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Downingtown, PA, United States
DoneThu, Dec 2, 2010 7:00 PM GMT

Decorative Arts Sale

It’s open season, literally, at Pook & Pook, Inc.’s Decorative Arts Sale to be held December 2 & 3, 2010. Beginning with the “trophy” collection from the estate of J. Martin Benchoff, the group includes over 60 lots. From a full sized Alaskan Kodiak brown bear and cougar mount to a large black rhino head it is an impressive array of animals from all over the world. J. Martin Benchoff was an industrialist and an avid big game hunter from Shady Grove, Pennsylvania. He collected trophy specimens from the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa. The second hunting opportunity comes with the large group of painted bronze figures, collected by Dr. Robert L. Schaeffer, Jr. These bronzes are being sold for the benefit of the Schaeffer Endowment Fund of The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College. Approximately 150 lots of bronzes will be offered. The sale will then move into other areas of decorative arts including furniture, paintings, oriental rugs and accessories. Coming at the beginning of the holiday season, Christmas and Thanksgiving related groups will be sold. A German musical Christmas tree stand, Dresden ornaments, kugels and German candy containers are just a few of the offerings. Music boxes will add to the festivities. A Swiss Sublime Harmony cylinder box, a Regina disc player and a coin operated Nickelodeon are some of the highlights together with a group of 13 lithographed wind up boxes, etc. Accessory items are interspersed throughout the sale comprising baskets, mirrors, mantle clocks, candelabra, various dresser boxes, lamps, brass andirons, firetools and much more.