New venue: Woodbury Auctions’ inaugural sale set for May 30

WOODBURY, Conn. – Newly established Woodbury Auctions launches its operations in the heart of the Woodbury, Conn., historic district.
The first event, designated an “Opportunity Auction,” will be held May 30. Auction aficionados can expect antique furniture, art and collectibles, with starring roles going to a collection of early-American glass, a vintage 1982 Piaget diamond-studded 18K-gold ladies watch, a Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut dish-top candle stand, and a mint 1966 Mercedes Benz 230SL coupe with both original tops.

Also offered in this initial sale will be furniture, other glass, paintings and jewelry, as well as folk art, porcelain, vintage toys and general collectibles from estates and consignors in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Delaware. All lots are fresh to the market and being sold with very few reserves. Absentee, phone and online bidding will be available.

“The time is right to open an auction house with well-qualified dealer experts in service to appreciators of not only fine arts and antiques, but of the art of the auction itself,” said Thomas Schwenke, founder and organizer of the enterprise. “And Woodbury, which has so long been at the heart of Connecticut’s historic property preservation and antiquities interest, seems almost predestined as its home.”

As owner and proprietor of Thomas Schwenke Inc. Antiques, one of Woodbury’s largest shops, Schwenke is widely known for his 40-year study of, and expertise in, the American Federal period of furniture. He points out that Woodbury Auctions brings to the block merchandise representative of the full range of design periods.

“Our potential customers deserve a comprehensive, quality selection of estate-sale lots and individual pieces and collections, fully vetted for value,” Schwenke said. He added, “this auction is meant to be fun, exciting and enjoyable for both our consignors and our buyers.”

Full-service appraisals will be a staple feature of the enterprise. Authentication services will be routinely offered by dealer experts affiliating with Woodbury Auction. On “Valuation Days,” visitors will be welcome to come in for informal assessment of their antiques without charge, now being scheduled at regular intervals.

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