T he New Year begins with Americana Week at Sotheby’s New York. In 2018, Americana Week achieved $13.9 million with nearly 1,000 lots sold across two auctions, and drew thousands of visitors to our galleries. This January, in addition to our Important Americana auction, we will offer three distinguished private collections. Important Americana features over 550 lots of furniture, decorative and folk art, silver, prints, ceramics, Chinese export and fine art from notable private and institutional collections.
Assembled over the course of nearly 50 years, the sale of The Collection of Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III is a celebration of the passion and generosity of true Americana collectors, featuring early colonial American furniture, English pottery comprising delftware, slipware and salt-glazed stoneware. Additionally, the collection includes English needlework, seventeenth and early eighteenth century English silver and early Colonial American maps.
Led by 16 pieces from the celebrated Meissen “Swan” service and important Chinese export ceramics, The Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller is a remarkable array of furniture and decorative arts showcasing the couple’s worldly vision and eclectic spirit, while providing an intimate glimpse into how the couple lived with these timeless objects.
The final private collection on offer is The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art. In addition to Teiger’s great interest in contemporary art, he was a passionate collector of sculptural American folk art. Teiger’s folk art collection includes many exemplary examples of American weathervane including a Goddess of Liberty, a stag, and a leaping horse. He also collected remarkable ship figureheads, trade figures, and exquisite bird decoys.
Exhibitions Free and Open to the Public 11–18 January