Included will be mostly fresh-to-the-market items from the estates of Theodore Weisse Jr., a decorated World War II Hump pilot; the late Southern artist George W. Beattie Jr., whose merchandise has been in storage since his death 15 years ago; and Wilfred and Francis Ogg of Hendersonville, N.C., who accumulated fine New England period furniture and other antique items. The use of the word “hump” came evolved during World War II because aircraft had to fly from India to China over world’s highest and most remote mountain range, the Himalayas.
Also sold will be the contents of Sherwood, a historical mansion in Flat Rock. Offered will be a palace-size antique Farahan-Sarouk carpet, measuring 14 feet by 25 feet 6 inches. Other wonderful rugs will also be sold, to include Heriz, Hamadan, silk Sumac Kazak and many more.
“This auction has the finest antique Oriental rugs it has ever been my privilege to offer for sale,” said Richard D. Hatch.
“This auction truly has something for everyone,” said Hatch, adding, “Even during the Great Depression, people bought fine and beautiful items. They represented an investment in culture and in history, something that could be passed down from generation to generation. I feel right now is a great time to buy. People can get so much more for their money than they could just a few years ago.”
Hatch said some of those great deals would be in the February auction, starting with the fine array of Tiffany, Pairpoint “Puffy,”, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Steuben and other rare and vintage lamps; then continuing with early Meissen figures, including a set of the “Four Seasons;” and other porcelains, such as Sevres, Old Paris, Herend, Limoges, Lenox, KPM plaques, Wedgwood and more.
The glassware selection will feature names like Tiffany Favrile, Steuben, Baccarat, Lalique, Loetz, Moser, Venetian and others. The array of sterling silver and silver plate offers a glimpse as to how the wealthy entertained, from sets of fine flatware to candelabra, trays to wine trolleys, Tiffany to Georg Jensen. Also sold will be a superb clock collection.
The estate jewelry is breathtaking, said Hatch. Items include a vintage platinum necklace with diamonds totaling 50 carats, an emerald and diamond necklace with earrings that total 70 carats, diamond and gemstone rings, diamond and gemstone bracelets and Rolex watches. Also to sell will be Black Forest carved items and what Hatch called “the finest New England period furniture we’ve ever had.”
Fine artwork will cover every inch of the gallery walls. Featured will be a work by Andre Gisson (New York-Connecticut, 1929-2003), best known for his landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figural paintings. Some sources cite Gisson (real name, Gittelson) as a French painter, but in fact he only claimed to be French to more closely align himself with the Impressionist movement, born in France.
Art collectors from Charleston will be treated to three original etchings by Alfred Heber Hutty (New York-South Carolina, 1877-1954), who actually worked for Tiffany Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., before moving to Charleston to be in a warmer climate. He was a leading figure in the Charleston Renaissance group of artists, active from 1915-1940. He was best known for street landscapes, genre paintings and etchings.
Other artists of note who will have works in the sale include Robert H. Nisbet, Stephen Voorhees, Maria Gianni, Leonid P. Baikov, Charles H. Hayden, M. Garms, C. Soer and Charles J. Burdick. There will also be works by Old Masters, portraits, a collection of Surrealism by Helmut Preiss, etchings by Louis Icart and Pierre Bonnard, paintings from the Hudson River School and more.
Bronzes will range from the 19th-century to Erte and feature a Bergman lamp. A nice group of Southern pottery will also be offered, to include Roseville, Rookwood, Weller and even a couple of pieces by Pablo Picasso.
Also to be sold will be samplers, quilts, coins, primitives, Biltmore Industries bellows, fine china, a collection of carved ivory, Black Americana, military items, music boxes, crystal, sconces, Art Deco items, a Roycroft signed bookcase with books, and more.
Previews will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25-26, from 1-6 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9:30-11 a.m.
Phone and absentee bidding will also be accepted. All sales will be subject to a 10 percent buyer’s premium (in-house and absentee bids) and 15 percent (online and live phone bids).
For details call Hatch at (828) 696-3440. To learn more about the firm and the upcoming Feb. 26-27 sale, click on www.richardhatchauctions.com.
View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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