Treasure Market 2009: The Art of Collecting

Art and Antiques Event and Sale: Benefits Cantor Arts Center’s Art Acquisitions Fund
March 26-29, 2009

STANFORD, CA - The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces Treasure Market, March 26-29, 2009. Carrying out the Cantor Arts Center's 10-year anniversary theme “Passion for Collecting,” this biennial sale of art, antiques, and collectibles now includes two evening events preceding the popular Saturday and Sunday sale. Bonhams appraiser Alan Fausel, frequently featured on “Antiques Roadshow,” is part of a distinguished panel of experts at the Champagne Preview, which kicks off Treasure Market on Thursday, March 26.

“The first sale, in 1958, was organized by the museum's newly formed membership group. Since then, volunteers have raised more than $3.5 million, and all proceeds benefit the museum's acquisition fund, adding 1660 works to the collection over the years,” said Joan Hong, Treasure Market co-chair. “Devoted museum members work year-round, soliciting, accepting, and storing donations of antiques, china, collectible books, crystal, silver, linens, furs, jewelry, furniture, and fine art from around the world. Over three hundred volunteers work more than 6000 hours to produce this much-anticipated event.”

The Thursday, March 26 Champagne Preview is a view-only (no sales) affair, 6:30-9 pm, with elegant hors d'oeuvres, a panel of experts to give guidance on collecting trends and opportunities in the current economic climate, and a silent auction with unique items chosen by the experts. Alan Fausel, who regularly appears on “Antiques Roadshow” produced by PBS, will serve on the panel. Fausel has nearly 30 years of art-world experience as a scholar, curator, and appraiser. He currently oversees Bonhams Fine Arts department in New York. Steve Yvaska, author of “The Seasoned Collector” for the San Jose Mercury News, and Gail Young, an active Cantor Arts Center member and notable contemporary art collector, will round out the panel. Ron Morgan, noted Bay Area floral designer, will demonstrate flower arrangement, with his creations available in the silent auction. Tickets to the preview, $150 for Cantor Arts Center members and $200 for non-members, include admission to Friday's opening night party and the Saturday sale as well.

A silent auction at the Thursday and Friday evening events includes The Mannequin Project. “We presented eight local artists with female display mannequins to transform. The results of their exploration and innovation provide the opportunity to take home a unique work by a contemporary artist,” explained Treasure Market co-chair Jane Lanza. The artists will be on hand at the Champagne Preview on Thursday night. Other silent auction items include vintage wine, a lithograph by French artist Joan Miró, and a 1930s hammered sterling tea set from Shreve's.

Sale of all objects begins at the opening night party, Friday, March 27, 6:30-9:30 pm. Tickets are $75 for Cantor Arts Center members, $100 for others, and include admission to the Saturday sale. Saturday admission is $5, 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free Sunday, 10 am-2 pm.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday events go on sale in February, call 650-723-2997. All Treasure Market events are held at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation on the Stanford campus, Galvez Street at Campus Drive East. Free parking is available in the large lot across the street. For information, visit www.museum.stanford.edu/tm or email cactreasuremarket@lists.stanford.edu

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