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Seller Story

Aida and Allan Flamm, Atlanta, GA


“Everything in this sale is from our home; the personal pieces we collected from our travels around the world. We fell in love with art in Amsterdam in the early eighties after we watched artists at work. We wound up buying one of their pieces, and it’s in the sale: the small oil painting with flowers on a green background. We realized how much the artists loved the process, and it just created a whole new passion for us.

When I say we collected art, that means everything. It means fabrics, metalwork; it means art that tells a story. We ended up buying rugs in Istanbul that we said we weren’t going to buy. We bought rugs in India when we said we weren’t going to buy any rugs in India. We bought rugs in China; we bought the chandelier from France — anything that was beautifully made. No wall should be empty when you love art. You cover it from ceiling to floor, the way the French cover their houses, and the Italians. I can always find the space.

Allan always loved watercolors, and I had a passion for collecting women artists in addition to works with female subjects. One of my favorite paintings is the S. Hodgson one of the women on the dock. When we bought that painting at an auction it was dark and gray, but when we had it cleaned we saw that it was a portrait of spring – the buds on the trees popped up. I love that painting; it was the first thing I’d see when I’d walk into the house. Another one I love is the John Thomas Peele painting of the young girl with the little black cat — I’m a real animal nut. The Rembrandt sketching was what I gave to Allan as a gift when we got married in 1986, and that Chiparus bronze is a classic piece of art deco that was given to us as a wedding gift by our business partners in China.

We’re moving to Palm Beach and getting rid of everything! We went to visit friends there and were supposed to stay for 4 nights and wound up staying for 9. It’s got a whole new energy, and we bought a place that’s right near the ocean. We’re starting over!”

Seller Story: Aida & Allan Flamm, Atlanta, GA
Seller Story: Aida & Allan Flamm, Atlanta, GA
Oil Painting "Jack Russell"

Oil Painting "Jack Russell"

Final Bid:
$402
Bronze Horse Sculpture After Pierre-Jules Mêne

Bronze Horse Sculpture After Pierre-Jules Mêne

Final Bid:
$1,950
French Louis XV Provençal Armoire with Fitted Interior

French Louis XV Provençal Armoire with Fitted Interior

Final Bid:
$1,351
Hand-Knotted Pakistani Wool Area Rug

Hand-Knotted Pakistani Wool Area Rug

Final Bid:
$850
Vintage French Rococo Style Wall Mirror

Vintage French Rococo Style Wall Mirror

Final Bid:
$450
Bronze Sculpture "Femme au Draperie" after a model by Demétre Haralamb Chiparus

Bronze Sculpture "Femme au Draperie" after a model by Demétre Haralamb Chiparus

Final Bid:
$675
Oil Painting on Board Attributed to Robert Loftin Newman

Oil Painting on Board Attributed to Robert Loftin Newman

Final Bid:
$1,000
Men's Double-Breasted Beaver Fur Coat

Men's Double-Breasted Beaver Fur Coat

Final Bid:
$525
Jean Laurent Challié Oil Painting

Jean Laurent Challié Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$3,383
Vintage William and Mary Style Chinoiserie Desk-on-Stand

Vintage William and Mary Style Chinoiserie Desk-on-Stand

Final Bid:
$2,938
Marble Bust Bookends

Marble Bust Bookends

Final Bid:
$65
Antique Twelve-Volume Set of Novels by Lord Lytton

Antique Twelve-Volume Set of Novels by Lord Lytton

Final Bid:
$275
Pierre Billet Oil Painting

Pierre Billet Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$3,500
Oscar de la Renta Green Wool Coat

Oscar de la Renta Green Wool Coat

Final Bid:
$145
Antique Italian Baroque Gilt Wall Brackets

Antique Italian Baroque Gilt Wall Brackets

Final Bid:
$1,324
Parry Vieille Limoges Napoleon Pastry Trinket Box

Parry Vieille Limoges Napoleon Pastry Trinket Box

Final Bid:
$86
Bela Gabris Oil Painting

Bela Gabris Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$404
French Empire-Style Mahogany Sofa with Ormolu

