Lake Geneva estate sale reflects life, interests of gentleman farmer

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Staff | July 23, 2014

A rare chance to see inside a stately Lake Geneva home and the opportunity to purchase fine art, furniture and more—from a Steinway grand piano to a 1941 half-ton Jeep--will be available on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at W3601 Hartshorne Lake, Lake Geneva.

The sale property is from Flowerside Farm, the estate of the late Harold Hartshorne Jr.

Hartshorne was born in New York City in 1918. He divided his time between working on his Lake Geneva property and working with his family business in real estate development.

A noted philanthropist, Hartshorne was a benefactor of, among other institutions, the Lake Geneva Library, George Williams College, Music by the Lake and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.

He was a Princeton graduate whose varied career included a stint on the New York Stock Exchange and time in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, teaching French cadets to fly.

Hartshorne also farmed, getting his start in 1944 with 2,000 baby chicks. Additionally, he raised sheep, cattle and field crops.  

He found time, too, to play the piano, collect fine art, and travel. As his obituary noted, “If the spirit moved him, he was known to catch a last-minute flight to New York to attend a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House.”

The sale items from the property reflect his interests, including dozens of stacks of china dinner plates; assorted 19th-century paintings, artwork and furniture—from a William and Mary-style walnut sideboard to an Italian painted wood hanging cupboard--Chinese and Persian rugs, a Tiffany Studios bronze desk set, a bronze and white marble fountain, 16th- and 17th-century tapestries, sterling flatware, and much more.

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