Asian Art, Continental and American Decorative Arts Keep Bidding Hot at Garth's This Summer One of the largest assemblages of high impact items in Garth’s Auctions history will go into the record books on July 26 and 27, when more than 1,000 lots come up for auction in Delaware, Ohio.
News-Antique.com - Jul 05,2013 - One of the largest assemblages of high impact items in Garth’s history will go into the record books on July 26 and 27, when more than 1,000 lots come up for auction in Delaware, Ohio. “It really could have been two auctions,” comments Amelia Jeffers, President of Garth’s. “We have an important Asian auction on Friday; with very good mid-Century Modern furniture, accessories and art; and European furniture, silver and art on Saturday. Pound-for-pound, it is some of the best material in these categories that we have had in a very long time. We are, as we always try to be, cautiously optimistic.”
Selling on Saturday are items from the collections of several individuals and institutions who have had long-term relationships with the firm. “You have Tom King and the late Helen Porter, two people with whom many of us worked for a very long time,” explains Jeffers. “It is bittersweet for us to sell those collections. The Columbus Museum of Art, Dayton Art Institute, and the Canton Museum of Art - these are institutions with whom Garth’s has had a long relationship, and we love that they trust their deaccessioning with us.”
Kicking off the Saturday session are Helen Porter’s motorcycle and a Mercedes S500 from the collection of the late Benjamin and Marian Schuster, well-known benefactors from Dayton, Ohio. Once the heavy metal is out of the way, the auction jumps right into a very good collection of Mid-Century Modern from a collection in Arlington, Ohio. “It was like walking onto the set of Mad Men,” smiles Shane Hall, a recent addition to Garth’s staff. “The owners lived with what they loved, had lived with it for years, and seemed fairly oblivious to my excitement!” This list of makers reads like a primer on the era: Eames, Harold Schwartz for Romweber, Kip Stewart for Drexel, Charles Pollock for Knoll, George Nelson, Herman Miller, Jens Risom, Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, Piet Hein & Bruno Mathsson, Arne Vodder for George Tannier, among others. The forms range from a quintessential modern styling desk, dining room suites, full bedroom suites and sofas and chairs. “We have all fallen in love with the Eames management chairs,” comments Jeffers. “They are incredibly sleek and comfortable.”
Buyers looking for fine art and decorative accessories emphasizing 20th century design will not be disappointed. Among the highlights are an Andy Warhol screenprint of Jacqueline Kennedy. Titled “Jackie 1,” the silver-toned print is estimated at $12,000 - $15,000. An Alexander Calder lithograph, “Study Le Grande Vitesse,” offers a striking pop of color and is estimated at $2,500 - $3,500. A Lalique frosted and molded glass chandelier (Champs Elysees), Tiffany silver tumblers, a large silver collection by Joel F. Hewes (Titusville, PA), and lamps by makers including Cedric Hartman offer many opportunities to complete a swanky decor. Among staff favorites is a recumbent sterling silver goat by Italian maker Buccellati, replete with fine wire hair and estimated at $4,500 - $6,500.