Lynda Lipscomb Estate, Charleston, South Carolina | May 19, 2023
Lynda Miller Lipscomb, spouse of Ernest “Lip” Bainbridge Lipscomb III, was a lifelong collector and dealer of antiques, as well as an active member of her community in Charleston, South Carolina. With a particular interest in American Federal-era furniture, fine art, and Chinese Export porcelain, Lynda and her husband amassed a significant collection of antiques which filled their historic home in Charleston. Brunk Auctions is pleased to offer a selection of fine American and Southern Federal furniture and a large collection of Chinese export armorial porcelain from Lynda’s collection in our upcoming May 19th Premier Auction.
Born in Sylacauga, Alabama in 1943, Lynda attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery and went on to obtain her master’s degree in guidance counseling from the University of Mississippi. She spent the next several years as a teacher in Charleston before moving to New York with her family, and it was there that her knowledge of antiques began to flourish. With easy access to numerous galleries and antiques shows in New York, and with the antiques hub of Connecticut in close proximity, Lynda was able to form relationships with many notable dealers during her time there, including Thomas Schwenke, David Dunton, C.L. Prickett, and others.
Lynda and her husband moved between several cities over the years, including New York, Philadelphia, and Charlotte, but eventually returned to Charleston to settle in the circa 1784 William Stone House on the city’s historic “Rainbow Row.” A community-minded individual, Lynda actively worked toward raising awareness and retaining the historic integrity of the city, from its structures to its decorative arts; she was involved in the Charleston International Antiques Show, a benefit for Historic Charleston Foundation, was on the National Advisory Counsel of the HCF, and sat on a committee for the Nathaniel Russell House. She was also an avid gardener, and served two terms on the board of the Charleston Horticultural Society.
Following Lynda’s and Lip’s passing, the family has chosen to bring a portion of the collection to auction.
The May Premier Auction begins May 19th, 2023 at 9:00 AM EST.