Long on Style: The Collections of Frawley, Hathaway and Block by STAIR

Auction Description

Stair Galleries is pleased to offer property from the collections of William Frawley’s apartment in Soho, Phillips Hathaway’s historic Greek revival home in Salisbury, Connecticut, and the New York apartment of Kenneth Paul Block and his partner Morton Ribyat, on Friday, September 24th, starting at 4pm EDT.

William Frawley


William Frawley, a notable New York shoe designer, has an affinity for textured surfaces, animal skins, skeletons and bones. His collection also includes a group of academic figural paintings, prints and drawings. Frawley filled his tastefully decorated apartment with ostrich eggs, metal skulls, carved bone crayfish and Staffordshire transfer printed pottery, all in soft black, brown, cream and white hues. There is an industrial edge to the interiors of his Soho loft including large chrome floor lamps placed around a leather sofa, chairs and parchment colored tables, and a silver tray with a group of unusual table articles. Also peppered around the apartment are faux leopard and sheep skins pillows.

Phillips “Pete” Hathaway, an international “best dressed” list recipient and a former Sotheby’s expert, transformed the Ragamont Inn, Salisbury, Connecticut, into a grand showhouse of European taste. He chose French Boussac curtains to mix with black and white photographs of palm fronds by Guido Orsini, a whimsical faux marble and gilded papier mâché pedestal, a watercolor of a Pompeiian ruin and a 19th Century soldier from the Bill Blass Collection. It is a treasure trove of eclecticism. Included in the collection is a colorful Turkish Oushak carpet, an 18th century Georgian silver flatware service, a pair of Louis XVI ormolu candlesticks, and an exotic portrait of the Newab of Arcot. Also included in the auction are a pair of decorative Thai metal hands, a pair of coral branches on stands, a bromoil print by society favorite, Gerald Incandela of Russian Wedding Crowns, and a pair of French provincial armchairs upholstered in Boussac fabric.

Kenneth Paul Block was one of the most notable fashion illustrators of the 20th century. Block worked for Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine for nearly forty years. He painted The Duchess of Windsor, Jacqueline de Ribes, Gloria Guinness in glamorous clothes by Norman Norell, Givenchy, Coco Chanel, Pauline Trigere, Halston, and the like. Mr. Block and his partner of many years, Morton Ribyat, lived in an art-filled apartment in The Normandy, an Emory Roth designed building on the upper west side. The apartment was filled with watercolors, paintings and drawings by their creative friends in the fashion, theatre and art worlds, as well as paintings and drawings by Block and Ribyat. We have for offer a rare Bill Cunningham designed feathered mirror, a three panel painted Marcel Vertes screen, a fantastical domed collage by Paul Fisher and a six-panel mirrored screen. Also included are four decades’ worth of fashion magazines and books from their library.

Buyer's Premium

Start Premium(%)
$0 28.00

Bid Increments

Start Increments ($)
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000


Unfortunately we are unable to pack, ship or dismantle any items. The following is a list of shippers in our area: 
Arnoff Pack & Ship 
Fine Arts Services 
Terri Proper 
351 Millerton Road 
Lakeville, CT 06039 
T (860) 435-2909 
F (860) 435-8119 
Arnoff Pack & Ship 
Fine Arts Services 
Ashwani Dogra 
1282 Dutchess Turnpike 
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 
T (845) 790-6281 
F (845) 452-3606 
UPS Store #4541 
Elise Anderson
Todd O'Brien
Kings Mall 
1200 Ulster Avenue (#35A) 
Kingston, New York 12401 
tel #845-336-4877 
email: store4541@theupsstore.com 
Meticulous Movers
 Owners: Josh and Mike
 T: 845-256-7047
 F: 845-256-7039
Frank LaBarbera's
Specializing in Fine Arts & Antique Furniture Moving 
Local and Long Distance
Phone: 845-355-7770
Fax: 845-355-7771
Email: info@franklabarbera.com
P.O. Box 100
Slate Hill, NY 10972-0100
Gander and White
21-44 44th Rd, Queens, NY 11101
(718) 784-8444
38-20 Review Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-9770
Cadogan Tate
41-20 39th St, Queens, NY 11104
(718) 706-7999

