Collectors, rejoice! Brunk Auctions will be hosting an auction of the contents of the historic “Bankshaven” home in Newnan, GA, in-person and virtually on Saturday, September 12. This auction is especially unique as the Bankshaven home belonged to William N. Banks, Jr., who is considered one of the greatest Southern collectors of all time.
Banks was a playwright and notorious aesthete who spent much of his time traveling up and down the East Coast in the 1980s and ’90s amassing a spectacular collection of home decor and American art in an attempt to create interiors as remarkable as his historic home’s bones. A regular contributor to The Magazine Antiques, Banks was considered a renaissance man, as he pursued his passions for landscape, architecture, and historic art, and he also established a reputation for preserving historic homes in Georgia and New Hampshire.
Banks’s collection is full of museum-quality antique furniture, paintings, and other decor acquired from the top resources and collections in the U.S. Those with a penchant for 18th- and 19th-century American furnishings and paintings will be especially delighted by the catalog of 300-plus items being auctioned.
Some hot-ticket items include: 18th-century gilt-wood mirrors from New York, a Sheraton desk and bookcase (ca. 1800–1810), botanical artwork from German-American artist Severin Roesen, a John Geib & Son New York mahogany piano forte, and a rare American Federal carved and painted bedstead (ca. 1790–1810)
Banks’s artwork is sourced from some of the most prominent names in the business, including Spanierman Gallery, Hirschle & Adler Galleries, and Vose Galleries. Important works from Asher B. Durand, Sanford Robinson Gifford, and John Frederick Kensett are projected to sell for more than $200,000 each.
Those interested in viewing the collection ahead of the day’s even can schedule an in-person or virtual showing by calling 828-254-6846. The auction will begin at 9 a.m. EST on Saturday morning.
“The collection is a testament to Mr. Banks’s highly sophisticated eye,” says Andrew Brunk, President and CEO of Brunk Auctions. “He was a rare and true aesthete—a collector and connoisseur at the highest level. Brunk is honored to handle this exceptional collection.”