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Our upcoming estate sales are:

11/20 & 21: Antiquer's Paradise in Darien

12/11 & 12: Great finds in Addison

1/15 & 16: Chicago

1/29 & 30: Glendale Heights

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Our next estate sale is in DARIEN!

Friday and Saturday, 11/20 & 21.

Open 10 - 3

1072 Larkspur Lane, Darien


It's time to get your Downton Abbey on!

We couldn't be more excited to bring you this extraordinary estate sale – the living estate of Hank and Lady Ann Soukup. If the name's familiar, it's probably because you recognize the Soukup hardware store in Hinsdale, and “The Lair” antique store that stood above it.

Once they retired, the antique store moved with them to their home in Darien, and now, it needs to be sold.

Added to that, Ann Soukup is the daughter of the former Art Institute Manager Charles Butler, the Earl of Ormonde, and indeed she carries the title of “Lady Ann Soukup”. How cool is that????

Between this incredible lineage and pieces from her English roots, as well as their trips to England and around the country buying fine antiques with a heart for 18th and 19th Century English pieces, you have to believe this is a sale that cannot be missed and will feature items that are rarely found together in one place.

Here is a general overview of the sale, but trust me: there is much more to be found when you arrive.

China and porcelain will include such makers as Ridgway, including a set of nineteenth-century blue ironstone, Coalport, Wedgwood, Masons and more.

An extensive assortment of majolica including plates and compotes, jugs, decorative bowls, mugs, etc.

A nice assortment of antique English tiles, both blue wear and brown wear, plus a pair of portrait tiles.

Many pieces of Imari and gaudy Welsh, including jugs, plates, bowls, and some other decorative pieces.

Old English jugs including Doulton Lambeth with hunting scenes in relief. Several English pudding molds, with figures including lion, frog, shell, pineapple, and wheat.

An awesome Wedgwood terracotta game pie dish from the19th century. Several old English glass liquor decanters, and also an assortment of sterling bottle tickets, plus a few enamel ones.

There is Waterford crystal stemware.

Kitchen wooden ware includes two antique English knife boxes, an unusual wood cracker and cheese tray, several wine or champagne bottle coasters, and a lovely dessert plate stand.

There is also a tray presented in 1901 to a government employee when he was appointed to a prison. See pictures.

We have an extensive assortment of sterling silver, most of it as you can imagine has Old English hallmarks. There are weighted pieces, unweighted pieces, utensils in every shape and size, some Georg Jensen sterling, napkin rings, scoops, and my personal favorite: English toddy ladles!

There is also an impressive selection of silverplate as well, including serving pieces, utensils, toast racks … lots to choose from, and maybe some things that you've never seen before.

Some of the treasures adorning the walls include several 19th century samplers, an antique French barometer, three signed etchings by Luigi Kasimir, and an oil painting on canvas after Sir David Wilkie entitled “Blind Man's Bluff”.

The smalls showcases include two brass carriage clocks, one is running beautifully, the other one will need to be repaired, both come in their leather window cases. There is also a Santa tobacco jar, lead reindeer, several small trinket boxes, a stunning 19th century English tea caddy with shell inlay and two Sterling scoops, several miniatures such as micromosaic picture frames, small majolica butter pats, a portrait on ivory, and a pair of wax portraits. You'll find several other interesting items in the showcases as well, including a smattering of small jewelry items that have yet to be sorted.

Other fun smalls include Sailor's Valentine shell art, Lalique Christmas plates, a pair of Staffordshire whippet inkwells, and much more.

The furniture in this house? One word: stunning, and much of it brought across the pond from the UK, and much of it 18th and 19th century. Furniture offerings include a formal dining room table and chairs, English marquetry sideboard, two corner cabinets, a slant front bureau with attached glass door bookcase, many small accessory type tables, two vitrine cabinets, (perfect to display all the treasures you pick up here!). We even have a wood gear tall case clock that's lovely to look at, but needs to be repaired.

And then there's the basement! In most houses, the basement is where we stick that stuff that isn't really as special as the other stuff. But not in this house. Because in this house, the basement was actually set up as an antique store when they relocated from the original store that was in Hinsdale. So the basement is not only a great place to be, but it is loaded with treasure as well.
You'll find an amazing selection of brass, including Old English, fireplace accessories, candle holders, and several other brass pieces ... this is probably the most extensive collection of old English brass we've ever had to offer.

You'll also choose from dozens of bowls, platters, serving pieces of all kinds, stoneware, ironstone, porcelain, transferware, hand painted pieces, you name it, you'll find it. And this being a sale with such a spectacular emphasis on fine English living, you'll also find plates, cups and saucers, teapots, and other pretty things.

In addition, the basement contains several antique English what-not shelves. There are also several oil peg lamps, and for those of you who enjoy not only looking at beautiful things but researching them or learning more about them, we have dozens and dozens of excellent reference books. Some of them surely have been out of print for a long time, and may contain information that's hard to come by anymore.

We have lots of furniture touch up repair and finishing supplies, we have lots of interesting bags of fun that include all sorts of decorating ideas such as beads, trims, small floral sprays etc. There is an Elna Supermatic sewing machine, A barely-if-ever used Custom Craftworks portable massage table.

We are also selling a Maytag Centennial washing machine and Kenmore Elite dryer, and moving a little more into the 21st century, there are also some office supplies, a Denon stereo receiver, stereo CD player, stereo cassette tape deck and a pair of Mission speakers. We also have a Samsung 26 inch LCD flat screen TV.

There's a great kitchen, as well, including a KitchenAid stand mixer, Cuisinart food processor, bakeware, cookware, serving pieces, dishes, storage, and gadgets. All in great condition.

The garage has lots of garage stuff, plus a Schwinn Breeze lady's bicycle, concrete bird bath, lots of lawn and garden tools, and other items.

Beyond that, we will let the pictures tell the story, and as I always say, it doesn't matter what you see in the pictures, I can promise you that there is more to find when you get here. You simply must get here!

Open 10 – 3 both days. Our numbers at 9:30, and we will honor a watched list to determine the order for receiving our numbers, but our numbers trump the list once they have been passed out.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, along with good ol' cash. Sorry, no personal checks.

… and, as always, a Kiss on your way out the door.




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