Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ February Mountain Décor auction will include property from the estates of Vernon “Moose” Taylor of Denver, Colorado and the late Patrick Henry, Jr. from Snowmass, Colorado.
Period English furniture, paintings and decorative objects from the elegant country manor of the late Vernon “Moose” Taylor and Ann Bonfoey Taylor will be offered. Ann and “Moose” Taylor were a celebrated bon vivant couple who loved to host celebrities, royalty, dignitaries, important publishers and fashion photographers at their stunning lakeside equestrian manor in Denver. Their collection represents a time when elegance was essential for entertaining.
Vernon Taylor was involved in the oil, gas and mining business and was one of the original investors in Vail. His accomplished wife Ann was a fashion designer, model, pilot and an alternate on the U.S. Olympic ski team. The Taylors hosted foxhunts and lavish parties for their celebrity guests including Truman Capote, Gregory Peck, Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger. An invitation to the Taylor home was coveted by even the most fashionable British royal family.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is honored to be handling the Taylor collection, which includes over 150 objects of 18th and 19th century English and Continental furniture and decorative objects, original 19th century British and American hunt scene paintings and prints, equestrian apparel and riding boots, vintage leather rifle cases, women’s vintage apparel, fashion hats and more.
Highlights include dining room furniture featuring an 18th century George III mahogany serpentine front sideboard, a George III mahogany double pedestal dining table and an early George III mahogany desk.
Also, going on the block is property from a stunning gentleman’s ranch located in Snowmass, Colorado. Mr. Patrick Henry, Jr. moved to Aspen with his parents in 1948. He called the valley home for the remainder of his life. He was a well-known fixture in Aspen who taught skiing, worked at The Prospector Lodge and owned The Winter Shop for several years.
The residence of the late Patrick Henry, Jr. was an idyllic location with massive views of Snowmass Ski Area. The home features stream frontage and old-world charm. It is on this ranch that Mr. Henry built two elegant homes for his family. He designed his first home on the property to hearken back to the style and elegance of a Tuscan farmhouse and the second is a modern-day Austrian chalet. Mr. Henry travelled to Austria to acquire antique painted Bavarian furniture, German Black Forest carved wood figures and other period objects for his homes.
Highlights of the Henry collection, available to the top bidder, are several 18th century Bavarian painted chests and cupboards, German Black Forest carved wood animalier figures, late 17th and early 18th century Continental carved putti and Christian Saints, antler mounts, a Louis XV carved walnut buffet, an 18th century English Welsh dresser, 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, American silver hollowware, flatware, other servicing pieces and more.
Mountain Décor is a timed online auction conducted on Live Auctioneers from Tuesday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 12. An exhibition will be held in the Denver showroom of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, open by appointment February 4 through 7 and open to the public February 8 through 9 and February 11, all days 10 am -5 pm. Catalogues will go online on www.liveauctioneers.com on February 5. For additional information or condition reports, please call (303) 825-1855.