The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.
185 Kisco Ave Suite 101, Mount Kisco, New York 10507
About Auction HouseThe Benefit Shop receives donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and showcases them in one convenient and beautifully-staged location. The estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a great deal and non-profits in the community get the money. This elegantly-conceived, eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is thrilled at the response from the community.
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Less is not always more. Sometimes more is more and this certainly seems to be the case this fall at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.,which has a busy auction season scheduled, kicking off with its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10 am, filled with several fine estates stretching from Florida to Manhattan. Crossing the block will be a wealth of striking and over-the-top statement pieces. An auction standout is this over-the-top Chinese opium bed ($500-5,000) that is elaborately decorated and carved, measuring 100 inches tall. “I’m hard pressed to think of another word that describes this auction better than ‘over-the-top’,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have donations here from several fine estates whose tastes definitely leaned toward the lavish.” One estate is a family, where the father was an oil executive, and lived all over the world, collecting goods from their travels with a penchant for Far Eastern antiques, decorative arts and carved furniture. A highlight from this collection is a handcarved Chinese opium bed that is simply grand ($500-5,000) with elaborate carving, lacquer, chinoserie and gilt work on a well-detailed platform with columns and carved canopy. The bed measures 10 by 95 by 68 inches and features relief carving of dragons, birds, fish, deer, vines and more. For Chanel devotees, there are other ways to get your Chanel fix besides perfume and handbags with another statement piece in the auction. A rare pair of authentic Chanel boutique chairs in glossy black Lucite/composite ($500-2,000) was only used for photo shoots, according to a label on the underside of the chairs. The chairs, which came out of a Palm Beach, Fla., estate, have the iconic Chanel double C logo on front and back side of each chair. Each measures 34 by 21 by 23 inches. From another estate whose owner is based in the design trade comes furniture and art that were in the owner’s homes all over the world. Artwork on offer ranges from a Martha Mayer Erlebacher signed watercolor still life ot peppers, zucchini and apples ($1/3,000), 23…
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The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. will present its first-ever single-estate auction on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 10 am, featuring the estate of the late artist Estelle Goodman (1930-2007), who lived in an iconic building in Manhattan’s Central Park West for decades. The apartment containing her own art and artwork she collected has been locked and unoccupied until now. This abstract figural bronze sculpture ($400-600), signed Estelle Goodman, of a man and a woman, with their backs to one another yet connected by a figurative representation of communication in the form of a flowing ribbon between their mouths. It stands 18¼ inches tall. “Walking into her grand apartment in The Majestic was a bit like stepping into a time capsule,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of the auction house. “The apartment was just as she left it and there were many examples of her bronze sculptures as well as fine paintings by several of her artist contemporaries, which she collected.” Known for her figural sculptures accentuating the human form, Goodman was a leading abstract sculptor and painter in her day. Born in New York City, she graduated from Barnard College and was a member of the Artist-Craftsmen of New York. “What I love about her pieces is they are so strong and have such a reverence for the human being. And her wicked sense of humor comes through,” said her niece Loreen Arbus in an online interview with Mansion Global. In this auction, about 100 fresh-to-the-market artworks on offer here are a trove of modernist, expressionist, abstract and midcentury paintings and sculptures. The sale also includes the content of her estate and items she lived with such as a midcentury desk from the Paul McCobb “Calvin” series ($500-700) having a square tube brass base/support under a single drawer and two slide-out extensions. The desk is topped by a lively grained piece of black and white marble and measures 54 by 28 by 29½ inches. Also on offer are a Steinway Baby Grand piano, an antique French console table and a pair of period bronze lamps. Goodman’s sculpting of this male…
