Karel Appel gouache stands out at Benefit Shop Foundation, Jan. 18
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Long a source for notable estates in the area as well as from the Hamptons to Palm Beach, the Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc., continues to offer fine goods, most with storied provenance. Its Red Carpet auction, scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 10 am Eastern time is no exception. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“This auction truly runs one end of the spectrum to another,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of the Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have designer luxury items from Hermes, Cartier, Lalique, Dunhill and Burberry and a lot of like-new designer men’s clothing from a top New York surgeon’s estate with names like Gucci, Fendi, Dunhill and Brunelleschi Cucinelli Bergdorf cashmere.” She also said the auction has a wealth of decorative arts offerings, with a nice grouping of smalls by Tiffany and interior designer-quality pieces as well as antique to contemporary furniture.
Artwork choices span antique oil paintings to contemporary artists. On offer is a Karel Appel gouache of an abstracted figure, estimated at $500-$5,000; the artist’s bold and colorful works are highly prized today. Also a master of color is Helen Frankenthaler, who is represented by a signed numbered edition depicting an abstract image with green and yellow swaths against a cerulean background. Its estimate is also $500-$5,000.
Furniture can be a finicky market but notable and unique items do well. Among the lots that fit that description are a three-drawer charcoal gray shagreen style desk with a glass topper, retaining a label underneath reading “PALECEK AVALON” and estimated at $100-$500. Another standout is an Italian Regency brass and glass bar cart from the Manhattan estate of US diplomat, activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Georgette Moschbacher, estimated at $50-$100.
Glass enthusiasts will find many sparkling lots, such as a two-handled Baccarat opaline and pink overlay crystal ice pail from the second half of the 19th century, etched with Bacchic figures and estimated at $500-$3,000. Five lots of blue Fostoria coin glass bowls, having scalloped edges, will also be on offer. Of note among these is a group of five blue Fostoria coin glass candy bowls with lids – another set of treasures from the Moschbacher estate – together estimated at $20-$100.
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