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A Very Brady Renovation: "Orange You Glad it's Avocado?"

In this episode, Lara Spencer is sourcing some much needed furniture for Alice's bedroom inside the Brady House. With a quick call to Christie Spooner, managing partner of Black Rock Galleries, Lara and the Brady Bunch's Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) head to the warehouse and find the perfect vintage chair match (footage begins at the 24 minute time mark).

Season 1, Episode 3. 23 Sep 2019. HGTV.


Vintage Hotel Silver: Affordable Serving Pieces that Come with a Story

"Another click revealed a cache of serveware from the Carlyle Hotel in New York, for sale by Connecticut liquidators Black Rock Galleries. I called the outfit’s founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner. A few years ago, Mr. Panarese said, the Carlyle was consolidating storage and Black Rock was called to take the hotel silver. 'Laundry bins full,' he said. 'They didn’t want to use it. It’s not in keeping with new trends.' Some buy Carlyle pieces for their utility, Ms. Spooner said. For others, a piece is a memento. That’s true for my mom. She and her siblings went to the Parker House as kids for Christmas dinners after their dad died."

Quigley, Annie P. Vintage Hotel Silver; Affordable Serving Pieces that Come with a Story.” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. 30 May 2019, Accessed 6 Jun 2019.


In Pictures / Adirondack Night at Audubon Society

"“I think a lot people in Fairfield don’t realize what they have at Audubon, or what Fairfield has to offer in terms of wildlife,” said Matt Lahey, board member who chaired the event. Along with other contributors, including Asylum Distillery in Bridgeport, he expressed gratitude to Black Rock Galleries, which lent a melange of decorative furnishings to deck out the facility, as well as handling the silent auction for free."

Liotta, Jarret. “In Pictures / Adirondack Night at Audubon Society.” Fairfield Citizen. Hearst Media. 4 Mar 2019, Accessed 6 Mar 2019.


Old Masters to modern art featured at Black Rock Galleries March 3

"Black Rock Galleries will offer their Exceptional Winter 2019 Auction on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time. More than 350 outstanding quality lots including jewelry, antiques, mid-century modern pieces, silver, china, and an extensive collection of fine art are available to the highest bidders. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Black Rock Galleries is offering some rare and spectacular pieces from Old Masters to new; contemporary abstracts to 18th-century portraits. This collection is perfect for the art collector, connoisseur, and high-end decorator.

Here is a sampling of the auction highlights...."

"Old Masters to modern art featured at Black Rock Galleries March 3." Auction Central News, 22 Feb 2019. Live Auctioneers. Accessed 23 Feb 2019.


Adirondack Night at CT Audubon Society of Fairfield, photo by Mike Lauterborn

'Howl at the Moon' Event at Audubon March 2

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield will be transformed into a rustic mountain lodge for Adirondack Night on Saturday, March 2.

"In addition to silent and live auctions at the event, Black Rock Galleries of Bridgeport will conduct an online auction where items can be bid on during the event or from the comfort of home...."

"'Howl at the Moon' Event at Audubon March 2." Fairfield Citizen, 12 Feb 2019. Hearst Communications. Accessed 15 Feb 2017.


Junior Women’s Club supports Fairfield ‘One Book, One Town’

"...Each year, proceeds of JWC’s Santa’s House are donated to the club’s CARE (Consideration And Respect for Everyone) partner, along with the JWC Scholarship Fund. The 2018 Santa’s House was like no other -- with several new events designed to attract members of the community to this longtime Fairfield tradition. A new spacious performance tent was on site at the Burr Homestead ensuring a theater-like experience to accommodate all ages - including those who attended the special “Nutcracker Night” performance by presenting sponsor Flash Pointe Dance. The festivities also included Holiday Trivia Night for the adults, as well as professional face painting & crafts by Hatter & Tatter and the “Nutcracker Café” which served warm, savory dishes along with sweets for all to enjoy. To transform the Burr Homestead, the JWC once again partnered with local designers, who created an event space filled with holiday cheer and unique designs across several of the rooms. The design sponsors included Black Rock Galleries, Diane Rath of The Rath Project and Dana Ferraro, principal designer, Molly Patton Design. Their creativity and style added a unique festiveness to the Burr Homestead. The club is also grateful for the support of all Santa’s House sponsors, especially presenting sponsor Flash Pointe Dance, Southport Family Dental, Bigelow Tea, Carmody Law, uBreakiFix, Abbey Tent, Fairfield Hobbytown and Saugatuck Sweets...."

