Auction Block: Virgina Knauer’s Prized Antiques

March 05, 2012 | by —Kaitlin Bunton | Homepage


President Richard Nixon and Virginia H. Knauer

On April 30, Freeman’s Auctioneers will present the 18th century antique collection of Virginia Knauer. A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Knauer worked her way up the 1960s political ladder to be the first Republican woman elected to Philadelphia’s City Council. She also held positions as the head of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and the director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Consumer Affairs, as appointed by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Items in the auction were purchased by Knauer and her husband in the 1940s and ’50s and mostly include English furniture and Chinese export porcelain. Highlights include Chippendale carved walnut chairs circa 1770 and a mahogany and parcel-gilt looking glass circa the mid-18th century.

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