Seller Story: Peter Marrocco, Cincinnati, OH


“My great-grandfather John A. Hillenbrand’s father, a German immigrant and woodworker, settled in the German-speaking community of Cincinnati before the Civil War. He relocated to Batesville, Indiana in 1861 and soon passed away, leaving his 16-year-old son orphaned with two infant sisters. John abandoned the family farm and began purchasing small sections of woodland, selling hardwood to the railroads for track ties, then selling the cleared land to farmers.

Like his father, John combined hard work and acumen to create several Hillenbrand family enterprises, including a general store. In 1906, he bought the Batesville Casket Company, founded in 1884, saving it from bankruptcy. He employed German woodworkers, carvers, and cabinet makers to build the coffins. In 1929, his son William started Hill-Rom, a hospital furniture manufacturing company. Batesville Casket Company and Hill-Rom would compose what would be Hillenbrand Industries, which has since become a Fortune 500 company.

My great-grandfather on my father’s side, Anthony Scola, was an Italian silk dyer. Many of the items came over from Italy with him between 1907 to 1912. The marble tables, Oriental carpet, marble bust, and a Spanish painting that dates back to the 15th century were among these. Scola built a famous mansion in Paterson, New Jersey on 178 Durrom Avenue around 1920. When he died, he left the property to the Roman Catholic Church and it was used as a Bishop’s mansion for the next 50 or 60 years. That’s where a lot of these items came from.” – Peter Marrocco, great-grandson

Seller Story: Peter Marrocco, Cincinnati, OH
Seller Story: Peter Marrocco, Cincinnati, OH
Aynsley England Cobalt Blue Dinner Plates, Set of Twelve

Aynsley England Cobalt Blue Dinner Plates, Set of Twelve

Final Bid:
$195
Bamboo Table and Four Chairs

Bamboo Table and Four Chairs

Final Bid:
$17
Stained Glass Pendant Light

Stained Glass Pendant Light

Final Bid:
$18
Tudor Cottage Style Doll House

Tudor Cottage Style Doll House

Final Bid:
$50
8-Volume Set of "The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakespeare"

8-Volume Set of "The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakespeare"

Final Bid:
$120
Paul Herzel Pompeian Bronze Mustang Bookends

Paul Herzel Pompeian Bronze Mustang Bookends

Final Bid:
$240
International Silver "Royal Danish" Sterling Flatware and Serving Utensil Set

International Silver "Royal Danish" Sterling Flatware and Serving Utensil Set

Final Bid:
$1,701
Stanley Rich Full Length Mink Coat

Stanley Rich Full Length Mink Coat

Final Bid:
$420
Tiffany and Co. Ceramic Vase

Tiffany and Co. Ceramic Vase

Final Bid:
$85
14K Yellow Gold Sapphire and Diamond Converter Brooch

14K Yellow Gold Sapphire and Diamond Converter Brooch

Final Bid:
$506
Two-Tone Nesting Side Tables

Two-Tone Nesting Side Tables

Final Bid:
$340
Vintage Brass Scale With Pan, Weight and Candleholder

Vintage Brass Scale With Pan, Weight and Candleholder

Final Bid:
$161
Richard F. Voell Etching of Palace of the Popes

Richard F. Voell Etching of Palace of the Popes

Final Bid:
$30
14K Yellow Gold Rope Hoop Pierced Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Rope Hoop Pierced Earrings

Final Bid:
$300
Hutschenreuther Selb Porcelain Dinnerware, Set of Twelve

Hutschenreuther Selb Porcelain Dinnerware, Set of Twelve

Final Bid:
$302
Giuseppe (Professor) Bessi Alabaster Bust "Primo Amore"

Giuseppe (Professor) Bessi Alabaster Bust "Primo Amore"

Final Bid:
$2,550
Antique 800 Silver Overlay Etched Glass Decanter After Wolf & Knell, Hanau