"Junior Women's Club supports Fairfield 'One Book, One Town'." Fairfield Citizen, 28 Jan 2019. Hearst Communications. Accessed 4 Feb 2019.



This Greek Revival Brownstone is the Ultimate Nonurban City Home

Production designer Jane Musky talks about preserving—and updating—the style of the CBS show set

"... At one end of of the living room, antique Anglo-Indian chairs with sage twill cushions were paired with a custom-made rolled-arm sofa upholstered in caramel velvet. The back wall shows a collection of French “herbiers” (pressed dried herbs) from Creel and Gow, hung above a 19th-Century American games table from Black Rock Galleries. “The clients liked the idea of having a mix of European and American antiques,” says Suzanne.“It was important for us to include some American pieces that spoke to the location of the house.”...."

Singer, Paola. "This Greek Revival Brownstone is the Ultimate Nonurban City Home." Architectural Digest, 26 Sep 2018. Condé Nast Publications. Accessed 19 Dec 2018.


Celebrity Style: What’s New—and Old—on the Set of the Murphy Brown Revival

Production designer Jane Musky talks about preserving—and updating—the style of the CBS show set

"...Since the original set designs were at Warner Bros., she [production designer Jane Musky] sourced antique shops and auction houses in Stamford, Connecticut (such as Black Rock Galleries), as well as the internet for a slightly altered yet faithful recreation...."

"Celebrity Style: What’s New—and Old—on the Set of the Murphy Brown Revival." Architectural Digest, 26 Sep 2018. Condé Nast Publications. Accessed 19 Dec 2018.



Across the Block: Two-Day Boutique Auction Grosses Nearly $1 Million; Rodin Bronze Takes $450,000

"... Meanwhile, Greenwich, Conn.,-based Black Rock Galleries brought in close to $1 million over two days with its major contributor Auguste Rodin’s “Buste de Saint-Jean Baptiste” gaveling at $450,000....

The auction business at Black Rock Galleries (BRG) continues to grow for the seventh consecutive year, particularly with regards to the online auctions offered through the firm’s Greenwich satellite location, which reported nearly $1 million in gross sales from its two-day auction series, which closed on October 10. The event featured an Auguste Rodin “Buste de Saint-Jean Baptiste,” among other items, and this highlight alone grossed more than $450,000. For additional information, or 203-335-0000."

"Across the Block." Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 6 Nov 2018. The Bee Publishing Co. Inc.  Accessed 8 Dec 2018.

Hidden in Plain Sight 'Lost' Rodin Bronze at BRG Auction Ending Oct 10

Hidden in Plain Sight, 'Lost' Rodin Bronze at BRG Auction
Ending October 10

"Hidden in Plain Sight 'Lost' Rodin Bronze at BRG Auction Ending October 10." Page 44. Antiques & the Arts Weekly, 12 Oct 2018.  The Bee Publishing Co. Inc. Accessed 15 Oct 2018.


Operation Hope Thanks Community for Supporting Annual Tag Sale

Funds Raised Help Operation Hope Provide Food, Clinical Support, Affordable Housing and Hope for the Future

"Operation Hope Thanks Community for Supporting Annual Tag Sale.", 12 Sept. 2018,

Also published in "Operation Hope Thanks Community for Supporting Annual Tag Sale." Stratford Star, 18 Sept. 2018,

Vintage Garden

Outdoor Décor with Age and Charm

Copeland Stark, Amie. “Vintage Garden.” TownVibe Fairfield. Morris Media. May/June 2018, Accessed 5 May 2018.





That Pink Door & Other Things that are Pink

Pink dishes and amber glassware from Ikea mixes beautifully with a vintage stoneware plate found at Black Rock Galleries on the Fairfield/Bridgeport line in Fairfield County, CT.

Diamond, Annie. "That Pink Door & Other Things that are Pink." Most Lovely Things, 30 Apr 2018. Accessed 15 May 2018. 




Estates and Appraisals Manager Rick Daley shows a cast polyurethene lithograph "Profile Airflow" by Claes Oldenburg at the estate auction preview at Black Rock Galleries

Buried Treasure: Abandoned Greenwich Estate Yields Valuable Collection for Auction

Marchant, Robert. "Buried Treasure: Abandoned Greenwich Estate Yields Valuable Colleciton for Auction." Greenwich Time.  Hearst Connecticut Media. 27 Feb. 2018, Accessed 27 Feb 2018. Photo: Sizemore, Tyler. Hearst Connecticut Media



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Collective Wisdom: See How an Antique Collecting Couple Decks the Halls of Their Bethel Townhouse

A collection of 18th- and 19th-century paintings hang on a wall beside an antique clock from Black Rock Galleries....

