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Furniture From Collectors and Shagbark Farm Leads in Schwenke December 6th Auction


Posted December 9th, 2020


Shagbark Farm - Washington, CT


Linen Press


Four Tub Chairs


George Smith Club Chairs


Pair Continental Gilt Carved Wood Settees


Pair GIII Adam Painted Satinwood Consoles


Regency Brass Mounted Inlaid Serving Cabinet


Classical Convex Mirror

Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, December 6th Schwenke Auctioneers sold 435 lots f fine art, furniture and decorations from over 28 regional estates and collections.

The sale featured over 180 lots from Shagbark Farm in Washington, Connecticut. This magnificent country estate property had recently been sold and a selection of the carefully curated furnishings and decorations which created the wonderful living environment of this remarkable estate property were consigned for sale by Schwenke Auctioneers.

The two top lots in the sale were both from the Shagbark Farm collection, including a substantial 19th century English country pine linen press, selling to an internet bidder at $4,450, and a wonderful set of four 19th century Continental carved and brass mounted tub chairs, selling to a phone bidder at $4,450.

Designer furniture from Shagbark Farm sold well, as a pair of George Smith upholstered club chairs with exposed mahogany legs crossed the block at $3000, going to yet another internet bidder.

Furniture from other consignors performed equally well. A wonderful pair of early 19th century Continental carved and gilded settees from a Westchester County NY estate sold to a determined phone bidder, winning out over another phone bidder and several internet competitors, claiming the rare lot for $3000.

Items from a Litchfield County collector rounded out the group of top performing lots. A stunning pair of George III painted satinwood demi-lune consoles sold to the internet at $4,450, and a Regency bronze mounted butler’s cabinet with brass grillwork doors sold to a phone bidder at $2,800. Another Fairfield County collector sold a fine classical carved and gilded convex mirror to an internet bidder at $2,400.

Absentee and phone bidding was available for this auction, and the sale was broadcast for pre-sale internet absentee bidding and live streamed internet bidding during the auction on both Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Over 15,000 bidders were registered online for the sale. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there was no live preview. While preview was online only, the firm had extra staffing on hand pre-sale for condition reports and additional photo requests.

The firm’s next auction is scheduled for Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 pm. The sale will feature multiple Connecticut estates and a major collection of American furniture and decorative arts. To discuss consignments, or for additional information please call Schwenke Auctioneers at 203-266-0323.



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