ATLANTA — Red Baron’s Antiques, the Southeast’s premier auction house, will be liquidating about $8 million and 11 tractor trailers’ worth of the finest and most fantastic furnishings from the world-famous Yellowstone Club in Montana, the only private ski resort in the world. The Yellowstone inventory is the expected highlight of a three-day auction event slated for Nov. 6-8 at Red Baron’s showroom, located at 6450 Roswell Road in Atlanta.
Over the past 10-15 years, the Yellowstone Club has amassed only the best of fine furnishings, architectural appointments and décor, intended to furnish some of their more lavish estates. One of the largest additions to their community was cited in Forbes magazine as “the most expensive home in the world.” And with 10 bedrooms, 53,000 square feet of living space and an asking price of $155 million, one can see how luxurious this community really is.
But, owing to unforeseen and recent financial circumstances, the Yellowstone Club has had to let go of these rare and extravagant pieces. Their misfortune can become your good fortune, as Red Baron’s will be selling this crème de la crème of items made for the wealthiest of people to the highest bidder, without reserve, which is a truly rare opportunity.
Offerings from the Yellowstone Club inventory are great and varied, containing everything from outdoor emblishments to furnishings. This includes the detailed fountain from the entrance of the Yellowstone Club’s main lodge, carved from Vicenza stone and depicting bears climbing on rocks. It is surrounded by coping and stands a monumental 21 feet high.
Interior furnishings include everything from what one would need to outfit a complete room to pieces that would complement any décor. One lot comprises two monumental bookcase walls, masterfully executed in Circassian walnut and complimented by an additional smaller bookcase crowned with a clock, as well as two tall and narrow side cases. These pieces were originally from a prominent home in Grenoble, France, and bear the signature of V. Roybon, a renowned 19th-century carver and cabinetmaker. A focal Alpine oil painting is beautifully inset between two fluted columns on both larger wall cases and surrounded with egg and dart capitals, as well as regal mid-relief lion masks.
A dramatic Classical pediment, relief-carved, with profiles of Socrates and Plato, complete these stunning pieces, which measure 13 feet tall by 19 feet wide.
Stand-alone interior furnishings include a pair of large beautiful walnut and ebony American Renaissance cabinets by Thomas Brooks, measuring 10 feet tall by 7 1/2 feet wide; and a fine English rococo sideboard in mahogany (89 inches tall by 105 inches wide) with two female figures holding cornucopia and supporting the surface. The acanthus swags rise and support the mirror, which has a dramatic, pierce-carved frame.
Another lot certain to wow the crowd is a pair of spectacular Venetian torcheres in Carpathian walnut to be sold as a single lot. The torcheres rest on three scrolled feet on scalloped rests that converge to form a shaft atop which sits an urn-shaped pedestal adorned with regal cartouches and carved floral swags. Two figures with drape cloths, a male and a female, stand atop the pedestals. The torcheres were made in 1889 and stand 11 feet high.
Yet another lot sure to get paddles wagging is a pair of flamboyant Gothic throne chairs fit for a king and queen in black walnut. The stylized twist columns support the seats, which are separated by pierce-carved arm rests formed from integrated winged lions. The seats, 11 feet high, were formerly in a castle in Bavaria. They later graced a mansion in the U.S. that overlooked Chesapeake Bay, Md..
A fun piece fit for commercial or home use is a completely restored country store, with a front and back bar in oak that would be perfect for a restaurant or even a country kitchen. The back bar has glassed storage bins, cabinetry and a clock mounted in the fascia.
A great piece of Americana, also from the Yellowstone Club, is an original grape wine front and back bar with stained glass canopy, handsome and expansive at 12 feet high by 18 1/2 feet wide. Other lots to be sold from Yellowstone include a complete cased knife display, comprising four sections, which are virtually untouched; a pair of companion rococo consoles in gilt wood with cabriole legs and a heavily carved tri-glass-door bookcase featuring figural depictions of Atlas and lions, which stands 7 feet tall by 7 feet wide by 25 inches deep.
In addition to the Yellowstone items, Red Baron’s has jewelry, such as a 35 carat emerald pendent on a 14 karat yellow gold fishbone chain; two restored and working carousels; an inlaid Monarch pool table with original iron lion legs; and many fine examples of classic commercial pieces, such as a carved walnut jewelry store with paw feet (to include a back case with glass shelving, two curved cases, two long cases and three short cases); a fine mahogany American pharmacy from Knight Soda Fountain Co., Chicago; and a splendid soda bar with intricately carved crown, foliate detail and pierced woven pattern.
There are several classic vehicles sure to pique any car enthusiast’s curiosity, as well as futuristic, one-of-a-kind automobiles like the 1959 Tornado, with its sleek body that illustrates America’s fascination with futuristic rocket-inspired, mid-century design.
For more information on any of these items, the auction, or to request a color catalog, contact Red Baron’s at 404-252-3770, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see more Yellowstone Club inventory, as well as a bit of everything else Red Baron’s has to offer, visit www.rbantiques.com.
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