Pittsfield: Private Shaker collection to be offered at HSV auction

Tuesday September 4, 2012

Willis Henry Auctions will present the Shaker Collection of Drs. J. J. Gerald and Miriam McCue at an auction to be held at Hancock Shaker Village at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Previews are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and again on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The McCue Collection began in 1948 and grew from an initial purchase of approximately six pieces from Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, who were seminal collectors and scholars in the Shaker studies field. The McCues also pursued direct purchases from existing Shaker communities, including Canterbury, N.H., Sabbathday Lake, Maine, and Hancock.

This unique collection has never been previously offered.

The Sept. 8 event will be Session One of the sale of the McCue Collection, and highlights original Shaker furniture and artifacts, many of which have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

An online catalog of items to be included in the auction is available at the Willis Henry Auctions website, www.willishenry.com.

Hancock Shaker Village is located on Route 20.

For more information, visit www.willishenry.com or www.hancockshakervillage.org.


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