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Estate auction featuring collection of esteemed interior designer

A single-owner auction of property from the Estate of James J. McKiernan, a renowned interior designer in the St. Louis area, is set for Nov. 23-24, and will feature items from many periods and regions, with an expected highlight to be Louis XV-style Boulle Marquetry Bracket Clock.

CHICAGO — Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to announce a single-owner estate auction of property from the Estate of James J. McKiernan. His superlative eye

Louis XV Style Boulle clock

A Louis XV Style Boulle Marquetry Bracket Clock, having a segmented enameled dial with Roman numeral hours and Arabic numeral minutes, the case with a glazed front and sides and surmounted by a heralding angel, may see $1,000 to $2,000 at auction. (Photo courtesy Leslie Hindman Auctioneers)

and lifelong pursuit of international travel is reflected in his extensive collection being offered on November 23-24.

“Mr. McKiernan worked for over 50 years as a design consultant for the preeminent families and institutions of Kansas City,” says Leslie Hindman, president and CEO. “The variety of property that will be presented in the single-owner sale of his estate is truly reflective of his influence throughout the city.” Ms. Hindman adds, “we opened our St. Louis office in Clayton this summer, and are pleased to broaden our presence by serving clients throughout Missouri.”

His collection spans many time periods, regions and styles. Highlights include Directoire, Louis XVI and Napoleon III style furniture as well as decorative objects complementing those styles. There are numerous American and European paintings, including the Portrait of Lady Price after Sir Peter Lely ($2,000 - $4,000) and an 18th Century French Portrait of a Young Aristocrat ($800 - $1,200).

Mr. McKiernan was able to travel extensively at a young age across Europe and the United Kingdom with his maternal German grandfather. After graduating from St. Teresa’s High School in Hutchinson, he served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corp in the Pacific Islands. Following World War II, Mr. McKiernan returned to Missouri and attended the Kansas City Art Institute. He worked for a local interior design firm before opening Dolphin Interiors in 1966 with his business partner Alfred Solomon. The company flourished and experienced great success as a consulting firm to prominent families in the Kansas City area including David A. Stickelber, a leading performing and visual arts advocate and accomplished businessman whose estate was handled by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in 2012.

Proceeds from the auction of his estate will benefit two Catholic charities.

Public preview for the sale will be held in the Chicago saleroom Thursday through Friday, November 20-21, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information visit, call Caitlin Cruickshank at 312-280-1212 or email

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