BOUNTIFUL - There’s a cave of wonders, right here in Bountiful.
In a home and business once known as Newman’s Antiques, stacks of paintings lay against the walls and shelves like forgotten doorways to other worlds. Birds of wood and stone nest amid ceramic blossoms, while the light from the windows filters in through glass of every shade of the rainbow.
The public will get the first chance to see much of it during an estate sale set for June 19-21, the first of a series of sales that will be held approximately once a month throughout the rest of the year.
“This is a treasure hoarde,” said Nate Bischoff, the antiques dealer that Newman’s family hired to oversee the sales.
The home and business belonged to Kenneth Dale Newman, a well-known Davis County figure who spent his earlier years in the finance industry. Still, his daughter Julie McDonald said he always had a passion for art, one that translated into owning his own art and antique store by the age of 50.
“When he was younger, one of his teachers took the class to an art museum,” she said. “That was his first taste he really had of beautiful art, and that kind of started it.”
The store was originally located in Salt Lake City, but was later relocated to 44 E. 400 North in Bountiful. Later, Newman and his wife would build a home next to the store, though after she died several years ago he began filling it with paintings and antiques he would purchase on buying trips.
“He loved collecting,” said McDonald. “He loved selling it, too, but he was never anxious to sell. After the recession in 2008, he collected more than he sold, but he still kept collecting it. He just loved all of it.”
Bischoff is opening the home up for the sales, since the store area is still navigable only via narrow paths through the collection. He expects to bring things from the store area into the home as he clears out other items during the sales, and afterwards he’ll venture into Newman’s other collections.
“He’s got two other storage areas away from here that are just as full, and some of it’s still shrink-wrapped,” said Bischoff. “I plan to sell everything in this part of the house, then fill it up again.”
The pieces are a mix of antique and decorator items, with discounts of thousands of dollars on certain pieces of furniture. Other merchandise might sell for as little as $5.
“We’re doing liquidation-type prices,” said Bischoff.
Costs aside, there are plenty of surprises in the collection. One full-sized cabinet in the main room opens up to reveal yet more paintings stacked in every available inch of space.
I’ve kind of had to hide these, because there’s nowhere else to put them,” he said.
Another chest of drawers, tucked away in one of the back rooms, had a beautifully lettered sheet inside one of the drawers saying that it came from the home of LDS prophet Joseph Smith.
“I was really surprised when I saw it,” said Bischoff. “I wish (Newman) was still around to tell me the story.