RJD Silent Auction Preview

Charting the Course

This listing of auction items and estimated values is updated daily.

Please check back often!

Super Silent

“Courtyard House” Cottage in the Cotswolds of England

Situated within the heart of Blockley Village you will be within walking distance of everything the village has to offer. Over 200 years old, the house has both charm and modern amenities. This is the personal cottage of horticulturist Gordon Hayward.

Enjoy one week in this two bedroom, two bathroom cottage that accommodates 4 people. Experience Gordon’s garden and many other gardens in the surrounding area.

Available Friday to Friday, September and early October 2013 or between April and mid-May 2014.

Courtesy of Gordon Hayward, Horticultural Writer and Designer

Opening Bid: $1,600


1 week at Casa Feliz San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende….that magical small town located in central Mexico….. an oasis of tranquility. Casually sophisticated, intellectually stimulating and architecturally beautiful, San Miguel attracts thousands of visitors each year. Nestled at 6,000 feet just 3.5 hours north of Mexico City, it boasts a flawless climate of sunny days and cool nights year round.  Fly on US airlines into the regional airport Leon (BJX) and spend a week in Casa Feliz.

Casa Feliz, a 3 Bedroom, 3.5 bath gem of a home, just a short level walk from the town’s Historic District, is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the most desirable section of town. Spend a week indulging yourself in San Miguel’s lively cultural scene – art gallery openings, plays, concerts, classes and workshops including Spanish, yoga, painting, poetry, sculpting. Or just relax and enjoy the café society around you! (Not available Jan – March 2014) Must be used by 9/14

Courtesy of Jane McMahon
Value: $1,800+
Opening Bid: $1,250

DSC02142Condominium on Lindo Key, Sarasota, Florida

Enjoy a week of sun, surf, spectacular vistas, warm weather and breathtaking sunsets at this lovely home in Sarasota, Florida.

This three bedroom, three bathroom condo very comfortably sleeps 6 people. Step out the door to sandy beaches, a beautiful swimming pool or enjoy the relaxing hot tub.

Explore the many cultural offerings Sarasota has to offer, wonderful shopping and fine dining at the area’s many restaurants.

Available for one week from May until October or during the month of December.

Courtesy of Heather Parsons
Value: $1,500
Opening Bid: $700

Faial1 Week in Varadouro, Faial, Azores with a Car

The Azores are a joy to explore with exquisite scenery, a wealth of marine life, uncrowded anchorages and great amenities.

Stay in this lovely 2 bedroom house and explore the island – whale watch, visit the Park Terra Nostra, the Scrimshaw Museum above the ever popular Peter’s Cafao, the Horta Museum and the Port of Horta. Most of all relax and enjoy wonderful food, wine and the gracious hospitality of the wonderful people of Faial. (Date to be arranged by mutual agreement).

Courtesy of Emily & John Pinheiro
Value: $3,000
Opening Bid: $1,500

UntitledHistoric House Tour & Dinner for Ten

Step back to a more genial time to wine and dine at one of New Bedford’s architectural gems. Designed by native son Nat C. Smith in 1897, Clinton Place is the first “development” in the city, with six charming and distinctive Shingle style houses on a cul-de-sac.

Enjoy cocktails and a first floor tour of the houses with historian Bruce Barnes, followed by dinner for 10 at the Baker residence, full staff in service. In the spirit of Nat Smith, enthusiastic cook and renown host, it will be an evening to remember.

Courtesy of Deb & Will Baker
Value: $1,400
Opening Bid: $600

Decadent Dinner for 8 by Russell Morin Fine Catering

Start planning for a truly memorable dinner party and leave all the work to Russell Morin Fine Catering. Enjoy a dinner for eight served in your home by Morin’s talented staff. Consult with their Chef de Cuisine to plan a fabulous meal.

Courtesy of Russell Morin Fine Catering
Value: $1,500
Opening Bid: $800

Photography Session of Your House or Garden by Sam Gray

Don’t miss this chance to capture special and lasting images of your home or garden with professional, high resolution photographs. It is also an opportunity for designers looking to update and enhance their marketing materials and websites.

