NEW HAVEN, CONN. — Fred Giampietro’s first New Haven Auction of 2020 was a two-day event, January 11 and 12, that saw continued strength in Americana with great provenance, and there were glimmers of hope for the long-beleaguered furniture category — at least for pieces with great provenance or historical importance. In the firm’s intimate gallery located in an industrial neighborhood approximately 30-40 bidders gathered on each of the days, many of them familiar faces you may see at antiques shows — Barn Star’s Frank Gaglio, New Jersey dealer James Grievo, New York architectural designer Nancy Fishelson, Connecticut dealer Joseph Collins on day one, for example. Yet, for all the continuing support by the trade, Giampietro said two thirds of the 5,700 registered bidders were retail customers. “I thought the sales were very strong and solid, with a lot of bidders coming a long distance,” said Giampietro afterwards. The two sales totaled $789,200, with day two contributing slightly more than one-half of the total. The online component totaled $369,000. Sharing podium duties were Fred and Kathy Giampietro. There were three busy online platforms and the phones were very active . . .
Two-Day Auction of Folk Art, Fine Art, and Antiques
by Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo Photos courtesy New Haven Auctions
The gallery at New Haven Auctions was fi tted out with the collection of Susie and Richie Burmann for the January 11 auction. The mellow brick walls of the former Erector set factory in New Haven, Connecticut, made an ideal setting for the collection of folk art, and the objects on display drew a smile from most observers. Previews began four days earlier and culminated in a well-attended reception on Friday for the Burmanns attended by dealers and fellow collectors. Speaking some days after the sale, New Haven Auctions’ principal Fred Giampietro described the collectors as having an affi nity for the material, particularly New England objects. The Burmanns had gathered their collection meticulously. The provenance of the objects was included, and for most items no restoration was apparent. They began collecting half a century ago as teachers in Indiana. Susie taught for a short while and turned to restoring old houses. Richie retired from teaching at age 52 and began dealing full time. They moved east and continued buying—and selling— around New England. The couple agreed: “Buy what makes you smile.” For them every piece had a story. They both love heart-in-hand imagery, which has been used by fraternal organizations, the Shakers, the Amish, and John Calvin. They also favor tramp art, with which their collection is replete, and admit to a taste for objects that haven’t been touched. Bidders were seemingly oblivious to estimates and bid most lots well above them. Over 50% of the 196 lots in the Burmann collection lots sold to collectors.
ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY - Review of New Haven Auctions
Review by Greg Smith
NEW HAVEN, CONN. – “I’m more of a curated auctioneer,” said Fred Giampietro, auctioneer and owner at his newly minted New Haven Auctions, a division of Fred Giampietro Gallery, which held its debut 243-lot sale October 29. Indeed the offerings were selective, boasting a nice selection of Native American material; black and white photography; Americana; and art that spanned fine, outsider and folk. The totality was culled from four estates and a dozen other consignors . . .