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History Lesson: The Irvin & Anita Schorsch Collection
We are fortunate to offer many interesting properties here at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, and one of the more intriguing that has come on the market in the past year is that of noted antique collectors Irvin & Anita Schorsch. Hidden Glen Farm, their home in Meadowbrook, Pa., in Montgomery County, held a world-class collection of art, antiques and Americana, a passion they arrived at only after buying the reproduction farmhouse and deciding it needed to be furnished appropriately. They set about attending auctions and combing antiques stores for tables, chairs, paintings, books, wrought iron objects, china, glassware and most any everyday object that would have been found in the 18th- and 19th-century American homes of the young country’s wealthier citizens.
Sotheby’s to Offer the Irvin & Anita Schorsch Collection
This outstanding collection is being sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, Jan. 20 – 22, 2016. See the entire catalog here. There are items with notable local connections, including a rare Chippendale carved mahogany easy chair made in Philadelphia estimated to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000; a carved mahogany Chippendale dressing table that belonged to Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne, for whom the Main Line town of Wayne is named, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $120,000; and a very rare, Pennsylvania-made, miniature Queen Anne cherry high chest, estimated to sell for $5,000 to $10,000.
There are many pieces of early, rare Staffordshire stoneware as well as silver serving pieces and tableware, needlework items, paintings, and many other household items included in the sale.
The one piece expected to bring the highest sale price is a rare, Chippendale chest-on-chest probably made in Salem, Mass. in 1770. It is estimated to bring $800,000 – $1,000,000.
More Info About the Irvin & Anita Schorsch Collection
— Valerie Patterson