Just before the January 29-30 auction The Potomack Company Auction Gallery and Darryl Savage proudly announced that the pair of Carrere and Hastings carved marble urns are now being removed from the auction block and will be instead donated back to the Department of the Army which oversees Arlington National Cemetery. Col. (Ret.) Hershell Wolfe, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and Federal Preservation Officer, accepted the donation of the urns from Mr. Savage on behalf of Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Savage is pleased that the Department of the Army expressed their desire to recover the pieces and honor their historical significance. The next plans for the urns are still to be determined.
Originally the urns stood guard at 9 feet tall in the amphitheater of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor the country’s fallen, which currently holds replicated versions of the originals. As previously mentioned, the Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater was one of many iconic architectural structure designed by Carrere and Hastings which also include the Frick Museum and New York Public Library.
Many valuable pieces are still available for auction under The Potomack Company’s items from the extensive DHS Designs collection including antique French furnishings and outdoor garden accessories. 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.