Seller Story: The Golder Collection, Cincinnati, OH


“When my mother, Faith would hear music, she’d get this little glint in her eye and just go waltzing off,” recalls son, Stuart Golder. Dr. Sylvan and Faith Golder were the consummate collecting couple, well known in Cincinnati for their philanthropic generosity, vast collective knowledge, and presence in the performing arts community.

“She had always wanted to dance but her husband Sylvan didn’t really know how,” remembers daughter-in-law, Peg Rhein. “So she told him she had won some dance lessons at the Arthur Murray dance studio in Cincinnati. Well, she hadn’t really won them but she just wanted him to get started! And he did!” After that, the Golders would become significant supporters of the Cincinnati tango community, befriending world-class dancers who traveled to the city for workshops. Everyone attended the “milongas” and get-togethers. “At first, Sylvan was a little shy about it, but he got more confident and realized he was doing okay. It was such a big part of their lives.”

According to EBTH’s Director of Artwork Graydon Sikes, “The Golders were the sort of people that, at an auction, others might follow around to see what they might be interested in.” Faith, having had to drop out of college to become a lab technician during WWII, developed a deep affinity for French culture, and with her husband, would take 3 to 4 weeks a year to visit France. Her detailed travel journals recounted their (over thirty!) trips, visits to many art galleries, museums, and auction houses. “They had a deep appreciation for culture, craftsmanship, and materials, and everything they collected held an interesting story,” says Peg. “It wasn’t ever about the monetary value, but about where they were and what they enjoyed during that trip or that visit. And they had the best time telling you about their art collection.”

Seller Story: The Golder Collection, Cincinnati, OH
Seller Story: The Golder Collection, Cincinnati, OH
Chinese Carved Agate Chalcedony Figural Urn on Rosewood Base

Chinese Carved Agate Chalcedony Figural Urn on Rosewood Base

Final Bid:
$275
Victor Vasarely Limited Edition Serigraph on Paper "Vega"

Victor Vasarely Limited Edition Serigraph on Paper "Vega"

Final Bid:
$375
Javanese Borobudur Style Carved Volcanic Stone Buddha Head

Javanese Borobudur Style Carved Volcanic Stone Buddha Head

Final Bid:
$300
Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Flatware

Wallace Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Flatware

Final Bid:
$5,400
19th-Century Birdseye Maple Snuff Box With Tortoise Shell Insert

19th-Century Birdseye Maple Snuff Box With Tortoise Shell Insert

Final Bid:
$66
Early 19th-Century Oil Painting on Paper Portrait of a Man

Early 19th-Century Oil Painting on Paper Portrait of a Man

Final Bid:
$500
Pair of Bert Gordon Weighted Sterling Silver Candleholders

Pair of Bert Gordon Weighted Sterling Silver Candleholders

Final Bid:
$350
Early 20th Century Sterling Silver Minaudiere with Tassel

Early 20th Century Sterling Silver Minaudiere with Tassel

Final Bid:
$575
Chinese Incised Ceramic Jar

Chinese Incised Ceramic Jar

Final Bid:
$135
Chinese Carved Nephrite Belt Hook Mounted on Acrylic

Chinese Carved Nephrite Belt Hook Mounted on Acrylic

Final Bid:
$1,601
Antique KPM Style Female Portrait on Porcelain with Brass Frame

Antique KPM Style Female Portrait on Porcelain with Brass Frame

Final Bid:
$440
Early 19th Century French Pressed Fruitwood Snuff Box

Early 19th Century French Pressed Fruitwood Snuff Box

Final Bid:
$73
19th Century Scottish Horn Snuff Box with Sterling Silver Rim

19th Century Scottish Horn Snuff Box with Sterling Silver Rim

Final Bid:
$205
After Ignaz Gaugengigl Oil Painting on Panel Young French Man

After Ignaz Gaugengigl Oil Painting on Panel Young French Man

Final Bid:
$575
Antique Lacquered Chinese Snuff Box with a Dragon at the Lid

Antique Lacquered Chinese Snuff Box with a Dragon at the Lid

Final Bid:
$126
Circa 1833 Joseph Willmore Sterling Silver Perfume Flask

Circa 1833 Joseph Willmore Sterling Silver Perfume Flask

Final Bid:
$325
19th Century Hand Painted Sevres Style Porcelain Sewing Box

19th Century Hand Painted Sevres Style Porcelain Sewing Box

Final Bid:
$455
14K White Gold and Sterling Compact with Sapphires

14K White Gold and Sterling Compact with Sapphires

Final Bid:
$435
Chinese Carved Turquoise Snuff Bottle

Chinese Carved Turquoise Snuff Bottle

Final Bid:
$220
18th Century English Enamel Nécessaire

18th Century English Enamel Nécessaire

Final Bid:
$382
Circa 1926 Rookwood Five Sided Raven Vase in Blue Glaze

Circa 1926 Rookwood Five Sided Raven Vase in Blue Glaze

Final Bid:
$405
19th Cent. Porcelain Framed Plaque After Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

