The estate of Renaissance man George Potter, Jr. will be sold June 20-22 in Kansas City, Mo. Hundreds of centuries-old antiques and examples of modern art from the estate of George Potter, Jr., will be sold over the course of three days, June 20-22, by Soulis Estate Sales in Kansas City, Mo.
News-Antique.com - Jun 11,2013 - (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Hundreds of centuries-old antiques and examples of modern art from the estate of George Potter, Jr., a Renaissance man who traveled the world with his wife to gather the finest furnishings and appointments for his replica castle home, will be sold over the course of three days, June 20-22, by Soulis Estate Sales, at the Potters’ Kansas City residence. The address is 1239 West 61st Terrace in Kansas City.
The sale will be preceded by a benefit preview opening of the Great Plains SPCA, slated for Thursday, June 13, from 3-8 p.m. Admission to the benefit is $20. Great Plains SPCA is based in Merriam, Kan., with a new campus in Independence, Mo. It is metro Kansas City's most comprehensive no-kill animal welfare organization, serving over 30,000 needy pets annually, more than any other agency in the area. With the new campus, it is now a region-wide entity.
The Potter event will be a tagged estate sale, not an auction, with all items priced as marked. However, items tagged at $100 or more that don’t sell may be purchased through a “silent auction” that will be ongoing throughout the sale. Bidders will have the option of purchasing the item at its marked price, or submitting a silent bid for an amount they would like to pay that’s under asking.
The unique home is adorned with 16th, 17th and 18th century architectural elements, furniture, fine art and more. Sale hours are June 20 from 2-6 p.m., June 21 from 10-4, and June 22 from 10-3.
“Mr. Potter was considered a prominent cultural figure in Kansas City and a significant collector of outstanding items,” said Dirk Soulis of Soulis Estate Sales, based in Lone Jack, Mo. “It is unusual for a collection of this breadth and scope, with so many high-quality items, to be offered in Kansas City. This is a rare opportunity for serious bidders to add to their collections.”
Not only did Mr. Potter reside in the stunning home, he used his artistic skills to help fashion it. He created the castle-like entrance, painted the stained-glass windows, made the needlepoint carpet for the front hall stairs and carved the coats of arms for the living room walls. Potter was an artist (pen-and-ink drawings), author (mystery novels) and musician (the piano).
The house comprises three floors (plus a garage) that are packed from top to bottom with merchandise, all of it marked for sale. Some of the furniture dates back 300 years. Featured will be a cabinet and lap desk in the style of the renowned French cabinetmaker Andre Charles Boulle (1642-1732), 19th and 20th century fine wood vitrine cabinets, and 17th and 18th century cabinets and coffers.
Also offered will be hundreds of pieces of 17th and 18th century dark oak architectural elements and panels, including gothic motifs, gothic figures, linen folds and more. From the Potters’ book collection is a library of 19th century leather-bound books and a huge group of art books and reference