From town mansion: Dozens of valuables up for auction

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If you’re looking for luxurious home furnishings without a hefty price tag, check out Litchfield County Auctions’ online auction of dozens of contents from former Greenwich resident Gerard Andlinger’s ‘Beechcroft’ mansion, taking place now through Feb. 6.

Following the $11 million sale of the business executive and philanthropist’s Greenwich home, a number of items, including antiques, have been made available to the public.

Beechcroft is one of nine homes that the Andlinger family had decorated by world renowned designer Robert Couturier.

Many of the pieces are hand designed by Mr. Couturier himself, while others are genuine 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques. Many of the items were purchased for well in excess of $100,000, though the auction estimates are much more modest, given the turn in the economy, according to a press release from Litchfield County Auctions.

A brown velvet sofa, for example, that was “remade and renovated by Doreen Interiors, NYC,” is estimated to bring $200-300, but cost more than $20,000 in materials and labor alone. Carpets in the sale include a large kilim carpet with a center lion crest that was purchased for more than $200,000 and is being sold with an estimate of $2,000-3,000.

A beautiful oushak carpet that cost the owners more than $100,000 also carries a $2,000-3,000 estimate. Another valuable buy includes a set of four Louis XIV-style parcel gilt carved walnut upholstered fauteuils, with tapestry upholstered seats and backs. They are 17th century with many restorations and were purchased from Tony Ingrao in New York City. Pre-sale estimate for the chairs is $10,000-15,000.

The auction is online through Feb. 6, at Litchfieldcountyauctions.com, with an exhibition open to the public, plus a tag sale, at the company’s gallery, 425 Bantam Road, Litchfield, from Feb. 1 to Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

There will also be a free appraisal day there on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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