For more than eighteen years professional photographer Sam Gray has been photographing all aspects of homes from coast to coast. His work continues to appear in top magazines, including Veranda, Better Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest, Beautiful Homes, Home Remolding and Decorating & Bon Appetit.

Courtesy of Sam Gray
Value: $1,000
Opening Bid: $400 Offer expires June 2014

Elizabeth Islands Picnic with Stewart Young

Visit the Elizabeth Islands, summer home of Sarah Coffin Jones, for a walking tour and informal lunch for four people. Transportation by boat will be provided from Woods Hole (parking on your own) or come via your own vessel and a mooring will be provided.

Your host will be Stewart Young, great-great-grandson of Sarah Coffin Jones. To be scheduled for mutual convenience in August or September 2013.

Courtesy of Stewart Young
Value: Priceless
Opening Bid: $200

Custom Gourmet Dinner for 16 From Harriet’s of Marion

Start planning now! Enjoy a gourmet dinner for 16 people prepared and served by Harriet’s Catering in Marion.

Work with chef Patty Nicholson to plan a truly memorable dining extravaganza. Best of all, with this catered event you will have as much fun as your guests. (Libations not included, additional charge for holiday bookings).

Courtesy of Gerry & Sam Gray and Harriet’s of Marion
Value: $1,500
Opening Bid: $800

 “Quick’s Hole” Framed Oil Painting by Dick Perkins

Each year we are delighted and grateful to include an original oil painting by RJD member and artist Dick Perkins.

Dick’s lovely nautical landscapes reflect his love of this area and its shoreline.

This 11″ x 14″ oil on board captures Quick’s Hole, the well-traveled strait in the Elizabeth Islands separating Nashawena Island from Pasque Island.

Courtesy of Dick Perkins
Value: $800
Opening Bid: $300

slide1Hand Crafted Fancy Fire Pit

Fancy Fire Pit creates beautiful, functional fire pits and bowls from reycled carbon steel tank heads. The carbon steel will weather to a rich dark patina and may be left outdoors year round in any climate. Discover the fun of gathering around a warm, inviting fire. You will enjoy it for years in your garden.

The fire pits are hand crafted and designed to last a lifetime. Fancy Fire Pits add light to your life!

Courtesy of Joy Hortsman
Value: $1,000
Opening Bid: $500

Elephant Painting

Framed 30″ x 36″ painting by Keaw, one of the most talented elephants at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand. Bob Smith has been visiting the Center for several years, hand-picking paintings and showing them at Gallery 4. Part of the proceeds have previously gone to the Conservation Center and the World Wildlife Fund.

The painting is archiveally mounted and framed. Each elephant painting bears both the stamped and embossed seal of the Elephant Conservation Center, and the name of the artist, which is recorded in a ledger at the Center. The paintings are all original – there are no giclée copies.

Courtesy of Wanderer Imports, Tiverton, R.I.
Value: $1000
Opening Bid: $500


West Island Toward Sconticut Neck“West Island Towards Sconticut Neck” by Sig Haines

Since 1977, Sig has exhibited in the local area with numerous one-person exhibitions in local galleries as well as in group exhibitions in New York and Boston. Sig continues to paint, teach and inspire aspiring artists.

Courtesy of Sig Haines
Opening Bid:

Roma Oil Painting by David H. Lowrey

Artist David Lowrey is member of the Guild of Boston Artists, where his has his studio. He trained under the classical tutelage of R.H. Ives Gammell. His works have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and Europe.

Courtesy of Al Walker Value: $600 Opening Bid: $250

Original French Chromolithograph “Jardin D’Hiver”

This method of making multi-color prints was developed in France in the 19th century and was quite costly because of the skill and time required to produce a quality image. Why not take it home and add a little French flare to your interiors!

Courtesy of Rogers Gallery and Framery Value: $225 Opening Bid: $100

Matted Antique Print

For the past 15 years, Whitney Antique Prints has been dealing in original decorative prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. This carefully select print will add color and interest to your décor.

