A space age shirt from Stephen Burrows, a 19th century beekeeper and horde of hand drawn 1970s erotica: “I love to see people embrace and appreciate the beauty of antiques!” Â»Exclaims antique dealer Eric Oglander.
Oglander is one half of a tiny New York auction house called the Catalog Sale. Founded earlier this year with fellow antiques dealer Avi Kovacevich, Catalog Sale aims to democratize the world of design by offering lots starting at $ 25, with the highest starting bid starting at $ 1,000, far less than your typical house of the east coast.
The duo will launch their second auction this Sunday, a merger of 224 lots ranging from unusual folk art to arts and crafts furniture. âOur target audience is people who didn’t necessarily know they liked antiques,â says Oglander.
Oglander and Kovacevich are both in their 30s and good at online sales and social media. In fact, they met about seven years ago as part of an Oglander digital project – Craigslist Mirrors – a collection of funny and weird images of mirrors found only on the classifieds site. Since their meeting, the two have gradually defined their respective areas of expertise. For Oglander, it is mainly folk art and ephemera, sold through the Instagram account @tihngs; for Kovacevich it’s modern 20th century furniture, sold through his @holemilk account.
âMore than anything, catalog sales are about a new energy in the market and a fresh look at the material,â Kovacevich shares. âThe fresh look comes from the freedom that Eric and I have forged in the market. We have been fortunate enough to create our own respective domains based on what we love visually and academically appreciate, despite the trends.
The upcoming auction consists of a humble batch of lots, all hand picked by the duo. True to their form, there are many surprising objects, such as a 17th century memento mori skull or a colorful mid-century abstract painting. But the auction still manages to cover a large number of aesthetic bases. For the classic design lover, there is a pair of ergonomic wooden chairs from the early 20th century or a modern art painted tray from the 1930s. Most of the lots are older than they appear to be. an untrained eye. âOne of my favorites is a flame point wallet from 1726,â Oglander notes. âIt’s so graphically modern. ”
The sale promises to delight with its sensitivity and unpredictable curation. âWe try to prepare each auction so that it speaks to both of us,â Oglander shares. “I’m so in love with these objects it’s almost disgusting,” he adds, laughing.
The second catalog sale can be previewed online or in the auction house showroom in Ridgewood, Queens. The auction begins here at noon EDT on September 26.
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