Duncan Treasures Up For Auction

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Once-in-a-lifetime sale will showcase hundreds of items collected over 75 years.

Photography courtesy of EVERARD AUCTIONS, Photo by RICHARD LEO JOHNSON

JOHN AND GINGER Duncan, known in the Savannah community as the owners of V and J Duncan Antique Maps, Prints and Books, have assembled an amazing personal collection of art and antiques that is now coming to auction.

The consummate collector, John Duncan, a retired history professor, award-winning author and historian and his wife, Ginger, have filled every square inch of their beautiful Baroque-style home. Most items are of Southern interest and include wonderful collections of antique maps, natural history prints, engravings, books, pottery, folk art walking sticks, exotic curiosities, ethnographic art, American furniture and Southern fine art. Many notable Savannah artists are represented, including Myrtle Jones, Christopher P. H. Murphy, his son Christopher A. D. Murphy, Hattie Saussy, Leonora Quarterman, Anne Taylor Nash, Sydney Bumann, Helen Hatch Inglesby and Larry Connatser.

Beyond the hundreds of fine artworks, the Duncans’ diverse collection incorporates examples of Southern pottery and finely preserved Gullah baskets from the surrounding Lowcountry. John Duncan’s passion for Southern history, particularly his hometown of Charleston and his current home of Savannah, influenced many of his acquisitions. Rare maps of these two cities, most notably Peter Gordon’s 18th century map of Savannah, well known as the earliest and scarcest view of the city – with perhaps only five in private hands – is a standout in the collection. Other highlights include a plan of the 1779 Siege of Savannah, portrait engravings of notable Charleston and Savannah figures, such as architect William Jay, Savannah founder Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, William Washington Gordon (Southern Civil War general and captain and father of Juliette Gordon Low), The Rev. John Wesley and many others.

Southern Art and Antiques to be Auctioned

Everard Auctions is selling the contents of the Duncan home, the historic Thomas-Levy house located on Monterey Square, in a once-in-a-lifetime two-session auction that will showcase more than 75 years of collecting. The event starts Sept. 29 and runs through October 19-20. The public is welcome to attend the exhibition at 2436 Waters Ave. in Savannah from Oct. 12-14. For more information, to view the full catalogue and register to bid in the online auction, please  visit Everard.com.

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