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Auction summary, June 24th
Hudson Valley Auctioneers located at 432 Main Street Beacon, New York will present our summer two session estate auction on Monday June 24th at 5:00 PM. The sale features partial contents of the Walden estate of Arlene Komyathy and by extension her mother Eleanor Dill's collection, a fine Ossining Southern family's collection, a Cornwall NY collection of a former West Point commander, an accumulation from a long successful jewelry and silver manufacturing family's estate in Riverdale and several others. Additional consignments from several long time associates and gallery offerings complete the offering of approximately 550 fresh to the market unreserved lots.
Session One offers online bidding with Liveauctioneers.com as well as in house, absentee and phone bidding. Twenty lots of Chinese and Japanese items lead off as is customary and Lot 1 is the same item lotted first in our May sale; a Chinese plaque that much to our disappointment was won by a phantom Chinese bidder from California that somehow snuck past are rigorous bid vetting process. Estimated at 50-1000, as all our cataloged items are, it brought 13,750.00 with Live Auctioneers premium. In fairness to the consignor and the underbidders the item will be reoffered again as the first lot. Other porcelains, bronze Buddha's, carved rosewood furniture, Kimono, woodblocks, Satsuma and Japanese lacquerware, textiles, scrolls, jade and a northern China camel bone laminated and decorated 1/4 sized pony are some further examples offered in both sessions.
The Cornwall estate of the military family contributed several of the highlights in the sale. Several pieces of 17th through 19th century English oak furniture and a fine Dutch oil portrait on butterflied panel purchased in 1961 and attributed to Govaert (Govert) Flinck a student of Rembrandt should attract attention. The collection also includes several early religious oils, carved saints, santos, bronze angels, Grand Tour bronzes and Black Forest carvings as well as a rare coin op English 'Polyphon" disc machine with 17 additional discs in excellent condition, an inlaid Swiss music box with three bells and several musical instruments which will undoubtedly appeal to music lovers.
For at least two decades Arlene Komayathy and her family were avid bidders at our Monday night Cold Spring Galleries auctions in Cold Spring beginning in 1983 and then at the other end of town in Beacon from 1992 to 2004. They dealt primarily in 19th century English and American furniture and accessories and since her passing last year the family home has sat empty. Several pieces of the family treasures including those of grandmother Eleanor Dill, owner of the long closed Sleigh Hill Antiques will be featured in both sessions throughout the evening.
Three tall clocks, two period examples including a Leslie and Price Philadelphia example and a late 19th century mahogany cased example from the estate of Grace G. Philips, a rare pair of Regency parcel gilt card table in exotic veneers, a rare green Glenwood Cabinet "C" enameled kitchen stove, several hundred ounces of sterling hollowware and flatware and examples of Meissen, Rookwood, Lalique, Royal Worchester, Waterford, Stewart, Venetian glass are found throughout both sessions.
An old Tennessee family, relocated to Westchester County and fortunately into a large home with a three story chicken coop to boot was able to bring with them several inheritances worth of furniture and finery. Forty years later and moving to smaller quarters our crew spent two days packing two trucks of two centuries of both. The excellent sugar chest stayed with the family but several pieces of authentic 19th walnut and butternut furniture will be offered in the sale including an unusual form armoire and other bedroom furniture, a heavily carved grape and lion parlor settee, mirrors, lighting, china and silver.
Artwork highlights in addition to the Flinck portrait feature a storm driven ship at sea in original state from an old Garrison NY estate along with an old attribution to James Buttersworth, a rare portrait of a young boy by Spanish artist Simo Gomez Polo, several Stanley Kubicki abstracts and from the gallery collection another group of large William MacDonough abstracts. "Dr. MacDonough, working with abstracts since the early 1950's"; "works are featured in various private collections and art museums, including Marist College, Beloit College, Greensbourough Art Museum Columbia, S.C., Phoenix Art Museum, University of Arizona art collection and the Finish-American Association, Helsinki".
Session Two begins at lot 316 immediately following with 200 plus lots of more of the same interesting quality lots which will not offer online bidding and features great accessories, lighting, several interesting textiles and Oriental carpets, silver, Mid Century, lots of artwork, china services, clocks and much more estate merchandise. Faster paced and includes last minute additions.
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