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Long Branch Auction of Harry Z. Isaacs Collection

n October 5th, the Potomack Company will auction the Harry Z. Isaacs antiques and fine art collection from Long Branch house in Clarke County, Virginia. The estate, located in the Shenandoah Valley, is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register. The sale at Potomack Company features over 250 lots from the collection, including English and American antiques, furniture, decorative arts and artwork being sold by Long Branch as it repurposes its mission to attract future visitors. Harry Z. Isaacs (1904-1990), a successful businessman who had a passion for many things, including Long Branch, restored, renovated and decorated the historic home. His exceptional taste led him to acquire through his world travels fine 18th  and 19th  century American, English and Continental furniture, decorative arts, and artwork from the most respected dealers in the United States and London, including Israel Sack; Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., NY; Mallet, London; Marchant, London, and Peter Lipitch Ltd, London. An art historian and decorative arts specialist who was a close friend of Isaacs commented, “He bought only the best.” Situated on 400 acres, the historic home was built on property surveyed originally by a young man named George Washington for Lord Fairfax. In 1788, Robert Carter Burwell inherited the land and in 1811 began building on it. Burwell consulted with the U.S. Capitol’s ar-

chitect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, regarding the original floor plans. Additions were made, and the estate survived the Civil War, changing hands multiple times until it was acquired at auction by dynamic Baltimore philanthropist Harry Z. Isaacs. A textile magnate, Isaacs devoted his knowledge, time and passion to restoring the home to its former glory and acquiring the best period furnishings and artwork. Potomack Company owner Elizabeth Wainstein said, “Highlights of Isaacs’s exceptional collection include a Federal Inlaid Mahogany Bow Front Sideboard made in Maryland or Virginia circa 1820, a pair of George III Inlaid Satinwood Small D-Shaped Console Tables in the manner of George Simson, a George III Gilt Bronze and Cut Glass Six-Light Chandelier attributed to Parker and Perry, a George III Silver Nine Basket Epergne by Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp in London in 1768 and a group of English Sporting Scene paintings and bronzes.” Long Branch’s Executive Director Nicholas Redding said, “Long Branch is seeking to restore the home to its historic appearance and provide a 200-year experience to guests visiting the property.  Several rooms will be refurnished to their Civil War era appearance with Empire furnishings more in parity with that era when Major Hugh Mortimer Nelson owned the estate and made design changes to the home. Other rooms will showcase the late Victorian period of the 1890s along with a bedroom from the 1960s and a den from the 1980s,

rounding out 200 years of history in one home. “At the end of his life Isaacs set up a nonprofit foundation to support the restoration and maintenance of the Long Branch estate. With this in mind, Long Branch is de-accessioning Isaacs’s fine furnishings and artwork collection to assist in this important effort to breathe new life

into the property.” In celebration of Long Branch’s new reinterpretation and goal of acquiring objects original to the house, Potomack Company specialists will hold an Appraisal Clinic open to the public at the museum’s “Reopening Weekend” on Saturday, October 26. For information regarding

Long Branch, visit www.HistoricLongBranch.com. Viewing for the auction will begin Saturday, September 28 at Potomack’s gallery located at 1120 North Fairfax Street in Alexandria, VA. View the catalogue at www. potomackcompany.com or call 703684-4550 for more information.

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