Woodbury has the distinction of being Connecticut's antiques capitol as well as the originator of the popular "Antiques Trail" developed by the State Office of Tourism and locals interested in promoting Woodbury. The town boasts of more than 40 shops displaying all types of antiques from Country French, neo-classic and Americana to Canadian and garden elements.
In addition to the many fine antiques shops to be discovered in Woodbury, on June 8 Woodbury Auction, www.woodburyauction.com is presenting it's fifth anniversary spring auction and will be offering over 350 lots of antiques that range from Americana to Asian, Continental and the decorative arts. This anniversary sale is being held at noon in the firm’s auction hall at 710 Main Street South, Middle Quarter Plaza, in Woodbury. Preview times are Sunday, June 1, from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
There are several stand out items being offered that will get the attention of collectors and lovers of antiques. Take for example the Asian lot that includes two Chinese archaistic bronze wine vessels, one with cloisonné enamel inlay and the other with silver and gold overlay.
If your tastes run more toward French Country and formal furniture, this auction offers many interesting lots to choose from. One stand out piece is a 19th century French directoire marble top commode with brass gallery as well as a decorated Continental dower chest from the late 18th century and an Italianate hall chair.
There are many clocks to be auctioned off as well including two fine banjo clocks dating to the American Federal Period as well as mantle clocks from Georgia and three English tall case clocks to name a few. There is also a fair number of furniture made in America from Connecticut, Mass. and the south being offered.
Fine English furniture will also be offered and includes a classic mahogany slab table with shell carved apron and carved dog feet, circa 1775, a pair of Queen Anne walnut and walnut veneer balloon seat side chairs with shell carved knees and claw and ball feet, circa 1760-65 and a Regency tea caddy. A highlight is the 17th century Jacobean carved cane chair with Spanish feet.
Fine jewelry for men and women is being offered primarily in diamonds and emeralds as well as many paintings. A stand out and rare find is a painting of of Father Divine, signed and dated 1938 Joseph Earl Schrock.
There is also a range of unusual and esoteric antiques going up on the auction block that includes Mid-Eastern and Indo-Persian antique firearms, swords, sabers and other edged weapons and more than 50 violins.
The catalog can be viewed at www.woodburyauction.com. Internet, absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction by visiting the Woodbury Auction website. The sale will be broadcast live through Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, Auction Zip and Proxibid/The Finest.