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Tommy Hilfiger is an international fashion designer and cultural icon. Items from his estate will be sold at Vintage Galleries on Sept. 26. Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.

Vintage Galleries tabbed to sell Tommy Hilfiger’s surplus Sept. 26

Tommy Hilfiger is an international fashion designer and cultural icon. Items from his estate will be sold at Vintage Galleries on Sept. 26. Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
Tommy Hilfiger is an international fashion designer and cultural icon. Items from his estate will be sold at Vintage Galleries on Sept. 26. Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Items from the estate of Tommy Hilfiger, the international fashion designer and founder of the brand that bears his name, will be sold without reserve at an auction slated for Sunday, Sept. 26, by Vintage Galleries.

It will be just the fifth auction for Vintage Galleries, which held its inaugural sale last September. It was able to secure this consignment because Mr. Hilfiger frequents the shop across the street – Greenwich Living Antique & Design Center – and the owner of that business, Sam Pizzichillo, introduced Hilfiger to Philip Amaradio, one of the owners of Vintage Galleries.

“Tommy Hilfiger, aside from being a truly genuine human being and a kind, humble man, is a dedicated collector in a wide range of categories,” Pizzichillo said. “He has a very discerning eye and only buys the best. That’s what will make this auction so special. It is not only quality, fresh-to-the market merchandise, it is a chance to own a part of a fashion icon.”

The auction, which will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern, will feature approximately 500 items from the Hilfiger estate. Traditional pieces will include dining tables and chairs, Italian leather, bookcases, wing chairs, chests, coffee and end tables and armoires. Unusual pieces will include custom wooden Balinise furniture designed by Hilfiger himself, antler hunting lodge chairs and other items.

Hilfiger decided to consign some of the items in his vast collections after selling his estate home in Greenwich, Conn., (for about $22 million), as well as his estate homes in East Hampton, N.Y., and Vermont. He recently bought another home in Greenwich, and maintains an apartment in New York City. The need to redecorate both residences led to his decision to sell some items.

Continental furniture will dominate the day’s offerings. Certain to pique bidder interest will be a pair of green painted and upholstered chairs in the style of Louis XVI, stamped Jansen (est. $4,000-$6,000); a pair of Louis XIV-style cream painted and parcel-gilt armchairs, also stamped Jansen (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a pair of plush red velvet upholstered French settees (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Also from France: a fabulous provincial hutch with wired doors, supported by a two-door cabinet base (est. $2,000-$4,000); an antique armoire (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a French glass display case from Best & Co., with beautiful carving and gilt details (est. $1,500-$2,000). Also offered will be a lot set of three monumental decorative floor mirrors (est. $1,000-$2,000).

English pieces will include a fine 19th-century mahogany partner’s desk, the top with green embossed leather inset over a frieze fitted with four drawers each (est. $2,000-$3,000); a breakfront of four glass doors over three drawers, standing on a two-door cabinet (est. $1,500-$2,000); and an antique Victorian desk with Chinoiserie paint decorations (est. $1,000-$2,000).

For the walls, offerings will include a set of two hand-colored prints by the Hungarian print-maker and illustrator Marcel Vertes (1895-1961, est. $1,000-$2,000); a set of five framed prints of English crowns (est. $1,000-$2,000); and a set of five framed prints of English flags (est. $1,000-$2,000). Also selling will be a signed Picasso drawing and many original paintings.

Georgian furniture will include a charming highboy lacquered in red (est. $1,000-$2,000) and a pair of painted and carved Georgian-style demilune consoles (est. $1,500-$2,000). Rounding out the list of expected top lots are a beautiful pair of antique Austrian hand-painted hutches (est. $4,000-$6,000) and an interesting vintage carriage that was used in New York’s Rockefeller Center, in one of their Christmas displays (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Previews will be ongoing leading up to the day of sale, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day.

Vintage Galleries is located two blocks off I-95 in the heart of Stamford’s burgeoning antiques district, at 528 Canal St. The firm’s newly renovated and air-conditioned gallery is less than an hour from midtown Manhattan.

For more information about Vintage Galleries and the Sept. 26 auction, please log on to www.vintagegalleriesauction.com or call (203) 504-8485. E-mail them at info@vintagegalleriesauction.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.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Around 500 items from the estate of international fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger will be sold without reserve Sept. 26. Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
Around 500 items from the estate of international fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger will be sold without reserve Sept. 26. Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.

Stuffed life-size Steiff mohair zebra (est. $800-$1,200) pulling a vintage carriage in excellent condition (est. $1,000-$2,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
Stuffed life-size Steiff mohair zebra (est. $800-$1,200) pulling a vintage carriage in excellent condition (est. $1,000-$2,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.

One of a pair of green painted and upholstered Louis XVI-style Bergere chairs, stamped Jansen (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
One of a pair of green painted and upholstered Louis XVI-style Bergere chairs, stamped Jansen (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.

Fabulous French provincial painted hutch with wired doors supported by a two-door cabinet base (est. $2,000-$4,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
Fabulous French provincial painted hutch with wired doors supported by a two-door cabinet base (est. $2,000-$4,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.

Pair of beautiful and monumental antique Austrian hand-painted hutches (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.
Pair of beautiful and monumental antique Austrian hand-painted hutches (est. $4,000-$6,000). Image courtesy of Vintage Galleries.