American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art

An Eye for Americana

First Look: The American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin Collecting for 15 years, Stephen and Petra Levin filled their Vermont home with extraordinary American folk art. Now that they are selling the property, it’s your chance to own a piece of American history. Their whimsical cigar store figures, weathervanes and sculptures will be sold by Sotheby’s New York in American Beauty: The American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin on 23 January.  The Schorsch Collection: An Eye for Americana From sofas to lanterns, ceramics to needleworks and pistols to pianos, the collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch has more than 1000 items to be treasured by historians and Americana enthusiasts alike. Click ahead to tour Hidden Glen Farms, the Schorsch’s humble abode. 10 American Icons to Ring in Americana Week From Washington and Lincoln to Coca-Cola and Rita Hayworth, Americana Week is full of history's most celebrated, recognisable American icons. Here, a look at just some of the property on auction that shows what it means to live in the USA. A Stitch of History Pictures with hybrid animals, caterpillars with human faces and enormous strawberries that dwarf the people...no, this is not a Surrealist painting but rather a 17th-century needlework. The Schorsch Collection, which will be sold without reserve on 20 - 22 January in New York, contains an extraordinary array of professional and amateur caskets, purses, shoes and pictures.  Weathervanes: Americana’s Turning Point Once an essential tool for agriculture and travel, the weathervane is now a dignified emblem of Americana, uniquely linking the U.S. to the ancient Greeks, Vikings and even the Pope. Pulitzer-Winning Historian Eric Foner on Americana and Nostalgia American history is very much alive in the public imagination – whether it’s through Oscar-winning films, televised debates or, as seen in Sotheby's Americana Week, folk art and other creative representations of political culture. We asked Eric Foner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, about the on-going appeal of these rare objects and how they give us an equally unique glimpse of the nation’s past. American Picker Mike Wolfe Talks Folk Art and Collecting Ahead of our Americana Week auctions, star of the hit show American Pickers and owner of vintage store Antique Archaeology Mike Wolfe talks about the unique beauty of weathervanes and jugs, his favourite artists and advice new folk art collectors should keep in mind. Four Floors of Americana Our Americana Week reception at Sotheby’s New York drew guests eager to preview highlights ahead of three major sales. A soundtrack of classic American music set the mood for browsing historical treasures such as weathervanes, Federal-period furniture and charming portraits.

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Sotheby’s American Furniture Department specialises in furniture and decorative arts from 1650 to 1830, with an emphasis on premier examples from Philadelphia, New York, throughout New England and, increasingly, the South. All aspects of American furniture, from formal carved and finished styles to more vernacular examples of painted folk furniture, are offered by this department, with many high-quality pieces available each season at a wide range of prices.

We have achieved the highest annual sale total in 20 of the past 25 years. As noted by the Maine Antiques Digest, “For more than 40 years, Sotheby’s Americana sales have been the barometer of the market.” Our recent sale of American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph Esmerian totalled $12,955,943, setting a record for any sale of its kind. This highest-ever total for an auction of American folk art eclipses the previous record of the legendary Little Collection, set at Sotheby’s in 1994.

Based in New York, our experienced and passionate specialists lecture frequently and can often be seen on programmes such as Antiques Roadshow.

Sotheby’s American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales take place in January and September in New York.

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If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7130

Sotheby’s American Furniture Department specialises in furniture and decorative arts from 1650 to 1830, with an emphasis on premier examples from Philadelphia, New York, throughout New England and, increasingly, the South. All aspects of American furniture, from formal carved and finished styles to more vernacular examples of painted folk furniture, are offered by this department, with many high-quality pieces available each season at a wide range of prices.

We have achieved the highest annual sale total in 20 of the past 25 years. As noted by the Maine Antiques Digest, “For more than 40 years, Sotheby’s Americana sales have been the barometer of the market.” Our recent sale of American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph Esmerian totalled $12,955,943, setting a record for any sale of its kind. This highest-ever total for an auction of American folk art eclipses the previous record of the legendary Little Collection, set at Sotheby’s in 1994.

Based in New York, our experienced and passionate specialists lecture frequently and can often be seen on programmes such as Antiques Roadshow.

Sotheby’s American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales take place in January and September in New York.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7130

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Sotheby’s American Furniture Department specialises in furniture and decorative arts from 1650 to 1830, with an emphasis on premier examples from Philadelphia, New York, throughout New England and, increasingly, the South. All aspects of American furniture, from formal carved and finished styles to more vernacular examples of painted folk furniture, are offered by this department, with many high-quality pieces available each season at a wide range of prices.

We have achieved the highest annual sale total in 20 of the past 25 years. As noted by the Maine Antiques Digest, “For more than 40 years, Sotheby’s Americana sales have been the barometer of the market.” Our recent sale of American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph Esmerian totalled $12,955,943, setting a record for any sale of its kind. This highest-ever total for an auction of American folk art eclipses the previous record of the legendary Little Collection, set at Sotheby’s in 1994.

Based in New York, our experienced and passionate specialists lecture frequently and can often be seen on programmes such as Antiques Roadshow.

Sotheby’s American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales take place in January and September in New York.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's American Furniture, Decorative Art & Folk Art sales, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7130