Blanchard’s Adirondack Auction Aug. 11 chance to outfit grand cabin


Thomas Molesworth, Cody, Wyoming, late 1930s, burled club chair. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Blanchard’s Auction Service image


SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – Blanchard’s Auction Service will conduct its annual summer Adirondack Auction on the second Friday in August at the Mount Pisgah Ski Lodge. This year will be the 10th annual event and will be held on Friday, Aug. 11. It has become a highlight for many of the summer residents in the Adirondack region. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction is filled with Adirondack décor that one would find in the Great Camps of the Adirondacks or a Western Lodge. Items to be sold include: Tiffany Studios lighting, Gustav Stickley furniture, Navajo rugs, big game mounts, fine oil paintings, Old Hickory furniture, Arts & Crafts accessories, boating and fishing collectibles, Native American items, and a collection of Art Deco slot machines.

Most of the Western art and bronzes are from a doctor’s estate from Denver, Colorado, that has been brought back to the Adirondacks to be sold. It will feature several oil paintings by well listed western artists to include James K. Ralston, Gerald Curtis Delano, Robert Lindneux, Harry A. Jackson, Carl Rungius, Robert Sleicher, Olaf Carl Seltzer, Elizabeth Lochrie, Mel Gerhold and David Paulley.



Gerald Curtis Delano (1890-1972), ‘Desert Denizens,’ oil on artist board. Estimate: $5,000-$10,000. Blanchard’s Auction Service image


There are several pieces of Thomas Molesworth furniture in the auction from a doctor’s estate in Denver, Colorado. They were originally purchased at an auction in the 1970s. The furniture came from the Noble Hotel in Lander, Wyoming, that had closed in the late ’60s. The furniture includes three burled club chairs with routed side panels, red leather and chimayo fabric. Also selling a pair of burled drink stands with glass tops, a desk with cutout pulls and matching chair, a waste paper basket and a splayed back bench. Thomas Molesworth club chairs like this rarely come up for auction. One of the chairs (above) has a polychrome painted Indian chief side panel that is believed to be painted by J.K. Ralston. Ralston had painted several Western paintings for the Noble Hotel in Lander, Wyoming.

Period Tiffany Studios lighting has always been a highlight at this auction. There is an impressive 22-inch Tiffany Studios peony leaded glass floor lamp on a gold junior decorated base that is sure to light up someone’s home. A rare Tiffany Studios hydrangea table lamp on a bronze library base with confetti glass that will make a impression in any room. Two other Tiffany Lamps being sold to include: a Tiffany Studios leaded glass acorn and a Tiffany pottery lamp base with a damascene art glass shade. Several lots of the lighting are from the Peabody Estate on Lake George. Many of the pieces were original to the family’s summer home on “Millionarie’s Row” that is featured in the book Greats and the Gracious. George Foster Peabody was a financier and philanthropist who amassed a large personal fortune, then made an additional career of giving it to worthy causes.



Tiffany Studios ‘Peony’ leaded glass floor lamp on a gold junior decorated base. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. Blanchard’s Auction Service image


There is only one piece of jewelry in this auction however it is quite significant. It is a gorgeous 3.38-carat diamond ring that has been in the same family for over 50 years. It was purchased by Otto Koegel, a New York City attorney, at Cartier in the late 1960s. It the 1970s, due to Mrs. Koegel’s arthritis, she had the ring resized and the band replaced. The ring has been GIA certified (#5182116957) and comes with a current appraisal for $87,500. It has an auction estimate of $60,000-$90,000.



Cartier 3.38-carat diamond ring. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000. Blanchard’s Auction Service image.


Arts and Crafts furniture has always been popular in the Adirondacks and much of it was made in New York State. There are many pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture from the first quarter of the 20th century by well-known makers like Gustav Stickley, L.&J.G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, J.M. Young, Limbert and others.

There will be three pieces of Adirondack mosaic furniture built by George Wilson, which came out of the Raquette Lake area, circa 1910. In addition to building rustic furniture, Wilson worked as a caretaker at Alfred G. Vanderbilt’s Sagamore Lodge. There is an octagonal mosaic top table with a yellow birch stump base, a mosaic drop-front writing desk with the letter “M” on the lid and a hanging open front rustic wall cabinet all to be sold.

The auction is on Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m.

For more information about this auction, contact Kip Blanchard at 315-265-7653 or email