Terms & Conditions

It is important to Stair Galleries that all bidders understand the terms and conditions under which its auctions are conducted.  Please carefully read the Conditions of Sale set forth below and then acknowledge your understanding and acceptance. 
The property offered for sale by Stair Galleries & Restoration, Inc. (the "Gallery") as agent for the consignor(s) to purchasers is subject to the following terms and conditions: 
1. The property is sold in "as is" condition and without recourse, and neither the Gallery nor the consignor makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, as to catalogue description, attribution, authenticity, provenance, origin, size, age or condition of any of the property offered for sale.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser, prior to the auction, to examine the property and make a determination as to the value, condition, description, authenticity, provenance, origin, size and age of the property. 
2. The highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer shall be the purchaser.  The Gallery reserves the right to reject any bid.  The auctioneer shall advance the bid at his/her sole discretion.  The auctioneer in his/her sole discretion may determine to re-offer any lot in dispute.  In the event of any dispute, the Gallery record of the bids shall be accepted as conclusive. 
3. The Gallery reserves the right in its sole discretion at any time before bidding commences to withdraw combine or divide any lot.  
4. At the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, title will pass to the highest bidder, and the bidder thereupon assumes full risk and responsibility for the property, including the obligation to immediately pay the full price or such price as the Gallery may require.  All bidders may be requested to give their name, residence, business address, telephone number, driver's license and credit card.  The Gallery shall have the right to reject any bid from anyone who has not established credit with the Gallery prior to the auction. 
5. The purchase price paid by the buyer shall be the amount of the final bid plus a twenty-seven percent (27%) buyer's premium, discounted to twenty-five percent (25%) for cash (US currency only) or check (US Bank check only).  For example, if the final bid is $500, the purchase price is $635.  All purchases are subject to state and local taxes where applicable, which are computed on the purchase price.  If any part of the purchase price is paid by credit card, the buyer's premium shall be calculated at twenty-seven percent (27%) on the entire purchase.
6. Property purchased from the Gallery by a successful bidder may not be removed from the auction sale premises until the full purchase price plus the buyer's premium and all applicable taxes have been paid.  The purchaser must pay for and remove all property from the auction premises on the same day as the auction sale. 
7. If the purchaser fails to fulfill these conditions, in addition to all legal remedies available to the Gallery, the Gallery may: a) cancel the sale and retain any payments made as liquidated damages; b) resell the property for the account of the buyer, in which case the buyer shall be liable to the Gallery for all its costs and damages, including the commissions for both auctions; c) remove the property to a public warehouse for the account and at the risk and expense of the buyer. 
8. All property must be removed the day following the Auction by 1:00 pm.  For example, if the auction takes place on Saturday, all property must be removed by 1:00 pm on Sunday.  After that time all property will be moved to our Maple Avenue facility, and if the property is not picked up in a timely manner, the Gallery will add a $75.00 handling charge to the purchase price.  After sixty days, the Gallery reserves the right to send the property to a public warehouse for the account and at the risk and expense of the purchaser. 
9. Items with a low estimate of $5,000 or above have, insofar as they are uniquely identifiable from the description given, been checked against the computerized database of stolen or lost artwork, antiquities and other cultural objects maintained by the Art Loss Registry. 
11.  All bidders are strongly urged to request a condition report for the object that you are bidding on, if you have not viewed the item in person at our Gallery.  Requests for condition reports must be received within 72 hours prior to the auction to allow ample time to fulfill your request. 
12.  Shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer, under no circumstances will Stair Galleries pack and or ship items.  Upon request, our Client Services Department will provide a list of shippers for you to choose from. 
13.  It is the bidders sole responsibility to make sure that they are bidding on the correct item, as well as placing the correct bid amount.  Stair Galleries will not be held responsible for any bidder errors, including, but not limited to: a bid placed on the wrong lot, or for the wrong amount.  There will be no exceptions to this policy. 
Bidding amounts are accepted in increments, subject to the auctioneer’s discretion.  Please note this guide applies to absentee bids as well.
Bidding Increments

Up to $200                           — $25

$200 – $500                        — $50

$500 – $3,000                    — $100

$3,000 – $5,000                 — $250

$5,000 – $10,000              — $500

$10,000 – $30,000            — $2,500

$30,000 – $100,000          — $5,000

Over $100,000                    — $10,000