Kathleen Guzman hosts charity prints auction

Here’s your chance to expand your collection and do a good deed in the process:

Guzman to host VIP party with TV experts Daile Kaplan, Nicholas Lowry, Joyce Jonas and Eric Silver

Guzman photo.jpg

EVENT: Housing Works Auctions Presents “Early American Prints,” a live charity auction with Kathleen Guzman


DATE: Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TIME: VIP cocktail hour with celebrity appraisers, 6-7 pm. Live auction, 7-9 pm

LOCATION: Housing Works Gramercy Thrift Shop, 157 E.23rd St (between Lexington and 3rd)

$50 for VIP cocktail hour. Live auction is FREE and open to the public.

BENEFITS: All proceeds benefit Housing Works, which provides lifesaving services such as housing, medical care, meals and job training to homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

YachtPR.jpgCurrier & Ives, publisher
The Yacht “Sappho” of New York, 1869 (Conningham #6815)
Hand Colored engraving
19 1/8 by 27 7/8 inches.
Kennedy Galleries label, on verso

Housing Works Auctions announced that on Oct. 7, it will host “Early American Prints,” a live charity auction of 60 fine prints from 19th century America, including dozens by legendary engravers Currier & Ives. Longtime Housing Works volunteer and celebrity appraiser Kathleen Guzman will serve as auctioneer. The prints, which can roughly be broken down into Pastoral Scenes, Marine Subjects, Historical Figures and Events and Maps, range in estimated value from $100 to $1,500.

While the live auction is free, for $50, the public can meet Guzman and a group of her celebrity colleagues, including Daile Kaplan, Nicholas Lowry of Swann Galleries, Eric Silver of Lillian Nassau, and Joyce Jonas, jewelry appraiser, at a VIP pre-auction cocktail party. (Housing Works members get in free. Join at www.housingworks.org). Guzman, Kaplan, Jonas, Lowry and Silver have appeared frequently on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow.

Washingtonprint.jpgCharles Hart, lithographer/ L.M. Delevan, publisher

Washington Family, after William Savage, artist

Hand Colored lithograph

16 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches.

Kennedy Galleries label, on verso

The venerated auction house Swann Auction Galleries and the collectibles Web site Worthpoint.com are contributing support to the “Early American Prints,” event, which will feature champagne, light hors d’oeuvres and Martine’s fine chocolates of Bloomingdale’s.

If you can’t make the Oct. 7 live auction, a separate selection of prints will be auctioned online on Housing Works Thrift Shops’ auction site, Shophousingworks.com. Bidding online is underway and ends at 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Online auction items will be featured in the windows of Housing Works Thrift Shops’ 23rd St. and 77th St. stores starting on Sept. 25.

“Early American Prints” was prompted by an anonymous donation of nearly 300 engravings and prints. Many were originally sold by the famed Kennedy Gallery.

“This is a unique opportunity to bid on treasured artwork for your home or collection and generously help a worthy cause,” says appraiser Guzman.  “Charming and significant prints by Currier & Ives, Endicott Brothers + Company, and William Sartain will be offered. Most notable are the many works depicting Hudson River subjects and the Catskill Mountains to be sold without reserve to the highest bidder.”

— Posted by Karen