A major fine estate out of Baltimore will be sold March 31-April 2 at Great Gatsby's in Atlanta, Ga. An exceptional estate from Baltimore, Maryland featuring an extensive collection of S. Kirk & Son sterling silver, French furniture, 19th century Wedgwood basalt and more will be auctioned in Atlanta.
BigNews.Biz - Mar 10,2017 - ATLANTA, Ga. – An exceptional estate from Baltimore, Maryland featuring an extensive collection of S. Kirk & Son sterling silver, French furniture, 19th century Wedgwood basalt, Persian rugs, Continental bronzes and 19th century paintings, along with fine antique Asian porcelains and tapestries, are part of a three-day auction planned for March 31st-April 2nd by Great Gatsby’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s Atlanta gallery.
Start times will be 11 am Eastern time each day, with onsite previews beginning on Monday, March 27th. The gallery, located at 5180 Peachtree Boulevard, is open Monday through Friday from 10-4 during the preview, or by appointment. Online preview, auction registration and live online bidding will be available on LiveAuctioneers.com, Bidsquare.com and Invaluable.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
Over 1,400 lots will come up for bid. The estate from Baltimore is that of the late Dr. Morris Sumner and his life-partner, the late Dr. Richard Robbins. Both Dr. Sumner and Dr. Robbins were Southern natives who met while serving as naval officers during the 1940s. Dr. Sumner went on to receive his PhD and become a professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Robbins, who taught mathematics at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and served as Dean of the Evening College.
After purchasing a stately Baltimore townhouse together in 1957, Dr. Sumner and Dr. Robbins spent the next 40 years acquiring high-quality Continental and English furniture and decorative arts, 19th century paintings, S. Kirk & Son repoussé sterling silver, Wedgwood basalt, Rose Medallion porcelain, Persian rugs, fine crystal and an extensive library of leather-bound books from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
“My uncles were passionate collectors who loved to travel and entertain,” Mark Jones, the nephew of Dr. Sumner and the estate’s executor, recalled. “I remember them as always being elegantly dressed and well-respected in their academic community. Their home in Baltimore was like a palace to me and became the scene of many talked-about dinner parties for the many visiting dignitaries and statesmen at the college.”
One notable aspect of the Sumner-Robbins estate is the repoussé sterling silver from the celebrated American firm S. Kirk & Son. Dr. Sumner had both a professional and personal relationship with Kirk Millspaugh, the great-great grandson of the firm’s founder, Samuel Kirk of Philadelphia. He and Dr. Robbins eventually acquired a number of pieces directly from Mr. Millspaugh, who was staunch in his preservation efforts, particularly during the 1970’s, when the price of silver spiked and many families went looking to liquidate and melt their collections.
One grouping in the Sumner-Robbins Estate that was saved from such a fate is a beautiful six-piece 19th century .912 or coin repoussé hot beverage service with ram’s masks, formerly part of Mr. Millspaugh’s personal collection of historical silver. Other S. Kirk & Son sterling silver pieces on offer will include a repoussé centerpiece bowl, ten inches in diameter, a repoussé flatware service for twelve, and an extensive collection of repoussé chargers