Matchmaker estate proposed to Benefit Shop Foundation February 23

A limited-edition Fendi pearl-silk handbag ($200-800) covered on the outside with seed beads and sequins will highlight the designer handbag offerings of the Denise Winston estate. The bag measures 7 by 11 inches and has a fuzzy handle.

Hot on the heels of Valentine’s Day, the Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc. will feature the estate of the late matchmaker extraordinaire Denise Winston at its Red Carpet auction on Wednesday, February 23 at 10 a.m. The New York socialite, who died in January 2020, had her own boutique as a matchmaker and love coach.

Winston traveled in elite circles, hanging out with celebrities and well-to-do clients in fancy restaurants or on the field at Knicks games. She even consulted on the 1996 film, Emma, ​​starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a young woman who acts as a matchmaker in her community. While Winston amassed a collection of couture fashion accessories including designer handbags, she had a love for New York’s sports teams and attended many games. Judging by her large collection of concert t-shirts, she also enjoyed rock and roll concerts. The large-scale auction will include over 200 lots of items in its field such as rugs, art, fashion, fine crystal and glass, sculptures and furniture as well as choice pieces offered by other fields.

“Denise was known as the Rolls Royce of matchmakers, who took pride in her work and her own home which doubled as an office, where she created a warm and comfortable space,” said Pam Stone, owner and founder of The Benefit. Shop Foundation. , Inc. “She had some pretty interesting tastes ranging from striking artwork that included both classic and contemporary scenes to fun designer items, sculpture, ceramics and costume jewelry.”

In keeping with her lifestyle, Denise had quite a few stylish handbags from well-known designers, including a limited-edition Fendi pearl-silk handbag covered in seed beads and sequins on the outside with a fuzzy handle and gold metal hardware ($200-800); three Hermès birkin TOGO bags, including one in the firm’s signature orange color, one in red and a blue denim bag; a vintage Prada nylon and leather mini backpack ($200-600), a vintage Salvatore Ferragamo bucket bag ($200-600), a vintage Louis Vuitton monogram handbag ($200-600) and a cabochon minaudière in Judith Leiber vintage crystal ($100-500).

Making a striking statement in the home is this Large Vintage Venetian Glass Wall Mirror ($100-500) with beveled glass panels forming an octagonal shape, 49 inches tall.

Alongside the designer bags, a fine selection of jewelry, led by an 18k yellow gold and diamond Bulgari Parentesi cuff bracelet with interlocking pieces, is estimated between $500 and $2,000.

Buyers looking to redecorate their homes will find plenty of buying opportunities, such as a Modernist room-sized Edward Fields wool rug ($200-$1,000) from Winston’s New York City apartment. The rug, having a cream-colored background with black curved line detailing and measuring 112 by 88 inches, should stand out in the auction with a large vintage Venetian glass wall mirror ($100-500) with panels of bevelled glass featuring an octagonal shape, 49 inches tall.

Mid-Century Modern continues to be a highly desirable market segment today and highlighting the furniture category, here is a Halyard Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner for PP Mobler ($500-2000) with a seat and a braided halyard backrest and a sheepskin cushion.

Fine art from Winston’s estate ranges from a Richard Quinn signed acrylic on canvas in the 1990 Abstract Expressionist style to a Davis Cone/Roxy Day signed serigraph depicting a city street with multiple storefronts and the city theater , the Roxy, the cinema of the city. theater. Each is estimated at $100-500. Also across the block is an acrylic on canvas by Peter Astrom ($2/10,000) of an abstract composition with strong brushstrokes on a bright blue background with a dark indigo loose line intertwined on itself creating shapes free-form, 76 by 68 inches.

Rounding out the auction is a modernist crystal sculpture of an embracing man and woman, set on a black wooden base, 18½ inches tall; a group of four Baccarat cut crystal goblets and a copy of Paul McCartney’s book, Paintings, autographed by the author and singer of the Beatles. Each is estimated at $100-500.

Monthly red carpet sales here feature select collections of antiques, designer furniture, designer furniture, china, crystal, jewelry and artwork. With a mission to “give, discover, and do good,” the foundation is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and auction proceeds support community organizations. Shippers get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a bargain, and local nonprofits get much-needed funds.

This Bulgari Parentesi gold and diamond cuff bracelet ($500-2,000) stands out among jewelry pieces and features interlocking 18k yellow gold pieces and faceted diamonds.

The auction gallery is located at 185 Kisco Ave, Suite 201. For more information, or 914-864-0707.


Andrea Valluzzo

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Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.

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Mount Kisco, New York

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About Benefit Shop Foundation, Inc.

The Benefit Shop takes donations from the finest estates in Bedford and beyond and presents them in one convenient and beautifully staged location. Estates get a tax deduction, the buyer gets a good deal, and nonprofits in the community get the money. This elegant and eco-friendly concept is the brainchild of Pam Stone and she is delighted with the response from the community. It’s no secret that nonprofits, from hospitals to homeless shelters, are having a tough time in this economy. Responding to the call for funding to fill the gaps, local resident Stone envisioned a new possibility, an auction gallery with merchandise donated by the large estates that surround the area. For 10 years, Stone has been busy visiting estate sales in the area, encouraging people to make high-quality, tax-deductible donations for the satisfaction of helping a multitude of community organizations, including Neighbours’ Link and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the continued support of Northern Westchester Hospital. According to Pam, “Often these kinds of stores benefit a great national charity, but I really wanted the beneficiary to be my community, for the people who live and work here.” Mission: Give, discover, do good.

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