18th century spirits sale @ Christie’s
SALE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK DEC 7th, 2018
Christie’s announces the sale of a selection from one of the most extensive early collections of Madeira in the United States, dating to the 18th-19th centuries. Recently rediscovered at The Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, New Jersey, a selection will be included in the auction Finest Wines and Spirits, Including The Liberty Hall Museum Collection of Historic Madeira and an extraordinary Collection of Preprohibition Whiskey on December 7 at Christie’s New York.
Discovered during a six-month refurbishment project, almost three cases of Madeira wine from 1796 and approximately 40 demijohns from the 1820s, were discovered from the Liberty Hall Museum in 2015. During the wine cellar restoration, the museum exposed the original brick flooring that had been covered by a layer of concrete, and removed an extra wall, likely erected during the Prohibition era, to reveal numerous cases that had been nailed shut for nearly a century.
The December 2018 Christie’s auction will include an offering from this historic discovery, highlighted by a selection of demijohns that were recorked in October 2018 in partnership with APCOR, The Portuguese Cork Association, and catalogued under the expertise of Francisco Albuquerque, Winemaker for the Blandy's Madeira Wine Company, S.A., and Edwin Vos, Head of Wine at Christie’s. Featured lots include Lenox Madeira, imported by the Late Robert Lenox Esq. via Philadelphia in 1796, bottled in the Summer of 1798, Re-bottled in June 1888 (estimate: $6,000-8,000 per bottle); Madeira 1846, Old Sercial in demijohn, recorked in 1871 and in October 2018 (estimate: $35,000-55,000 per 5-gallon demijohn).