ESTATE OF DR DAVID DI CHIERA, AN OUTSTANDING ESTATE SALE!

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Dates
Fri
May 31
10am to 4pm
Sat
Jun 1
10am to 4pm
Sun
Jun 2
10am to 4pm

Terms

ALL ITEMS SOLD IN AN AS IS OR AS FOUND CONDITION.
PLEASE EXAMINE ITEMS BEFORE PURCHASING AS ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
OUR NUMBERS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY AT 8 A.M.
3% FEE ON ALL CREDIT CARD SALES.
SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED!
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS INSIDE OR OUTSIDE OF THE HOME!
DELIVERY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE AT A REASONABLE COST!
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF RESIDENTS AND DO NOT BLOCK DRIVEWAYS OR MAILBOXES. PLEASE PARK ON 1 SIDE OF STREET ONLY.

PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE THANKS FOR LETTING US SERVE YOU EACH WEEK. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO DO BUSINESS WITH US, AND IN RETURN WE PLEDGE OUR CONTINUING EFFORTS TO OFFER YOU THE BEST, FAIR, FUN SERVICE AS POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU!

 
We are very honored to conduct an estate sale for the family of Dr. David DiChiera, who passed away in September of 2018. Founder and long-time General Director of Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), Dr. DiChiera established one of the country's great opera companies here in Detroit in 1971. He lead the effort to purchase and restore both the Music Hall and the former Capitol Theater movie palace, which is now the Detroit Opera House and home of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Both buildings and DiChiera's tireless promotion of the arts served to anchor the city's cultural revival and downtown revitalization. DiChiera was an accomplished pianist, earned a doctorate in musicology from UCLA, and composed classical works including the opera Cyrano.
 
Dr. DiChiera's estate is filled with art, antiques, books and music that reflect his life as a composer and musician and his lifelong love and commitment to the arts. His beautiful 1920s home, situated on the Detroit Golf Course, was the site of countless parties for MOT productions and dinners for some of the world's most famous opera stars including Andrea Bocelli and Denise Graves, as well as many Detroit luminaries. This sale is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire something from Dr. DiChiera's truly remarkable life in music and a stunning home where the arts were nurtured and celebrated.    
 
Sale Highlights include: paintings by Egill Jacobsen and Douglas Arthur Teed, prints by Peter Max, etchings by Louis Icart, art glass including Tiffany and Lalique, a wide selection of dinnerware, serving pieces, and stemware including Baccarat crystal, oriental rugs, a turn-of-the-century wrought iron patio set, and beautiful vintage and antique furnishings including many mahogany pieces and upholstered wingback couches and arm chairs.
 
 A collection of letters and autographs from famous composers* including Verdi, R. Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Gabriel Faure, Max Reger, John Phllip Sousa, Cosima Wagner, and others, as well as Posters and items from the history of Michigan Opera Theatre, the arts in Detroit, and opera in the US are also part of this unforgettable sale, plus much more!
 
*ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF LETTERS AND AUTOGRAPHS FROM DR. DI CHIERA'S COLLECTION HAVE BEEN ADDED TODAY.
 

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE COMMERATIVE PROGRAMS & ALL UNFRAMED POSTERS WILL BENEFIT THE DAVID DI CHIERA ARTISTIC FUND AT MICHIGAN OPERA THEATRE. INCLUDED ARE A LIMITED GROUP OF ALEX KATZ DESIGNED, SIGNED & NUMBERED POSTERS FROM THE 1976-77 OPERA SEASON AS WELL AS A SMALL GROUP OF CAROL WALD DESIGNED, SIGNED AND NUMBERED FROM THE 1981-82 OPERA SEASON.

 

 

In remembrance of the founder and long term director, The David DiChiera Artistic Fund has been established to support and honor his artistic vision. The fund enables Michigan Opera Theatre to produce compelling opera, present innovative dance, and engage with thousands of students and members of the metro Detroit community through  educational and outreach programs. Most importantly, it allows MOT to preserve Dr. DiChiera’s legacy and his dedication to the young people of Southeast Michigan and young emerging artists from  across the country.

 

