Mahogany banjo clocks may strike a chord

WOODBURY, Conn. — On Saturday, August 22, Schwenke Auctioneers will be in Ulster County,

Banjo clock

American classical lyre form mahogany banjo clock, by J. Dwyer, measures 39″ high, 11 1/2″ wide, 5 1/4″ deep ($800-$1,000). (All photos courtesy Schwenke Auctioneers)

New York for a one day single owner auction of the lifetime collection of David L. Bronson.

Many of the items acquired during Bronson’s years of travel and collecting will come before bidders during the auction, which will be held at his farmhouse in Stone Ridge, N.Y. Absentee bidding is accepted, and Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The sale features more than 350 lots of Asian and European 18th and 19th century porcelain and decorative arts, American 18th and 19th century formal and country furniture, English and Continental 18th and 19th century furniture and decorations, paintings, prints, banjo and tall clocks, needlework, pottery, stoneware and oriental rugs. Since the age of twelve, Bronson has been enchanted with antiques and decorative arts.

Throughout his life he’s enjoyed the good fortune of encountering mentors who helped develop his appreciation for antiques. One of his mentors opened a door to design and decorative art for David, as he went on to complete four years in the Department of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Thereafter, a degree at Yale Divinity School took him to a parish in Surrey, England where he enjoyed cycling to the local country auctions.

The sale will feature two framed Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas, one measuring approximately 36 inches high by 25 inches wide, and the other 33 inches high by 24 inches wide. They were acquired by Bronson in Kathmandu, and will be offered in two separate lots, estimated at $1,000 and $1,500 each. porcelain and decorative arts, including Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, Asian furniture and Japanese woodblock prints.

Other items of note include:

• Fine Chippendale blue painted blanket chest

• Two mahogany banjo clocks

• Sheraton barrel back upholstered chair

• Papier mache and mother of pearl inlaid spectacles case once owned by Civil War General Joseph Smith.

For more information, visit www.woodburyauction.com, or call 203-266-0323

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