Treasure Market 2014:
“Treasure In…Treasure Out…”
Art and Antiques Sale March 28–30, 2014
Benefits Cantor Arts Center’s Art Acquisitions Fund
STANFORD, CA— Volunteers launched Treasure Market, the Cantor Arts Center’s biennial signature event, in the 1950s to raise funds for the museum’s collections. The tradition continues as the Cantor announces Treasure Market 2014, which takes place Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 on the Stanford University campus.
The renowned sale, open to the public, offers antiques, china, collectible books, crystal, silver, linens, furs, jewelry and art from around the world. Treasure Market organizers—who seek donations from art dealers and private collectors year-round—promise a unique experience in treasure hunting at this biennial “shoppers’ heaven.” “Treasure Market is a wonderful way for people to begin collecting valuable art at affordable prices,” said Paula Kirkeby, owner of Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto. Honorary Chair Mary Anne Nyburg Baker, who generously sponsors the event and participates as a collector and volunteer, said that her favorite thing about the sale is the suspense of not knowing what treasures she will find. “Treasure Market is always an extravaganza of antiques, collectibles and gently used miscellany, and it’s practically impossible to leave empty-handed.”
The three-day event begins with a grand opening-night party on Friday, March 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with an abundance of sale items, wine, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and music. A special glass show and sale takes place opening night only, featuring the work of glass artists Dean Bensen, Johnathan Schmuck, Treg Silkwood and Demetra Theofanous. The sale continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. Treasure Market takes place at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation on the Stanford campus.
Thanks to a generous gift from C. Diane Christensen of Palo Alto to underwrite the event’s costs, all proceeds will support the Cantor Arts Center’s fund to acquire new works of art for the museum. The Cantor Arts Center’s collections—including works from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary—attract some 200,000 visitors a year from the campus, the community and beyond, making it one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country.
Connie Wolf, the Cantor’s John and Jill Freidenrich Director, reported, “Treasure Market has raised close to $3 million over the decades, providing the most crucial source of funding for building our collections. This will be my first Treasure Market since I became the Cantor’s director and I very much look forward to it.”
Tickets to opening night are $100 for the general public, $75 for Cantor Arts Center members and go on sale in February; call 650-723-2997. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $5 and are sold at the door.
The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation is at 341 Galvez Street at Campus Drive East. Parking is available in the Galvez lot across the street and is free on weekends and after 4 pm weekdays. For more information, call 650-326-4533, visit museum.stanford.edu/TM or email email@example.com. “Like” us on Facebook at Treasure Market 2014.
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The History of Treasure Market
The original event was held in 1958 under the name “The Hidden Treasures Auction.” The newly formed museum membership—the Committee for Art—canvassed members and friends to donate art objects. The auction was held in the main foyer and adjoining rooms of the museum, and proceeds from the five auctions between 1958 and 1966 totaled $39,904. In 1968 a new format was inaugurated; the auction became “Treasure Market,” a sale of fine furniture, china, crystal, silver, books, Asian objects, art works and other quality items.
Since 1968, Treasure Market has generated nearly $3 million and supported the acquisition of nearly 1,700 artworks for the Cantor Arts Center, including:
• Auguste Rodin’s “Headless Seated Nude Bather” (bronze)
• Gaston Lachaise’s “Torso of Elevation” (bronze)
• Elie Nadelman’s “Head” (bronze)
• Raymond Duchamp-Villon’s “Torso of a Young Man” (bronze) • Eugène Delacroix’s “Three Studies of a Reclining Figure” (pencil on paper)
Lorenz Eitner, director of the museum in the 1960s and ’70s, often said that Treasure Market was a wonderful example of alchemy: generous donors contribute objects they no longer need; delighted shoppers discover them and turn them back into treasures; and—as a splendid result—funds raised through the sale make possible the addition of beautiful works to the museum’s comprehensive collection.
Cantor Arts Center Visitor Information
Admission to the Cantor Arts Center is free. The Cantor is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm and is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. For more information, visit museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.
Notes to Editors
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About the Cantor Arts Center
The Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University’s only museum, is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The museum’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes 32,000 artworks and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and a great resource for teaching and research on campus.