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Objects & Curiosities from Around the World2.25.2017

Live auction
Feb 25
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Auction Description

We are pleased to be offering property from ancient and later civilizations from around the world. The sale will include objects of Pre-Columbian pottery and textiles, Native American baskets, Japanese lacquer, Chinese porcelain, African and tribal beadwork, Iznik glazed tiles, Persian damascened metalwork, European and Middle Eastern brasses, Italian lustreware, Egyptian linen mummy cloth, Indian stone and terracotta busts, Mexican pottery and scientific instruments. Additionally, there will be Chinese furniture, Japanese screens, Indian and Persian miniatures, Peruvian gold objects and Coptic textiles.

The auction includes property from the following: The Collection of Seward Kennedy, New York; The Estate of Charlton M. Theus, Jr.; Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, Greenwich, CT; The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Houghton; The Collection of Mamdouha & Elmer Holmes Bobst, New York; Property from Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York; The Estate of Alexander Bing III, New York; and The Estate of Paul and Clara Kellner, Germantown, NY.

Auction Information

Terms & Conditions

It is important to Stair Galleries that all bidders understand the terms and conditions under which its auctions are conducted.  Please carefully read the Conditions of Sale set forth below and then acknowledge your understanding and acceptance. 


The property offered for sale by Stair Galleries & Restoration, Inc. (the "Gallery") as agent for the consignor(s) to purchasers is subject to the following terms and conditions: 


1. The property is sold in "as is" condition and without recourse, and neither the Gallery nor the consignor makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to catalogue description, attribution, authenticity, provenance, origin, size, age or condition of any of the property offered for sale.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser, prior to the auction, to examine the property and make a determination as to the value, condition, description, authenticity, provenance, origin, size and age of the property. 


2. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser.  The Gallery reserves the right to reject any bid.  The auctioneer shall advance the bid at his/her sole discretion.  The auctioneer in his/her sole discretion may determine to re-offer any lot in dispute.  In the event of any dispute, the Gallery record of the bids shall be accepted as conclusive. 


3. The Gallery reserves the right in its sole discretion at any time before bidding commences to withdraw combine or divide any lot.  


4. At the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, title will pass to the highest bidder, and the bidder thereupon assumes full risk and responsibility for the property, including the obligation to immediately pay the full price or such price as the Gallery may require.  All bidders may be requested to give their name, residence, business address, telephone number, driver's license and credit card.  The Gallery shall have the right to reject any bid from anyone who has not established credit with the Gallery prior to the auction. 


5. The purchase price paid by the buyer shall be the amount of the final bid plus a twenty-seven percent (27%) buyer's premium, discounted to twenty-five percent (25%) for cash (US currency only) or check (US Bank check only).  For example, if the final bid is $500, the purchase price is $635.  All purchases are subject to state and local taxes where applicable, which are computed on the purchase price.  If any part of the purchase price is paid by credit card, the buyer's premium shall be calculated at twenty-seven percent (27%) on the entire purchase.


6. Property purchased from the Gallery by a successful bidder may not be removed from the auction sale premises until the full purchase price plus the buyer's premium and all applicable taxes have been paid.  The purchaser must pay for and remove all property from the auction premises on the same day as the auction sale. 


7. If the purchaser fails to fulfill these conditions, in addition to all legal remedies available to the Gallery, the Gallery may: a) cancel the sale and retain any payments made as liquidated damages; b) resell the property for the account of the buyer, in which case the buyer shall be liable to the Gallery for all its costs and damages, including the commissions for both auctions; c) remove the property to a public warehouse for the account and at the risk and expense of the buyer. 


8. All property must be removed the day following the Auction by 1:00 pm.  For example, if the auction takes place on Saturday, all property must be removed by 1:00 pm on Sunday.  After that time all property will be moved to our Maple Avenue facility, and if the property is not picked up in a timely manner, the Gallery will add a $75.00 handling charge to the purchase price.  After sixty days, the Gallery reserves the right to send the property to a public warehouse for the account and at the risk and expense of the purchaser. 


9. Items with a low estimate of $5,000 or above have, insofar as they are uniquely identifiable from the description given, been checked against the computerized database of stolen or lost artwork, antiquities and other cultural objects maintained by the Art Loss Registry. 




11.  All bidders are strongly urged to request a condition report for the object that you are bidding on, if you have not viewed the item in person at our Gallery.  Requests for condition reports must be received within 72 hours prior to the auction to allow ample time to fulfill your request. 


12.  Shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer, under no circumstances will Stair Galleries pack and or ship items.  Upon request, our Client Services Department will provide a list of shippers for you to choose from. 


13.  It is the bidders sole responsibility to make sure that they are bidding on the correct item, as well as placing the correct bid amount.  Stair Galleries will not be held responsible for any bidder errors, including, but not limited to: a bid placed on the wrong lot, or for the wrong amount.  There will be no exceptions to this policy. 





Bidding Increments

Up to $200                           — $25

$200 – $500                        — $50

$500 – $3,000                    — $100

$3,000 – $5,000                 — $250

$5,000 – $10,000              — $500

$10,000 – $30,000            — $2,500

$30,000 – $100,000          — $5,000

Over $100,000                    — $10,000



Shipping Information

Unfortunately we are unable to pack, ship or dismantle any items. The following is a list of shippers in our area: 


Arnoff Pack & Ship 

Fine Arts Services 


Terri Proper 

351 Millerton Road 

Lakeville, CT 06039 

T (860) 435-2909 

F (860) 435-8119 




Arnoff Pack & Ship 

Fine Arts Services 


Ashwani Dogra 

1282 Dutchess Turnpike 

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 

T (845) 790-6281 

F (845) 452-3606 




UPS Store #4541 

Elise Anderson

Todd O'Brien

Kings Mall 

1200 Ulster Avenue (#35A) 

Kingston, New York 12401 

tel #845-336-4877 






Meticulous Movers

 Owners: Josh and Mike

 T: 845-256-7047

 F: 845-256-7039



Frank LaBarbera's

Specializing in Fine Arts & Antique Furniture Moving 

Local and Long Distance

Phone: 845-355-7770

Fax: 845-355-7771


P.O. Box 100

Slate Hill, NY 10972-0100





Gander and White

21-44 44th Rd, Queens, NY 11101

(718) 784-8444



38-20 Review Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

(718) 392-9770


Cadogan Tate

41-20 39th St, Queens, NY 11104

(718) 706-7999