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The Fine Sale

Twice a year, Stair endeavors to bring together the finest group of paintings, furniture and objets d’art, culled over many months and offered in a two or three day sale.  Our April Fine Sale continues the tradition. Highlights include the near final tranche of works from the Collection of William Kelly Simpson, an eminent Egyptologist and visionary collector, including European and English ceramics, fine art and a selection of Asian works of art. Many of the great works in Simpson’s collection were acquired by descent from the Estates of Abby Aldrich and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

The world of ceramics is represented in a selection of fine porcelain from the extensive collection of Melinda and Paul Sullivan, Hartford, CT. The Sullivans lived at Eyrie Knoll, an imposing Georgian-style home, and are world renowned collectors of Du Paquier. Their book ‘Fired by Passion: Masterpieces of Du Paquier Porcelain from the Sullivan Collection’ is one of the seminal works on the subject.

Furniture highlights include Property from the Repository of a Distinguished Businessman, a collection we will be offering over the next six months, which includes many fine examples of 18th century English furniture.

In the area of fine art, we will be offering European and American painting and works on paper from the 17th through 19th centuries, including a fine selection of equestrian paintings and distinguished portraits, including a rare Henry Ary view of the Catskills.

Saturday, April 27                                   Lots   1 – 464

Sunday, April 28                                      Lots     465 – 767


All bidding for this sale must be arranged prior to noon on Friday, April 26.
We accept phone bids, absentee bids and live online bidding for this sale.

To register for bidding by phone or absentee click here.
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For inquiries regarding the items in this sale please contact us at 518.751.1000 or

Time & Location

Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28, 11am

Catalogue Online

Friday, April 12

Gallery Preview

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 28

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am-5pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Easter Sunday, April 21 – Closed

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