Courtesy of Whitney Antique Prints Value: $150 Opening Bid: $

Winter Woodland by Mary Schubert

One of Mary Schubert’s many talents is painting (when does she find the time?). This framed and matted print captures the peace of a winter woodland and movement of a running brook in winter.

Courtesy of Mary Schubert Value: Opening Bid:

NB-Harbor-Moonlight-ColorNew Bedford Harbor Moonlight Circa 1871 Giclee by Arthur Moniz

A New Bedford native, artist Arthur Moniz has been painting the beauty of the historic maritime coastal communities for over 35 years. This professionally framed giclee print is one of his most popular and historic images.

Courtesy of Brenda & Ron Dias
Value: $350
Opening Bid: $175


royalrootersFour Red Sox Box Seats & ‘Royal Rooters’ Passes

Take me out to the ball game! You won’t miss the action with 4 Box Seat tickets behind Home Plate! Eat, drink and enjoy before the game at the “Royal Rooters Club” – also a great spot for rain delays.

Courtesy of Deb & Will Baker
Value: $400
Opening Bid: $200

Golf & Lunch for 3 at Brookline Country Club

Sam (Francis) Gray will be your host for a round of golf for three (including caddies) and luncheon at The Country Club in Brookline.

Courtesy of Sam Gray Value: $700 Opening Bid: $300

New Bedford Preservation Society Membership and Tour Tickets

This terrific package includes a Family Membership to the New Bedford Preservation Society, and four tickets for the Cemetery or Holiday Annual Tours (your choice!)

Courtesy of the New Bedford Preservation Society Value: $122 Opening Bid: $60

2 Tickets for the Red Sox vs. the Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox

Enjoy great seats in Boston’s century-old Fenway Park for July 24, 2013, when the Red Sox meet the Tampa Bay Rays. You will be seated in Section 24, Box F51, Row M, Seats 1 & 2.

Courtesy of Frank Resnek Value: $279 Opening Bid: $150

Sunset Champagne Sail for 6 on Frolic

Ray & Wendy Cullum will welcome you aboard Frolic, their 44 foot custom-designed sloop moored in Sippican Harbor for a champagne sunset cruise. Raise a glass of bubbly with five friends and toast the beauty of Buzzards Bay.

Courtesy of Ray & Wendy Cullum Value: $600 Opening Bid: $300

Westport River Tour for 2 with Alan PooleAlan Poole

Alan Poole, local expert & Cornell ornithologist, will take you on a kayak (supplied by Alan) tour of the amazing Westport River Osprey Colony. Enjoy a box lunch on one of the river’s scenic picnic rocks.

Courtesy of Alan Poole
Value: $250
Opening Bid: $125

New Bedford Symphony Season Subscription for 2

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to the proposition that classical music can enrich and transform lives. Now you can have the opportunity to enjoy a pair of full-season subscriptions (in section B) for two to the New Bedford Symphony for a total of seven concerts.

Courtesy of the New Bedford Symphony Value: $448 Opening Bid: $225

‘Sunset Cruise’ with the Community Boating Center

Sail beautiful Buzzards Bay at sunset, aboard one of CBC’s 23 ft. Sonars. Sit back and enjoy the cruise or take the helm with the assistance of an experienced instructor. By appointment.

Courtesy of Community Boating Center, Inc. Value: $180 Opening Bid: $80

Private Windsurfing Lesson

No experience necessary! An instructor with twenty years’ experience will provide the necessary equipment and wet suit. This three hour lesson will include an understanding of the “wind clock,” basic terminology, practice up-hauling and tacking on dry land, and then move on to the water! Location and date will be determined by wind and weather.

Courtesy of Suzie Kokkins Value: $250 Opening Bid: $

proofed 02-16-1999 at lamar graphicsTwo Round Trip Ferry Tickets to Martha’s Vineyard

Get to the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard in just one hour from New Bedford. Skip Cape traffic as you cruise in comfort through sheltered waterways while admiring the sights of lighthouses and islands along our route. Valid for any departure date and time during the 2013 season!

