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April 2020

Stair was thrilled to offer over 1,000 lots over four days from the Collection of Mario Buatta, interior design icon and legendary collector.

Mario Buatta mantle, dog painting and porcelain vases

February 2020

Scandinavian art and design opened the sales season with modern and contemporary works by iconic Nordic artists and designers, and a specialized sale of Viennese design.

orange leather and wood settee, lamp, ottoman and painting

December 2019

In 2019 we had the honor of selling works from outstanding collections including the Collection of Mrs. John Gutfreund, Murray House, Villanova, PA, Indian Art from the Estate of David Swope, the Collection of Elaine G. Weitzen, the Collection of John B. Elliott, Furnishings and Objects from the Collection of Michael S. Smith, the Starr Collection, and the Collection of William Kelly Simpson.

Susan Gutfreund interior

July 2019

Stair offered a series of niche-market sales including Art & Design, The Porcelain Sale, Animation Art, Joseph Beuys: Prints & Multiples, and Maine on Paper.

Three red chairs, three paintings, table and metal sculpture

February 2018

An Agnes Pelton painting, Fires in Space, sells for $230,000, a record-setting price for a work by Agnes Pelton (American, 1881-1961), and approximately 10 times the previous record for the artist.

Agnes Pelton painting, Fires in Space

June 2017

Stair had the honor of selling The Collection of Keith Richards and Patti Hansen, with property from the Manhattan apartment of the legendary Rolling Stones’ guitarist and his stunning model wife.

Keith Richards and Patti Hansen

June 2017

Stair was pleased to offer property from the Camilla and Earl McGrath Collection, an eclectic mix of modern and contemporary art, ethnographic and antique objects, and music-related ephemera and books, representing their creative legacy.

Camille and Earl McGrath Collection. Hands.

April 2017

Stair was pleased to sell property from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., avid collectors of both the fine and decorative arts, with a honed aesthetic and a love for all things beautiful.

Works on paper, butterfly and flowers

May 2016

Stair sold another Fabergé treasure, Lot 555, The C.K.G. Billings “Loving Cup.” This rare and unique Fabergé kovsh cup, was presented on behalf of Tsar Nicholas II to C.K.G. Billings in Moscow, following the triumphant performance of Billings’ horse. It sold for $320,000.

Fabergé treasure, Lot 555, The C.K.G. Billings “Loving Cup.” This rare and unique Fabergé kovsh cup

November 2015

Stair was pleased to sell property from Cornelia Guest, Templeton

Cornelia Guest and dogs

June 2015

Stair offered property from the Estate of Helen Frankenthaler, comprising jewelry, fashion, furniture and objects.

Two wooden stools

September 2014

Stair presented Classicism to Contemporary: The Collection of Ashton Hawkins and Johnnie Moore, a selection of art, objects and furniture from their homes in New York City and Athens, New York. This collection, amassed over 50 years, included 18th and 19th century Russian silver, paintings and bronzes, Victorian and modern furniture and contemporary works of art and photography.

The Collection of Ashton Hawkins and Johnnie Moore. oil painting

May 17, 2014

Confluence: The Collection of Tom Noonan was presented by Stair. Tom is a collector known worldwide for his visionary taste, and also our neighbor, one of the original antique dealers here on Warren Street in Hudson.

various decorative items on shelf unit

October 26, 2013

Stair set a world record with a rare Fabergé Imperial figure, Lot 125, which sold for $5,980,000, against a pre-sale auction estimate of $500,000 to $800,000. The last hardstone figure sold for $1.8 million in 2005, at Sotheby’s, New York.

Fabergé Imperial figure, Lot 125, which sold for $5,980,000

January 15, 2011

Stair had a record-breaking sale, which nearly topped $1 million for Asian, Middle Eastern and Ethnographic items. A Greek carved marble bust of Hercules, from the Collection of Robertson and Mary Paige Alford in Norfolk, CT, sold for $74,750.

A Greek carved marble bust of Hercules

November 20, 2010

Stair sold property from the Estate of Dominick Dunne, the American writer and investigative journalist, from his New York City penthouse as well as his country home in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

2 wooden chairs with monogram

October 8, 2010

Stair set a record for a Middle Eastern carved plaque, which sold for $230,000.

Middle Eastern carved plaque

March 28, 2009

Attributed to Constantin: Korovin Paris at Night, Oil on Canvas, 1901 sold for $350,000.

Attributed to Constantin: Korovin Paris at Night, Oil on Canvas

June 2008

We sold over $3 million in property within one month in our Salander-O’Reilly bankruptcy auction and our Antiquities and Modern Art sales.

