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Michigan Senator and Creator of Michigan Council for The Arts Collection Comes to Auction

Estate of Senator Jack Faxon and Private & Estate Collections Top off 2020 at DuMouchelles
December 17 & 18 Auctions

DETROIT (Nov. 30, 2020) – DuMouchelles Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18 auctions feature the collection of Michigan Senator Jack Faxon. Senator Faxon was an avid art collector and a champion for the arts that led to him creating the Michigan Council for the Arts. 

“Jack was a lifelong friend of our family and I will always remember him for his keen eye for quality, his energy and sense of humor. He was a true connoisseur, reflected by his home which was a masterfully designed showplace that included exceptional and eclectic collections of sculpture, paintings, art glass and oriental rugs, ranging from ancient pieces, to the Arts & Crafts movement to modern works. You can tour Senator Faxon’s home and you can also actually see and hear him describe his collection by viewing the videos on our website.”, said Robert DuMouchelle, DuMouchelles General Manager.

The auctions also include a treasure trove of rare artwork from prominent private collections and estates that hail from Carlisle, Massachusetts, Grosse Pointe and Birmingham, Michigan. “We are incredibly excited about our December auctions since they run deep with exceptional and unusual artwork across all categories and with stellar provenances. From rare Chinese Huanghuali furniture and Qing Dynasty carved glass, to Everett Longley Warner’s “October Sunshine” and Joan Miro lithographs to Harry Bertoia and Bessie Potter Vonnoh sculptures, we’re capturing some of the finest and most extraordinary collections we’ve ever seen come together.”, commented Joan D. Walker, DuMouchelles President.

Important highlights for the December auctions include and can be viewed at

  • Dozens of art glass lamps by Handel, Tiffany Studios, Pairpoint, Bradley & Hubbard and others
  • Rare Chinese Huanghuali table and stools from the early Qing Dynasty
  • Extensive collection of Chinese carved glass, including several pieces from the 18th & 19th century Qing Dynasty
  • Extraordinary collection of oils on canvas, watercolors, etchings, lithographs and other media by renowned artists, including Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983, Al Held (American, 1928-2005), Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954), Lester Johnson (American, 1919-2010), William Gropper (American, 1897-1977), Milton Avery (American, 1885-1965), Jean Beauduin (Belgium 1851- 1916), among many others
  • Finely crafted sculptures by prominent artists across all mediums, including a Harry Bertoia (American 1915-1978) Sonambient, Jean Bapiste Carpeaux (French, 1827-1875), Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, 1872-1955), a lifetime casting by Carl Kauba (Austrian, 1865 – 1922), an original casting by Albert Moritz Wulff (Russian 1880-1900) and many others
  • Exquisite sterling silver pieces by Georg Jensen (including “Acorn” pattern flatware in pristine condition), Tiffany & Co. and Wallace
  • GIA graded diamonds, 14 kt and 18 kt gold hand crafted jewelry, pearl necklaces and a diamond, ruby and platinum “Fisher Body Coach” brooch from the Bertha Fisher Estate 
  • Period furniture, including an 18th century stately mahogany Chippendale Bonnet Top Highboy, an 18th century solid cherry handmade desk, Louis XIV pieces and more
  • Finely woven Persian silk and wool rugs
  • Art glass and crystal by Lalique, Waterford, Steuben and others
  • Coins, currency, arms and memorabilia

We invite the public to preview DuMouchelles Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18 auctions at our Detroit gallery. Please bring a mask and practice social distancing.

  • Thursday, December 10, 11am – 5pm
  • Friday, December 11, 11am – 5pm
  • Saturday, December 12, 11am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, December 15, 11am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, December 16, 11am – 5pm

For alternate times or a virtual preview, call us Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am-5pm ET to make an appointment. The public may contact us to request additional information on any auction items.

We encourage bidders to register to bid live or absentee at where the buyer’s premium is the same as when you bid directly with DuMouchelles (24%). You may also bid at or (27%). View and download our full catalogue at

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