The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will hold its 14th annual Antiques, Art and Collectibles Auction at noon Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the MCM Center at Antilles School.
This major event is our historic Congregation's only fund-raiser each year. Proceeds help us maintain our 180-year-old Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark. Our Synagogue is the oldest in continuous use under the American flag and the second-oldest in the Western Hemisphere, behind Curacao.
Proxy bidding is available. Shipping can be arranged for those who can’t be there. Call the Synagogue at 340-774-4312 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s live auction will have 45 items -- antique furniture, museum-quality African masks, marvelous getaways (a Tuscan villa, a week in the Dominican Republic, New York City), original art by Camille Pissarro and Shansi Miller, and several fun packages (wine tastings for 20 of French and Italian wines, gourmet dinners, an East Indian dinner for 10 and....Rum and Rumba, with Cuban-inspired food by the Old Stone Farmhouse!)
The auction will start at noon and end by about 3:30 p.m.
The expanded silent auction will include nearly 300 items: West Indian antiques, new and vintage furniture, fabulous jewelry, original art, vintage Cartier lighters, designer handbags, cases of wine, weekend getaways, gift certificates from shops, spas and restaurants, and much more. Silent auction tables open at 10 a.m. and close between 1 and 3:15 p.m.
Pre-auction previews of all auction items will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, February 10.
Sale tables open at 10 a.m. Sunday and feature jewelry hand-picked by Lee Monaco, former owner of an antique jewelry store on St. Thomas, and by Karen Warhol, former owner of Name Dropper who has found the latest in France, Italy and New York. Sale tables also offer the usual array of tchotchkes -- china, crystal, vases, baskets, frames, etc. -- as well as new and gently used clothing, belts, purses and scarves in our flea market tent.
Special sale tables will feature beautiful pieces by master wood turner Avelino Samuel of St. John, glass beads created by Timisa Cree of St. Thomas, pottery by Jessica Rosenberg and photography by Steve Rockstein.
Bruce Wilson of St. Croix is again the auctioneer. Admission is $10 and includes the auction catalogue.
Food and wine will be available. Chef Damaris will again cater the event.
We are especially grateful to our incredibly generous sponsors for their ongoing support of our historic Synagogue. Here's who's on board so far (and let us know if you want to join this illustrious group):
Al Cohen Properties
Baker Magras & Associates
Prior Family Foundation
Dudley, Topper & Feuerzeig
Helen & Larry Goldman
International Capital & Management Co.
Ilene & Mel Miller
St. Thomas Radiology Associates
Josefina & Ricardo Charaf
Red Hook Family Practice
Vivienne & Rick Silver
Becky & Jim Tunick
Theodore Tunick & Co.
Please note that some items shown on this website may not be included in the auction. And items not shown here will be included in the live and silent auction.
We invite you to visit our beautiful Synagogue on Crystal Gade in downtown St. Thomas. Approximately 10,000 tourists visit the Synagogue each year, and the 216-year-old Congregation has long played an active and vibrant role in our community, sponsoring concerts, art exhibits, interfaith activities, food drives and other events.