‘March Madness’ at Carlsen Gallery, March 21-22

FREEHOLD, N.Y. – On Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, Carlsen Gallery will host its “March Madness” antique auction, an annual event that will attract buyers from throughout the northeastern United States.

The Saturday sale will be diverse with many lots to be auctioned. Included is a major private collection of highly desirable Roseville art pottery comprised of more than 300 pieces of well-loved and cared for Roseville art pottery from the estate of Beulah Watrous of Albany, New York.

Founded in 1890, Roseville’s days of production lasted until 1954. Its versatility and innovativeness served to keep the company’s art pottery at the forefront of the various decorating styles and buying public trends throughout the 20th century. Roseville pottery still represents the most widely known and most collectible art pottery ever produced – in all of its many forms ranging from flower pots, stoneware, umbrella stands, cuspidors, and limited painted ware, including such famous patterns as Pinecone, Rozane, Futura, Silhouette, Donatello, Wisteria,  Della Robbia, Luffa, and others. Many of these patterns will be offered at the Carlsen auction.

The other major highlights of the Saturday event will be multiple offerings of collectible baseball cards including many Hall of Famers from the early days of professional baseball to the present, early tobacco cards, with immortals such as Cobb, Mathewson, Keeler, Johnson, and others, and the later vintage baseball cards including but not limited to Mantle, Aaron, Berra, DiMaggio, and Campanella.

Vintage gold and silver coins including 19th and 20th century examples and large groups of pre-1964 silver will be auctioned. In these uncertain economic times, the groups of gold and silver coins will be of considerable interest. Recognized as highly popular categories of collecting, prospective buyers are encouraged to visit www.carlsengallery.com for detailed descriptions, or visit the gallery during listed preview days.

The main event – the auction of fine furniture, art, decorative objects – is on Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. Offerings will include period, formal and country furniture, oil paintings, sterling silver, bronzes and sculpture, Oriental carpets, clocks, and country and formal accessories. Highlights include important oil paintings including Distant Thoughts by J.G. Brown, offered at auction for the first time. Other artists include A.F. Tait, Blakelock, Casilear, Charles P. Adams, McEntee, J.F. Waugh, Frank Shapleigh and others.

Also included will be a late 19th-century carousel horse, a Duncan Phyfe gentleman’s press, an18th-century Connecticut mahogany highboy, and a rare Regency table with marquetry top composed of woods from New Zealand. A collection of fine estate jewelry will also be offered on Sunday.

For an advance preview of items to be sold, Carlsen Gallery will be open on Thursday and Friday from noon-5 p.m., or prospective bidders can view offerings online. The Saturday session begins at 1 p.m., with previewing from 10 a.m. in the morning; on Sunday, the gallery will open for previewing at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 10:30 a.m.

A 15 percent buyer’s premium is charged on all purchases, credit cards are accepted for gallery purchases only. Absentee and telephone bids are also accepted if arrangements are made by no later than Friday, March 20.

For more information, call 518-634-2466, fax 518-634-2467 or e-mail info@carlsengallery.com.