Metal screen owned by Salander-O’Reilly

December 1, 2007

Stair sold Search for the Right Address, an oil on canvas by Mark Tansey (b. 1949) for $247,250.

Search for the Right Address, an oil on canvas by Mark Tansey

April 2006

Colin Stair returned to the auction podium. At our first sale of only American and European paintings, featuring the Thomas Van Loan Collection, which sold over $1.7 million in fine art, we set records for the artist William Mason Brown (1828-1898), with his White Mountain View, oil on board, selling for $43,700, and for Frank Anderson (1844-1891), selling his oil painting of the Hudson Highlands for $212,750.

Oil painting, water, mountain and skies

September, 2005

With business rapidly growing, Stair Galleries relocated to a 25,000 square foot building on Warren Street in Hudson, NY and our first sale was held there.  We sold $1 million worth of English and Continental furniture, paintings and decoration. Diana and a Satyr, a European School oil painting, sold for $86,250.

store front of Stair Galleries in Hudson, NY

May 25, 2002

Stair Galleries set a world record for the artist Paul Seifert (1840-1921) selling his watercolor depiction of a Wisconsin farmhouse for $66,700.

Paul Seifert's watercolor depiction of a Wisconsin farmhouse

October 20, 2001

The first auction was held at a rented premises in Hudson, with 481 lots, totaling $235,538. Below is Rebecca Hoffmann taking bids, with Rupert Fennell, also an auctioneer, helping out as a bid spotter. Within the first year and a half, the sales totaled $3 million.

Rebecca Hoffmann on auction podium

June 2001

Colin opened Stair Galleries, an auction house specializing in fine art and antiques, working side by side with Rebecca Hoffmann, a Fine Arts Specialist and very gifted auctioneer.

Colin Stair on phone

2001

Sotheby’s closed their restoration division. Colin purchased the facility and created his own company, Stair Restoration, a firm that continued the highest standards of excellence established by its predecessor.

Stair Restoration, red building, shrubs

1995

John Stair retired, and Colin took over Sotheby’s Restoration as Managing Director and Vice President.

human arm, paint brush, wooden dresser

Mid 1980s

John Stair moved most of the operations of Sotheby’s Restoration from Manhattan to Claverack, NY. Under John’s supervision, the department achieved a national reputation for excellence in historical restoration. Meanwhile, John’s son, Colin, had been working under John at Sotheby’s Restoration. Colin also spent time cataloguing furniture at Sotheby’s in England.

man carving wood, tools

1985

Alastair A. Stair sold Stair & Company to David Murdoch, a Los Angeles financier. Alastair then joined Sotheby’s New York where he served as a well-respected consultant.

2 chairs, table, mirror and candles

1980

John Stair opened his own gallery with Ward Landrigan, a former Sotheby’s colleague who currently owns the iconic jeweler, Verdura. John then reunited with Sotheby’s to launch the company’s restoration division.

John Stair, hands folded

1964

Sotheby’s purchased Parke-Bernet. John Stair, working with Louis and John Marion, spearheaded the effort to make Sotheby’s an international presence. In the process, they created the largest fine art auction house in the United States.

John Stair at microphone, pointing finger

1954

Alastair A. Stair founded the Winter Antiques Show in Manhattan, a benefit for East Side House Settlement. He also founded the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America.

headshot of Alastair A. Stair

1936

Mr. Andrew retired and Alastair bought the business, renaming the firm “Stair & Company.” He relocated the company to a beautifully restored townhouse at 59 East 57th Street.

The building where Stair & Company was housed NYC

1935

Alastair A. Stair transferred to the New York branch to work with Mr. Andrew. Old advertisement for Stair & Andrew

1931

Alastair Arthur Stair, Colin’s grandfather, joined Stair & Andrew, Ltd. in London.

Headshot of Alastair Arthur Stair

1926–1934

Arthur C. Stair resided at The Yellow House, Bayswater, London, which also served as an extension to Stair & Andrew showrooms.

The Yellow House in London

1912

Stair & Andrew became the first London antiques firm to open branch offices overseas. A gallery was opened in Manhattan, which included a decorating department that sold architectural woodwork from historical English interiors. Additional galleries were opened in Palm Beach and Williamsburg, VA. The firm also maintained a fully staffed restoration company, Oxford Restoration.

Stair and Andrew in London, England (Building)

1911

Colin’s great-grandfather, Arthur C. Stair and his partner, Valentine S. Andrew, established their antiques business, Stair & Andrew, Ltd., a firm specializing in fine antique English furniture.

Headshot of Arthur C. Stair

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