Tavern on the Green Auction Planned

As the end of a New York era approaches and Tavern on the Green counts the final days until its doors will close for good, the restaurant’s ornate decorative objects are being scheduled for to appear at auction just a few weeks after the restaurant’s December 31 closing day.

The famed Central Park restaurant dates back to 1934 and is known around the world as one of New York’s most iconic and magnificent pieces of history will be bidding adieu to its faithful patrons in less than a week as its operating license expires. Those who will be attending the New Year’s Eve party will certainly be in for a memorable and bitter sweet evening, but they are being cautioned not to get too rowdy while they countdown to 2010 inside Tavern on the Green because the magnificent decorative objects will be looking for a new home just a few weeks later at auction.

The 25,000-square-foot restaurant has six elaborate dining rooms and this holiday season, its last season in operation, the restaurant features 10 miles of white Christmas lights wrapping tress out front.

Some of the ornate items which are set to be auctioned off in the Tavern’s Crystal Room include: antique Tiffany stained-glass lamp shades; large, art nouveau mirrors, etched glass and Venetian glass; Baccarat crystal chandeliers; copper weathervanes;  a stone sculpture; garden furniture; Japanese lanterns; china place settings, silverware, glassware, and linens; canvas murals from the walls; holiday decorations; and outdoor topiaries.

The auction previews will take place on Wednesday, January 6 through Tuesday January 12, noon to 8 p.m. each day. The public auction will take place January 13 to 14 with 1 p.m. afternoon sessions and 6 p.m. evening session each day.