May 2007


Fine Art and Antiques from the Estate of James McKenna Sold to Benefit the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; and Other Owners

 May 24 – June 11, 2007

James McKenna was a true Savannah gentleman.  His family owned McKenna Plumbing Supply.  A graduate of Yale University, he loved the South but also greatly enjoyed his trips to New York City.  He was a member of the Yale club and well known in their dining room.

Mr. McKenna’s house was indicative of his innate sense of style and taste. He was a consummate collector, only buying what he deemed to be the best. Most of his collecting was done in the 1960’s and 70’s.  He was aware that he was putting together a collection and kept excellent records of his purchases.

Jim, as he was known by friends, was often seen around Savannah wearing his hat and carrying his gold-tipped cane.  He would go to the Hilton every morning to have his breakfast and read the paper.  His memory will live on in his generous gift to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.

Highlights in the auction include a pair of Federal mahogany lolling chairs from the Quincy family, Boston, circa 1775-90, a Silas Talbot Chippendale walnut and parcel-gilt looking glass, English or American, circa 1770 and a Federal mahogany five leg card table with drapery carved tablet, New York City as well as many other wonderful items.

Highlights from other owners include three John Russell paintings of fish. John Lennon’s Bag One with three lithographs, large collection of French Mantle clocks, a collection of 1950’s Florida Highwaymen paintings, Federal cherrywood sugar chest, Tiffany silver, collection of flint glass and much more.

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