Appraisal calls reveal surprises for Brookfield antiques auction

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Estate-fresh property from 10 Connecticut and New York addresses will cross the block at Brookfield Auction’s Sept. 25 sale. “A Stamford, Conn., widower had consigned 20 lots to our July sale; he was ‘testing the waters’. Having been pleased with his results, he promptly consigned over 80 lots for our September sale,” said Diana Onyshkewych, auctioneer and co-owner of Brookfield Auction. “It was those early consignments that set the pace for what is now a diverse auction with a strong emphasis on quality” continued Diana.

Highlights from the Stamford estate include a Tiffany Studios ‘Pinecone’ carriage clock, a Russian sterling silver and enameled tea strainer, Loetz glass, a signed painted miniature on porcelain of a nude, a Barbizon style oil on panel by Atherton Furlong, American (1849-1919), extensive sterling silver and his wife’s collection of designer and costume jewelry.

A Litchfield, Conn., couple stepped up to the plate and consigned a small collection of gold pocket watches, precious and semi-precious jewelry, sterling flatware and a Georg Jensen serving spoon. They wanted their items included in the sale because they went so well with what was already being sold. “We also received a call to view Sherle Wagner door hardware installed in a house in Ridgefield, Conn., slated to be demolished,” said Andy Onyshkewych, co-owner of Brookfield Auction. “That call ended up yielding a fine 18-19th century gilt wood console, Murano chandeliers and beaded glass fixtures from the 1920s” he continued.

A call to view items in a storage unit in Torrington provided 19th century furniture including a Classical sofa with winged lion feet and a Regency sideboard. “While loading the sideboard into the truck, we noticed a label on the inside of the drawer which read ‘Selected for and exhibited at The League Antiques Exhibition, SHERRY’s New York, March 14-24, 1944, under auspices of Art and Antique Dealers League of America, Inc.,’” shared Andy. “We found a copy of the exhibition catalog for sale on the Internet but the bookseller can’t find it in their vast inventory” he finished.

The 350-lot sale is rounded out by property from Scarsdale, N.Y., which features 19th century country furniture and accessories. A Southport, Conn., residential landlord has consigned furniture, accessories and art from her three beach front rental properties. “Today’s renters are not looking for furnished,” she told Diana. The eclectic mix includes a large Curtis Jere metal wall sculpture, an Arts and Crafts cabinet with an interior safe, a pair of French bronze chenets, and a pair of 19th century parcel gilt and paint decorated Adams style chairs, plus assorted art.

The preview and auction will be held at the Litchfield Firehouse, 258 West Street in Litchfield, Conn. Previews are Sept. 24 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon until the sale at 6 p.m. Bidding is available in-house, by phone or absentee. There is no Internet bidding.

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