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 2018 

Nor’easter Quinn is No Match for BRG’s Exceptional Winter Greenwich Sale

With custom-built online bidding platform, sales of rare and forgotten collections offered
as part of Black Rock Galleries Greenwich Week auction series did not suffer.

 

GREENWICH, Conn., March 20, 2018 –  Still riding high from the tremendous success of Black Rock Galleries’ Greenwich Week Auction Series, despite the severe winter weather encompassing virtually the entire U.S. east coast as the result of nor’easter Quinn, Black Rock Galleries (BRG) pushes onward with their custom-designed house-built online estates auction platform — and they are shaking up the estate industry in the process.

In a strategic decision to transition BRG’s estate liquidations (a.k.a. traditional estate sales) to online estate auctions three and a half years ago, Black Rock Galleries’ managing partners, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, risked it all in developing BRG’s now wildly successful online platform. Their Greenwich Week auction series is proving to be the biggest payoff for their efforts yet. Plus, at the same time, BRG is changing the entire estate industry in the process.

Greenwich Week Auction Series
The Greenwich Week Auction Series featured three auctions including the Exceptional Winter Greenwich Sale, a Single Owner Greenwich Estate, and a specialized Antique Microscopes Sale which closed on March 7, 8, and 9th respectively.  All of the items offered in the Single Owner Greenwich and Microscope sales, as well as a vast majority of items in the Exceptional Winter Greenwich sale, hailed from an abandoned and sealed off Greenwich estate that remained unoccupied and neglected for years but held a treasure trove of exceptional finds.  The combined hammer prices from all three auctions was over $400,000 + buyers premiums. The net proceeds of consignments from the abandoned estate, per the estate’s legal team, are earmarked to benefit two Greenwich educational charities: Greenwich High School Student Loan Fund and the Greenwich Scholarship Association.

What made these online auctions different from traditional auctions?
In short, online estate auctions command higher bidder turnout. With the Exceptional Winter Greenwich sale alone, Black Rock Galleries had over 560 active bidders participating in the auction, all of whom had already been truly vetted by BRG’s automated system.

“The success proves that the online estates auction platform is the future for the industry.  In fact, as was the case in this auction, it’s completely weatherproof. The Exceptional Winter Greenwich sale closed on the night that the nor’easter ‘Quinn’ dumped over a foot of snow in most areas of Connecticut alone,” explains Panarese. “We didn’t worry about low bidder turnout — like you would at a traditional, live auction or estate sale. Our bidders were warm at home, enjoying dinner, TV, perhaps even a cocktail or two while their kids are playing video games in the background. If this were a live auction or estate sale, no-one would have shown-up, perhaps we might have had a handful of telephone bidders, and our sale would have fallen flat — all because of the weather. Our system eliminates that problem.”

The online auction format also enables bidders from all over the globe to participate in the auction without waiting for an auction clerk to call them for their telephone bids.  BRG’s bidders can place their maximum bids and adjust them as often as they want from their personal dashboards until the lot closes.

What are the final results of the auction?
Unlike many other auction houses, BRG does not actively publish results of our online auctions. 

“We are very protective of our bidders.  They appreciate the sense of privacy,” explains Spooner. ”Often our bidders are resellers who prefer our  policy of discretion in publishing prices realized at auctions, it’s what brings them back to bid time and time again.” 

With that said, BRG is pleased to announce that the collections antique blue and white Chinese porcelains (many of Christie’s provenance) collectively hammered at over $90,000.  Additionally, subsequent to the close of the auctions, BRG was asked to broker the resale of the Claes Oldenburg “Profile Airflow” limited edition artwork piece to a third party for an undisclosed amount, that was substantially higher than the original hammer price of over $35,000.

About Black Rock Galleries:
Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor should not be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new 50,000 square feet showroom and a new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's house-built online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially and is New England's preeminent estate liquidation and auction house.  

Black Rock Galleries’ headquarters and flagship luxury consignment showroom, Black Rock Interiors, is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT.  Black Rock Interiors features a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine and decorative art, and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style.  Black Rock Galleries’ Greenwich auction preview showroom is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue in Greenwich, CT.  For information, hours, special events, and all BRG offerings visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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Abandoned & Sealed Off Greenwich Estate Conceals Veritable Treasure Trove

Rare and forgotten collections of Chinese porcelain, antiques, and curiosities uncovered
and offered in Black Rock Galleries’ Exceptional Winter Greenwich Sale.

 

GREENWICH, Conn., February 21, 2018 – What happens when an eccentric retiree completely abandons her home to the elements and lives out her remaining years in a luxury hotel, completely disconnected from her home?  Eventually the home becomes overrun by the elements.  Dust settles in, not to mention the arrival of leaks, peeling wall-paper, falling plaster, and cracks in the walls and windows.  While this scenario may play out in the opening scene of a cinematic thriller, it is reality for one spacious Bruce Park community estate in Greenwich, CT that was sealed off from public sight and remained virtually untouched, abandoned, and neglected for years.  

When Black Rock Galleries (BRG) was approached by the estate’s legal team to take on the task of liquidating the estate, managing partner, Grant Panarese, and estates and acquisitions manager, Rick Daley, were intrigued.  Where other industry professionals may scoff at the idea of sifting through years of debris, the BRG team vigorously tackles the job.  These are the types of homes that inveterate estate professionals only hear rumors about.  In this case the abandoned estate was filled with a treasure trove of period furniture and desirable collections including: antique blue and white Chinese porcelains mostly acquired about 40 years ago from Christie’s; a rare Claes Oldenberg “Profile Airflow” limited edition artwork, an 18k gold ladies Patek Philippe Nautilus wristwatch (model 4700) which was discovered wrapped in a wad of tissues hidden in a purse within a pile of discarded handbags; a Miguel Berrocal (Spain, 1933-2006) Torero Bronze Puzzle Sculpture with signed instruction book with Christie’s provenance; and a vintage Steinway Model B ebonized concert grand piano, just to name several of the hundreds of amazing pieces acquired in the residence.

