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Cantor Arts Center presents Treasure Market 2011: Vintage in Vogue

Art and antiques sales benefits art acquisitions fund

The Arrillaga Sports Center will be transformed this weekend into a dazzling emporium of art from the Roaring 20’s to the age of Rock n’ Roll. There will be art from around the world, antiques, china, collectible books, crystal, furs, jewelry, linens and silver for sale. The Cantor Arts Center holds its Treasure Market on odd-numbered years to support its fund to acquire new works for the museum.

The event opens Friday evening with a party and sale from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Vintage treasures from the 1920s through the 1970s, a silent auction of period pieces from private collections as well as classy cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres will highlight the opening.

Art lovers look forward to the biennial Treasure Market as a unique experience in treasure hunting. The items for sale are donated by art dealers and private collectors.

Paula Kirkeby, the owner of Smith Anderson Editions in Palo Alto said, “Treasure Market is a wonderful way for people to begin collecting valuable art at affordable prices.”

Some of the items for sale are silk embroideries and a porcelain vase from early 20th century China, Tiffany lamps, and a poster for the 1931 movie, “Primrose Path.” There is also a copy of “The Sea Wolf” by Jack London with a full-page inscription written by the author in 1916.

Stanford University’s First Lady, Andrea Hennessy, is the honorary event chair and has participated in past Treasure Markets as a donor, collector and volunteer. “I take particular delight in knowing that my donations and purchases generate funds for the Cantor Arts Center,” she said. “Over the years President Hennessy and I have purchased items from every category, and many of them have become cherished articles in our home.”

All the Treasure Market events take place in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation on Galvez Street at Campus Drive East. Tickets for the opening night party Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM are $100 for the general public and $75 for Cantor Arts Center members. Admission is $5 per day for the Saturday and Sunday sales held from 10 AM to 2 PM both days.

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