Cheswick Auctions Promise to Heat Up Bids

By Altdorfer, John | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 28, 2013 | Go to article overview

Cheswick Auctions Promise to Heat Up Bids


Altdorfer, John, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Constantine & Pletcher in Cheswick promises to heat up the auction scene with an auction that will liquidate the contents of an iconic Pittsburgh antique store.

Prior to her retirement, Lillian Goldsmith devoted her life to collecting.

And after hauling 14 truck- loads of merchandise from River House Antiques, Dan Pletcher says he and his crew have barely made it past the front door of the Shadyside antiques emporium that Goldsmith recently closed.

Over the next few months, Constantine & Pletcher will sell the entire contents of River House at the company's Cheswick showroom, with the first sale set for Feb. 9.

Aside from a few additions from other consignors, this auction will include all things River House, from antique carved-and- painted Chinese provincial furniture to early-American furniture dating to the 1840s. Given the recent trend of international buyers driving up the hammer prices on Asian items, Pletcher admits that he wouldn't be surprised if the Chinese goods generate strong bidding.

Among the pieces up for bid are blanket chests, clothes presses, screens, commodes, grain cabinets and other nice finds.

Although River House technically occupied 226 S. Highland Ave., the shop spread across two adjoining storefronts. In much the same way, its contents sprawled over many eras, styles and tastes.

In the furniture group, for example, bidders will find Georgian pieces, authentic old New England chests, some Colonial-style goods, Chippendale-style low tables, a half-dozen Windsor chairs circa 1830 and French tables. …

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