Litchfield County Auctions & Appraisals is Connecticut’s premier estate Auction House, featuring fine art, antique & modern furniture, silver, rugs, jewelry & couture, pottery, porcelain, glass, Asian art & antiques, antiquities, ethnographic arts and more. LCA’s 10,000 sq. ft. gallery is located on the main road, just a mile south of “The Green” in historic Litchfield, nestled in the beautiful hills of Litchfield County. Major sales are held 5 times per year presenting fresh-to-the-market property from Estates and Collections in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and beyond.
Growing out of Weston Thorn’s successful antiques business that began nearly 30 years ago, LCA held its first auction in 1994. Year by year, sales have grown from that first auction of just over one hundred thousand dollars to sales over a million dollars, and from lot counts in the low hundreds to sales featuring over 1000 lots. Many major collections have been sold over the years, including property from the collection of Mike Nichols & Diane Sawyer, the estate of Opera Diva Anna Moffo, the estate of celebrated photographer Horst P. Horst and from the estate of renowned collector Alice Lawrence, and many others.
Nicholas Thorn, President
Nick joined Litchfield County Auctions in 1994 and became President of the company in 2014. He manages estates and collections from New York City, Long Island, Greenwich and Westchester. While being a generalist appraiser, his areas of interest include Mid-century Modern Furniture and Decorative Arts, as well as 20th Century paintings and sculpture. Highlight sales in which he has participated include LCA’s sale of Zao Wou Ki’s painting ‘untitled, 1951’ for $250,000 and Arthur Segal’s ‘equivalents painting’ for $162,000. He has also managed sales of prominent estates & collections such as the estate of Jack Beckwith, which included 4 major Tiffany Studios Lamps that sold for over $300,000 and a Palm Beach Gardens, FL collection that sold for over $600,000 and included major works by Harry Bertoia, Frank Stella, Rene Lalique, Paul Jenkins and Sam Francis. He has been trained as an appraiser by his father Weston Thorn and has attended numerous conferences and lectures at the Appraisers Association of America. He is a graduate of New York University.
Weston Thorn, Expert Consultant
Weston Thorn became involved in the antiques and fine art business in the mid-1960’s while pursuing a degree in Art History at Columbia University and working at a New York City art gallery which specialized in old master drawings, paintings and sculpture.
Following graduation from Columbia, he joined Sotheby Parke Bernet, where he was an appraiser, auctioneer and, ultimately, Director of Sotheby’s PB-84. In 1975, Mr. Thorn began his own antiques and appraisal business in New York City and in 1982 opened “Weston Thorn Antiques” in Northwestern Connecticut. In 1994 Mr. Thorn founded Litchfield County Auctions, Inc. and began holding auctions in Litchfield, CT. He is a one-time president of the Appraiser’s Association of America and has been a member for over 30 years.
Combining 40 years of experience as a seasoned auctioneer, a widely respected expert and a successful antiques dealer, Mr. Thorn brings a multi-faceted understanding of the art and antiques business to Litchfield County Auctions.