Monday, September 27, 2021

Recent Escapades Part 1

The other day my sweet Cassidy asked if I would like to join her to see an estate sale preview.  I wanted to say after I stopped jumping around the room, "Are you kidding, that's why I'm here!"  Instead I simply replied, "Yes, that sounds wonderful!"  And it was!

Background Required

Everything was stored in a downtown Dallas warehouse as this would be a 2-day online auction.  There were well over 1,000 items.

The collections were from the Musselman & Rigney estates, with some odd mid-century pieces thrown in.  Most of the items were 19th century French antiques, oil paintings, diamonds and other jewels, both large and small furniture pieces, accessories, and an enormous amount of Rose Medallion Porcelain.  My Dallas girls love that.

James Musselman is an oil and gas magnate here in Dallas and lives in an enormous mansion where all the other Dallas multi-billionaires live.

 Onesia Rigney (1940-2020), was the renowned interior designer whose husband, the late Frank Rigney, founded Anderson’s Furniture in Dallas in the 1960s.  From what I've read, there were stores all over Texas with the last store closing in 2016.  Evidently, at one time, this was the place to purchase nice furniture. From what I've read, Ms. Rigney was known for her timeless interiors and for maintaining a portfolio of classical traditional design.

These Louis XVI-style Gris Pointe Box sofas are covered in elegant raw silk and one sold for $1,900 the other $1,700.  Someone got a great bargain.

I couldn't believe the size of the chandelier and the crystals.  And yes, it came out of someone's house and went into another.

To get an idea of the immensity of those lamps, realize that is a Steinway baby grand in front of them.

These large 19th century French Bronze Andirons sold for $1,200 and will require quite a large fireplace to make them happy.

The faux marble on top of this beautiful 20th century Italian Painted and Gilt Credenza was hand-painted.  It was impossible to tell the difference.  This piece sold for $1,700.  The set of 19th century French armchairs with Aubusson upholstery, sold for $950.

I had never seen such an amazing display of marble.  Solid tables made out of the most amazing veined marble.

There would be no rearranging of furniture once these pieces were placed.

Too much for the mind to absorb and eye to take in.

Look at these faces.

This pair of carved Italian marble busts of Boy And Girl were sculpted in  approximately 1900 by Guisto Viti and sold for $800.  I fell in love with them the minute I saw them.

I do not know what these happy cherub marble musicians went for, but I assure you, it wasn't enough.

Cassidy loved this large signed oil painting done by Getahun Assefa, an Ethiopian in 2014.  Although I didn't care for it, she has really good taste.  It sold for $6,000.

There was one particular item that we both did agree on though.

This 18k Gold Diamond Necklace with 136 diamonds over 20 carats, total was one of the most expensive items to sell the first day.  It went for $13,000 and some lady somewhere is very happy.

What fun this was and to enjoy it with my antique-loving granddaughter made it all the more special.  By the way, someone has this Hollywood Regency chaise lounge in their home for only $250.

Another escapade another day.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.


  1. We should have bought that chaise tho who has room? Looks very "Louisiana"-all of it!

  2. What fun, even it were to just look. I certainly have no need for any of it but I sure would have enjoyed looking. A special time for you and Cassidy.

  3. Thanks for taking me on this mini tour of the pieces up for auction. Amazing antiques!

  4. It sounds like the perfect day with Cassidy! Love seeing all the merch! Have a wonderful week, Libby!

  5. Wow, I'm impressed! So many beautiful things. I'm so glad you were able to go.


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