Courtesy of Seastreak
Value: $163
Opening Bid: $100

Winter Night Getaway at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford

A one night stay in New Bedford’s new waterfront hotel, perfect for an out-of-town guest. Valid November 2013 – March 2014.

Courtesy of Lafrance Hospitality Company Value: $164 Opening Bid: $80

Boston Walking Tour and Luncheon for 3

Gerry Gray will be your guide. She will transport you to & from Boston for an architectural tour of Back Bay or Beacon Hill, your choice. Following the tour enjoy lunch at the Chilton Club.

Courtesy of Gerry Gray Value: $300 Opening Bid: $125

Sunset Sail Aboard Faial for 6 People

Come aboard Faial in Pandanaram Harbor, Emily and John Pinheiro’s Bristol 44, for a sunset cruise on Buzzards Bay with drinks and hors d’oeuvres (Emily is a wonderful cook, so all aboard are in for a fine epicurean experience!)

Courtesy of John & Emily Pinheiro Value: $600 Opening Bid: $300

One Weeknight Stay at the Baggins End Guest House in Historic Fairhaven

Sail into the upper harbor and drop anchor at the guest mooring, bring your dingy to the 75’ dock where your accommodations await in the Skylight room.

Courtesy of Diane Tomassetti, Proprietor Value: $125 Opening Bid: $60

Day Sail for 6 on Buzzards Bay

Explore Buzzards Bay onboard Christine and Les Dole’s 50’ sailboat Pinnacle. Depart from Sippican Harbor for a day sail. As you sail through Buzzards Bay work up an appetite for a savory munchies, beverages and luncheon!

Courtesy of Christine & Les Dole Value: $600 Opening Bid: $

Have You Hugged a Horse Today (?) Riding Lesson

Visit the year round indoor arena at Dancing Oaks Farm in Little Compton, R.I. for a “Not Your Typical Riding Lesson”. Whether you are just beginning, reacquainting yourself or an avid rider, come find out how you can improve your communication with horses. Have fun on horseback or off learning how to enjoy letting the horse become your partner.

Courtesy of Kathy Wattles Value: $250 Opening Bid: $100

Shop & Dine at the Ansel S. Gurney House in Marion

Situated in a picturesque country setting with eleven rooms filled with unique items from near and far, the Ansel Gurney house offers a truly unique shopping experience. After lunch in Ansel’s Café, do a little retail therapy and stroll through their extensive gardens.

Courtesy of Debbie Gunschel Value: $80 Opening Bid: $40


Lunch for 6 at “Bluefish” in Mattapoisett Harbor

Join hosts Ruth and Michael Jolliffe for a lovely lunch at “Bluefish,” their architecturally inspiring house in Mattapoisett. You and 5 friends will enjoy good food and conversation with a lovely view of the harbor and the Jolliffe’s surrounding gardens.

Courtesy of Ruth and Michael Jolliffe Value: $250 Opening Bid: $150

Pour Farm Tavern Gift Certificate

Use this gift certificate at New Bedford’s favorite wa­tering spot where British pub meets New York chic. Choose from over 25 different micro brews and great food offerings.

Courtesy of Pour Farm Tavern, New Bedford
Value: $100
Opening Bid: $50

Gift Certificate for Catered Dinner & Wine

Use this gift certificate from caterer Elle Bee for a Personal Chef’s Seasonal Dinner Party. The wine gift basket is yours to take home tonight!

Courtesy of Lori Hall, Elle Bee’s Catering Value: $150 Opening Bid: $100

Cooking Class for 4 in Your Home

Work with amazing cook Mary Schubert to learn how to prepare a Gourmet Magazine recipe for Beef Wellington and an award-winning Gelato dessert. Mary is renowned for her expertise in the kitchen with a good bit of professional training. Tina Read’s flowers will grace the table and you can fortify your culinary efforts with wine from Spirits of Marion.

