Sunday, May 20, 2001
at 10:00 a.m.
at the
Cabin John VFW Hall

Potomac, MD

Friday, May, 18, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 - 4:00 PM

Lot 454

Spring will be an exciting time at Hantman’s when the Elizabeth Gordon Norcross estate passes under the auctioneer’s gavel. Ms. Norcross was an influential editor at House Beautiful for more than 20 years, a post which she took over in 1939. It was after the publication of her views on the International Style (“The Threat to the Next America”) that she caught the attention of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thereafter, he became her mentor and friend and she devoted two issues to Wright keeping the architect in the public eye.

In the sale is a large eight-panel cabinet, polychrome decorated with a jungle motif, that matches the bed Wright designed for she and her husband. A companion 1950’s Edward Fields rug from the same room is also in the sale. Another lot of interest is a three-piece contemporary cabinet suite stamped with the Frank Lloyd Wright monogram. Also, a picnic basket she and Frank Lloyd used together in Central Park over the years will also be sold.

Elizabeth Gordon Norcross with Frank Lloyd Wright

Other property in this estate reflects Norcross’ interest in understated resonance and serenity in design—shibui, evident in the decorations in her own home. Soft contemporary decorations were throughout her home and included Japanese and Chinese ceramics, textiles, baskets, and metal; Mexican antiquities, and textiles.

In addition to the Norcross estate, this auction will feature property from other Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland estates and collectors. Highlights include two beautiful early 19th century convex mirrors. One with an ebonized eagle crest, labeled Thoman Fentham; the other has an unusual carved giltwood entwined snake crest.

Bidders at the May 20th auction will find more than 700 lots of 18th-20th century American, European and Oriental furniture, fine art and decorations. Collections include American and European silver, Persian rugs, a large collection English Staffordshire and pottery, needleworks, two KPM plaques, a large group of jewelry, a large collection of 18th-19th century boxes and miniature cabinets, lap desks, etc., garden ornaments, and a large collection of War posters (World War I and World War II).

Lot 167

Frank Lloyd Wright Mahogany Cabinet.
Stamped. H: 34"; W: 61"; D: 20".

Pair matching small cabinets.

Prov.: Elizabeth Norcross, Former House Beautiful editor
and friend of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lots 62-141
Group Tiffany Silver

Lots 474-488

Lot 397

Lot 487

Lot 250
Lot 249

Lot 687
Howard Chandler Christy Poster
Part Large Collection War Posters.

Lot 399

Lot 444

Lot 251

Lots 62-141
Part Collection American and European Silver and Silver Plate.
18th-20th century.

Lot 433A
Three-Piece Louis XVI Style Giltwood Aubusson Upholstered Salon Suite.
19th century. Pair armchairs, canapé.

Lots 558-584
Part Large Collection English Staffordshire.
19th century.

Lots 1-61
Part Collection Jewelry

Lot 206

Lot 201

Lots 241-243

Lot 252

Lot 315

Lot 315A

Lot 337

Lot 338

Lot 402

Lot 404

Lot 405

Lot 450A

Lot 457

Lot 747

Lots 211 - 239

Lots 551-557

View our Fully Illustrated Catalogue for the May 20th Estates Auction