Relics Estate Sales and Consignment recently sold a rare 18th century painting.
When a large painting of a young girl feeding her kitten showed up at Relics Estate Sales and Consignment in Bluffton, Ken Kooyman knew he had something special on his hands. Kooyman holds a degree in art history from Harvard and spent a majority of his career running antique malls before he started working at Relics. After a little sleuthing, Kooyman discovered that the painting entitled “Breakfast for Two” hung at The Louvre in 1885. Created by Willis Beals, the painting made its way to the 58th annual exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy in 1888, and eventually to the Los Angeles County Art Museum at the turn of the 20th Century, and finally was gifted from the artist to a family. It remained in that family until a Bluffton woman recently took it to Relics, unaware of its history and value. The painting quickly sold online to a person in Maryland for an undisclosed amount. A Relics employee said the sale price was “in the thousands.”