Since moving to the Hudson Valley, my favorite thing to do on New Year’s Day has always been to go to an auction! Auctions were a favorite haunt of mine in the early years of running the Inn at Green River, and much of the furniture and art work in the Inn came from local auctions. These January 1st auctions can a bit unusual as sometimes one isn’t even allowed to preview the items. This means that there are great bargains to be had, as the buyer is really taking a risk not being able to inspect the goods before bidding, and so the bids are on the low side. I have two small paintings I dearly love, that I bought this way. Shown at right, the upper one of the house in winter with a horse and sleigh is a signed painting by Canadian artist, A.M.Pattison with its original frame. Yes, auctions are a wonderful thing!
But this year, there are preview opportunities at two Columbia County auction houses on New Year’s Day. Copake Auction, in Copake, NY, the town just south of Hillsdale where the Inn is located, is holding its 38th Annual New Year’s Day Auction starting at 10 am, and there is a preview opportunity from 9-9:45 am. The auction house describes this as their “premiere Americana auction of the year featuring a collection of original Cream Of Wheat advertising art (Provenance Ex: Kraft Food Collection/Morton Grove III), estate fresh 18th and 19th c. furniture, artwork, folk art, period accessories, china, glass, stoneware, primitives & more”. There are some really interesting items coming up for bid, including a 19th c. digar store wooden Turk figure, from Salem, Massachusetts, estimated to sell for $10-15k. And at the other end of the art spectrum, a Jean Michel-Basquiat oil stick painting, also estimated to sell for $10-15k.
Meissner’s Auction, located in New Lebanon, NY, about 25 minutes north of the Inn, is also having a New Year’s Day sale, starting at noon, with the preview at 10 am.
This auction includes some Shaker furniture, Arts and Crafts copper, Georg Jensen and Tiffany sterling, lamps, paintings and Oriental rugs. I don’t want to miss this one either!
But even if you are not in Columbia County for these New Year’s Day auctions, you will have plenty of opportunities on other weekends through out the year for fabulous auction going. Just give me a call, and I can let you know about upcoming auctions, and availability at the Inn, of course!