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Red Baron’s Private Reserve’s Premiere Auction to Feature Six Outstanding Pianos

by WorthPoint Staff (09/19/12).

This Steinway French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satin, sycamore and fruitwood piano (circa 1913), is one of six pianos that will lead the Red Baron’s Private Reserve inaugural sale on Saturday, Sept. 29.

ATLANTA – Red Baron’s Private Reserve—the new incarnation of the venerable auction firm formerly known as Red Baron Antiques—will hold an inaugural sale on Saturday, Sept. 29, in its new gallery facility at 8655 Roswell Road, five miles north of its previous Atlanta location. The event will feature six rare and outstanding pianos that are no longer in production.

“We are excited to be kicking off the fall season at our brand new facility with an auction packed with some of the highest quality antiques and décor items available anywhere,” said Bob Brown, Red Baron’s owner throughout its long and storied history. “Everything you’ve seen at Red Baron’s has been condensed into our new and improved location. I urge everyone to attend.”

Aside from the pianos, the auction will also feature a never-used copy of a late 1800s-style brewery, vintage and collectible automobiles, fantastic bars, statuary and fountains (staples at most Red Baron’s auctions), boats, estate jewelry, fine art, vintage guns, furniture, neons, garden accents, rare and unusual oddities and an overall inventory that can’t be found elsewhere.

The six pianos are expected to take center stage (as they no doubt have countless times in the past). One is the ultimate piano: a sleek, black Steinway Model D-455 nine-foot grand piano. It has graced the concert stage of virtually every performance venue in America, and boasts the largest dynamic range of any piano made, from whispering pianissimo to thundering fortissimo.

Another Steinway grand piano certain to garner attention is an important French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satin, sycamore and stained fruitwood marquetry piano, made circa 1913. Previously auctioned through Christie’s, the piano features a case made by Maison Jansen (Paris) from a model by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener. Movement is Steinway & Sons (serial #162332).

A sleek, black Steinway Model D-455 nine-foot grand piano is another of the six pianos that will find new homes on Sept. 29.

The other four pianos include a gold-mounted Bechstein grand piano with satinwood inlay and ormolu, circa 1883; a Samick white baby grand piano, Model SG-172; a Chickering ebonized baby grand piano, made circa 1924, Model #146544; and a Bechstein oak grand piano, Model #39038.

“To have six pianos of this caliber in one auction is extraordinary,” Brown said.

The late 19th-century style brewery is bound to attract attention, both for it rarity and its functionality. Made in Germany (and the only example currently in the United States), the Gold Medal-winning brewery has toured the U.S. and Germany and is valued at a cool $400,000. It is 13 feet, 1 inch by 10 feet, with a height of 12 feet. It goes with the auction’s Oktoberfest theme.

Collectibles will feature an F-16/15 aircraft ejection chair, completely authentic, polished and lacquered and ideal for use as a desk chair (and a surefire conversation starter); an extremely rare 1973 Fiat Giardiniera estate wagon car, in concourse condition; and a 1933 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress” statue of an Art Deco male figure, the only one known in the country.

Architectural pieces will include a lovely hand-painted French paneled room with playing putti, 11 feet tall by 50 feet long; a large oak fireplace mantel with marble eggs from the George Eastman mansion on the Hudson River in New York; three carved oak confessionals; a European wrought iron elevator cage set with gilt detail (circa 1880); and a stained, leaded and layered glass window depicting a forestry landscape with stream, manufactured by Bogenrief Studios.

This recreation of a late 19th-century style brewery, made in Germany and the only example currently in the U.S., will help make anyone’s Oktoberfest celebration more authentic.

Bars and commercial structures will feature a fine mahogany pharmacy, quite possibly the best in the world, with mirrored back, shelves, drawers, curved beveled glass and etched glass (by Knight Soda Fountain Co., Chicago Center); a Brunswick triple arch deco bar with matching front bar; and an exquisite nautical bar in mahogany with features resembling a ship.

Outdoor items will include a large green wrought iron solarium with tempered glass and detailed scroll work decoration, 17 feet tall by 28 feet long by 15 feet wide; a cast-iron gazebo with top and twisted columns, 122 inches in diameter by 156 inches tall (counting the top); and a large pair of iron entry gates with granite columns (call Red Baron’s for this lot’s dimensions).

“Mantiques” are currently in vogue and this sale’s got plenty, to include a Koken barber shop supply crescent double-seated shoe shine stand with rare marble bottom housing storage drawers; and a carved and painted full-size wooden Ford Model T car. Also, for the man-sized bedroom, is a carved mahogany and kingwood five-piece bedroom set depicting religious scenes.

There is no registration fee for this auction, which will begin promptly at 10 a.m. (EST) and end around 7 p.m. Previews will be held all week, from Sept. 24-28, and a preview party (with Oktoberfest theme) will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 7-10 p.m. To register for this inaugural auction, call 404.252.3770 or visit the Red Baron’s Private Reserve website. For more information, call, visit the website or e-mail to info@rbprivatereserve.com.

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