Susanin’s to launch five new shows in Chicago

CHICAGO – Chicago auction powerhouse Susanin’s has unveiled new plans for its 35,000-square-foot facility located in the city’s South Loop. Already the site of the highly successful Downtown Show – an antiques event that, as Susanin’s Web site states, “showcase(es) the finest goods available for the discerning Chicagoan” – the auction-house premises will now serve as the venue for five other annual shows of specialized focus, all to operate under the aegis of The Downtown Show.

“We were seeking to utilize our space better,” said Sean Susanin, president of Susanin’s Auctions. “The current show, Antiques+Art+Jewelry+Design, already has sold out at this time. There are 49 dealers, all very good veterans and well recognized.” The next edition of Antiques+Art+Jewelry+Design will be held over the weekend of Nov. 3-5.

Next year, Susanin’s will introduce five new shows: City Living and Design; Home & Garden; Centuries of Style, Contemporary Art & Photography; and an as yet untitled fine-art show. Sean Susanin does not rule out the possibility of expanding the lineup even further to include Asian and tribal art, collectibles and even a bridal show. These additions could see the light of day “if there is enough interest gauged in the coming month,” Susanin said.

Susanin’s Auctions is located in a distinctive red-brick building at 900 S. Clinton Ave., in an area locals consider to be the historical center of downtown Chicago. Founded in 1994, the company rose quickly to become one of the Midwest’s largest full-service auction houses. On a monthly basis, Susanin’s conducts auctions featuring English, American, Continental and Asian furniture; as well as decorative art, fine art, jewelry, silver, rugs, and collectibles. Known as “Premiere” auctions, these sales emphasize quality material from the upper end of the antiques spectrum.

In the past, Susanin’s has auctioned a number of distinguished collections and has achieved top of the market prices on artworks and antiques. On May 11, 2003, Susanin’s auctioned Victorian painter John William Godward’s (1861-1922) oil-on-canvas painting titled The Loosened Lace for $144,000 (inclusive of 20 percent buyer’s premium). The sale established a new house record for an artwork.

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