Motley’s anniversary sale to be two-day blockbuster antiques event

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RICHMOND, Va. — Motley’s Auction & Realty Group of Richmond, Va., will hold its blockbuster anniversary sale Sept. 29-30. This two-day auction will feature approximately 1,000 lots of antiques, silver, jewelry, clocks, fine art, Oriental rugs and more.

The first day of the auction the bidding will start at 3 p.m. and continue until approximately 9:30 p.m. in the Motleys Gallery at 4402 W. Broad Street, Richmond; Internet, telephone and absentee bidding also available that day. The second day of this historic auction, the bidding will be available via Internet only.

Many highlights of the sale hale from the extensive and well-known estate collection of modern art, ethnographic objects and European antiques of New York executive Howard S. Brod. An international traveler, Brod enjoyed a culturally rich life among the social and artistic elite, building a diverse collection of art and antiques and sharing friendships with many well known artists, most notably French jewelry designer Line Vautrin, whose bronze gilded compact created especially for Brod’s wife is included in this sale. He was also good friends with Jacques Cousteau, attended Henry Kissinger’s wedding and lived what many would call an artistic, salon-like lifestyle.

Other stand out items from the Brod collection that will be offered in the sale include a signed Picasso ceramic, a rare double Hopi Indian homosexual Kachina, 17th century English candlesticks, a medallion attributed to famed Renaissance sculptor Germaine Pilon, many African and Papua New Guinean objects and masks, an eclectic group of signed art and lithographs, numerous Central American and French pottery and a rare limited edition signed and numbered group of lithographs, radical poetry and more from the 1960s.

Crossing the auction block will be a variety of clocks, ranging from an 18th century example that once resided at the historic home “Moss Side” in Richmond through a host of uncommon figural clocks and wall clocks and a stunning early 20th century tall case clock labeled Nolan & Co., Richmond, Va., from a local estate.

Additionally the auction features a large collection of important Virginia stoneware, an extensive collection of art glass, a section of garden statuary and furniture, a stunning collection of estate jewelry, and one of the most extensive collections of sterling and coin silver to cross the auction block in years, with over 150 lots of silver being offered.

Furniture will be an important part of the auction both days and will include 18th through 20th century examples in a myriad of forms including an 18th century desk featuring a unique folk-art heart shaped decorated back assembled out of early postage stamps, an early Virginia walnut corner cupboard, an 18th century American walnut tall chest, a Norfolk Virginia sideboard, a plantation desk, a Victorian cylinder roll desk, a French-style bedroom suite and many other fine examples. Additionally, one of the furniture highlights of this auction will be the elaborate 10-piece dining room suite by R. J. Horner that is estimated to settle in the $30,000 range.

For those who prefer handcrafted furniture in the antique style there are examples by Kittenger, Biggs, Berkey & Gay, Sacks Fine Furniture and others, with multiple beds, dining room suites and other forms being offered.

A host of prints and fine art that have graced the walls of historic homes and upper echelon residences across the Old Dominion will be offered both evenings, as well as a large selection of Oriental and Oriental-style rugs of all ages and sizes.

All items for both days’ sale are viewable at The gallery will also be open to preview all lots Sept. 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Sept. 29, starting at 10 a.m.

Motleys is now accepting consignments of antique and modern firearms, Native American artifacts and military artifacts from all wars, with special emphasis on the Revolutionary War through World War II for their World Class Antiques & Sporting Firearms Auction on Oct. 27, 2010.

For more information on this or any upcoming Motley’s auction or their comprehensive appraisal services, visit or call 804-355-2100.


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