Ventfort Hall eyes auction of Morgan family tea set

October 12, 2015 - table lamp

LENOX GT;GT; Some artifacts from a town’s vaunted Gilded Age story are adult for auction during Sotheby’s in Manhattan on Tuesday, and they can be fetched for an estimated cost of $6,000 to $8,000.

Ventfort Hall Association, that operates a Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Walker Street, has announced that an antique china tea and coffee set is accessible for bid, partial of a collection not from a museum though from an unclear family successor of banker J.P. Morgan.

His sister, Sarah Spencer Morgan and her father George Hale Morgan, a apart cousin, were a strange of a property, now open year-round for tours and private rentals.

Since a palace faces vital replacement expenses, including designation of a $30,000 sprinkler complement in a few weeks, Ventfort Hall can’t means to bid on a pieces for a possess collection, Executive Director Beverly Rainey said.

“We know a set is authentic,” she said, “but we can’t establish where it’s from.” As is customary, Sotheby’s does not brand donors for a auctions, other than confirming that a set’s start is from a successor of a Morgan family.

“Sotheby’s wanted us to bid on it or make them an offer,” Rainey said. “But we have to be practical.”

She suggested that an ideal outcome would be for a “wonderful benefactor” to step forward, squeeze a equipment and present them to a china collection in a protected during Ventfort Hall for contingent arrangement in a easy dining room.

The 1865 American china five-piece tea and coffee set from Tiffany Co. includes a teapot, coffee pot, creamer, sugarine play and rubbish bowl. Details on a set, listed as lot 229 for a Oct. 14 auction are during

Each square is engraved with a Morgan design above a monogram SSM representing Sarah Spencer Morgan of Ventfort Hall, that was built in 1893 as a Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “Cottage” and is listed on a National Register of Historic Places.

The same monogram is on napkins and list cloths handed down by a Morgan family and on arrangement during a museum.

Whether a set was used during Ventfort Hall is capricious though likely, Rainey said, given it comes with a strange propitious timber transport case. The Morgans would have carried their possess china services when roving to their summer shelter in Lenox from their New York City home.

Very few of Sarah Morgan’s personal effects sojourn during a museum, given scarcely all were sole by a family.

The auction also includes a 287-piece American china King’s settlement flatware use from about 1890, engraved with a Morgan crest, and a 1750 tiny china Russian kettle from Moscow, propitious with a 1711 English china flare stand, both suspicion to be gifts from J.P. Morgan to his sister Sarah.

Saved from a developer’s wrecking round 18 years ago, Ventfort Hall is partial of a Save America’s Treasures module sponsored by The White House. The nonprofit organisation hosts a Tea and Talk series, exhibitions, talks, concerts, melodramatic programs.

On Oct. 24, Frederikke Borge, daughter of a late Victor Borge, will plead his famous unison pianist-comedian father during a 3:30 p.m. Victorian Tea.

Feasibility and constructional studies for a palace are tentative as a collateral fundraising debate continues.

Contact contributor Clarence Fanto during 413-637-2551.

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