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Lights! Camera! Auction!

A Gala Reception and Auction Benefiting The Smith Opera House

You are cordially invited to a spectacular auction of Vintage Treasures, from antique furniture to well cellared wine.

APRIL 1, 2017
THE SMITH OPERA HOUSE
82 SENECA STREET, GENEVA

5:00 pm
Live music by the Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters with wine, beer, appetizers and live auction items available for viewing.

6:15 pm
The live auction begins in the theater, under the gavel of The Hessney Auction Company.

Auction items will be added as they are are cataloged. Check back often for new listings!

  • Live Auction

    • Ontario County Map

      Size: 63” x 65”
      Date: 1859
      Lot No. 1
      Donated by The Smith Opera House

      This striking piece, in wonderful condition, was make by Philadelphia map makers A.R.Z. Dawson, and published in 1859.

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    • “Birch Hilltop,” Hand Colored Lithograph by Wallace Nutting

      Size: 16 x 18 1/4"
      Lot No. 2a
      Donated by: Anonymous

      This vibrant print reflects the best of the highly collectable Wallace Nutting. Well known in particular for his New England landscapes, this framed photograph is a beautiful example of the famous artist at the turn of the 20th century.

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    • “Ivy and Rose Cloister,” Hand Colored Lithograph by Wallace Nutting

      Size: 14 3/4 x 17 1/2"
      Artist: Wallace Nutting
      Lot No. 2b
      Donated by: Anonymous

      Beautifully framed, hand colored lithograph by Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) In his day, Nutting was among the most popular and prolific artists working in America. His highly collectable pieces His atmospheric photographs helped spur the Colonial Revival style. He was most known for his landscape photography, primarily depicting New England sense.

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    • Framed Tiffany Debutante Ostrich Fan

      Date: 1900
      Lot No. 3
      Donated by Ellen Hegarty

      Framed Tiffany debutante ostrich fan, with original box. From around 1880 to 1930 folding ostrich feather fans were stylish accessories, especially for formal and evening events. They remained a fixture of court life right up until the 20th century and also widely used as a prop in burlesque. This example,

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    • Eastlake Dresser

      Date: 1800s
      Lot No. 4
      Donated by The Smith Opera House

      This exquisite walnut and burl Eastlake Marble topped is a classic design from the late 1800s. A classic and solid piece that will stand out as a unique and practical addition to your home.

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    • Singing Bird Automation

      Lot No. 5
      Donated by Susan Souhan

      Reuge Music Singing Bird Automation, Swiss, circa late 1800s. Three chirping birds in a beautiful gold bird cage, on a solid mahogany stand. This is an extremely rare piece, in great working condition, that will charm all who see it.

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    • Allegorical Oil on Canvas, with a Gold Gilt Frame, c. 1880

      Size: 24 x 40
      Date: 1880
      Lot No. 6
      Donated by: Anonymous

      A classic painting framed in a rich ornate gold frame. With the look of a museum piece, this stunning scene tells a story of our battle and the angels watching over us.

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    • Bentwood Rocker

      Lot No. 7
      Donated by Mara O’Laughlin

      A classic in furniture design, Bentwood was patented in 1856 by Michael Thonet. With its distinctive curved lines, these pieces became a staple in American households. This rocking chair, in excellent condition, has been in the donor’s family since the late 19th century. The cane seat and back are in

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    • Rare Antique Chinese Mah Jong Game Set

      Lot No. 8
      Donated by Pim and Kamill Kovach

      Bamboo and Bone Dovetail Box, with complete set of tiles: This stunning box has four drawers containing all the pieces needed to play, along with players stands and even a book outlining details of the game. A beautiful piece to look at, and all you need to pick up this

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    • Victorian Fainting Couch

      Lot No. 9
      Donated by The Smith Opera House

      Another example of Eastlake style, this piece is all original and in good condition.

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    • “Fund the House”

      Lot No. 10

      FUND THE HOUSE! Details to come!

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    • Framed Phillia Yi Print

      Artist: Phillia Yi
      Lot No. 11
      Donated by Sheila and James Bennett

      Beautiful woodcut print by artist Phillia Yi is wonderfully framed and ready to hang. Yi’s expressive, colorful, and beautifully nuanced symbolic abstractions are imbued with an urgency and dynamism rarely matched. Yi is a Professor of Art at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and widely exhibited around the country.

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    • Portable Antique Crib

      Lot No. 12
      Donated by Joanne and Paul Bleakley

      Adorable crib that folds up for storage or travel. Though this piece is an antique, it meets modern day safety standards with the narrowest of openings between slats.

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    • Antique Wicker Armless Rocker

      Date: 1900s
      Lot No. 13
      Donated by Ann and Tony Shelton

      Made in the early 1900s by the Novelle Chair Company (Portland Street, Boston MA). This is a stunning piece, in excellent condition. The original tag with number is under the seat. A book Wicker Design is included in this bid!

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    • Mahogany Framed Ogee Mirror, Late Empire Revival Style

      Size: 45 x 35”
      Lot No. 14
      Donated by: Chrissy Bennett West

      In wonderful condition, ready to hang in any room.

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    • Roll Top Desk

      Date: 1880s
      Lot No. 15
      Donated by Joanne and Paul Bleakley

      1880s oak roll top desk. Used by a farming family to manage expenses, the top drawer contains numerous logs and documents kept there at the turn of the century.

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    • Maple Dresser

      Date: 1890s
      Lot No. 16

      Late 1890s piece, with all original hardware and original mirror. This piece was never painted or abused. A great functional antique.

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    • Kurdish Bag Face Rug

      Size: 30" x 26"
      Lot No. 17
      Donated by Sally Webster

      Antique Kurd bag face rug, 30” x 26.” The front piece of a saddle bag made in Persia (Iran), most likely hand made by Kurdish weavers. Rug experts say it was common practice in the early 1900s to separate saddle bags, thus creating two small rugs to sell to collectors.

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    • Eastlake Commode

      Lot No. 18
      Donated by The Smith Opera House

      Eastlake commode, three drawers and a cupboard.

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    • Curved Frame Mirror

      Lot No. 19
      Donated by The Smith Opera House

      Ornate curved frame mirror.

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    • Magnum of 2010 Bodegas AAlto Ribera del Duero – Tempranillo : Rare Spanish Red Wine

      Lot No. 20
      Donated by Verity Wine Partners

      Strong pleasant floral aromas, balanced cedar wood and tannins, very long finish. Plum, blackberries, chocolate and tobacco all present. An exception and are fine Spanish wine, Prime drinking window: Now through 2025.

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  • Silent Auction

    This is just a sampling of items offered on the silent auction portion of Lights! Camera! Auction!

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