Schorsch Collection of Colonial Americana comes to Sotheby's



2015-08-03 09:09:33

Sotheby's has announced a forthcoming sale featuring the Americana collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch.

Described as "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled", it features an "encyclopaedic" selection of Colonial furniture, ceramics, books, silver, fine art, needlepoint samplers and decorative arts which the late couple spent decades assembling.

“My concept of ‘living with antiques’ was forever transformed after experiencing the Schorsch Collection firsthand at Hidden Glen Farms," said Erik Gronning, Head of Sotheby’s American Furniture and Decorative Arts Department.

"This is a collection for the ages; one that invoked the spirits of the antiques gods of yesteryear: collectors and scholars such as Wallace Nutting, Katherine Prentice Murphy, Henry and Helen Flynt and Henry Francis du Pont. The opportunity to present the Schorsch’s incredible vision at auction is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, and we are thrilled to share our enthusiasm for this extraordinary collection this January.”

Amongst the leading lots will be a Chippendale carved and figured mahogany bombé chest-on-chest, made circa 1765 in Boston, Massachusetts and estimated at $800,000-$1 million.

Further highlights will include a fine and rare filigree sconce, made in New England during the 18th century, valued at $150,000-$200,000; a large English Delftware blue and white punch bowl, made in Bristol circa 1760, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; a Staffordshire cream-colored earthenware Arbor group of a pair of lovers, also made circa 1760, estimated at $40,000-$60,000; and a pair of folk art portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Lane (nee Apphia Ruggles), signed R. Earl Pinxt and dated 1796,  valued at $30,000-$45,000.

'Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms' will be offered as part of Sotheby's Americana Week in New York in January 2016.

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