Morphy’s to open Fine and Decorative Arts division

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions, a Pennsylvania-based company owned by Diamond International Galleries Inc., is expanding its operation with the introduction of a Fine and Decorative Arts division. Morphy’s first auction featuring a significant single-owner collection of fine art will be its Dec. 7-9 Winter Sale.

Co-founded in late 2003 by Dan Morphy and Tom Sage Jr., Morphy Auctions is a prominent player in the fields of antique toys and banks, Americana and antique advertising, grossing $1.3 million at its very first sale (April 9-10, 2004). In past auctions, Morphy’s has featured small offerings of fine art and several significant collections of decorative art objects, such as art-glass lamps, American and European art pottery, and clocks. With the addition of 10,000 square feet of gallery space, which will double the size of Morphy’s premises after construction is completed, the firm will be well placed to accommodate a department dedicated solely to paintings and decorative-art objects, said Dan Morphy.

Morphy Auctions’ transition from a more specialized auction house to a full-service company represents the fruition of a goal that had been set at the time of its purchase by Diamond International Galleries. “Morphy Auctions has always looked to expand into other areas in which we can deliver the high level of quality service our customers have come to expect,” said John K. Snyder Jr., president of Diamond International Galleries. “In fact, that’s exactly how we have entered the fine-art market. One of our regular consignors offered us a significant, select collection of Pennsylvania and Hudson River Valley Impressionist artworks, based solely on how we have handled his collections in the past.” That collection will be the centerpiece of Morphy’s Winter sale.

Interviews are currently under way to hire specialists and support staff for the Fine and Decorative Arts division. Interested parties are invited to contact Dan Morphy or Tommy Sage. Call 717-335-3435 or e-mail