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Freehold, NY – On Sunday, May 31, Carlsen Gallery, a leading auction firm the northeastern United States, will offer a spectrum of fine art and antiques. Well known for its emphasis on quality merchandise fresh from estates in New York, New England, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the Spring Auction ranks among the finest in the firm’s 20-year history.

Carlsen Gallery has long been known for its offerings of antique American furniture, paintings, sterling silver, textiles, decorative objects, bronzes, clocks, lighting, garden furniture and ornaments, folk art, Native American objects, and more. Their offerings also include fine European and Asian antiques and fine art. The May 31 will be no exception.

A highlight of the Spring Auction is a private collection of 19th and early 20th Century art assembled by a retired educator from New York’s Capital Region. Over many decades, this scholarly collector acquired such finds as a Pablo Picasso drawing, fine graphic art by Chagall, Signac, Pissaro, DeKooning, Vlaminck, Calder and others – all with a sharp connoisseur’s eye.

Nine examples of art work by acclaimed Woodstock artist Charles Rosen is also represented in the Spring auction, including pastels, charcoal-on-paper drawings, and oil-on-paper paintings. Artist Rosen reportedly was a close friend and neighbor of the legendary painter George Bellows. As is common with other consignors to the Carlsen Gallery, this distinctive offering is from a direct descendant of the artist, and new to the marketplace.

That distinction applies as well to classical treasures of the American Revolutionary period. From direct descendants of Philadelphia’s renowned Edward Shippen is an extremely rare set of Fitzhugh Chinese Export porcelain in blue from the late 18th century. Of the same era, a 18th century sterling silver including Ann and Peter Bateman of classical style will highlight a large selection of fine silver, and a special group of rare Tiffany service pieces.

Of the 500 lots being sold on May 31, another distinctive offering include a selection of thirty antique and vintage Oriental rugs including a very vibrant, pictorial Kirman “Tree of Life” rug in excellent condition, and a palace-size 25” by 14” Kirman rug from a Manhattan residence.

New York antique enthusiasts will appreciate a four-door cupboard in original surface that has provenance of Fort Ann owner Ozias Coleman who served as an assessor in 1781 and tavern keeper in 1803. Three extremely hard to find blue-and-white coverlets with Lion corner blocks from Jefferson County, New York, dated 1839, in very good condition will also be offered. Other New York treasures include a tiger maple chest of drawers in almost perfect shape, and calligraphy detailing a “Mammoth Hog” dated 1839, and from Delaware County. For dedicated collectors, another unusual lot is a collection of fifteen occupational shaving mugs, of 19th century origins.

In anticipation of warmer weather, Carlsen Gallery is also offering a very clean five-piece Faux Bois garden set from France, in addition to vintage cast iron furniture for the garden.

The Carlsen Gallery is easily accessible from the New York State Thruway’s Catskill exit #21, via Route 23 to Route 32 north, and Coxsackie exit #21B, via Route 9W south to Route 81 west to Greenville and Route 32 south. Driving distance from New York City is two-and-one-half hours and three hours from Boston via Interstate 90 to Interstate 87 south.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available online: www.carlsengallery.com. Absentee and telephone bids are also accepted in advance of the sale, although these arrangements must be made by Friday, May 29.

An auction preview will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 28, 29 & 30 from Noon to 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on May 31, when the sale commences.

A 15% buyer’s premium is charged on all purchases. Cash, pre-approved checks, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted in payment for purchases.

For more information, call (518) 634-2466, fax: (518) 634-2467. E-mail: info@carlsengallery.com

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