On April 29, the Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sold numerous collections, including antiquities from the estate of John M. Harney, who was born in St. Louis in 1924. Mr. Harney was a true academic and an astute collector, studying first at Princeton and then at Harvard and the Fogg Museum.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Mr. Harney became involved in his family’s design firm, Warfield, Inc., which opened its doors in 1912. He eventually took over the business and spent the rest of his life furthering his knowledge of antiquities and design.
The ten objects from Mr. Harney’s estate handled by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers consisted of terra cotta, marble and bronze figures. A Roman marble torso sold for $80,500 and a Roman ionic capital sold for $47,500.