“Entering this residence was like adventuring on a new archeological expedition where delicate searching and investigating really payed off.  Sifting through the years of dust, cobwebs and other assorted trappings, we were able to uncover exceptional pieces,” explains Daley. “We realize that as an outré collector, the estate’s owner walked a very fine line between eccentric collecting and hoarding.”

In fact, eccentricity is the key to estate contents which are scheduled to be sold in an online auction as part of Black Rock Galleries’ Exceptional Winter Greenwich Sale, which also features over 245 lots rounded out with antiques, jewelry, art, and a variety of curiosities hailing from other fine estates from New York and Connecticut.  Additionally, because there are no heirs to inherit this abandoned estate’s collection, all of the net proceeds for the estate’s sales are earmarked for charity and will be donated to the Greenwich High School Student Loan Fund and the Greenwich Scholarship Association.

Auction Details:
The Exceptional Winter Greenwich Sale online auction closes on Wednesday, March 7 and provides a rare opportunity for designers, collectors, and homeowners alike to purchase highly coveted pieces. With the exception of a few select lots, all bids begin at $1 with no reserves. The first lot closes at 7:35 p.m. with another lot closing every 20 seconds thereafter. Visit www.blackrockgalleries.com to view the full online catalog and to register your bids.

Previews:
Previews will take place from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 24; Tuesday, February 27 through Saturday, March 3; and Tuesday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 7 at Black Rock Galleries - Greenwich located at 179 Hamilton Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.  Private appointments are also available by calling the BRG - Greenwich location at 203-900-1110.

About Black Rock Galleries:
Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor should not be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new 50,000 square feet showroom and a new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's house-built online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially and is New England's preeminent estate liquidation and auction house.  

Black Rock Galleries’ headquarters and flagship luxury consignment showroom, Black Rock Interiors, is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT.  Black Rock Interiors features a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine and decorative art, and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style.  Black Rock Galleries’ Greenwich auction preview showroom is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue in Greenwich, CT.  For information, hours, special events, and all BRG offerings visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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 2017 

BRG's Charity Auction Helping Abandoned Animals

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., May 31, 2017 – What do abandoned pets have to do with Black Rock Galleries' online Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction?  Well, in short, the CT Humane Society!  We love animals, especially those that have been abandoned.  In fact, owners and managing partners, Christie and Grant, have rescue pets in their own household.

With this love for animals in mind, we are partnering with the Connecticut Humane Society and donating 100% of the net proceeds from our upcoming online Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction to them; aiding in their mission of providing shelter and medical care to animals in need.  The online Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction will run through June 27.

What are "abandoned lots?"
Over the course of each year, we collect an accumulations of auction lots that are not claimed by winning bidders.  These are known as 'abandoned lots.' These lots take up much needed space in our Bridgeport auction warehouse and so they are periodically liquidated in an abandoned lot auction. This is the first time that BRG is offering the net proceeds of an abandoned lots auction to a charitable organization. 

"We are always looking for ways to give back to the greater community who has been so very good to us.  This year, we were looking for a cause that truly speaks to us," explains Spooner. "Because we love animals, especially rescue animals, we reached out to the Connecticut Humane Society, who was very receptive to the idea of our Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction helping their cause."  

The online Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction will boast over 100 lots, most of which were abandoned by previous auction winners. In addition to those lots, we are adding some showroom inventory into the mix to make the auction more interesting.  Also, as word about this auction spread to some of our business colleagues, they also wanted to help the cause. Some donations include:

• A Corporate Image of Shelton, CT offered their professional photography talents to the puppy photo shoot; 

• The Local Vault is donating a mid-century lacquer and wood tall double door dresser (valued at $1,200); 

• Matthew & Company Vintage Painted Furniture is donating a custom painted furniture piece;

• and several of our employees also climbed onboard and donated a handful lots to the auction.

The Connecticut Humane Society was so excited that they joined us recently at BRG for a promotional photo shoot.  Here are just a handful of the adorable shots we were able to get during the shoot (all courtesy of A Corporate Image).

We are thrilled with and touched by the generosity shown by our employees and business contact and we are pleased to donate 100% of the net proceeds from this auction to help the Connecticut Humane Society carry out their mission of providing medical care and shelter to abandoned animals since they are unaffiliated with any of the national humane societies and receive no government funding.  

CT Humane Society Volunteers, Kerry Garofano & Barb Naugle join BRG Managing Partner, Christie Spooner with two rescue puppies, Javier & Henry
Left: CT Humane Society (Westport Chapter) volunteers, Kerry Garofano &
Barb Naugle join BRG Managing Partner, Christie Spooner with two rescue
puppies, Javier (a 6 months old white Coton de Tulear mix) and Henry (a
nine months old black Shitzu mix).

How do I participate in this auction?
Bidders who wish to participate in our online Spring Abandoned Lots Charity Auction may view the auction catalog and register to bid through our website  The first lot will close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 with additional lots closing every 20 seconds thereafter. This auction offers "extended bidding" which extends the closing time by five minutes for any last minute bids placed within the last five minutes of closing to allow other bidders an opportunity to increase their bids.  All bids begin at $1.  Bidders may adjust their maximum bid(s) at anytime during the auction. 

 

About The Connecticut Humane Society
The Connecticut Humane Society (CHS) is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state and helps thousands of pets every year, since its founding in 1881. CHS is an independent non-profit organization and does not receive any funding from the government or national humane organizations. "The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty."  The Connecticut Humane Society relies solely on the generosity and support of its donors and volunteers, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization (tax ID #06-0667605), and serves all of Connecticut with locations in Newington, Waterbury, and Westport.  Like us / follow us on FacebookTwitterFlickr and YouTube.

About A Corporate Image

A Corporate Image is a team of professional photographers, videographers, editors and marketers with a creative eye to transform the ordinary into extraordinary. Whether it is headshots of staff, a testimonial video of customers, or an aerial view of property, A Corporate Image will help to bring every subject to life.  Like us / follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

About the Local Vault
The Local Vault is a new kind of marketplace for new and pre-owned luxury home furnishings and decor. TLV provides a unique opportunity for shoppers to gain access to exclusive brands, to-the-trade only pieces, bespoke furniture, unique and fabulous vintage and antique finds, all conveniently available for sale online.  TLV’s team of curators personally vet each and every piece so that you can shop with confidence knowing that each product has received our stamp of approval. Visit thelocalvault.com.  Like us / follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Pinterest.

