FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A two-day, multi-estate auction will be held the weekend of Feb. 26-27 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates, at the firm’s gallery facility located at 913 Upward Road in Flat Rock. Over 1,300 lots in a variety of categories will cross the block, as several prominent local estates will all share top billing. Previews will be held Feb. 25-27.
Included will be mostly fresh-to-the-market items from the estates of Theodore Weisse Jr., a decorated World War II Hump pilot; the late Southern artist George W. Beattie Jr., whose merchandise has been in storage since his death 15 years ago; and Wilfred and Francis Ogg of Hendersonville, N.C., who accumulated fine New England period furniture and other antique items.
Also sold will be the contents of Sherwood, a historical mansion in Flat Rock. Offered will be a palace-size antique Farahan-Sarouk carpet, measuring 14 feet by 25 feet 6 inches. Other rugs to be sold include Heriz, Hamadan, silk Sumac Kazak and many more. “This auction has the finest antique Oriental rugs it has ever been my privilege to offer for sale,” said Richard D. Hatch.
Mr. Hatch remarked, “This auction truly has something for everyone,” adding, “Even during the Great Depression, people bought fine and beautiful items. They represented an investment in culture and in history, something that could be passed down from generation to generation. I feel right now is a great time to buy. People can get so much more for their money than they could just a few years ago.”
Mr. Hatch said some of those great deals would be in the February auction, starting with the fine array of Tiffany, Pairpoint “Puffy,” Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Steuben and other rare and vintage lamps; then continuing with early Meissen figures (including a set of the “Four Seasons”); and other porcelains, such as Sevres, Old Paris, Herend, Limoges, Lenox, KPM plaques, Wedgwood and more.
The glassware selection will feature names like Tiffany Favrile, Steuben, Baccarat (to include a rare bronze and crystal centerpiece), Lalique, Loetz, Moser, Venetian and others. The array of sterling silver and silverplate offers a glimpse as to how the wealthy entertain, from sets of fine flatware to candelabra, trays to wine trolleys, Tiffany to Georg Jensen. Also sold will be a superb clock collection.
The estate jewelry is breathtaking. Items include a vintage platinum necklace with diamonds totaling 50 carats, an emerald and diamond necklace with earrings that total 70 carats, diamond and gemstone rings, diamond and gemstone bracelets and Rolex watches. Also sold will be Black Forest carved items and what Mr. Hatch called “the finest New England period furniture we’ve ever had.”
Fine artwork will cover every inch of the gallery walls. Featured will be a work by Andre Gisson (N.Y./Conn., 1929-2003), best known for his landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figural paintings. Some sources cite Mr. Gisson (real name, Gittelson) as a French painter, but in fact he only claimed to be French to more closely align himself with the French-born Impressionist movement.
Art collectors from Charleston will be treated to three original etchings by Alfred Heber Hutty (N.Y./S.C., 1877-1954), who actually worked for Tiffany Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., before moving to Charleston to be in a warmer climate. He was a leading figure in the Charleston Renaissance group of artists, active from 1915-1940. He was best known for street landscapes, genre paintings and etchings.
Other artists of note who will have works in the sale include Robert H. Nisbet, Stephen Voorhees, Maria Gianni, Leonid P. Baikov, Charles H. Hayden, M. Garms, C. Soer and Charles J. Burdick. There will also be works by Old Masters, portraits, a collection of Surrealism by Helmut Preiss, etchings by Louis Icart and Pierre Bonnard, paintings from the Hudson River School and more.
Bronzes will range from the 19th century to Erte and feature a Bergman lamp. A nice group of Southern pottery to be offered includes Roseville, Rookwood, Weller and even a couple of pieces by Pablo Picasso. Also to be sold will be samplers, quilts, coins, primitives, Biltmore Industries bellows, fine china, a collection of carved ivory, Black Americana, military items, music boxes, crystal, sconces, Art Deco items, a Roycroft signed bookcase with books, and more.
Previews will be held Feb. 25-26, from 1-6 p.m., and Feb. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m. Live Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bidding will also be accepted. All sales will be subject to a 10 percent buyer’s premium (in-house and absentee bids) and a 15 percent premium for online and live phone bids. Dealers and public are welcome to attend.
Photos courtesy Richard D. Hatch & Associates.
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