mantle clock ($100-400) with a finely enameled design and elaborately decorated, 17½ inches tall; a signed mixed metal keepsake box with lid ($40-200), Japanese, decorated with a garden scene and figurals in relief, 2 by 5½ inches, and a faux painted malachite mirror, circa 1970 ($200-500) in an octagonal shape, marked for Sarried, 23¼ 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.