About Matthew & Company Vintage Painted Furniture
Matthew & Company is full of creative and colorful furnishings for home, office or business.  Matthew Tyrrell and his associates consistently include a cheerful mix of patterns and colors to their designs, with a little dose of whimsy.  They also transform solid, well-constructed pieces furniture into current, fresh pieces usable in today's design esthetics.  Like us / follow us on Facebook or call (203) 550-8368.

 

 


 

 2016 

Black Rock Galleries Sponsors A Taste of Fairfield's VIP Lounge

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 23, 2016 – Black Rock Galleries is sponsoring the VIP Lounge for October 9th's A Taste of Fairfield at the Delamar of Southport being hosted by Town Vibe / Fairfield Magazine.  A variety of restaurants, winemakers, brewers, and others will fill the courtyard of the Delamar Southport/Artisan serving their signature dishes along with cocktails and beverages to fun-loving foodies. There will be music, games, and roving entertainment.  BRG's VIP Lounge offers an added bonus, guests can relax while servers present to them the variety of delicious offerings in the comfort of the lounge area!  Proceeds from the Taste of Fairfield benefit Operation Hope.

Participating restaurants include (more to be added):  

Artisan

Joe's American Bar & Grill

 

Aspectuck Brew Lab

The Little Goose

 

B. Good

The Little Pub

 

Brick + Wood

Lobster Post

 

The Cakebox

Mecha Noodle Bar

 

Fairfield Cheese Company

Old Post Tavern

 

Flipside Burger Bar

Quattro Pazzi

 

Freshii Fairfield

Taberna Tapas

 

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Grill

Toto

 

 

The Taste of Fairfield takes place on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 1 pm to 5 pm at The Delamar/Artisan located at 275 Old Post Road, Southport, CT (rain or shine).

Pre-purchased general admission tickets cost $50, which includes food, drink, and entertainment all afternoon. A VIP pass is $100 and provides food, drink, entertainment, private parking, and access to a lounge with TV and food service. Children 15 and under are $20.

TownVibe/Fairfield Magazine, publisher of magazines for Fairfield County is organizing this gastronomic event. TownVibe strives to connect people, organizations, and businesses in the community. 

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Black Rock Galleries & the Estate of Beverly Lopez Donates $1,850 to
The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative

BRG matches estate donation from the sale of The Beverly Lopez Collection: a Lifetime’s Works

 

Bridgeport, Conn., July 25, 2016 –Black Rock Galleries (BRG) in Bridgeport and the Estate of Beverly Lopez recently donated $1,850 to The Kennedy Center’s Maggic Daly Arts Cooperative (MDAC) in Bridgeport, which represents 10% of the proceeds from the sale of The Beverly Lopez Collection: A Lifetime’s Works.

Beverly Lopez Estate, Black Rock Galleries, Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative

Celebrating the success of this art sale BRG’s managing partner, Christie Spooner, along with BRG’s art show intern, Margeaux Dupuy, presented the donation check to MDAC’s  manager, Stephanie Campbell and the Kennedy Center’s vice president of development, Jo Ann McMullan.  BRG obtained the estate of Beverly Lopez last year and curated the sale of his life’s works.  

“As a Bridgeport-based business that supports local causes, MDAC (which works with artists with a range of disabilities and abilities) seemed like the perfect organization to support,” explained Spooner.  She continued, “A portion of the proceeds from this sale benefited MDAC, a well-respected, innovative art program affiliated with The Kennedy Center.  As a nonprofit arts organization, we wanted recognize the great work of the Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative, which provides individuals with intellectual disabilities an environment to thrive in the arts.”

Black Rock Galleries recently offered the Lopez Collection to the public, which featured original, never-before-offered, original works of art from the estate of Beverly Lopez.  Lopez was a lifelong artist and long time resident of Weston, CT.  The Beverly Lopez Collection featured an extensive variety of paintings, sketches, and sculptures spanning many genres including equine, religious, African American/Black, illustrations, and ethnic art. All works were original pieces created by Beverly Lopez himself. Because of the vast variety of genres he worked in, Lopez used as many as 30 pen-names including Bev Lopez, Coby, Rob MacQueen, Barzoni, Quintana, Harvey Gilmen, Paul Boren, and TC Morris; just to name a few. Some of his pieces were reproduced commercially by printing companies, while many others remained part of his private, personal collection.

“We are very pleased to have received this generous and unexpected donation from Black Rock Galleries, part of Bridgeport’s vibrant art community,” added Stephanie Campbell, The Kennedy Center’s MDAC Manager.  

About The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative

MDAC specializes in expressive arts and has a yoga/dance studio on site. Some of the activities offered include: visual arts and mixed media, painting, cartooning, photography, weaving, ceramics, music, movement, meditation, and yoga classes as well as outings to museums and art galleries. MDAC, located in  Downtown Bridgeport, is designed to provide an innovative environment where individuals with disabilities, can learn, create and benefit by participating in a multi-faceted arts program.

About Black Rock Galleries

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients.  

BRG's flagship showroom and auction hall is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  BRG - Greenwich is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut,.  BRG - Harmony Hall located at 15 Liberty Rock Road in Sloatsburg, New York.  Details for locations, hours, special events, and offerings may be found at blackrockgalleries.com.  Private appointments are available upon request.  All locations feature a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style. For more information, visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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BRG Ventures into NY with Support of Friends of Harmony Hall

BRG announces third location at Historic Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg, NY.