FURNITURE

  • 1940’s Mahogany china cabinet and matching buffet
  • Burled mahogany serpentine sideboard
  • Drexel 7-drawer burlwood flatware chest
  • Silver plated coat rack
  • Art deco style walnut buffet
  • Bronzed steel Bench with upholstered top
  • Silver plated and glass bar cart
  • Ethan Allen black leather sofa - Brand new
  • Mid-Century Lane coffee table
  • Pair modern bentwood Gallery Stools designed by Hans Sandgren Jakobsen for Fredericia
  • Pair Mid-Century travertine marble cube side tables
  • 19th c. Victorian Eastlake mahogany library table
  • Set of 10 Exotic wood Biedermeier-style Dining chairs - completely restored in 2018
  • Circa 1920 Regency-style Banded Mahogany expanding round dining table - extends from 62 1/2” to 90” dia. with leaf extensions
  • Pair Lilian August Down-filled mohair armchairs
  • Victorian mahogany settee and tufted balloon back arm chair
  • Antique Empire mahogany sofa with rolled arm and brass paw feet
  • Vintage French-style round mahogany coffee table with hand painted top
  • Pair mahogany kidney side tables with marble tops and galley rail
  • Pair Vintage mahogany oval back arm chairs
  • Antique mahogany music cabinet by Art Novelty Company
  • Vintage Oak drop-leaf table with “X” base converts to console table
  • Pair Vintage mahogany dropleaf side tables with single drawer
  • Eastlake Burlwood 3-drawer chest
  • Oval cherry Queen Anne style side table by Moosehead Furniture
  • Antique French silvered daybed with cane sides and carved flower detail
  • Eastlake walnut settee with rust velvet upholstery
  • Vintage mahogany demilune table with single drawer
  • French Gilt mirror
  • Vintage French Empire Square Bench w/ Bronze Details & Winged Figures
  • Chippendale-Style Mahogany Chest on Chest
  • Queen sized mahogany canopy bed
  • Pair Victorian-style stand with one drawer and marble top
  • Vintage mahogany china cabinet
  • Vintage wicker trunk
  • Mid century chrome and burled maple headboard
  • Berkey and Gay Jacobean walnut server
  • Victorian armchair with fruit carved back
  • Antique 2 drawer stand
  • Antique style inlaid mahogany stand
  • Wicker trunk
  • 5-Drawer vintage mahogany chest of drawers
  • Victorian spoon carved chest
  • Antique dresser with mirror
  • Antique mahogany desk with carved legs
  • Vintage full size mahogany bed
  • Mission style oak desk with chair
  • Danish Modern rosewood credenza
  • Danish Modern teak desk cabinet, “The Home Office”
  • 5 bookcases with dental mold detail
  • Queen sized mahogany canopy bed
  • Pair Victorian-style stand with one drawer and marble top
  • Lee Industries off-white sofa, loveseat and ottoman
  • Vintage mahogany 4-sided library table with leather top
  • Link Taylor mahogany highboy
  • Antique mahogany stand with drop leaf sides
  • Victorian carved mahogany floral chair
  • Tempur-pedic adjustable massage queen size bed
  • Distressed leather sleeper sofa
  • Large Wrought Iron wine cabinet with arched top
  • 4 Vintage mahogany dining chairs with mohair upholstery
  • Vintage Woodard patio and sunroom furniture

 

ART

  • Egill Jacobsen (Danish, 1910-1998) “Vilde Glomster” Oil on Canvas, 1959
  • Douglas Arthur Teed (American, 1860-1929) “Arabia Street Scene”, Oil on Canvas
  • Peter Max (American, b. 1937) “Toulouse Lautrec”, Serigraph & “Dreamer”, Lithograph
  • Louis Icart (French, 1888-1950) “Tosca, Faust, & Salome”, 3 Etchings
  • Henta  Czoernig (Austrian, 1886-1970) “Six Homes of Famous Composers’, Etchings
  • Michel Delacroix (French, b. 1933) “Café de la Paix”, Lithograph
  • Barbara Kwasniewska (Polish, b. 1931) “Roseaux” Aquatint Etching
  • Henry Arthur Elkins (American, 1847-1884) Landscape, Oil on Canvas
  • Signed Spanish School, “Spanish Street Scene”, Oil on board
  • Sergio De Giusti (Italian American, b. 1941) “Giuseppe Verdi”, Terracotta sculpture
  • Kaby (French, 20th c.) “Le Bouquet de Violettes”, Etching (Boudoir Print)
  • 1992 Opera Pacific framed poster
  • Esteban Chavez (American, 20th c) Architectural lithographs, mixed media
  • James Crawford (American, 20th c) “Symbols”, set of 3, Ink on paper, 1969
  • Jane McFeely (American, 20th c) “Sweet Bouquet” Oil on canvas, 2009
  • Signed o/c seascape 1932
  • John Percell (American, 19/20th c) “Elvira from Don Giovanni” Acrylic on paper
  • Carl Johnson (American, b. 1946) “Teatro San Carlo from Passage Garlbaldi”, Watercolor
  • David Osborne (American, 20th c.) “Heather”, Mixed Media sculpture
  • Pair hand-colored etchings of Rome & Venice
  • Cigler Batik of Zebra
  • Joe Bulone “The Race ll”
  • Detroit Opera House photo print, circa 1880
  • Group of unframed Alex Katz
  • Huge Collection of Unframed Opera Posters
  • Collection of unframed vintage and antique prints, lithographs, etchings,etc.
  • Framed Opera Posters and Memorabilia
  • Louis Icart framed prints
  • Framed Erte Scarf and prints

 

ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, & DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES

·        Collection of  framed and unframed letters and autographs from famous composters, such as Verdi, R. Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff and others

