Historic antique shop closes, sending 500+ lots to market

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Susan Shaw, owner of Shaw’s Antiques in Nevada City, Calif., has closed

Chandelier at Shaw's Antiques

One of nearly 50 chandeliers from Shaw’s Antiques set for sale June 12. (All photos courtesy Witherell’s)

the 81-year-old business and chosen Sacramento-based Witherell’s to bring the items to market on Friday, June 12.

The auction will be held at the Gold Miner’s Inn, Grass Valley, Calif. More than 500 lots will be auctioned by projection at the Holiday Inn Express and online through Bidsquare.com. The auction starts at 10 a.m. and runs until all items are sold.

“Although it’s been a wonderful ride, I’d like to retire and pass these beautiful things on to other homes,” said Susan Shaw, whose mother, Maudie Shaw, started the business in 1934. Shaw has been working at the store since she was a teenager, and running the business since 1970.

Shaw’s has two stories of exquisite items, including nearly 50 chandeliers, silver to be sold in lots, a pair of gold-leaf doors and a vintage baby carriage. Everything, including the 9-foot-tall mahogany display cases that came from Edinburgh, Scotland, also will be sold.

From its founding, Shaw’s Antiques was a must-see store for “connoisseurs who wanted elegant, distinguished merchandise,” said Brian Witherell, chief operating officer of Witherell’s. “Shaw’s has been a destination shop for San Francisco Bay-area collectors since the 1930s.”

Items also can be seen Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shaw’s Antiques is located at 210 Main Street, Nevada City, Calif.

For more information on the auction, go to www.witherells.com or call 916-446-6490.