Masello, David. "See How an Antique Collecting Couple Decks the Halls of Their Bethel Townhouse." Cottages & Gardens, Dec 2017, pp. 54-61. Accessed 14 Dec 2017. Photo: Grant, Robert.



How We ROCKED Our Way to Putting 1.2M into Research for MBC!

It is November 12, 2017. The Cancer Beat was October 21, 2017.

Timlin-Scalera, PhD., Rebecca. "How We ROCKED Our Way to Putting 1.2M into Research for MBC!" The Cancer Couch Foundation. 12 Nov 2017, Accessed 23 Nov 2017.
Photo: The Cancer Couch Foundation.

Online Auction Tips (and a Killer Sale)

Navigating an Online Auction

At Charlotte's House. "Online Auction TIps (and a Killer Sale). AtCharlottesHouse, 19 Oct 2017, Accessed 19 Oct 2017.


Décor Lessons from a Peacock-Themed Parlor

Designer Philip Vergeylen and socialite Rena Abboud create a luxe, turquoise-and gold sitting room in her London townhouse that soiree guests flock to

6. Let It Glow: The gold-leaf-gilded cocktail table is a shimmering counterpoint to all the turquoise here. Mr. Vergeylen advises: “Whatever color you start with, you must always make a room glow.” This lacquered-goatskin number will also add some shine. Karl Springer Cocktail Table from Black Rock Galleries, $3,000,

Gavan, Tim. "Decor Lessons from a Peacock-Themed Parlor." Anatomy LessonWall Street Journal Magazine, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. 13 Jan 2017. Accessed 16 Jan 2017.

Fairfield Foodies Rejoice!

TownVibe/Fairfield Magazine's Taste of Fairfield Culinary Event is Only Days Away!

“A Chance to Win” prize giveaway will be held to benefit Operation Hope, and all guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to donate to Operation Hope. FUSION: a VIP lounge by Black Rock Galleries will have special entertainment and servers. Other sponsors include Balducci’s, Land Rover of Milford, Sacred Heart University, Atria Senior Living, and Yumi Ecosolutions.

Admin. "Fairfield Foodies Rejoice! TownVibe/Fairfield Magazine’s Taste of Fairfield Culinary Event is Only Days Away!" Town of Fairfield News, 4 Oct 2016. Accessed 6 Oct 2016.

Trend Alert: Going for the Gold

Expert Advice

ProSource Wholesale. "Trend Alert: Going for the Gold." ProSourceWholesale, 9 Aug 20167, Accessed 10 Aug 2016.



Vintage Coca Cola Beverage Cooler

Summer Gift Guide 2016

Vintage Coca Cola Beverage Cooler

Admin. "Summer Gift Guide 2016." Coupon Goo, 1 Jul 2016, Accessed 3 Jul 2016.

Friends of Harmony Hall and Black Rock Galleries, online auction house and antiques dealer, recently announced a partnership that will provide the auction house showroom space at Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg, NY. Photo by Geoff Welch.

Friends of Harmony Hall Win Historical Preservation Award

Harmony Hall just partnered with Black Rock Galleries, a large online auction house and antique dealer, that gives over Harmony Hall’s interior space as a weekend “preview” showroom for select Black Rock online auctions.

Editor. "Friends of Harmony Hall Win Historical Preservation Award." Sloatsburg Village Local News & Community Life, 2 May 2016. Accessed 5 May 2016. Photo: Welch, Geoff. Friends of Harmony Hall.

Commercial Real Estate: A Sense of Rejuvenation Is in the Air

I recognized the buildings, but not the tenants: the Melissa Barbieri art studio, Green of Greenwich custom flowers, Anthony Lawrence Home store, Maison Prive Chefs, The Corner Market (formerly Holly Hill Deli?), the Nina Gagarin studio, Black Rock Galleries, Catholic Psych Institute, and the renamed Bimbo Bakeries (really?). The look and feel of that stretch of Hamilton Avenue seems the same, but there are many new tenants and attractively updated spaces. It’s a good sign for our town and for Chickahominy. New replaces old, renovation occurs, and a fresh set of merchants, goods, and services sprouts up.

Murphy, Allan. "Column: Commercial Real Estate: A Sense of Rejuvenation Is in the Air." Greenwich Sentinal, 26 Feb 2016. Greenwich Ledger, LLC. Accessed 2 Mar 2016.



