Founded in 2001, with a newly forged team of specialists having a combined 100 years of experience, we quickly established ourselves in handling everything from a single item to an entire estate, with sophistication, integrity and a rare personal attention. In our first seven years of business we sold over 20,000 lots of antiques and fine art totaling $50 million. We moved into our permanent home in 2005, and since 2008 have grown at a steady rate of 10-20% per year. Echoing this success, 97% of what we sell finds a buyer the first time offered at auction.

DSC02122stair5x6_300A wide range of auctions are held throughout the year. Among these are world-renowned private collections, English, Continental and American Fine and Decorative Arts Sales, 20th Century Fine Art Sales, as well as Asian and Ethnographic Sales. There are approximately seven Fine Sales yearly. In addition, we hold ten to twelve Exposition Sales.

The sales are vigorously promoted through email notifications which link to our online catalogues, extended exhibitions at the gallery, and print ads in local, national and international publications and trade publications throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.

Over the years Stair Galleries has had numerous single owner sales from the Wellington Collection of Native American Indian Artifacts to Contemporary and Modern Art including several sales from the Jan Cowles Collection. Some of the estates, collections and institutions we have proudly sold over the last ten years:

  • Estate of John P. Morgan III
  • The Estate of Tony Randall
  • Estate of Louis Auchincloss
  • Estate of the late actor, Anthony Quinn
  • The Estate of Kitty Mellon, Stonington, CT
  • Estate of Dominick Dunne
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Brooklyn Museum
  • The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • New York Public Library
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science
  • Shaker Museum and Library, Old Chatham, NY
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Collection from Mrs. Gordon Getty, San Francisco
  • Florham, The Collection of Mrs. Florence Vanderbilt Twombly
  • The Wanamaker-deHeeren Family
  • The Collection of Mrs. Milton Petrie, Southampton
  • The Crane Family, Dalton, MA
  • The Collection of Frederick W. Hughes, Manhattan
  • The Collection of Bronson Pinchot
  • The Collection of Michael Douglas, New York
  • The Collection of Chippy Irvine, Patterson, NY