Sunday, 9 August 2015

London Calling | Sotheby’s assembles the greatest collections of Americana Ever

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - Sotheby's announced it will offer one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled, as part of its Americana Week sales in January 2016: Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms. Rarely do American collectors immerse themselves so thoroughly into the essence of colonial life, and the Schorsch collection illustrates the passion and dedication necessary to develop such an exemplary offering. The dedicated auction provides an encyclopedic view of furniture, ceramics, books, silver, fine art, needlepoint samplers and decorative arts of the period – with each piece representing Irvin and Anita’s keen eye for craftsmanship and deep knowledge of early-American history.  While Irvin and Anita found the brilliance of  American craftsmanship and design in exceptional and singular works, they also found it in more utilitarian pieces, such as a beautifully crafted wooden footstool or a toleware box. These objects were cherished not only for their intrinsic beauty, but also for the history of use that they illustrated. Their comprehensive collection also encompasses a remarkable group of books, which will be offered as part of Sotheby’s Fine Books & Manuscripts sale in June 2016.  The Auction in New York will take place during the Americana Week, 20 & 21 January 2016.


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