French Empire-Style Mahogany Sofa with Ormolu

Final Bid:
$750
Antique Sevres Style Chateau des Tuileries Porcelain Urn

Antique Sevres Style Chateau des Tuileries Porcelain Urn

Final Bid:
$252
Important Sanchez Blanco Historical Military Painting "After the Battle"

Important Sanchez Blanco Historical Military Painting "After the Battle"

Final Bid:
$9,900
Minghin Oil Painting of a Woman Sewing

Minghin Oil Painting of a Woman Sewing

Final Bid:
$307
Southeast Asian Wooden Buddha Sculpture

Southeast Asian Wooden Buddha Sculpture

Final Bid:
$325
Vintage Chinese Lacquered Cabinet

Vintage Chinese Lacquered Cabinet

Final Bid:
$80
Hand-Knotted Chinese Carved Wool Area Rug with Longevity Symbols

Hand-Knotted Chinese Carved Wool Area Rug with Longevity Symbols

Final Bid:
$75
Lipót Illencz Oil Painting

Lipót Illencz Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$900
French Style Crystal Basket Chandelier

French Style Crystal Basket Chandelier

Final Bid:
$2,555
Set of Antique Louis XVI Style Giltwood Chairs

Set of Antique Louis XVI Style Giltwood Chairs

Final Bid:
$1,555
Charles Henry Gifford Oil Painting "New Bedford from Gifford's Wharf"

Charles Henry Gifford Oil Painting "New Bedford from Gifford's Wharf"

Final Bid:
$8,100
William Cruickshank Watercolor and Gouache Still Life

William Cruickshank Watercolor and Gouache Still Life

Final Bid:
$425
Prada Golden Silk Brocade Belted Coat from the 1992 Fall/Winter Collection

Prada Golden Silk Brocade Belted Coat from the 1992 Fall/Winter Collection

Final Bid:
$501
Antique Trestle Dining Table with Painted Neoclassical Motifs

Antique Trestle Dining Table with Painted Neoclassical Motifs

Final Bid:
$1,450
Vintage Dog and Pail Themed Silver Plate and Glass Condiment Stand

Vintage Dog and Pail Themed Silver Plate and Glass Condiment Stand

Final Bid:
$234
Henry Lerolle Oil Painting

Henry Lerolle Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$18,750
Antique Sevres Style Ormolu Mounted Porcelain Vase

Antique Sevres Style Ormolu Mounted Porcelain Vase

Final Bid:
$230
Suzanne Eisendieck Oil Painting

Suzanne Eisendieck Oil Painting

Final Bid:
$3,100
Reed & Barton "Love Disarmed" Sterling Silver Fish Server

Reed & Barton "Love Disarmed" Sterling Silver Fish Server

Final Bid:
$175
Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Sweater Set

Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Sweater Set

Final Bid:
$60
Yves Saint Laurent Sterling Silver Foilbacked Glass Cuff Bracelet

Yves Saint Laurent Sterling Silver Foilbacked Glass Cuff Bracelet

Final Bid:
$388
Thakoon Addition Leopard Print Leather Ankle Boots with Buckles

Thakoon Addition Leopard Print Leather Ankle Boots with Buckles

Final Bid:
$26
Five Animal Print Scarves Including Linda Hutton

Five Animal Print Scarves Including Linda Hutton

Final Bid:
$85
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Seller Story: Aida & Allan Flamm, Atlanta, GA

Tell us about the Buddhas!

My little Buddhas! A girlfriend and I went to China in 1986, the first week the government had reopened the country to Americans. They were knocking temples down to build modern structures, so you’d go to the antiques stores in Hong Kong and find the temple relics. Of course, I always wanted the female goddesses because I felt like they gave great female energy. I loved giving them as gifts to my girlfriends, or to auctions for nonprofits. Can you tell I’m a bit of a feminist?

And the fashion?

I’ve always loved fashion. I bought Claude Montana and Thierry Mugler when the stores here weren’t yet carrying those labels. But for me, it was never about the labels. Allan and I would go to Paris and I would run around like a maniac buying pieces that I just thought were fabulous. I remember I bought a pair of jeans from Roberto Cavalli the year he came out. We were in Venice and I just ran into his store and bought a pair. Not because I knew who he was — I just love animal print.

Cadillac

Downsizing is stressful. We make it simple and profitable.