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Favrile vase and stems
  • Steuben Aurene vase
  • Antique Daum Nancy carved Cameo glass bowl with silverplate rim and base
  • Modern Daum Nancy carved cameo glass vase w/ flowers
  • Daum pate de verre Composer plates (Gershwin & Beethoven) in Lucite frames
  • Pair Chinese Pottery Elephant Stands
  • Chinese Jade Table Plaques – Pair
  • Satsuma porcelain
  • Pair Italian Carrera marble table lamps
  • Weller Pottery vase, converted to table lamp
  • Persian Kerman Hand-knotted Oriental Rug – Approx. 9’ x 12’
  • Bokara Oriental Rug – Approx. 4’ x 6’
  • Kerman Oriental Rug – Approx. 8’ x 10’ Slideshow
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  • Glass paperweights
  • Roseville pottery including mostique Clematis and snowberry
  • Niolak pottery
  • Juliska glass
  • Italian art glass including Vennini
  • F & M Ballarin Murano glass vase
  • Lalique crystal Chrysis nude figurine and peacock bowl
  • Orrefors crystal
  • B. Boatman art glass
  • Belleek
  • Russian lacquer
  • Russian flow blue
  • Richard Ginori porcelain
  • Antique crest framed tile
  • Several sets of bookends, including Art Deco figural bookends
  • Boehmn porcelain bird figurine
  • American brilliant crystal
  • Deco pink glass with silver overlay dresser set
  • Thai bronze flatware set
  • Cut crystal urn with sterling lid
  • Set of Michigan opera house pewter stems
  • Victorian ruby flash glass
  • Rogers silver plate “Daffodil” pattern
  • Royal Worcester “Thursday’s Child” and “The Rescue” figurine
  • Couroc trays
  • Community “Coronation” silver plate flatware
  • Stanley Roberts “Gold Nugget” flatware
  • Wallco Company “Roseanne” silver plate flatware
  • Anri hand-carved animated bottle stoppers
  • Piano box collection
  • Box collection
  • Hand embroidered kimono
  • Santa Maria ship model
  • Antique speaker
  • Nambe frame
  • Lenox lamp
  • Iridescent art Nouveau style feather vases
  • Signed studio pottery
  • Art Glass
  • Pair of antique alabaster lamps
  • Pair of brass and crystal urn lamps
  • Pair of Lenox urn vases
  • Vintage beveled mirror with bronze detail
  • Vintage brass candlesticks
  • Vintage silverplate tea sets
  • Bone and mother of pearl inlaid mirror
  • Vintage brass floor lamp
  • Kinetic sun and moon sculpture
  • Deco onyx and marble desk set
  • Lawyer lamp with marble base
  • Composer ginger jar lamp
  • Handpainted porcelain cherub lamp
  • Pair of hand carved exotic wood large elephant bookends
  • Decorative Asian mahogany and brass tabletop gong
  • Antique elaborate caved oval mirror
  • Gilded Asian 4-Panel screen
  • Vintage outdoor architectural and cement garden ornaments, bird baths, pots, fountains, etc.
  • Beautiful Wedding Dress – 1990’s
  • Foreign Coin

 

CHINA AND GLASS

  • Baccarat “Paris” Crystal Stemware
  • Lenox “Mansfield “ China
  • Limoges France plates
  • Limoges G. Ahrenfelot China set
  • Waterford crystal stems
  • Waterford crystal desk set with clock and pen holders
  • Vintage Baccarat stems
  • Vernon Kilns composer plates
  • Neiman Marcus set of fashion desert plates
  • Crystal decanters including Baccarat, Lenox and Atlantis
  • Noritake “Courtney” China set
  • Arklow Irish pottery serving pieces
  • Pressed glass punchbowl set
  • Villeroy & Boch “French Garden Fleurence” dinner plates
  • Stonehenge “Midwinter” lunch plates
  • Steubenville “Rose point” China set

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Juan Estruch Barcelona guitar with case
  • Levenger mahogany business card holder
  • Bombay mother of pearl inlaid letter opener and magnifying glass
  • Charles Limberg Ryan NX-211 Spirit of St. Louis reproduction radio
  • Souvenir spoon collection
  • Pyrex bowls
  • Vintage wedding dress
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • Sirius XM TTR1 tabletop radio
  • Vision Fitness X6200DA elipitcal
  • Schwinn CR-8 bike
  • Velodyne subwoofers
  • Ohm model 4X0 speakers
  • Polk audio model 10 speakers
  • Web or Festival stereofonic turntable
  • Vintage electronics
  • TV tray tables
  • Vintage steamer trunk
  • “Photographs” vintage neon sign
  • Vintage magazines
  • Sheet music
  • Music stands
  • File cabinets
  • Women’s clothing, including vintage
  • Men’s Clothing, coats, jackets, and accessories
  • Antique Men’s Top Hat in case
  • Men’s Jewelry
 
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