Antique “Dream” Auction
Auctioneer Richard Hatch has been dealing in quality antiques and estates for over 35 years and has surely seen his share of treasures throughout the years. It seems his upcoming sale on September 25 & 26 can only be described as his “Dream Auction”.
Imaging getting a phone call for you to come out it look at items at one of the most famous old mansions in your area, that it was time to downsize!
You drive across town to the landmark estate, wondering what treasures lay behind its pillars. Your visit starts by entering the foyer, tastefully decorated with fine art and sconces. As you enter the main living room, it is covered with Persian rugs, you look to the right and see cabinets filled with Steuben, Baccarat and art glass, looking ahead you see a built in cabinets with Meissen, Dresden, Royal Worcester, Herend and other fine porcelains surrounded by brilliant period cut glass. The curios are loaded with high end paperweights, boxes and figurines. The walls adorned with wonderful paintings and mirrors. Clocks, vases, fine lamps, period furniture, bronzes and objects d’art are everywhere! You then go into the kitchen and open cabinets to see fine china sets, lots of service plates, oyster plates, majolica, Venetian stemware, shelves full of Waterford and other crystal. You then open a door revealing the silver closet, as your heart beats like a drum as you realize it is mostly all sterling with Georgian pieces going back into the 18th century, American coin silver, many sets of flatware and more. You move on up the staircase into the library were you view shelves of fine books, steins, a collection of sterling match safes, Oriental treasures brought back from long ago and framed autographed photos of movie stars and famous people lining the wall, then into a bedroom where you see a cabinet filled with a collection of Victorian art glass, another with a wall of fine miniature paintings, yet another with a jewelry cabinet having drawer after drawer of diamond and gemstone jewelry, gold chains and bracelets, watches and so much more, a quick scan of boxes reveal names such as Tiffany, Cartier, David Yurman, John Hardy and others.
Then they ask if you have time to look in the attic, you say “yes” in record speed, trying to hide your excitement. The attic held boxes that had been there so long they covered with an inch of dust. Unwrapping items seems like Christmas at the Biltmore estate, uncovering a collection of Indian items including pottery and jewelry, items brought back from an African safari, a chest containing early North Carolina documents going back to the 1820’s, a tin box containing Confederate civil war currency, a cigar box with gold coins and silver dollars, a trunk with quilts, sampler and coverlets. It all seems too good to be true, so you take a moment and ask what items they wish for you to sell at auction, and to your amazement and delight, they answer ……..“We wish to sell it all”.
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