Comedian Whoopi Goldberg’s collection full of serious Mid-century style

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These mixed-color Fiesta beakers and vases are from the Whoopie Goldberg collection, offered online and live Sept. 27.

Selections from the personal collection of Whoopi Goldberg, acclaimed Oscar-winning actress and comedian, will highlight Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 27, 2011 estate auction, at the company’s Design District annex at 1518 Slocum Street. This will include more than 70 pieces from Whoopi’s cherished collection of pottery, porcelain, art deco and a variety of whimsical pieces she has gathered over the years.

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Measuring 15 inches high, this 20th century Artt Deco chrome coffee percolator was made by Manning-Bowman, Booneville, Mo, and is from Whoppi Goldberg’s personal collection of classic Mid-century modern design.

 “I think of this as the evolution of interests,” said Goldberg. “It’s time to clear space for the next chapter of my ever changing tastes. I hope the new owners will enjoy these pieces as much as I have.”

While Goldberg has enjoyed her superstar status as hostess to some of the most interesting minds and unique characters in the world today she has also quietly and intelligently scoured auctions, antique shows and flea markets over the years to assemble her impressive assortment of tableware and accessories.

It is an ever-evolving collection, hence Goldberg’s desire to make some room on her shelves and to offer both fans and collectors an opportunity to add to their own acquisitions a piece whose provenance is connected to the famous actress.

The items range from exquisitely painted English porcelain of the late Georgian period to whimsical kitsch from the Dime Store era. In between these extremes the collection includes several extensive porcelain services suitable for the finest of tables by a wide range of makers including KPM, Coalport and Lennox, Art Deco objects such as a solitaire set by Clarice Cliff and a dynamic group of Roseville pottery, examples that have made for a wonderful addition to the cherished pieces handed down to Goldberg from her mother, who planted the love of collecting in her daughter.

 For more information visit HA.com.

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These two green circa-1950 Fiesta covered pitchers are from the Whoopie Goldberg collection. The taller of the two measures 10 3/8 inches high.
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This Seeburg Symphonola juke box in black lacquer and silvered case is circa 1940.

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