 

Bridgeport, Conn., April 19, 2016 – Just six months since opening their second location, Black Rock Galleries, New England's largest auction house and consignment showroom, is once again expanding its efforts.  This time, in New York, with the opening of their third location at Historic Harmony Hall in the Hudson Highlands' village of Sloatsburg.  Christie Spooner and Grant Panarese, managing partners of Black Rock Galleries (BRG), along with the Friends of Harmony Hall, announce the opening of BRG - Harmony Hall located at 15 Liberty Rock Road in Sloatsburg, New York.  BRG - Harmony Hall officially opens with its Inaugural Americana Multi-Estate Online Auction ending on Wednesday, May 4.  This inaugural online auction will begin to close at 7:30 p.m.   Auction previews will place Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Interested bidders may place their bids online at www.blackrockgaleries.com.  Additionally, BRG - Harmony Hall will offer consignors and customers in the greater Hudson Highlands New York area an unparalleled outlet for liquidating or consigning estates as well as purchasing fine art, estate jewelry, antiques, decorative items, furniture, and more in a conveniently located showroom.  

Spooner expresses enthusiasm about BRGs expansion and third showroom opening in April. "BRG - Harmony Hall is yet another exciting step in the overall amazing growth of BRG.  This newest showroom enables us to better serve the New York area by offering free appraisal and consignment days, specialty sales previews, and other events and services specifically geared toward the sophisticated New York markets," explains Spooner.  "Our loyal customers in the area have been waiting for a closer, more convenient location and with the support of the Friends of Harmony Hall, we believe this is the right time and a great location for BRG to expand our service area."

Historic Harmony Hall site was recently purchased by the Town of Ramapo in 2005 and is on the New York State and Federal Registers of Historic Places.  It has been under study and restoration since 2007.  Originally built in 1848 by inventor and entrepreneur, Jacob Sloat, this magnificent mansion has experienced many transitions from residence, to inn, and nursing home.  The site was closed in 2003 and has remained empty since.  In the midst of an exhaustive search for a location in New York, Kenneth Jay Linsner, ASA, SCV, ASG, president of the Friends of Harmony Hall, as well as a renowned appraiser and long time colleague of Spooner and Panarese, approached Black Rock Galleries with the idea of making the space at Harmony Hall useful again, while at the same time helping to finance the site's much needed restoration.

"We are grateful to the Town of Ramapo and the Friends of Harmony Hall for allowing BRG to utilize this historic building to help raise funds for the continued restoration of the structure and interiors," explains Linsner.  "The rest is, as they say, history!"

Black Rock Galleries - Harmony Hall will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for open appraisals and consignments; per advertised dates at www.blackrockgalleries.com.  Additional hours during BRG's monthly "Harmony Hall Week" for auctions, previews, and specialty sales events will be publicized through BRG's website. Visit www.blackrockgalleries.com for information about their current and upcoming sales, auctions, and events.

About Black Rock Galleries

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. 

BRG's flagship showroom and auction hall is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  BRG - Greenwich is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut, with easy access just over the New York border from I-95 (exit 2) and is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3p.m. for open appraisals and consignments, with additional hours and events as posted.  BRG - Harmony Hall located at 15 Liberty Rock Road in Sloatsburg, New York with easy access from NY Route 17 and the New York State Thruway via exit 15A and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

For all locations, hours for special events and offerings are available at blackrockgalleries.com.  Private appointments are available upon request.  All locations feature a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style. For more information, visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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BRG Offers the Beverly Lopez Collection

Weston, CT artist estate's never-before-offered, original works of art in sale and exhibition with a
portion of the proceeds benefiting the arts at the Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative

Beverly Lopez Collection at Black Rock Galleries

 

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., April 12, 2016 – African American family scenes depicted with vivid colors are rare finds and such pieces are only a part of the Beverly Lopez 

Collection which Black Rock Galleries (BRG) is offering at their Bridgeport showroom located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue beginning at an opening reception taking place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6.  The sale continues throughout the month of May, during normal business hours; Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A portion of the sales proceeds from the Beverly Lopez Collection will benefit the Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Cooperative in Bridgeport; providing individuals with intellectual disabilities an environment where they may participate in a multi-faceted arts program using mixed media, painting, music, and more.  The Beverly Lopez collection features an extensive variety of paintings, sketches, and sculptures spanning many genres including equine, religious, African American/Black, illustrations, and ethnic art.  Featured pieces will also be available for purchase through Black Rock Galleries' website after May 7 at www.blackrockgalleries.com.  

Since the fall of 2016 and under the guidance of managing partners Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, BRG's Margeaux Dupuy is curating the estate's collection of original works created by Lopez over the course of his life.  "In terms of artisans, Lopez was a true renaissance man as a self-taught artist who created amazing paintings, sculptures, sketches and more.  The breadth of this collection is amazing," explains Dupuy.  "I have to admit that my favorite pieces from the collection are the African American sibling paintings because they sort of remind me of my brothers and I; and the facial expressions truly seem to capture their affection for each other."

Other highlights of this collection include:

• "Mother and Son Time" (a soft, filtered portrait of an African American mother holding her son);
• African Portrait (a magnificent portrait sketch of an ethnic African woman);
• "Buffalo Soldiers" painting (rare illustrative painting of African-American soldiers of the west);
• "Magpie" (a miniature Native American sculpture),
• "Little Farmers Going Fishing" (a lighthearted illustration that embodies summertime fun);
• "Cavalier" (an impeccably detailed equine/horse sculpture);
• "Kitten Family Portrait" (incredibly detailed group of adorable kittens);
• "Woman Holding Up Her Hair" (a beautiful sketch featuring the back of a nude woman fixing her hair).

Lopez, an American artist whose original works are uncirculated, was only known for his exceptional artistic talent in sculpture, painting, and commercial art.  Lopez was commissioned as a commercial artist for many companies including Grinnel Lithographers, Singer Company, Scafa Tournabene, and the Danbury Mint; where his works were used for greeting cards, posters, and the like.  Because Lopez worked in a variety of genres, he signed many of his pieces under one of his numerous pseudonyms (it is believed there are as many as 30) including C. Downey, Barzoni, Marcell, Alan Grant, and Ken Miller, just to name a few.  

