Everard Auctions & Appraisals has been around since 2003 but remains one of Savannah’s hidden gems.
From its home in a nondescript building on Waters Avenue, Everard holds large online auctions several times a year through the site iGavel.
All the bidding is of course online, but local dealers and collectors have chances to preview the auction items, which typically include furniture, furnishings, artwork, jewelry, ceramics, glassware and a wide variety of other collectibles. In the past, Everard’s opening receptions have attracted an eclectic mix of folks, but for now potential bidders need to set up appointments for in-person preview.
Everard recently launched two auctions.
The Collection of Lady Grundy Including Jewelry and Various Owners has 525 lots and continues through June 24.
Signature pieces include Carl Robert Kummer’s 1859 oil painting “Sunset Landscape” (opening bid $12,000), Frederick MacMonnies’ 1894 bronze “Bacchante and Infant Faun” (opening bid $4,000) and Rudolf Bonnet’s 1953 pastel “Balinese Chieftain” (starting bid $4,800).
But those three pieces certainly don’t convey the breadth of the items in the auction or the drama of Lady Grundy’s life.
Now in her late 90s and living in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Lady Grundy was born in England and in 1945 moved to Singapore, which launched a life of extensive travel detailed on the Everard website.
Everard’s Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary Art and Design auction has 150 lots and continues through June 30.
The auction includes a limited edition Wendell Castle fiberglass stool (starting bid $6,000) and Hans Wegner papa bear chair (starting bid $3,000).
I have focused in this column on some of the more expensive pieces, but the auctions at Everard always include many items with much lower starting bids. I have been thrilled with multiple purchases from Everard over the years, including prints of artwork by Kathe Kollwitz and Muhammad Ali.
Everard Auctions & Appraisals is accepting preview appointments for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific times on those days or to request time for other days, call 912-231-1376 or email email@example.com.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com).