Fine porcelains abound in Oct. 10 ‘Living’ Estates auction

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – “The consignors in our upcoming auction have one thing in common: across the board, they want money they can use now. Those who have been carefully collecting antiques over the years are in the driver’s seat because the value of good pieces remains strong and they can be liquidated at auction to raise cash,” said Diana Onyshkewych, auctioneer and co-owner of Brookfield Auction. “Most notably, one couple has chosen to sell their collection of antiques, which includes decorative arts objects and 18th and 19th century porcelains, instead of taking out an 8 1/2 percent student loan to pay for their children’s college tuition,” she continued.

Brookfield Auction will conduct the sale on Oct. 10 at the Litchfield Firehouse, 258 West St., Route 202, in Litchfield, Conn., beginning at 5 p.m. The 400-lot auction is 98 percent unreserved.

“It’s a ‘smalls’ collector’s dream!” said Mrs. Onyshkewych. “For decades, our featured consignor frequented estate sales and consignment shops to satisfy an insatiable desire to be the seekers and keepers of fine, European porcelains,” she continued.

Porcelains include a pair of Dresden candelabra supported by Maidens with putti, a pair of Royal Staffordshire birds, Vienna, KPM and Berlin figures, a large Old Paris porcelain figure of woman, a pair of Podmore, Liverpool plates and a large collection of Copenhagen and B & G porcelains.

Decorative arts offerings include a pair of French gilt metal 7-arm candelabra on marble bases, a pair of ‘Aladdin’ form oil lamps (possibly Caldwell), a Tiffany champlevé mantel clock and a pair of French Empire bronze candelabra. An 18th century Paul Storr sterling covered chafing dish on stand and Georg Jensen ‘Acorn’ sterling flatware lead the way for numerous sterling lots.

Another ‘living estate’ is that of a New York glass collector. A Loetz iridescent silver overlay vase highlights the collection. Also to be sold are numerous crystal pieces including Lalique, Baccarat, Steuben and Daum as well as an extensive offering of elegant stemware by fine makers such as Tiffin, Hawkes, Heisey, Duncan Miller and Webb.

Asian objects include a Blanc de Chine figure of a Guan Yin woman holding a scroll in her left hand. The piece has an impressed seal mark indicating that it’s a Qing Dynasty object. Bronze Asian incense burners are also offered including duck and water buffalo forms.

Mid 20th century Modern furniture and porcelains are consigned from a West End Avenue apartment in New York. Up for grabs is an Arne Norell lounge chair, a Wegner ‘wishbone’ chair, a La Fonda swivel chair as well as Danish Modern pieces including a rosewood sofa, coffee table and pop-up bar. “We are pleased to sell a fine collection of mid-20th century Modern porcelains,” said Andy Onyshkewych, co-owner of Brookfield Auction. “Highlights include pieces by Bjorn Winblad, Rosenthal Faïence and Arabia,” he continued.

The sale is rounded out with a diverse selection of art and related items. Included are a Pablo Picasso crayon-signed and numbered lithograph with provenance, a 19th century portrait of a merchant, a landscape on canvas by Dutch-American painter Pieter van Veen and two 1775 engravings, one entitled “Treaty with the Indians.”

Bidding is available in-house, by phone or absentee. Previews are at the Litchfield Firehouse on Oct. 9 from 12-8 p.m. and Oct. 10 from noon until the time of the sale. For information, or 203-448-8652.

Photos courtesy Brookfield Auction.