Courtesy of Mary Schubert Value: Priceless Opening Bid: $400

Bourne Oysters With Cocktails for 12

Oyster lovers-it doesn’t get better than this! Enjoy fresh and succulent Bourne oysters shucked just for you and oyster loving friends, overlooking the water at Gerry & Sam Gray’s house in Wareham. Wash down these tasty mollusks with the summer cocktail of your choice!

Courtesy of Sam and Gerry Gray
Value: $500
Opening Bid: $250

oysters100 Fresh Native Bourne Oysters

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on fresh succulent oysters. There is nothing fresher than these local treasures from Bourne Cove, MA. To be delivered on request.

Courtesy of Sam and Gerry Gray
Value: $100
Opening Bid: $60

Tasting Dinner for 4 at Upstairs on the Square, Cambridge

Enjoy a five-course Tasting Dinner for 4 at Upstairs on the Square with paired wines in the Soiree Room. Valid until 6-1-14. Gratuity not included. Reservations requested.

Courtesy of Chrissie & Charlie Bascom Value: $288 Opening Bid: $180

For The Home & Garden

Fearless Pruning with Sue Fairfax

Sue Fairfax, landscape designer of Day Street Designs in Dartmouth will provide a 3-hour pruning consultation and demonstration for you. Learn from a pro! Sue recommends redemption in spring of 2014 for greatest advantage.

Courtesy of Sue Fairfax Value: $200 Opening Bid: $100

$200 in Gift Certificates from Sylvan Nursery

Use these 2 $100 gift certificates to purchase premium plant material from Sylvan’s extensive offerings and outstanding plant material.

Courtesy of Jim McBratney, Sylvan Nursery Value: $200 Opening Bid: $100

Handcrafted Bowl from Saltmarsh Pottery

This lovely 8” bowl speaks of spring with its unique lilac and dogwood blossom motif. The pleasant floral designs will brighten any table.

Courtesy of Brenda Dias Value: $65 Opening Bid: $40

Hand-Thrown Flower Pot by Kim Barry

A handsome green patina gives this pot a look that is timeless. Adorned with a “Lady Slipper” medallion, this extra-large urn pot is ideal for indoors or out from Clay Trout Pottery in Mattapoisett. A handsome green patina gives this pot a look that is timeless.

Courtesy of Kim Barry, Clay Trout Pottery Value: $80 Opening Bid: $50

Antique Brass Fireplace Tool Set

History buffs and decorators alike will appreciate the antique nautical feel of this dolphin head motif fireplace tool set made of solid brass. It is functional and good looking and works in both a casual or formal setting.

Courtesy of Heather Parsons Value: $200 Opening Bid: $100

Jade Bonsai Tree

This lovely bonsai is one of the easiest indoor species to maintain and makes a wonderful choice for beginners. Styled in the traditional Broom bonsai design, its succulent teardrop-shaped leaves create a crown atop the upsweeping lines of trunk and branches. This hardy tree will endure a variety of light conditions indoors and out, and can go without water for long periods.

Courtesy of Christine Faulkner Value: $75 Opening Bid: $25

Whimsical Clock

This battery-operated clock will add charm and a touch of whimsy to one of the less serious spaces of your décor. Its body is made of shaped wood with a decoupage black and white covering. Metal accents complete its eclectic look.

Courtesy of Joan Underwood Value: $50 Opening Bid: $20

Original Pen & Ink Drawing of Your House

Architect Anthi Frangiadis will provide a hand-draw a 12” x 18” pen and ink portrait of your house (unframed). Anthi will come to your house to discuss how to best capture the character of your home prior to creating an original pen and ink drawing. This item also make as wonderful gift!

Courtesy of Anthi Frangiadis Associates, Marion Value: $250 Opening Bid: $125

Set of Tibetan Silver “Butter Cups”

Both utilitarian and beautiful, this pair of late 19th century Tibetan Silver “Butter Cups” were originally used as lamps that burned yak butter. Take them home and add a bit of interest and drama to your decor. They look great alone or with candles or votives!

