Bonhams' Elegant Home sale to feature furniture from the Hagstrom Collection



2015-11-26 11:24:17

Bonhams' forthcoming interiors auction, The Elegant Home, will feature pieces from the esteemed Hagstrom Family Collection.

These historic pieces from the Danish entrepreneur's collection have remained unseen by the public and will be offered at auction for the first time in 70 years.

Emil Hagstrom emigrated to America from Copenhagen in 1907, and set about making his fortune. Having worked as a lumberjack, bellhop and errand boy, he bought a small creamery in Seattle and by 1932 had built his business into a company with 335 grocery stores worth $6 million.

He later founded Hagstrom's Food Stores, Inc., opening 51 stores with a total of 600 employees, before the company merged with Safeway, Inc.

During the 1940s and 50s Hagstrom and his wife Esther attended numerous auctions, and began to develop their collection of fine art and antiques.

Many of their most treasured pieces were originally been owned by Mark Hopkins, one of the four principal investors in the Central Pacific Railroad, and Milton Slocum Latham, former Governor of California.

The pieces offered from the Hagstrom Collection all have a fascinating history linked with the Western Expansion and the Gold Rush Era.

Leading the collection is an American Aesthetic inlaid maple salon table, commissioned for the Music Room of the Mark Hopkins San Francisco residence and produced by Herter Brothers in 1878, estimated at $250,000-$350,000.

Further highlights will include an 11-piece polychromed Herter Brothers bedroom suite, commissioned for the third floor bedroom of the Milton Slocum Latham residence in 1872, estimated at $50,000-$70,000; and a pair of Baccarat enamelled glass landscape urns, signed and dated May, 1866, estimated at $20,000-$30,000. 

The Elegant Home takes place at Bonhams in Los Angeles on December 7-8.

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