Lopez was born in 1922 into New York City’s illustrious Pinkney-Watt family and grew up fully immersed in his family's thoroughbred breeding business.  In fact, the Pinkney-Watt family was famous for breeding “Maid of Harlem” a horse that subsequently became a muse for world renowned equine painter, Henry Stull.  Lopez’s mother, Grace Farrington Watt Lopez, was an artist herself and the daughter of Archibald Watt, Harlem’s legendary real estate magnate.  His father was the renowned Preferred Havana Cigar manufacturer, Manuel Lopez.  In his youth, Lopez attended school until the eighth grade and eventually stopped in order to find work. 

As an impassioned young artist, Lopez studied under famous sculptors James Earl Fraser, Berthold Nebel, and muralist Barry Faulkner; all of whom were well-known for their monuments and mural works in the New York tri-state and Washington, D.C. areas.  Additionally, by 1938, Lopez worked commercially, creating children’s illustrations, religious portraits, animal illustrations, sculptures, and greeting cards.  He also produced many works of ethnic art including black, African, and African-American religious art.  Additionally, Lopez was an avid equine enthusiast resulting in a commission by E. Roland Harriman in 1952 to sculpt pieces for the Trotter Museum Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York, where his amazing equine sculptures are still on display.  In fact, Lopez spent his lifetime studying, painting, and sculpting magnificent horses.  With his amazing eye for the complexities of a horse’s body and personality, Lopez successfully captured the spirit of his subjects in his equine sculptures and paintings. Subsequently, Lopez received the Pinnacle Award from the museum for his lifelong devotion to horses.  

Primarily working for companies in New York and Connecticut, Lopez eventually settled in Weston, Connecticut where he developed lifelong friendships with local artists from Weston, Wilton, Westport, and Easton, until his death in 2014.  

Black Rock Galleries acquired the estate of Beverly Lopez in 2015 and is curating his original pieces into the Beverly Lopez Collection sale and exhibit.  All the pieces in this exhibition and sale are original pieces, some were reproduced commercially, while many others remained part of Lopez’s personal and private collection of sketches, paintings, and sculptures. 

About Black Rock Galleries

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. 

BRG's flagship showroom and auction hall is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. BRG - Greenwich is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue, with easy access just over the New York border from I-95 (exit 2) and is open every Wednesday from 10-3 for open appraisals.  Additional hours for special events and offerings are available through the website and by private appointment are available.  BRG is anticipating the opening BRG-Harmony Hall this spring, located in New York's Hudson Valley. All locations feature a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style. For additional information visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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 2015 

 

BRG Announces Second Location in Greenwich, CT

Expanding its wide range of fine art, estate jewelry, antiques & more to CT's Gold Coast.

 

Bridgeport, Conn., November 23, 2015 – Black Rock Galleries, New England's largest auction house and consignment showroom, is expanding its efforts this week and opening a second location in Greenwich, CT.  Christie Spooner and Grant Panarese, managing partners of Black Rock Galleries, announce the opening of Black Rock Galleries - Greenwich (BRG - Greenwich) located at 179 Hamilton Avenue and will officially open for business on Wednesday, December 2 with an open appraisal and consignment day. BRG - Greenwich offers consignors and customers in southwestern Fairfield County and the greater New York metropolitan area alike an additional outlet for consigning and purchasing fine art, estate jewelry, antiques, decorative items, furniture, and more in a conveniently located showroom.   

Managing partner, Christie Spooner, expressed enthusiasm about BRGs expansion and second showroom opening in December. "Black Rock Galleries - Greenwich is another exciting step in the overall amazing growth of BRG.  This additional showroom enables us to better serve the area by offering free appraisal and consignment days, specialty sales previews, and other events and services specifically geared toward the sophisticated Connecticut and New York markets.  Our loyal customers from New York and southwestern Connecticut have been pining for a closer location and this is the ideal time for BRG to expand our service area.  Of course, our 50,000 sq. ft. flagship showroom in Bridgeport will remain as fabulous as ever!"

Black Rock Galleries - Greenwich will be open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for open appraisals and consignments.  Additionally, during BRG's "Greenwich Week," the showroom will be open for auction previews and pick-ups beginning Tuesday, December 8 through Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Other auctions, previews, and specialty sales events will be publicized through BRG's website. Visit www.blackrockgalleries.com for information about their current and upcoming sales, auctions, and events.

About Black Rock Galleries

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. BRG's flagship showroom and auction hall is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The new Greenwich showroom is located at 179 Hamilton Avenue, with easy access just over the New York border from I-95 (exit 3) and is open every Wednesday from 10-3 for open appraisals, for special events and offerings, and by private appointment.  Both locations feature a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, making BRG the source for every taste, budget and style. Visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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From Harlem to Cuba & Back Again: BRG's Fall Estates Auction

A wide range of fine art, estate jewelry, antiques & more offered.

 

Bridgeport, Conn., October 27, 2015 – Harlem's rich historic past meets Cuban art and much more at Black Rock Galleries (BRG) during their Fall Estates Auction taking place on Sunday, November 8 at 1 p.m. E.T.  BRG is pleased to offer this fine collection of art, estate jewelry, antiques, and decorative arts to the highest bidders.  Many of the lots offered in this auction hail from Harlem's historic Watt-Pinkney family including the estate of Beverley Lopez, great nephew of Archibald Watt and renowned artist in his own right.  The Watt family farm and breeding stable was once the largest single property in Harlem and was one of the last to be developed.

Bidders may participate in the auction via LiveAuctioneers.com.  Auction previews will take place at BRG located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“With this caliber of never before offered pieces of art held in multi-generational private collections, including Henry Stull equestrian works and Esteban Chartrand paintings, we believe collectors and art enthusiasts will be very excited to bid on these really incredible examples of fine and rare works," explains Grant Panarese, one of BRG's managing partners.  "We anticipate a lot of interest in many of the lots being offered and expect to see some really intense bidding on some of these pieces!"

Auction highlights include:

•  Five magnificent Henry Stull (Canadian, 1851-1913) paintings commissioned by the Watt-Pinkney family who owned much of what is modern day Harlem.  The family bred renowned thoroughbred horses including "Maid of Harlem," one of the featured pieces in the offerings.

•  Three pristine Esteban Chartrand (Cuban/American, 1840-1884) oil on wood paintings depicting Cuban landscapes -- all hailing from the estate of artist and descendant of the Watt-Pinkney family, Beverley Lopez.

