Murray C. Perlman fonds, Alex Raskin


Everard Auctions may occupy a nondescript building on Waters Avenue, but the company’s online auctions are attracting considerable attention from collectors in the Savannah area and beyond.

The Spring Southern Estates auction, taking place June 1-2, looks likely to generate even more interest than usual for Everard as it features pieces from the collections of two Savannahians – Murray C. Perlman and Alex Raskin – who have had myriad influences on the city’s culture and identity.

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Perlman, who died in January, was the owner and partner of Savannah Galleries, which began selling antique furniture in 1968. Perlman and his late wife Wayne Spear were key supporters of various city organizations. In April, the Historic Savannah Foundation hosted the grand opening of the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center in the former Kennedy Pharmacy on Broughton Street.

Myrtle Jones (Georgia, 1913-2007), 'Savannah Scene', oil on canvas.  Estimate $1,200 to $1,800;  starting bid $800.

The two-day auction also includes items from the collection of Alex Raskin Antiques, which has occupied the Noble Hardee mansion on Monterey Square since 1990. Raskin is now retiring after more than 50 years in the antiques business. It feels like the end of an era on Bull Street.

Other areas and collections are also represented in the auction, which includes nearly 600 lots. About 120 of the lots are either from the Perlman Estate or the Raskin Collection.

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Pieces in the Raskin collection include some magnificent furniture and furnishings, perhaps most notably a classical marble-topped mahogany console dating from around 1835 with carved caryatid supports from the school of Joseph Barry. Two large Heriz rugs and around twenty other fine rugs from the Perlman Estate will be auctioned.

Classic mahogany console table with marble top, School of Joseph Barry, circa 1835. Estimate $5,000-7,000;  starting bid $3,000.

I am particularly interested in fine art and have been fortunate enough to purchase many pieces from Everard over the years.

Highlights of the current auction include a marble sculpture by Fortunato Galli (Italian, 1850-1918), a painting by Porfirio Salinas (Texas, 1910-1973), a painting by William Aiken Walker ( NC, 1838-1921), a painting by Francis Augustus Silva (American, 1835-1886) and four etchings by Marc Chagall (French/Russian, 1887-1985).

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Of course, it’s impossible to paint a full picture of such an auction in a short newspaper column, so I encourage readers to check out Everard’s website. Visitors can scroll through all lots or use the search box and filters to curate their own experience.

Fortunato Galli (Italian, 1850-1918), 'Masquerade', marble.  Estimate $10,000 to $15,000;  starting bid $6,000.

Bids can be placed in advance, but the auction will take place live online via Everard, LiveAuctioneers, Bidsquare and Invaluable from 10 a.m. on June 1 and 2.

A preview reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m., May 24, at the Everard Auctions gallery at 2436 Waters Ave. Further in-person previews are available May 25-27 or by appointment.

Bidders should be aware that the live auction moves very quickly.

Bill Dawers writes the City Talk column for the Savannah Morning News. He can be reached via [email protected] and @billdawers on Twitter.


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