GENESEO, N.Y. — A lifetime of public service and private collecting come to light with the auction of the Hugh Douglas Barclay (1932-2021) estate by Cottone Auctions on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. Bidding is now available at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2).
Barclay was an attorney in upstate New York and entered politics in 1965, serving as a New York state senator until 1984. Having worked as a board member for an organization owned by President George H. W. Bush, Barclay was eventually appointed ambassador to El Salvador by President George W. Bush, serving from late 2003 until 2006.
The Barclay collection dominates Day 1 of the sale and includes a large selection of silver items, historic Americana and other objects found in a well-appointed home. This Paul Storr (London, 1819) set of George III silver wine coolers, liners and stands is in remarkable condition, and carries an estimate of $50,000-$80,000.
Perfect for any dinner setting, the Barclay collection also includes two Georg Jensen five-light candelabras from the 1925-1932 period and weighing 408 troy ounces. They are estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
Day 1 expands beyond the Barclay estate to include nearly 40 Tiffany Studios items, mostly the highly sought-after table lamps. A circa-1915 Tiffany Studios dichroic Jeweled Dragonfly table lamp with the Pony Tree Trunk base is an example of the fine quality found in this group. It is estimated at $50,000-$80,000.
Day 2 is dominated by clocks and timepieces. A leading example is a circa-1850 Aaron Dodd Crane carousel year-going astronomical timepiece from the Boston Clock Company. With a gilt frame on a marble base and wonderful action, it is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.