Abercrombie Collection to be Presented by Hindman

Hindman will present the Collection of Josephine Abercrombie, Pin Oak Stud, Versailles, Kentucky, as the anchor of its February 8th Collected Home auction. A lifelong horsewoman, philanthropist and businesswoman and founder of the Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky, Abercrombie also developed a striking collection of furniture and decorative arts. "While Abercrombie is known for her love of horse racing and entrepreneurial spirit, she also built a stunning collection of decorative arts, furniture, and art," commented Jennifer Howe, Hindman Senior Specialist of Early 20th Century Design. "This sale has a strong selection of equestrian-themed property as well as elegant furnishings from Abercrombie's lifetime of collecting." Abercrombie (1926-2022) was the only child of Texas oilman and Cameron Iron Works founder J.S. Abercrombie and Lillie Frank Abercrombie. Her love for riding began during her childhood in Texas when she began showing American Saddle Horses as a young girl. Abercrombie's success as a Saddlebred competitor and her passion for the sport led her to establish the thoroughbred-breeding farm Pin Oak Stud in Versailles, Kentucky in 1952. Over the past four decades Pin Oak Stud, under Abercrombie's leadership, has embodied excellence in thoroughbred breeding and racing. Additionally, Josephine was an avid supporter of her Texas and Kentucky communities, providing generous philanthropic support to educational institutions and civic projects. Highlights from the collection (presented across Lots 1 - 159) include fine Georgian furniture, Chinese Export porcelain, English and American silver flatware and serving pieces, including a beautiful flatware service by Porter Blanchard, rugs, and mirrors, to name a few. For those passionate about racing, ideal lots to explore include an American School, 20th century painting, Portrait of Three Horses (Lot 1; estimate: $500-700); John Rattenbury Skeaping's bronze sculpture Horse and Dog (Lot 3; estimate: $2,000- 4,000); and an American Silver Presentation Stein of Houston Horse Show Association Interest (Lot 4; estimate: $700 -- 900). Bidding for the February 8th auction will begin at 10am CT, and will be available online through Hindman's Digital Bid Room. The full auction can be viewed online here.