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An Art Deco eighteen karat gold and enamel vanity case, Cartier

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Emilia Penney
Appraiser | Southeast

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Published: 31 January 2017

A Richmond Powerhouse Couple | Max Spigle & Mariah Robinson

Mention the name Bachrach’s in Richmond and everyone in the room will have a story.   Having a history of 130 years in this part of the country isn’t hard – but having a business not just survive but thrive for that long is unusual anywhere.  An integral part of the lives of generations of Richmonders – Bachrach’s was the de facto destination when one needed to mark an important occasion – birthday, graduation, promotion, wedding, retirement – the list goes on.  If you wanted to say “special” in Richmond, you went to Bachrach’s.

A Louis XV cartel clock  jean-jacques fieff, paris, 18th century The February 8 sale of The Richmond Collections comprises the bulk of deaccessioned property from Bachrach’s Jewelers, the Estate of Max Spigle Jr., its owner, and property from Mariah Robinson’s personal collections and Mariah Robinson Antiques, also a Richmond institution – well- known for her impeccably curated shop on Cary Street. 

As a couple, Max Spigle and his wife, Mariah had a reputation for loving the finer things in life – fine food, fine wine, entertaining and traveling.  This enthusiasm spilled over into everything they did, including their personal collections and their retail operations.  But for Max, this  turned to passion when he began collecting and selling rare clocks and watches.  Many fine examples of this passion are found in The Richmond Collections sale including Lot 5, an Art Deco eighteen karat gold and enamel vanity case by Cartier and Lot 364 an 18th century Louis XV cartel clock by Jean-Jacques Fieff of Paris.

In her shop in Carytown, Mariah Robinson built a reputation for maintaining an elegant and tasteful selection,  offering the best of American and European paintings, furniture and decorative arts and silver.

Showcased in their respective shops, the pair of them combined curatorial talent, a love of beauty and the gift of a refined “eye” resulting in a true Richmond powerhouse couple.

Colin Clarke, Vice President of Freeman’s Southeast, and Emilia Penney, Appraiser for Freeman’s Southeast have  been working with Mariah Robinson and her assistant Beth Glasser - and with Hank Klein at Bachrach’s - for many years.  They agree that putting this sale together and “working with people who have been such an important part of Richmond’s cultural history and established fixtures of the downtown art and retail scene for so long, has been a wonderful experience.”

We hope you share our enthusiasm as we you invite you to look through The Richmond Collections sale.

View The Richmond Collections

To be offered 02/08/17: Lot 5, An Art Deco eighteen karat gold and enamel vanity case, Cartier; Lot 364 A Louis XV cartel clock, Jean-Jacques Fieff, Paris, 18th century

 

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