August 8th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Vermont furniture lovers take note: this Saturday, August 13, one of the largest known collections of Vermont-made antiques is going on the auction block at Skinner, Inc. in Marlborough, Mass. Bob and Barbara Levine of Greenwich, CT amassed this elegant collection over 35 years and are retired and downsizing. So now is your big chance!
Odds are, because of the economy, there will be some once-in-a-lifetime bargains. Check out this Classical Carved Mahogany and Mahogany Veneer Sofa. It is presumed to be made by Nahum Parker in Middlebury, Vermont nearly 200 years ago– around 1825. What an incredible piece! And there are about 50 other stunning pieces in the collection. Preview and bidding can be done online as well as in person. The Bennington Banner has details.
For all you fine furniture afficionados, isn't it great to know that this same level of craftsmanship continues to be practiced in Vermont today? Have a look at this gorgeous fainting couch created by Steve Holman. Who said they're not making things like they used to? Whoever did needs to visit us in Vermont.