Connecticut country home, pile of antiques on the block

  • May 19, 2010 23:42

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The historic Trowbridge-Thoms House, ca. 1830, is for sale in Litchfield, Conn.

In an American antiques circles, Litchfield, Connecticut, and its rural surroundings, is a favorite destination. Established dealers such as father-and-son Peter Tillou and Jeffrey Tillou are a mainstay in this classic New England town in the Northwest Hills.

For those looking to settle into life in a rural hamlet, a circa 1830 Greek Revival, known locally as the Historic Trowbridge-Thoms House, along with a 2,300-square-foot barn full of nearly 1,000 antiques, is coming to auction on June 5.

The historic home is situated on 1/3 acre facing the Litchfield village green.

Owner Thomas McBride, who operated an antiques shop in the barn for over 45 years, is retring. The auction will include pieces 81-year-old McBride has acquired since the 1950s, mostly early American furniture (some French and English), glassware, ceramics, antique clocks, and more.

Of the American pieces, at least 15 drop-leaf tables will be sold, including a circa 1780-1790 maple example attributed to Goddard Townsend of Newport, R.I.; as well as Chippendale, Queen Anne and Hepplewhite acanthus carved Federal tables; and a circa 1780 Queen Anne highboy.

There will be a selection of Wedgwood, Sevres, Canton, and a host of other decorative items, art, and antiques.

Tim's, Inc. will auction the antiques on-site on June 5 followed by the sale of the home and property by Litchfield Real Estate Auctions, LLC. The property can be previewed beginning at noon on May 22.


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