Antique 800 Silver Overlay Etched Glass Decanter After Wolf & Knell, Hanau

Final Bid:
$387
Georg Jensen "Acorn" Sterling Cheese Carving Knife

Georg Jensen "Acorn" Sterling Cheese Carving Knife

Final Bid:
$114
14K White Gold and Platinum Diamond Heart Brooch

14K White Gold and Platinum Diamond Heart Brooch

Final Bid:
$1,500
Gorham Weighted Sterling Silver Candelabra

Gorham Weighted Sterling Silver Candelabra

Final Bid:
$120
1922 Rookwood Pottery Vase, #2108

1922 Rookwood Pottery Vase, #2108

Final Bid:
$130
Janzan Original Oil Painting of Sea King Sailboat ***

Janzan Original Oil Painting of Sea King Sailboat ***

Final Bid:
$475
Vintage Victorian Style Silver Plate Bun Warmer

Vintage Victorian Style Silver Plate Bun Warmer

Final Bid:
$180
Six Vintage Carved Oak Dining Chairs

Six Vintage Carved Oak Dining Chairs

Final Bid:
$112
Vintage Heavy Cast Iron Box

Vintage Heavy Cast Iron Box

Final Bid:
$40
Walnut Wardrobe With Marquetry, Late 1920s-30s

Walnut Wardrobe With Marquetry, Late 1920s-30s

Final Bid:
$276
Antique French Sèvres Style Ormolu-Mounted Lidded Urns/Vases

Antique French Sèvres Style Ormolu-Mounted Lidded Urns/Vases

Final Bid:
$700
Henri De Beul Original Oil Painting of Pastoral Cow Scene

Henri De Beul Original Oil Painting of Pastoral Cow Scene

Final Bid:
$4,250
1927 "The Art of The Munich Galleries" by Ansell and Fraprie

1927 "The Art of The Munich Galleries" by Ansell and Fraprie

Final Bid:
$18
L. Hensen Original Oil Painting of Landscape

L. Hensen Original Oil Painting of Landscape

Final Bid:
$85
Tiffany & Co. "Tiffany Delft" Ceramic Pitcher

Tiffany & Co. "Tiffany Delft" Ceramic Pitcher

Final Bid:
$70
Victorian Chelsea Porcelain Figurines

Victorian Chelsea Porcelain Figurines

Final Bid:
$24
Vintage Romweber Viking Oak Wood Panel Wing Chair

Vintage Romweber Viking Oak Wood Panel Wing Chair

Final Bid:
$429
Two-Volume "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy with Slipcase

Two-Volume "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy with Slipcase

Final Bid:
$46
Mottled Amber Blown Glass Wine Glasses

Mottled Amber Blown Glass Wine Glasses

Final Bid:
$45
Copper and Brass Lidded Fish Platter

Copper and Brass Lidded Fish Platter

Final Bid:
$80
Large Hand Thrown Terracotta Confit Jar

Large Hand Thrown Terracotta Confit Jar

Final Bid:
$300
Floral Needlepoint Pillows

Floral Needlepoint Pillows

Final Bid:
$93
14K Yellow Gold Double Ring Link Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Double Ring Link Necklace

Current Bid:
$0
Globe Wernicke Oak Barrister Bookcase

Globe Wernicke Oak Barrister Bookcase

Final Bid:
$725
Victorian Bronze Relief Fireplace Screen

Victorian Bronze Relief Fireplace Screen

Final Bid:
$81
Antique 800 Silver Overlay Etched Glass Pitcher After Wolf & Knell, Hanau

Antique 800 Silver Overlay Etched Glass Pitcher After Wolf & Knell, Hanau

Final Bid:
$185
Carved Wood and Upholstered Dining Chairs, Set of Eight

Carved Wood and Upholstered Dining Chairs, Set of Eight

Final Bid:
$1,050
Batesville Cabinet Co. Baroque Italian Style Dining Room Table, Circa 1930s

Batesville Cabinet Co. Baroque Italian Style Dining Room Table, Circa 1930s

Final Bid:
$5,300
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Seller Story: Peter Marrocco, Cincinnati, OH

Where did your great-grandfather source some of the artwork?

John Hillenbrand funded and financed many artists in the early 1900s. Cincinnati was considered the Gateway to the West, and at one point was one of the largest cities in the world. For that reason, it drew many artists such as Ralph Blakelock, Henry Farny, Joseph Henry Sharp, and “Wild Bill” Hickock even had his residence here. My great-grandfather and his siblings would fund the artists’ journeys out to the American West, and when they returned, they’d give them some of their artwork as repayment. That artwork was passed down to my grandmother and then to my mother.

Was this dining table and chairs set part of the Batesville inventory?

Hillenbrand incorporated Batesville Cabinet Company in 1913 and focused this company on the production of dining room furniture.The dining room table and chairs were custom made by Batesville Cabinet Company for my grandfather and have been in our family since. I have many memories sitting around that table for dinners with my family. Anyone from Cincinnati or Batesville will find the items in this sale very historically relevant to them.

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