Sotheby's is privileged to offer property from the Hascoe Family Collection, assembled by Norman and Suzanne Hascoe over years of passionate collecting. The Collection is highlighted by its important American furniture, being offered in New York on January 23, and Czech modernist art, to be offered in London in June 2011; additional works from the Collection will be offered in numerous other specialized sales throughout the spring 2011. In addition, the Hascoes' spectacular residence on the waterfront in Greenwich, Connecticut - "Point of View" - is currently being offered by Sotheby's International Realty.
Mr. Hascoe, an engineer and inventor who designed materials for the semiconductor industry, and Mrs. Hascoe, a respected biochemist and scientist, brought the same attention to detail of their professions to their art collections and residence, through works by noted furniture makers such as John Goddard and Eliphalet Chapin, and in Old Master and Czech modernist painters and sculptors such as Dirck Van Delen, Jan van Os, Frantisek Kupka, Bohumil Kubista and Otto Gutfreund.
The January single-owner auction of American and English furniture, fine and decorative arts includes an impressive set of 24 tassel-back dining chairs, the largest group of 18th century New York Chippendale dining chairs ever assembled. The highlight of this group is an armchair with eagle-head handholds discovered in St. Croix and purchased from Sotheby's in 1984, which became the genesis of this large collection. Also featured in the collection is the Colonel Guy Walker Queen Anne carved and figured mahogany companion high chest and dressing table, Massachusetts, a rare matching pair with exceptional provenance epitomizing mid-18th century Boston Baroque.