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Thanks to John Hays, deputy chairman at Christie’s, for showing a group of Prese…

Thanks to John Hays, deputy chairman at Christie’s, for showing a group of Preservation Society supporters around the Ralph E. Carpenter Jr. collection of furniture and decorative objects that will be up for auction tomorrow morning in New York City.

Ralph Carpenter was a superb collector and assisted the Preservation Society in many ways: creating a temporary exhibition at Hunter House in the early 1950s; gifting to the society several very important objects that are on display at Hunter House; helping start the Newport Symposium; and taking groups of collectors on international trips under the banner head of the Philosophes.

Because Hays is one of the nation’s leading experts on American furniture and was a close friend to Carpenter, he was the perfect person to lead the preview tour at Christie’s auction house on Wednesday. We expect the auction, which will come at the conclusion of New York’s Americana Week, will be a great success.



Source: Preservation Society of Newport County

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