OASIR hosts Sotheby’s furniture specialist
Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty hosted a discussion featuring Sotheby’s Auction House Senior Specialist and Vice President of American Furniture and Decorative Arts Erik Gronning Oct. 9 at the Bellmoor Inn in Rehoboth Beach.
The event was a benefit for Cancer Support Community of Delaware.
Gronning discussed the discovery of the first documented Newport Highboy made and signed by John Townsend. Signatures of Townsend were discovered with the use of infrared cameras. The highboy had stayed in the owner’s family since it was made in 1756 and had only been moved four times.
When the piece was eventually auctioned it sold for $3,554,500. Gronning compared the discovery of this unique highboy to the finding of a Michelangelo in the attic.
Shown prior to the discussion are (l-r) OASIR Broker Justin Healy; Cancer Support Community of Delaware Special Events Coordinator Lily Gosner; Gronning; and OASIR Marketing Director Kathleen Schell.