Erik Gronning, our speaker at the December 2016 lecture, met our group at Sotheby’s and gave us a tour of the highlights of the collections that are being auctioned off during Americana Week in January, 2017. Our hosts were Selby Kiefer, International Senior Books Specialist; John Ward, Head of Department, Silver; and Erik Gronning, Head of Department American Furniture and Decorative Arts. It was a fascinating insight, and a big thank you goes to our Southeby's, our hosts and not least, Nancy Connors for organising the trip
From left to right: Alexander Hamilton; His Appointment as Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington; Autograph Notes Prepared for President Washington's Third Annual Message To Congress
From left to right: American Silver Water Pitcher, Ubaldo Vitali and Coffee and Tea Piazza, Michael Graves for Alessi; The Mackay Service; American Large Soup Tureen and Cover, Edward C Moore for Tiffany - being admired by Karen Handel, Bea Crumbine and Betty Johnson.
from left to right; Queen Anne shell-carved, block-front dressing table; Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Bonnet Top High Chest of Drawers.
left to right: John Rasmussen, View of Berks County Alms House 1880; American Painted Trade Sign in the Form of a Pair of Bulls, early 20th century.