•  A detailed pen, ink, and dry brush sketch, "Dun Gone," by Edward Borein (American, 1873-1945) featuring a cowboy on a bucking horse

•  Two impressive Carl Kauba (Austrian, 1865-1992) cast native American bronze sculptures.

•  An amazing oil on canvas, measuring 32" by 39.5" attributable to Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982) entitled, "Barcelona Harbor" from a private collection of television producer, Pedro Font.

•  Stunning estate jewelry including a 3.93 carat diamond platinum-set engagement ring, a 2 carat marquis diamond ring, and a gold and diamond bracelet.

•  Two military commission documents:  A Pinkney appointment to First Lieutenant dated 1802, signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and countersigned by Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War and the other an appointment to Colonel for Ninian Pinkney dated 1821, signed by James Monroe as President along with a John Calhoun, Secretary of War countersignature

•  A George III mahogany bookcase owned by John D. Rockefeller, Sr. at his Water Street New York City building and was acquired by the Lopez family around 1911.

•  A pair of Carlyle Hotel conference chairs used by John F. Kennedy on September 24, 1961 during his meeting with disarmament advisors, Arthur Dean, John McCloy, and Secretary of State, Dean Ruck.

•  A rare silk and stump work with oil paint highlights of the Watt-Pinkney Mansion in Harlem circa late 1800s. The Watt-Pinkney family owned much of the land that makes up Harlem.

•  "One piece I'm really excited about is the "Barcelona Harbor," exclaims Panarese.  "Although this piece is unsigned, it's arguably attributable to Wifredo Lam based upon the known provenance and other information provided by the estate.  We anticipate a lot of interest in it and because it's a great piece to place your bet upon!"


About Black Rock Galleries
Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and its new name, Black Rock Galleries. With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. BRG is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, BRG offers something for every taste, budget and style. Visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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BRG Names Bridgeport Rescue Mission Beneficiary
 of 
1920s Private Preview Party & Mini Charity Auction

Selections from the production of Boardwalk Empire & other 
unique items offered in March 7 charity event.

 

Bridgeport, CT – March 2, 2015 – The 21st century is about to time-warp into the Prohibition Era on Saturday, March 7 at Black Rock Galleries (BRG) during its Boardwalk Empire Private Preview Party and Live Charity Auction benefiting Bridgeport Rescue Mission. BRG is hosting this auction preview party in conjunction with its larger online auction which concludes on March 11. With an expected party attendance of around 150 people, BRG’s invitation only event kicks-off at six p.m. and will take place on the third floor of BRG’s showroom located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT.

BRG's managing directors, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, wanted to give back to the community. So as the plans for a preview party developed over the last two of weeks, adding a charitable component seemed only natural. For BRG’s auction house, what better way is there to achieve this goal than by holding an auction? This charity auction contains an unique grouping of lots including select pieces from the Boardwalk Empire production, a Faberge whiskey decanter set, as well as several specialty services such as a four-hour restoration workshop with Panarese, and an in-home professional appraisal of up to 20 items provided by world-renowned appraiser, Kenneth Jay Linsner.

"Bridgeport is BRG's home and we want to do something meaningful for the community," explains Spooner. "In our quest to find a charity that directly impacts this area, Bridgeport Rescue Mission's name kept coming up so it was an easy choice for us. They provide an invaluable service to people who truly depend on them for survival."

In fact, for over 20 years, Bridgeport Rescue Mission embraced the urban poor and addicted in Fairfield County with the compassion of Christ, offering hope, healing and changing lives. The mission provides safe shelter for men and women, a guest house for women and children, food outreach, education, skills training and so much more.

“We are excited to have been selected as beneficiary in Black Rock Galleries' charity auction and look forward to attending the preview party on March 7th,” states Terry Wilcox, executive director of Bridgeport Rescue Mission. “We are grateful to Grant and Christie for their support of the programs and services we offer to men, women and children from the community who come to the Mission for food, emergency shelter and help in overcoming addiction.”

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and a new moniker, Black Rock Galleries (BRG). With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. BRG is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, BRG offers something for every taste, budget and style. Visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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Two Worlds Collide: Boardwalk Empire Meets BRG on Auction Block

Furniture, sets and props from production of Boardwalk Empire series are available to bidders until March 11.

Bridgeport, CT – February 19, 2015 – The television series production has ended but enthusiasts of television's Boardwalk Empire series have an unparalleled opportunity to own a piece of Nucky Thompson's world when Black Rock Galleries (BRG) offers items from the sets and production of the series in its online auction ending on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. eastern time at blackrockgalleries.com. Auction highlights include the chair and clock from Nucky's office, the Commodore’s alligator and notable signage from the boardwalk. The vast variety of lots hitting the auction block also include Prohibition Era styled liquor crates, carnival game props, decorative items, period garbage pails and even the birthday cake from Nucky's big birthday bash (without the showgirl popping-out of it, of course).

"When the Boardwalk Empire production team approached us, we were astounded at the sheer quantity of items available. It has taken us months to inventory, photograph and prepare these items for our online auction, all while our customers have been anxiously awaiting the date," explains Grant Panarese, managing director and co-owner of BRG. "We're offering this collection through our new online auction platform at blackrockgalleries.com."

In fact, BRG believes the auction's timing is perfect. Between the quantity of items featured and BRG's new online auction, bidding could not be easier for the show's fan base. Bidders simply need to register at blackrockgalleries.com and place their bid(s). Bidders worldwide can have their chance to own a piece of the empire. The auction ends at 7 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, March 11. However, to ensure that all bidders have a fair chance on any given lot, last minute bids will postpone the closing time for any respective lot by five minutes.

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, integrity and the belief that fine antiques and home decor shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly grew into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services and expert appraisals. By 2012, growth pushed them to a new facility with over 50,000 square feet of showroom space and a new moniker, Black Rock Galleries (BRG). With BRG's new online auction and shopping platform, the business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the support of their clients. BRG is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featuring a fresh and changing inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art and more, BRG offers something for every taste, budget and style. Visit blackrockgalleries.com or call (203) 335-0000.

