Antique dealer's extensive collection goes on sale.
HUBBARDSTON - Mary G. Bouley supposedly bought a lot of her antiques with the intention to sell them in her shop, or at one of the many antiques shows she attended.
But Jay Beard suspects the lifelong collector and dealer just couldn't part with many of them.
Which explains why Mr. Beard, an auctioneer with Boston-based Simond and Oakes Auctioneers & Appraisers, had to create little paths through the late Ms. Bouley's Morgan Road shop just to make his way through her collections in anticipation of the auction on Sunday of her estate.
More than 800 lots of antiques will be sold out of the circa 1751 home and shop at 53 Morgan Road that brought Ms. Bouley and her husband, Roy Bouley, from Hudson to Hubbardston in 1973.
"It was her dream to live in and decorate a period house," Mr. Beard said.
The auction will take place at the shop, the former Sugar House Antiques, on the site of the original Morgan Farm. Ms. Bouley, who died in March, ran the shop for 35 years and was a fixture in the New England antiques world as a buyer and a seller.
Mr. Beard recently formed a partnership with Bob Oakes, of WBUR's "Morning Edition" and the assistant director at the National Public Radio affiliate. Mr. Beard said Ms. Bouley, a native of Lowell who worked as a secretary for Raytheon in Wayland, collected everything imaginable.
"She had lots of favorites - Christmas items, Shaker boxes, quilts, stoneware," he said. "She bought lots of things to sell, and ended up keeping them."
Ms. Bouley's collection of early lighting, he said, is particularly extensive, and consists of hanging lamps, brass lamps, pole lamps, and even early whale oil lamps.
The shop and house are filled with dozens of pieces of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, plus Norton-Bennington stoneware, yellowware, and spongeware pottery. Yellowware and Bennington stoneware are currently quite popular, Mr. Beard said, and each piece is expected to fetch from $50 to tens of thousands of dollars. A rare Shaker candle stand, he said, is estimated to sell for $1,000 to $2,000.
He said the auction will include a collection of sugar molds from the farm's former maple syrup operation, along with some old rolling pins that are estimated to go for $400 to $600 each.
Ms. Bouley also had a large collection of quilts and blankets, which she kept in several 19th-century blanket boxes.
Mr. Beard, who lives in Hubbardston, said he only handles the estates of antiques dealers, or big-time collectors.
In 2001, he presided over the sale of the Wheeler Brothers General Store in town.
"That store had been closed for years, so on sale day, it was a little like opening a time capsule," he said.
The Bouley auction, which will be broadcast simultaneously on e-Bay, will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, and is expected to last about eight hours. Mr. Beard intends to call the entire day.
Previews are scheduled from 4 to 7 tonight; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow; and from 9 a.m. to the start of the auction Sunday.
CUTLINE: (1) The Sugar House antiques shop doubled as the home of the late Mary G. Bouley. (2) Some of the items to be auctioned off Sunday.
PHOTOG: KAREN NUGENT
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Aug 15, 2008|
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