Furnishings from Henryk de Kwiatkowski's Calumet estate to be sold

jpatton1@herald-leader.comAugust 7, 2012 

  • Furnishings from Calumet's main house, guest house and a log cabin on the farm will be sold in an estate sale at Ann Greely Interiors Friday and Saturday. Here's a preview of what is for sale. Video by Janet Patton

If you've ever wanted to make your home feel like one of the most historic horse farms in the world, here's your chance.

Ann Greely Interiors and Antiques in Lexington will sell off much of the furnishings from the Henryk de Kwiatkowski Trust, which owned Calumet Farm until it was bought this spring by Brad Kelley.

The estate sale, Friday and Saturday, has about 225 lots of antiques, upholstered furniture, lamps, original art, prints, Waterford and Baccarat crystal, Wedgwood pottery, majolica, creamware, linens, rugs and more.

An additional 100 lots have been sent to Christie's in New York to be auctioned in December.

The items came from the main house, a guest house and a log cabin on the Calumet grounds, which were decorated in 1992-93 by the renowned Parish-Hadley designer firm, Ann Greely said.

"It's all the things that were in the Calumet house for the past 20 years," Greely said. The trust items "are definitely priced to sell. There are some good deals."

Besides a graceful George II mahogany round table used as an auxiliary dining table, there are several items with signature Parish touches: faux bois finishes, painted decoration, and rattan and twig furniture.

A society decorator, Sister Parish was best known for redoing rooms at the White House for Jacqueline Kennedy and for helping to popularize the American "country" look of the 1960s that influences designers including Ralph Lauren even today.

As befits a horse farm, the Calumet estate sale has lots of horse prints and paintings. Because de Kwiatkowski was a big polo player, there is a set of Vanity Fair polo caricatures by Spy from the turn of the last century.

There also are unique items that reflect the equestrian theme, including an antique biscuit tin decoupaged with horse imagery, and a mysterious wooden horse's head that might have once been part of a carousel.

Ann Greely Interiors and Antiques, at 497 East Main Street, has limited parking, but a nearby lot (at what used to be a McDonald's and then Cielito Lindo restaurant) has been made available for overflow.

There will be no sales before 9 a.m. Friday. The sale is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl.

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