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 2014 

 

First Edition Audubon Books and Impressive American Highlight BRG's Important Spring Antique Auction

 

Bridgeport, CT: June 8, 2014, Black Rock Galleries will hold its Important Spring Antique Auction featuring American antiques, books and art from the Thomas Mellon Evans estate, an impressive collection of antique Spanish glass from a the G. Maria Jarreau-Heller estate along with an eclectic mix of rare finds and unique pieces that have been privately held for decades.

"We are thrilled to bring such a wonderful collection of items to the auction block. It isn't too often multiple estates of this caliber come along with 'fresh to the market' pieces in this quantity" says Grant Panarese, co-owner of Black Rock Galleries. "As with all the estates we represent, our thoroughness resulted in many surprising finds that we are pleased to offer in this auction".

Books

Highlighting the selection of books in this auction are a first edition of John James Audubon's "Birds of America". The seven volume set was found in the Billy Baldwin Room of the Evan's River House residence nestled amongst other leather bound decorative books of no commercial value.

Furniture

American antique furniture is well represented with a pair of walnut, Queen Anne style Philadelphia chairs, circa 1750 that were found in the basement storage of the River House. An 18th century piecrust tilt top tea table in the Philadelphia style, a Massachusetts mahogany tea table, circa 1760 and a Massachusetts Chippendale candle stand with star inlay, circa 1760 - 1780 are also featured.

A unique American Moorish silvered brass side table, circa 1880 - 1900 has completely puzzled our owners. "The quality of the table is somewhere between Bradley & Hubbard and Caldwell" explains Grant. "We'll leave it up to the bidders".

Glass

The glass featured in this sale is a large group of Spanish glass dating from the 16th through 18th centuries. This collection has been in the Jarreau family for four generations and will be offered in a series of upcoming auctions.

Fine Art

In our recent communication with the Renoir Catalogue Committee at the Wildenstein Institute, we learned they were unable to confirm or deny the authenticity of the "Nature Morte d'Anemones" we have featured in this auction from the Evans estate. "When taking into account the quality and provenance of all the works bought and sold by Mr. Evans, it's a good piece to roll the dice on" says Grant.

Decorative Arts

The decorative arts in this sale feature two Andreas von Zadora sculptures, a three piece assemblage of 19th century carved wood, polychrome and gilt decorated Holy Family Santos figures and an American copper-clad gamecock weathervane, circa 1880 - 1900 that was found tucked in the attic of the Evans' Connecticut residence.

Please call the gallery at (203) 335-0000 or visit the website blackrockgalleries.com for additional information and photos.

With 20 years of experience in the industry and a newly expanded 50,000 square foot auction hall and showroom, Black Rock Galleries is New England's preeminent estate services company. Offering a menu of services including appraisals, auctions and consignment showroom, Black Rock Galleries offers complete solutions for the valuation and disposition of personal property assets with personalized service. Black Rock Galleries is based in Connecticut, one hour north of New York City and is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Auction Information

•  Important Spring Antique Auction: Sunday, June 8 at 12 p.m.

•  Previews: Thursday, June 5 through Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. the day of the sale. For appointments please call the gallery.

•  Black Rock Galleries is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. It is easily accessible from I-95, exit 25.

•  Telephone and absentee bids are accepted through Saturday, June 7 at 5 p.m.

•  Online bidding is available through liveauctioneers.com and invaluable.com. Please register prior to the day of the auction to assure approval.

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Decorator's Dream Auction: 
For Veteran Designers and Decorators As Well As Amateurs

 

Bridgeport, CT – March 5, 2014 – It isn't very often that two well-appointed estates come under one roof, but that is exactly what is happening at Black Rock Galleries' auction house located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, March 16, 2014 beginning at 12 noon.  Black Rock Galleries (BRG) is offering 400 lots of barely-used contents from two New Canaan and Greenwich estates in this Decorators' Dream Auction with an estimated retail value of over $1.25 million.

The over 12,000 square foot New Canaan estate features an eclectic collection of furniture, art, and decorative items gathered from worldwide travels.  Likewise, the over 8,000 square foot Greenwich estate features a whole host of classic, "old world" decorative pieces that include English, Continental, and traditional furnishings, beautiful area rugs, art, and collectibles.
"This is our first auction for 2014.  The substantial estates being offered filled two 50-foot tractor trailers," states, Grant Panarese, co-owner of BRG.  "We have really nice decorative and collector pieces that will enhance anyone's personal or professional collection; while fitting all budgets and styles.  You don't want to miss this!"

The Decorator's Dream Auction catalog will be available online at BRG's website -- www.blackrockgalleries.com -- beginning Saturday, March 8 and the auction preview will be held from Friday, March 14 through the morning of the auction.  Bidders need to pre-register before the auction and may participate live, by phone, internet, or via absentee bids. 

With almost 20 years’ experience in the industry and an amazing, newly expanded 53,000 sq. ft. gallery showroom, Black Rock Galleries is the area’s preeminent source for antiques, fine art, home furnishings and decor, estate jewelry, silver and unique accessories.  Co-owners Christie Spooner and Grant Panarese base their business on the belief that your home is your sanctuary; the design journey should be affordable and fun.  BRG specializes in the auction, appraisal and resale (through estate sales and consignment) of these fine items.  Black Rock Galleries is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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 2013 

Local Estates Head to the Auction Block

Everyone is welcome to attend this unique and fun event!

 

Small sampling of over 1300 lots in November 10 auctionBridgeport, CT – October 28, 2013 – Passing through the front door to the design center shop, visitors to Black Rock Galleries (BRG) catch a glimpse of the treasures being held for BRG’s November 10th Fall Estates Auction.  With over 1,300 lots, this auction promises to have something for everyone.  Gallery owners, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner have spent the last few months acquiring multiple choice estates from the area and have packed the seemingly endless truckloads into the auction hall to sort, catalog, photograph and stage.  

“Everyone who passes through is curious and excited about the abundance of inventory we have set aside for this auction.  Our customers get a little sneak peek of what’s behind the velvet rope as we work away.  The excitement just builds.” says Panarese with a smile.