Dealers Take Estate Bidding Online

Christie Spooner, owner and founder of Black Rock Galleries, sits in the showroom of their newly opened Greenwich store front. Black Rock Galleries based in Bridgeport, known for their innovative web base auctions, is New England's [sic] largest based auction house and consignment showroom.

Krasselt, Kaitlyn. "Dealers Take Estate Bidding Online." Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, & CT Post, 11 Jan 2016. Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Accessed 11 Jan 2016.



CT's Open House Day Gets Summer Started A Week Early

Vann, Korky.  "CT's Open House Day Gets Summer Started a Week Early." Hartford Courant, 10 Jun 2015. Accessed 15 Jun 2015.


Vintage Carlyle Hotel Items Hit the Market at Black Rock Galleries

Bridgeport's BRG Unveils Carlyle Collection for Auction

Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries has unveiled a new collection of work from the famous Carlyle Hotel in New York City on Tuesday that is now up for sale.

Jenkins, Joe. "Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries Unveils Carlyle Collection For Auction." Bridgeport Daily Voice, 2 Jun 2015. Accessed 3 Jun 2015.


BRG Debuts Carlyle Hotel Collection

"BRG Debuts Carlyle Hotel Collection." YouTube, uploaded by City of Bridgeport, Office of Mayor Bill Finch, 1 Jun 2015,


Paging Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire Set Auctioned In Black Rock

The set of Boardwalk Empire has come to Bridgeport and Black Rock Galleries will host an in-store auction this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. prior to an online auction.

Broesder, Brett. "Paging Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire Set Auctioned in Black Rock." Only in Bridgeport, 5 Mar 2015. Accessed, 6 Mar 2015.

Boardwalk Empire Makes Itself at Home in Bridgeport, Conn.’s BRG

“You have probably watched Boardwalk Empire. The show’s production has ended. Now, the set now located right here in Bridgeport at Black Rock Galleries and will be sold in an online worldwide auction next month.” – Mayor Bill Finch

Finch, Mayor Bill. "Boardwalk Empire Makes Itself at Home in Bridgeport Connecticut's BRG." City of Bridgeport, 5 Mar 2015. Accessed, 6 Mar 2015.

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Ofgang, Erik Ofgang. "'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries." Connecticut Magazine, 3 Mar 2015. Hearst Communications. Accessed 5 Mar 2015.




47th Annual Antiques Show Brings Diversity And Style To Darien

Good sales were also reported by a new exhibitor, Black Rock Galleries of Bridgeport, Conn. “They were a hot ticket,” said Christie Spooner, co-owner with Grant Panarese, of the pair of Victorian parlor chairs done up in an eye-popping red upholstery. They were among the weekend’s sales, as well as an oil portrait, other furniture and decorative items.

Demers, W.A. "47th Annual Antiques Show Brings Diversity And Style To Darien." Antiques & the Arts Weekly, 25 Mar 2014.  The Bee Publishing Co. Inc. Accessed 25 Oct 2014.

Top Places for Antiques in Connecticut

If you enjoy collecting as a hobby or just enjoy the history behind a piece, antique shops abound in Connecticut. Antiquing is a fun pastime and often more affordable when comparing quality and detail to a new piece of furniture, silverware or jewelry. Visit these shops to add to your collection or start a new one.

Admin. "Top Places for Antiques in Connecticut." CBS Connecticut, 18 Feb 2014.  CBS Local Broadcasting. Accessed 22 Feb 2014.


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Westport Artist’s Works Up for Auction

Several pieces of original artwork by the late Westport artist and illustrator Bernard “Bernie” Burroughs (1912 -1993) will be auctioned off on Sunday by Black Rock Galleries in Bridgeport with previews beginning today.

Joseloff, Gordon F. "Westport Artist’s Works Up for Auction.", 7 Nov 2013. Accessed 9 Nov 2013.

Lara Spencer, TV celebrity and host of HGTV’s I Brake for Yard Sales and Flea Market Flip, stopped by Black Rock Galleries to find pieces for a room makeover on her show. The episode featuring the gallery and the items she purchased from it aired recently.

"HGTV personality visits Black Rock Galleries." Bridgeport News, 9 Oct 2013. HAN Network. Accessed 10 Oct 2013.


"Inaugural Auction At Black Rock Galleries." Antiques & the Arts Weekly, 17 Jul 2012.  The Bee Publishing Co. Inc. Accessed 10 Oct 2013.