Special event benefits local chapters of Habitat For Humanity and second harvest food bank.
Auction Items Pictured Above:
1. 19th Century Harp by I & I ERAT London, England.
2. Monumental 19th century hand- carved and hand-painted Chinese gilded alter table.
3. “Zen,” a mystical, mid-century hand-carved wooden tree sculpture.
Upholstered “Aviva” slipper chair from the Candice Olson Highland House
Collection, covered in neutral, crocodile-textured velvet.
In what organizers hope will be the first of many similar special events to come, The Antique & Design Center is joining forces with Market Square & Suites to produce “Bidazzled!” a live and online auction benefitting the local chapters of Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank.
“Food and shelter relief could not be a more perfect fit for the home furnishings industry,” says Karen Luisana, managing director of the Antique & Design Center, “and we invite all Market attendees to join us for what will be a fun and exciting event designed to benefit these worthy causes.”
The live auction, complete with a cocktail party hosted by Market Square & Suites, is set for Sunday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m., under the tent in the Market Square/Century Courtyard and is open to all High Point Market attendees. Live auction bidding begins at 7 p.m. on the fabulous collection of antiques donated by exhibitors housed in the Antique & Design Center, and new merchandise provided by tenants of Market Square & Suites and other showroom buildings owned by International Market Centers.
According to Luisana, the community is encouraged to participate in the auction via real-time online bidding in support of the local charities.
“Benefitting Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank, this is a Market event designed to give back to the local community, and I think it’s important for the community to get involved,” Luisana says. “As citizens of the Triad, we hear all the time about how we all benefit from the proximity of the High Point Market, yet many have never experienced the trade-only event first-hand.
The Bidazzled Auction is a window into all the amazing products that are unveiled here twice each year, and offers an exciting opportunity for members of the surrounding communities to participate in the High Point Market in support of two important local causes.”
Merchandise for “Bidazzled!” has been donated by more than 60 exhibitors, with new pieces arriving daily. “We’re accepting auction donations from exhibitors right up until the time bidding starts,” Luisana says.
Currently, exquisite antiques up for bid include numerous original works of art, an early 19th century harp made by I & I ERAT London, England, a monumental 19th century hand- carved and hand-painted Chinese gilded alter table, and an unsigned, mystical, mid-century hand-carved wooden tree sculpture called, “Zen, ” courtesy of Luisana Designs and Antiques. New merchandise includes an upholstered chair from the Candice Olson Highland House Collection, and a myriad of items to covet donated by some of the Market’s most well-respected exhibitors, including American Leather, Asian Loft, Capel Rugs, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Tapestries, Thomas & Gray, Thibaut Fine Furniture and fine antiques dealer Randall Tysinger.
The Bidazzled Charity Auction will be conducted by William Chandler Eshleman, Chandler’s Auction & Estate Sales and www.liveuctioneers.com. With a 20-plus year career as an upscale antiques dealer, the Charlotte, NC-based auctioneer is currently in pilot production for a high-end appraisal and auction television show on ABC. “He’s an engaging personality that will keep the live auction audience on their toes,” Luisana says. “Everyone who attends is guaranteed to have a fun and memorable evening at Market.”
Items may be viewed online starting this week at www.chandlersauction.com and www.liveauctioneers.com and pre-bidding is welcomed. Visit http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/33019_chandlers-auction-and-estate-sales/page1 to register.
Market-goers may view the items on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the ground floor of the Antique & Design Center, where volunteers from both Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank will be on hand to assist with obtaining buyer’s numbers and pre-bids. For online catalog and details visit www.hpadc.com.
About the Antique & Design Center at Market Square: A favorite venue of the world’s hippest retailers and leading-edge designers, this extraordinary show-within-a-show at the High Point Market features exquisite antiques, original works of art, and one-of-a-kind finds from more than 70 dealers. Housed in historic Market Square on the Ground and Mezzanine levels, just beyond the Suites and Salon, exhibitors' spaces change daily as pieces are sold and replaced. Buyer amenities include free parking on Tomlinson Street and a private entrance at 316 W. Commerce Avenue between Tomlinson and Jacob’s Place. For more information about the Antique & Design Center at Market Square, visit www.hpadc.com, or read the blog at www.highpointantiquecenter.blogspot.com.
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