There is some heavy lifting ahead for The Potomack Company’s upcoming auction. An original pair of Carrere and Hastings massive, marble urns are headed to the auction block as a highlight to the January 29-30 auction of antique furniture and outdoor garden accessories from the collection of acclaimed designer, Darryl Savage. They originally stood on guard beginning in 1920 at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to the Tomb of the Unknowns marking countless services attended by each American president, which will now be replaced by modern replicas. The urns are also photographed during historically significant moments of honor including President Dwight Eisenhower’s speech awarding the Medal of Honor to the Unknown Soldier of the Korean conflict in 1958.
The architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings designed Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater among its other iconic accomplishments including the Frick Museum, New York Public Library, the Cannon House and Russell Senate Office Buildings in Washington, D.C.
The collection will also feature pieces embracing the Savage’s signature style of placing large, simplified objects in a neutral space (his entire inventory) including limestone and marble chimneypieces, 17th and 18th century French and Flemish tapestries, stone and marble garden furniture and accessories, tables, paintings and statuary. The auction will also include art and antique furniture from a number of other consigners.
Gallery viewing at The Potomack Company located at 526 North Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA begin January 21st. Items up for auction can also be viewed at that time online.