John Harrison Levee "September 11" Oil on CanvasThe auction boasts many valuable pieces of art (some never before offered) from Claude Pissarro, Frederick Judd Waugh, Howard C. Christy, John Harrison Levee, Mikhail Larionov, and local Westport artist, Bernard Burroughs; a lifetime collection of 18th and 19th century clocks; authenticated Babe Ruth and Andrew Mellon autographs and an expansive single owner collection of wine accessories.  The antiques, furniture and decoration range from the 17th century to mid-20th century hailing from every corner of the globe.  There is a tremendous amount of sterling silver.  In fact over 150 lots will be offered including a George III epergne, Georg Jensen “Blossom” flatware and a 100 piece Grann & Laglyle “Cardinal” service.  There is a substantial amount of Chinese art, furniture and décor; custom furniture from a prominent Greenwich estate and even a meticulously maintained classic 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.  

1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

All these wonderful items will hit the auction block on Sunday, November 10th in two sessions.  Session I begins at 9:00 a.m. and will feature items under $200 with no reserves.  Session II will begin at 12 p.m. and will feature the bulk of the estates that Black Rock Galleries brought in.  Previews begin on Thursday, November 7th through Friday, November 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Auction catalogs will be available on BRG’s website (www.blackrockgalleries.com) and in the showroom one week prior to 
the auction.

Anyone who asks Panarese will hear him say that auctions are a wonderful venue for finding great one of a kind pieces.  Bidders can get great deals as compared to purchasing them through traditional retail channels.  

“You don’t need past experience to participate in BRG auctions.  We do our best to make them fun and easy for everyone, 
whether they are a newbie or a veteran”, states Christie Spooner. “In addition to live bidding, which is of course the 
most fun, we offer absentee, online and telephone bidding.  This allows everyone to get in on the action!”

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty and fun!  What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly bloomed into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction house, estate sale services and expert appraisals.  By 2012 business growth pushed them to a new facility with over 25,000 square feet of showroom space and a new moniker, Black Rock Galleries.  The business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the wonderful support of their clients.  Black Rock Galleries is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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HGTV’s I Brake for Yard Sales Brakes at Black Rock Galleries


Scenes for New Episode Shot at BRG

 

Bridgeport, CT – October 9, 2013 – Lara Spencer, TV celebrity and host of HGTV’s I Brake for Yard Sales and Flea Market Flip is no stranger to Black Rock Galleries (BRG).  When you combine Lara’s passion for finding one of a kind furniture pieces with BRG’s affordable selection of antiques, vintage and home décor the result is just about perfect.  Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, owners of BRG, strive to make furnishing your home affordable and fun.  It was the perfect place for Lara to find beautiful pieces for her challenging room makeovers.

“Lara has been a long time customer of ours and so it was our pleasure to let her film segments for her new show, I Brake for Yard Sales at BRG,” explains Grant.  “Although the taping took place several months ago, we didn’t know when the segment would air on TV.”  Well, that all changed this past Friday morning, when Lara tweeted to BRG that the episode would air that evening.

“We are delighted and honored that one of our favorite TV decorating personalities enjoys our gallery shop so much that she wanted to tape segments of her show here,” explains co-owner, Christie.  “BRG has a wide variety of styles to fit every budget so it was a natural fit for Lara and I Brake for Yard Sales.”   Check your program guide for additional episodes of HGTV’s I Brake for Yard Sales featuring Black Rock Galleries and Lara’s amazing room makeovers this fall.

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction, and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, and integrity.  What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly bloomed into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction house, estate sale services, and expert appraisals.  By 2012, business growth pushed them to a new facility with over 23,000 square feet of showroom space and a new moniker, Black Rock Galleries.  The business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the wonderful support of their clients.  Black Rock Galleries is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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What Is Your ‘Cash in the Attic’ Worth?


Free Appraisal Day & Exclusive Multi-Estate Super Sale

 

Kenneth Linsner and Grant Panarese evaluate and appraise a bronze sculpture

Bridgeport, CT – August 30, 2013 – Perhaps it’s that painting in your foyer that was passed down from your grandmother, a unique trinket in the trunk in your basement, or even a funky vintage chair sitting in your kitchen.  Do you have a ‘hidden-in-plain-sight’ treasure or ‘cash in your attic‘ that you’re in the dark about?  If so, Black Rock Galleries can illuminate you with information about your treasures at its Free Appraisal Day and Exclusive Multi-Estate Super Sale.  This double event takes place on Saturday, September 14 at Black Rock Galleries’ easy-to-navigate, one-stop 23,000+ square foot showroom located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock.  Featuring a fresh inventory of quality furnishings, antiques, fine art, and more, there is something for every taste, budget, and style.  Appraisals run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the multi-estate sale runs until 5 p.m.  Guests are welcome to bring their antiques, art, jewelry, silver, coins, collectibles, and unusual finds for valuation.  Items will be evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

With almost 20 years of industry experience, Black Rock Galleries co-owner, Grant Panarese, along with well-renowned appraiser and conservator, Kenneth Linsner, ASA, AOA, will be available for a day of illumination, honest valuation, and discovery.  Linsner is the director of ASG (Art Services Group), past president of the American Society of Appraisers, and has over 40 years of appraisal experience across the globe.

Black Rock Galleries’ founders, Grant Panarese and Christie Spooner, set out on their own, after almost 20 years in the antiques, auction, and consignment arena, to create a one-stop enterprise based upon knowledge, honesty, and integrity.  What began in 2010 as Bridgeport Salvage Company in the Mill Hill section of Bridgeport quickly bloomed into a unique business offering a consignment shop, full auction and estate sale services, and expert appraisals.  By 2012, business growth pushed them to a new facility with over 23,000 square feet of showroom space and a new moniker, Black Rock Galleries.  The business continues to grow exponentially under the guidance of its founders and the wonderful support of their clients.  Black Rock Galleries is located at 1720 Fairfield Avenue, with easy access from I-95 (exit 25) and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. 
until 5 p.m.

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