Charleston artists holding court in N.C. antique auction

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville-based Brunk Auctions will hold its next sale March 23, consisting of approximately 800 lots from private collections and other institutions. A compilation of works by many of the first generation Charleston Renaissance artists, drawn from three collections, headlines the sale, featuring Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Heber Hutty and William Aiken Walker.

Charleston Chair. Photo courtesy Brunk Auctions

Charleston Chair. Photo courtesy Brunk Auctions

Other notable art from the sale includes a James Rosati sculpture, “Ostrich and Orange Man” by Alexander Calder, a William Posey Silva triptych titled “The Garden of Dreams,” an Antonio Jacobson painting of the steamship “Herman Winter” and a portrait of Lord Byron by Thomas Sully.

The sale will also include European and Southern fine art and a collection of fine portrait miniatures.

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Brunk Auctions will also offer the opportunity to purchase quality decorative arts. Three striking pieces in particular should catch the eye of a range of collectors.

The first is a very fine American Federal paint-decorated walnut pie safe with finely punched tins in original pale yellow/green paint decoration attributed to 19th century Southwestern Virginia.

American Federal pie safe with elaborately punched tins in yellow/yellow-green paint below Alice Ravenel Huger Smith’s watercolor of a snowy egret

American Federal pie safe with elaborately punched tins in yellow/yellow-green paint below Alice Ravenel Huger Smith’s watercolor of a snowy egret

The second is a fine American Classical carved mahogany dolphin figural sofa, originally retailed in Charleston, S.C., that Andrew Brunk has attributed to the workshop of Deming and Bulkley, New York.

The third highlight in the decorative arts category is an important Daniel Huger Horry/ Lucas family Chinese Chippendale mahogany open-arm chair attributed to Charleston, S.C. This 1765-1775 piece has mahogany throughout with a later cypress plank seat, rich reddish-brown color with traces of early surface.

Other hot lots include a sizable collection of jewelry, Russian silver, Arts & Crafts ephemera, Modern art and furniture and an eclectic range of other art and antiques.

For more information on this and other Brunk auctions, contact, 828-254-6846 or visit

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