19th Cent. Porcelain Framed Plaque After Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Final Bid:
$475
Russian 800 Silver "Plique-a-Jour" Filigree and Enamel Box

Russian 800 Silver "Plique-a-Jour" Filigree and Enamel Box

Final Bid:
$475
19th-Century English Tea Caddy with Shell Form Marquetry Inlay

19th-Century English Tea Caddy with Shell Form Marquetry Inlay

Final Bid:
$180
Chinese Qing Dynasty Lobate Tea Caddy Chest

Chinese Qing Dynasty Lobate Tea Caddy Chest

Final Bid:
$1,260
Circa 1880 Green Cut to Clear Glass Scent Bottle with Silver Cap

Circa 1880 Green Cut to Clear Glass Scent Bottle with Silver Cap

Final Bid:
$380
Thomas Webb Blue Cameo Perfume Flask with Sterling Cap

Thomas Webb Blue Cameo Perfume Flask with Sterling Cap

Final Bid:
$630
French Marquetry Jewelry Box

French Marquetry Jewelry Box

Final Bid:
$185
Chinese Dyed Jadeite Carving

Chinese Dyed Jadeite Carving

Final Bid:
$80
Art Nouveau Favrile Glass Bud Vase with Sterling Silver Overlay

Art Nouveau Favrile Glass Bud Vase with Sterling Silver Overlay

Final Bid:
$381
19th Century French Sterling Silver Louis Philippe Coin Tastevin

19th Century French Sterling Silver Louis Philippe Coin Tastevin

Final Bid:
$325
Late 19th Century Pink Scent Bottle with 800 Silver Overlay

Late 19th Century Pink Scent Bottle with 800 Silver Overlay

Final Bid:
$190
Circa 1900 Signed "Daum Nancy" Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Vase

Circa 1900 Signed "Daum Nancy" Art Nouveau Cameo Glass Vase

Final Bid:
$1,203
Vintage Breakfront China Cabinet by Williams-Kimp Furniture Co.

Vintage Breakfront China Cabinet by Williams-Kimp Furniture Co.

Final Bid:
$925
Circa 1900 Loetz Titania Glass Vase with Sterling Silver Overlay

Circa 1900 Loetz Titania Glass Vase with Sterling Silver Overlay

Final Bid:
$1,352
Framed Chinese Painting on Silk

Framed Chinese Painting on Silk

Final Bid:
$85
Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Inkwell Circa 1873-91

Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Inkwell Circa 1873-91

Final Bid:
$451
Victorian Thomas Webb Cameo Glass Perfume Bottle

Victorian Thomas Webb Cameo Glass Perfume Bottle

Final Bid:
$1,902
19th Century French Limoges Grisaille Enamel Plaque, Signed

19th Century French Limoges Grisaille Enamel Plaque, Signed

Final Bid:
$300
19th Century English Articulated Sterling  Flounder Snuff Box

19th Century English Articulated Sterling Flounder Snuff Box

Final Bid:
$305
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Seller Story: The Golder Collection, Cincinnati, OH

Were pieces from their collection ever exhibited?

“The Golders made a significant bequest of archaic jades to the Cincinnati Art Museum, which makes up the core of the Museum’s Collection in this area. Jades, in particular, are regarded as among the most subjective of collecting categories. Ten different enthusiasts might have 10 differing opinions regarding a single jade carving. This is what made the Golders so special. The opportunity to examine a single jade vase, a prized snuff bottle, or disc enabled a deep conversation between the two where both could bounce analysis off the other. Their collection is the result of this loving collaboration and EBTH is honored to present it here.” –Graydon Sikes

Who was the driving force behind the collection? Or was it more of a shared passion?

“We have a family history in jewelry. Faith’s father Pete had a pawn shop and jewelry store in Florida. Many beautiful antiques came through the store. He was always very generous and offered various pieces to his daughter, so that’s how she got her start as a collector. Her mother, Grandma Ann, would take her to auctions and estate sales and she got her education in antique appreciation that way. The combination of her mother’s influence and her father’s generosity shaped her interest in the world. I would say Faith was the driving force and Sylvan really enjoyed the thrill of the search and negotiation. It was definitely a shared love and passion between them.” –Stuart Golder

Did Faith ever get to finish school after WWII?

“She always regretted not completing her college degree, so, much later in life – in the 60s or 70s– she enrolled at the University of Cincinnati. I was so impressed that she went back to school and accumulated enough credits in French Literature to earn her BA degree. She spoke French fluently and used the trips to France with Sylvan to not only practice her French but to visit museums and collect fabulous antiques.” –Stuart Golder

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