Living estate of Ted Williams’ ex-wife to be sold Nov. 23 by Knotty Pine Auctions

The November auction will consist of antique furnishings and accessories from the home the two once shared, near Putney, Vt. The sale will be held at Knotty Pine’s showroom, located at 787 West Swanzey Rd., in West Swanzey, N.H.

Ted and Dolores were married from 1967-1973. They had two children: a son, John Henry, and a daughter, Claudia.

Throughout Dolores’ life, she accumulated many beautiful antique period furniture pieces, wonderful decorative accessories, original works of art by noted, listed artists, and more. Following are some expected highlights from the November sale.

•Mounted African taxidermy heads of exotic game bagged by Williams while on safari.

•A suite of six high-style English Victorian dining room chairs, highly carved and said to be acquired from the estate of Rudyard Kipling.

•A mounted marlin, caught by Dolores. At the time, the marlin was a world record catch for its class.

•A small continental coffer (sunken ceiling panel) in oak, highly carved, circa early 18th century.

•A paint-decorated, four-drawer Sheraton chest in original old mustard paint, with foliage and fruit decorations,  circa 1830s-1840s.

•A circa 1880s child’s red-painted push-sled.

•Original paintings by the artist Charles De Feo (N.Y., 1892-1978), noted landscape artist and friend of the Williamses).

•Lithographs, many depicting hunting and fishing themes.

•Several Navajo rugs from the early 20th century.

•An 18th century Chippendale two-drawer tall blanket chest with original red wash.

•Inuit stone carvings from the early 20th century, as well as many other country Americana furnishings.

“Dolores was a successful and glamorous fashion model and actress. In 1956 she competed as Miss Vermont in the Miss Universe pageant, winning Miss Congeniality. She was also a registered nurse and mink farmer. She had a rich, full life,” said said John Pappas of Knotty Pine Auction Service.

The auction will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23. Previews will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.

For more information call 800-352-5251, email kpa@inc-net.com or visit www.knottypineantiques.com. Part II of the sale – scheduled for spring of 2009 – will feature personal effects, ephemera, photos and other memorabilia relating to the couple, their family life and careers.

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