Stair sells interesting things from interesting people with a quirky, sophisticated twist.
Fine Traditional sales feature fine art, furniture and decorative arts from antiquity through the 19th century and can include Asian and ethnographic material as well as jewelry, silver and porcelain. Works included in these sales are of high-quality and often come from an esteemed collection with strong provenance.
20th Century, Modern and Contemporary Fine Art
20th Century, Modern and Contemporary fine art sales include paintings, works on paper and sculpture by American, European and Asian artists. These sales also include artist’s books and objets.
Art & Design
The Art & Design sales feature furniture, fine art and design objects in a mix of styles, colors and materials organized into curated groupings. We hope these room vignettes provide inspiration for a quick makeover or a future decorating project.
Single Owner sales offer a glimpse into the world of a collector and provide an opportunity to own an interesting thing from an interesting person. We have sold many single owner collections from prominent families, museums and corporations. Stair has had great success with Single Owner sales, some of the more notable ones being:
The Collection of Keith & Patti Richards
Property From Cornelia Guest, Formerly The Collection of Winston & C.Z. Guest, Templeton
Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, Jr.
Property From The Estate Of Helen Frankenthaler
Our jewelry sales are as interesting and diverse as our clients. They range from familiar names like Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura; unique pieces from Marguerite Stix; to ethnographic jewelry with ancient elements, such as the numerous lots we sold from the Collection of Patti Cadby Birch. These sales are widely attended by both private collectors and international dealers.
These sales consist of Americana, decorative, folk and fine art, telling the story of American life and culture from the 18th century to the present and the important connections with our English and European roots.
Exposition sales, also known as ‘Friday Night Sales at Stair’, feature furniture, fine art and decorations at more modest price points. These sales are perfect for furnishing a new home or as a first foray into the auction world. Exposition sales have a casual and fun vibe on Friday evening with locally sourced libations and nibbles. Almost all lots are sold without reserve.
Online Only sales often focus on a theme. In the past we have sold photographs, works on paper, golf-related art and collectibles, silver, and single owner collections. Online bidding is another fun way for you to get in on the action, from your desktop or the comfort of your own home.