The estate of Louis and Shirley Hecht, prominent Maryland antiques collectors, will be going under the hammer on 7th October. A beautiful story, the couple met at a barn dance in 1938 and married after Louis served in World War II. They were married for 67 years, during that time, the couple opened an antiques store in Pikesville, Maryland. Louis founded Louis G. Hecht Associates Ltd., an appraisal services firm specializing in American and Continental decorative arts, which continued to operate until just before his death in 2014. He was also involved in the Maryland Historical Society, the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, Inc., and the American Ceramics Circle, amongst others. Shirley was also an antiques enthusiast with a passion for the visual arts. She was a founding member of the Art Seminar Group and was actively involved with the American Wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The collection includes works by Daniel Ridgeway Knight, Hobson Pittman, Frank English, Elmer Wachtel and Francis Devlan.

Snap Wyatt seven-part oil on canvas circus banner for the Clarke Bros. Circus. Snap Wyatt seven-part oil on canvas circus banner for the Clarke Bros. Circus.

The following day, on 8th October, the Americana auction begins with the Collection of Dianne Goldman, with highlights including a rare American boneshaker bicycle by Wood Brothers Co. of New York and a Snap Wyatt seven-part oil on canvas circus banner from the Clarke Bros. miniature circus depicting six performers.

A selection of pieces from the 10th October online only sale A selection of pieces from the 10th October online only sale

An online only sale will take place on 10th October, featuring a large collection of Gaudy Welsh tableware, as well as a variety of other accessibly-priced decorative items and Americana.

The Americana sale will take place on 7th & 8th October, with the online only sale taking place via bidsquare on 10th October. Check out the full catalogue here.

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