An Introduction to the Important Spring Auction

I’m very keen for the upcoming Important Spring Auction on March 3, a nearly 500-lot sale that features two especially distinguished collections from the southeast. Just before Christmas, we visited the Charleston estate of Tony and Linda Bakker, whose collection includes antique furniture, fine art, and weaponry, all of outstanding quality and beauty. We’re honored that Mr. Bakker, founder of the philanthropically-minded software company Blackbaud, and Mrs. Bakker have entrusted us with their treasures. I’m particularly attracted to a pair of French Rococo console tables, whose triple-carved marble tops evince the work of an expert cutter.

Nearly one fifth of the lots in the Important Spring Auction come to us from an eminent and discerning Florida collector I have known for many years. He was in fact one of our earliest buyers, and it’s a privilege to represent him now as a consignor. He has deep family roots as a collector—his grandmother was one, too—as well as prodigious reach, with a remarkable collection acquired all over the world.

With both collections—indeed, with every piece that comes through our building—we’re humbled to have earned the trust of our consignors, and we strive to pass their trust on to our buyers. Everything we do, from curating to vetting to researching, through transparency in both representation and bidding, to the facility of our website, is organized around cultivating this trust. And it’s all enabled by the dedication, responsiveness and agility of our team, which is growing all the time. I’m excited by the marquee year we had in 2017. I’m even more excited by the anticipation that our best is ahead of us.

Our first Important Auction of the year caps an eventful week here. Four online-only auctions (Fine Estate Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories, Coins & Currency, and Fine Wine) are active now and conclude on February 28, and our doors open on March 1 with a reception and live Rare & Fine Wine Auction. I hope we’ll see you soon in our gallery or even sooner at You’re always welcome here.

Leland J. Little
President & Principal Auctioneer