SALEM — The Town of Salem has received permission from the State Education Department and the Offices of the Attorney General to deaccession and auction select furniture pieces from the Georgi Museum. Carlsen Galleries will host a live auction on October 4, 2020 beginning at approximately 10:30 am and closing at 4:30 pm. The revenue generated from the sale of these items will be used toward repairs, restoration, and improvements to the Georgi Museum and its Collection.
“This is a very exciting time for the Georgi”, states Director, Wendy Bordwell. “This process actually began in 2014 with an emergency evacuation, mold abatement, and interior renovation. The decision to deaccession and auction the select items was not an easy one for the Town Board of Salem, NY, but was ultimately necessary as limited resources are preventing the restoration and proper care of the Facility and remaining Collection.”
The Georgi’s arrived in Shushan, NY after leaving Germany prior to World War II. Mr. Georgi was a wealthy financier who was best known for implementing electric lighting on the streets of Paris. Mrs. Georgi was a dynamic fundraiser in support of Catholic charities, and loved fishing. Mr. Georgi had a passion for collecting fine art. His son Henri Georgi was a geologist and mining engineer who gathered a very dignified collection of Gems and Minerals. His widow, Jessie Georgi donated the property and all of its contents to the Town of Salem, NY in 1989. These items became the Collection, and their “River House” is now the Georgi Museum. Currently on display are a group of Medieval and Renaissance Italian Panel Paintings as well as the Gems and Minerals.
Carlsen Gallery of Freehold, Greene County, New York will host the auction at their gallery, to be held on Sunday Oct 4 at 10:30am EST. This auction includes items to be sold for the benefit of both the Georgi Museum, of Salem, NY and Hyde Hall, a National Historic landmark, near Cooperstown, NY. Notable items from the Georgi Museum include 17th, 18th & 19th century Continental furniture as well as a fine selection of antique Persian carpets.
Russ Carlsen, president and principle auctioneer states “We are very pleased to offer these collections as they were truly life time endeavors…the quality of this sale is excellent throughout. This auction is a real opportunity to purchase hard to find, interesting items that should tickle any collector’s pallet.”
This auction is SUNDAY, October 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EST. All items are viewable on Carlsen Gallery’s website at www.carlsengallery.com. Carlsen Gallery is open for personal inspection Monday – Friday 10 a.m. -4 p.m., or by appointment. Covid-19 guidelines are being practiced. Phone, Absentee or Internet bidding available. Internet bidding at www.liveauctioneers.com or www.invaluable.com