The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas will hold its 16th annual Antiques, Art and Collectibles Auction at noon Sunday, February 8, 2015, 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 182-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 44 items -- antique furniture, wine tastings, wine dinners, original art by Camille Pissarro and Shansi Miller (two 1990s oils!), bronze heads of Buddhist figures, a carved ivory bust, a hand-stitched kinte cloth bed cover, 2 pairs of fabulous earrings, a Tudor watch, a like-new elliptical trainer, and fun packages that you can't find anyplace else.
The live auction will start at noon and end by 3 p.m.
The expanded silent auction will include nearly 300 items: African sculpture and baskets, new and vintage furniture, unusual collectibles (including old yacht lanterns), fabulous jewelry, original art, 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 8.
Sale tables open at 10 a.m. Sunday and feature jewelry hand-picked by Karen Warhol, former owner of Name Dropper who has found the latest in France, Italy and New York. Jewelry tables this year will also be laden with old costume jewelry from the Estate of Mrs. George D. Unger. And speaking of Mrs. Unger, she was an avid collector of fabulous African baskets that you'll find at a fraction of their value.
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 and pottery by Jessica Rosenberg, along with framed 1920s fashion prints collected by Philip Sturm.
Bruce Wilson of St. Croix is again the auctioneer. Admission is $10 and includes the auction catalogue.
Food and wine will be available, with catering again this year by Passion Fruit Chefs.
We are especially grateful to our incredibly generous sponsors for their ongoing support of our historic Synagogue. Here's who's on board:
Baker Magras & Associates
Prior Family Foundation
Dudley, Topper & Feuerzeig
Helen & Larry Goldman
International Capital & Management Co.
Ilene & Mel Miller
St. Thomas Radiology Associates
Theodore Tunick & Co.
Josefina & Ricardo Charaf
Red Hook Family Practice
Vivienne & Rick Silver
Becky & Jim Tunick
Windward Passage Hotel
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 217-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.