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The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. will hit a milestone at its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, June 24, at 10 am, which is the 200th auction for the auction house that opened in 2016. “Now in our fifth year of business, we have grown our space —expanding last year into 10,00 square feet of showroom and storage space —and grown our team. We are now selling close to 2,000 items a month,” said founder Pam Stone, owner and founder. “We are committed to a broad range of eclecticism in our auctions from the weird to the wonderful.” This signed oil on canvas abstract scene by Marino Marini ($5/10,000) has provenance to the Paul David Grant Galleries, 20½ by 26½ inches. At the heart of its mission is to benefit charitable organizations in the area through proceeds from its auctions. Starting with making donations to Northern Westchester Hospital, the Benefit Shop Foundation has grown its charity partner base to more than 40 organizations in the community. One frequently asked question, Stone says, is where does the merchandise come from? Situated in a tony area, the auction house gets donations from fine equestrian estates to farm houses, even the original mansion of circus/sideshow impresario P.T. Barnum. Art from swanky New York City apartments, Midcentury Modern from Greenwich or traditional antiques from Chappaqua are just some of the types of goods that find their way here. An unusual and room size hand made Tabriz carpet with hunting scenes ($500-3,000) measures 156 by 111 inches. Offering turnkey service, the auction house has expanded from accepting donations and consignments to doing entire buyouts of a home, from attic to basement. In conducting her auctions, Stone has nearly seen it all: a dozen gargoyle carnival heads from Denmark, Broadway scenery, a collection of antique French fans, a life-size pagoda bird cage, 16-foot candelabra columns, church altars, large stained glass windows and a massive single-owner collection of 700 pieces of fine jewelry from a Manhattan estate. Among the eclectic items featured in the June 24 auction will be a European silver winged foot Mercury sculpture on pedestal,…
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While the offerings at this months’s Red Carpet auction at The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc. on Wednesday, May 20, at 10 am, are far-ranging, from Asian art and African masks to midcentury furniture and Pop art, a high point will be metalware. Sleek and chic, metal is all the rage today in design. Featuring everything from framed art to statuary and accessories, this auction boasts a wealth of interesting metalware pieces. “Metal makes for a stylish and luxurious finish,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. “We have some lovely midcentury metal-framed works of art as well as bronze sculptures, decorative accessories and fine dining items.” Chrome was a favorite material for famed Modernist furniture designer Milo Baughman and a striking addition to the auction will be a set of six chrome chairs by Baughman for the Design Institute of America ($500-5,000). A set of six famed Modernist furniture designer Milo Baughman’s chrome chairs for the Design Institute of America ($500-5,000) will cross the block. Crossing the block early on will be several signed mixed media artworks on paper by the late Canadian artist Rene Marcil, estimated at $100-500 each. Dated 1950, the Abstract Expressionist style works, possibly crayon and colored pencil, depict landscapes. Each is attractively set within a silver metal frame and measures 20¼ by 16¼ inches. Other highlights in the fine art category include three bronzes of women: a signed bronze sculpture of a woman in long robes by Giuseppe Renda ($100-500), reminiscent of his “Spring Breeze” sculpture, 17½ inches tall; a signed and gilded bronze statue signed by Eugene Marioton and cast by L. Perzinka ($50-150) of a woman in peasant clothes holding a tambourine, 18 inches tall, and a gilded bronze nude Art Nouveau sculpture ($100-500) of a female nude holding castanets and dancing in front of a mirror, 15½ inches tall. The thread of metalware in the auction continues into the art of dining with a set of 12 Wedgwood Florentine porcelain plates ($400-$1,500) having wide gold borders with dragon forms, an antique RW&S sterling silver Art Nouveau ladle ($100-300)…
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Decorating a house with antique accessories give it a chic vibe. Be it artworks to put on your living room walls, uniquely beaded jewelry for your party, oriental carpets to complement the floor or intricately carved furniture to suit the ambience –you can get everything from the Penny Candy auction catalog. Brands like Nicole Miller, Brochu Walker and Robert Rodriguez feature skirt suit, spaghetti strap top and summer cotton dress for the fashion savvy. Perfume connoisseurs can get the Chanel 0.7 oz perfume while art connoisseurs can check out the framed female portrait or framed mountain landscape. Tiffany & Co. can make your upscale party more engaging with the four Sterling silver wine goblets while the beaded handbag from Mary Frances or Pochette handbag from Louis Vuitton can give your overall getup a suave look. To explore more of such wonderful items, register your bid on Liveauctioneers.