Published: December 2, 2003
– A visit by the upstate New York auction firm Carlsen Gallery to a townhouse in Hardscrabble, N.Y., which was owned by a woman in her 90s who was moving to a smaller dwelling, yielded many incredible things that were collected by the family in the late 1880s.
Among the rdf_Descriptions consigned to Carlsen’s annual Thanksgiving Antique Auction, conducted November 29, was an extraordinarily rare and important Aesthetic Movement cabinet made by Charles Tisch, N.Y.
It turns out that the cabinet is identical to the example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A buyer from California, who read about the cabinet, flew into the Albany airport, rented a car, and drove the 45 minutes or so to Freehold, where, according to Russ Carlsen, gallery owner, he “spent about seven minutes looking at it and walking all around it.”
The buyer drove himself back to Albany airport, and then, acting as agent for a private Sacramento, Calif., collector, bought it on the phone for $92,812.
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