Knowles family collection in spotlight at Willow auction, May 25
LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – Willow Auction House is proud to offer the Knowles family collection auction on May 25. For the first time in more than a half-century, the multi-generational family of New Jersey restaurateurs are allowing a portion of their vast collection of dining-centric decor and furnishings, amassed during decades of European travel and antique collecting, to come to auction. The online only sale begins at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
In addition to The Manor, the Knowles family’s other properties include the historic Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange and the South Jersey venue the Ram’s Head Inn. As the family renovates and shifts the composition of their collections and properties, selected pieces displayed in their various public venues, as well as portions of the personal collection of the family’s matriarch, the late Doris Knowles, are being consigned.
Those who have celebrated a milestone event at a Knowles venue or dined at one of their properties will be familiar with many of the pieces up for auction, such as a large silverplate roast beef serving trolley, once used at the Highlawn Pavilion, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Visitors to The Manor will recognize the unparalleled collection of hand-painted Limoges, including a 10-piece Lewis Strauss & Son fish set, estimated at $500-$600, as well as many vases, monumental serving bowls, and beautiful display pieces. Guests of The Manor will also remember the two gilt framed Ludolf Liberts oil paintings that once adorned the historic mansion’s walls, each estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Tens of thousands of guests who visited these prestigious establishments, including dignitaries, celebrities, and innumerable others, have seen and enjoyed these artworks and objects. The Belgian tapestries, large carved mirrors, and elegantly framed paintings would grace any wall, and a pair of Maitland Smith pin shell balloon lamps, estimated at $800-$900, would literally brighten any space. Neoclassical lighting, brocade table runners, and a set of eight crescent shaped oyster plates, estimated at $400-$600, give collectors an opportunity to own pieces that are not only special decorative items, but also mementos from a local landmark.
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