Courtesy of China Trader Antiques Value: $475 Opening Bid: $200


Auto Detailing at Luzo Auto Center

Your car will look as if it just rolled out of the show­room with this complete interior/exterior detail­ing service including buff & wax, vac & shampoo, engine power wash, wheel & tire dressing & more!

Courtesy of Luzo Auto Center in New Bedford Value: $180 Opening Bid: $80

Cutco Entertainment Set

The world’s finest cutlery! Includes ergonomically designed ice cream scoop, parer, pizza cuter and cheese knife. A most welcomed house warming or shower gift!

Courtesy of Deb & Will Baker Value: $155 Opening Bid: $

Jeffrey Lipton Pottery Pitcher

Potter Jeffrey Lipton’s work has been exhibited throughout the New England area. He works out of his studio in Maine where he creates pieces that marry form and function, inspired by nature. This pitcher, with its earthy tones, was fired in a wood kiln.

Courtesy of Sarah Tibbetts Value: $ Opening Bid: $

Red Staggerwing “Urban Tote”

Recognized for fresh designs, Red Staggerwing is a line of bags and accessories hand-crafted in New Hampshire. Each item is created to be as distinct original as possible, intended to be the perfect fit for a unique woman.

Courtesy of Sarah Tibbetts Value: $95 Opening Bid: $

Mind, Body & Soul

Pamper Your Skin & Hair

Treat yourself to a 1-hour customized facial at Glow Esthetic Studio then have Nadine cut and blow-dry your hair! All at one convenient location!

Courtesy of Glow Esthetic Studio and Gloss Hair Salon, Fairhaven Value: $ 110 Opening Bid: $50

Nutrition Counseling with Suzanne Kokkins, Licensed, Registered Dietitian

This two hour consultation includes diet history, nutrition assessment, computerized analysis and nutrition recommendation. Suzanne has over 35 years’ experience in nutrition therapy for weight control and medical nutrition therapy.

Courtesy of Suzanne Kokkins Value: $300 Opening Bid: $


Joseph Abboud Tie Set

Cutting edge production and design are the signature qualities of locally made Joseph Abboud men’s attire. These ties pair up perfectly with a business suit as well as with a favorite sport jacket or blazer.

Courtesy of Joseph Abboud in New Bedford Value: $ 300 Opening Bid: $80

Vibrant Silk Tunic by Janet Egan

Light-weigh and comfortable, this sensational silk-screened top is made in a tiny village in Rajasthan, India. It can be dressed up or down and makes a great gift idea. Women’s size Medium, it may be exchanged for one item of equal or lesser value, or different size.

Courtesy of Janet Egan Designs, South Dartmouth Value: $125 Opening Bid: $80

Hand-Knit Shawl by Edie Lauderdale

Take home this one-of-a-kind piece shawl to accessorize your wardrobe with a real piece of art. Made in a wave pattern with exceptional yarns, it has amazing hues, sculptural elements and open stitch work that really set it apart.

Courtesy of Edie Lauderdale Value: $275 Opening Bid: $175


Jade Beaded Necklace

The Chinese call jade “The Stone Of Heaven” and they have long treasured it beyond any other stone. It is said to impart good luck, health and happiness. Continue the tradition with this antique all jade necklace with green and pink tones.

Courtesy of Joan Underwood Value: $600 Opening Bid: $150

Hand-Woven Rope Bracelet by Taylor Kane

This hand-woven rope bracelet can give any outfit a classic, nautical feel with a touch of bright summer color. Artist Taylor Kane has used this traditional skill practiced by old-time sailors to fill the time, and given it an updated sassy fell and look.

Courtesy of Taylor Kane Value: $65 Opening Bid: $30

Gift Certificates

Uncle Jon’s Coffee, Riccardi’s Italian Restaurant, No Problemo, Panache, The Artisan Bake Shop, Always In Bloom, No Kidding, Whaling City Expeditions, Davoll’s General Store, Gloss Hair Salon, Waterfront Grille, Day’s Sports, Inc., The Bookstall, Deb Levesque Massage Therapy, Yoga 101

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Web Design By New Bedford Internet