John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Company

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Welcome to John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Company.



22 3rd Street Southwest
Rochester, MN. 55902-3019
Phone 507-289-8049
Fax 507-289-8602

Our normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and other times by appointment. If you're traveling a long distance, contact us ahead of time to make sure we'll be open. The shop might close a day here and there during auction season.

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9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bldng. 35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN.


Preview: 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 27, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We are offering art, antiques & collectibles from several area estates (including a lifetime collection of art glass); furniture from the inventory of long-time Mabel, MN., dealers Dwayne and Diane Houdek, who for more than 50 years have specialized in fine Victorian furniture and furnishings; and early American furniture & furnishings from the estate of Rochester resident Fr. William Kauffman (1949-2017), which he inherited from Prof. Harry F. Bolich (1910-1990), professor of speech, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. We will conduct a small collectible & household auction starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening in order to shorten the day on Saturday. Take advantage of the preview time – there are a lot of small items to inspect!

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Furniture: 18th cent. Queen Anne swing leg table; c. 1800 Hepplewhite cherry drop front desk & two chests of drawers; Georgian period tilt top candle stand & wall mirror; exceptional collection of mid-19th cent. rosewood, incl. settee, desk, chair set, foot stool, sofa, étagère desk; c. 1900 ornate Chinese bronze fern stand;  200+ pcs. of original & restored 19th century walnut furniture, incl. cylinder, slat- and flat-front secretary-bookcases; cupboards; commodes; parlor tables; end tables; dining tables; secretaries; drop leaf & gate leg tables; night stands; davenport desk; multiple sets of chairs; slipper chairs; armoires; what not shelves; unique inlaid table & chair set; medallion-back chairs; fine examples of Great Gatsby era furniture & accessories; 3-angle glass topped center table; game tables; many marble top pieces & matching pcs.; a dozen beds; pier mirror; hat & umbrella stands; tilt top tables; fireplace mantle; parlor sets; wash stands; wonderful variety of hanging magazine racks & comb boxes; candle stands; picture frames; mirrors; exceptional china cabinet w/ carved cameo; elaborate carved wood floor lamp w/ griffins believed to be by RJ Horner.

Works of Art:  André Quellier (French, 1925-2010) landscape oil on canvas; Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952) orotone photo entitled Canyon de Chelly – Navajo; Csaba Markus (Hungarian-American, 1953-  ) serigraph entitled Lady of Alexandria; Janet Treby (British, 1955- ) serigraph entitled Olivia; John Cowan Templeton (American, 1880-1958) landscape oil on canvas; Henryette Stadelman (American, 1891-1973) landscape oil on canvas; Arthur Sussman (American, 1927-2008) abstract on tile; Charles Eugene Gagnon (American, 1934-2012), 14.5” bronze boy figure; landscape oil on canvas signed D. Eret; landscape oil on canvas signed C. Morris entitled A Cornish Lane;  two early 19th cent. ladies’ watercolor portraits; pr. of 19th cent. carved Venetian wood Blackamoor candlesticks; c. 1900 painted cast metal statue of French soldier w/ bugle & rifle.

Cameo Glass China Silver: glass by Daum Nancy, Gallé, Moser, D’Argental, De Vez, Richard, Venetian, Loetz, Steuben, peach blow, Tiffin, Bristol; brilliant cut glass; fine stemware; Victorian pressed & pattern glass; china by RS Prussia, Royal Bayreuth, Spode, Rosenthal, Royal Doulton, Meissen, Royal Dux, Wedgewood, Delft; several sets of Haviland china; collection of 19th century tea leaf; Roseville & Weller pcs.; sterling flatware service for 12 in English Gadroon pattern by Gorham; exceptional Victorian era English fruit set in original box; sterling hollowware; souvenir spoons; mid-19th cent. English revolving tureen.

Primitives: variety of early splint & woven baskets; folk art canes; firkins; tin ware; cricket benches; game boards; early stenciled egg crates; fish decoys; duck decoys; wood bowls; bride’s boxes; Dancing Dandies figures; cricket bait box; hanging cupboards; snow shoes; black bear rug; mounted moose, deer, prong horn sheep & fish; pie safes; cast iron advertising shoes; firehouse Windsor chairs; butter molds; exceptional early painted metamorphic chair/step stool; Delaval advertising; scales; dozens of early egg beaters; type writer collection; miniature boxes; quilts; elk hoof table lamp; snuff boxes; hatchel; spinning wheels; ox yokes; sausage stuffers; early kitchen utensils; Red Wing salt glazed stoneware.

Miscellaneous: 1920's doll house w/ original furnishings; quantity of vintage lighting, incl. several hanging kerosene lamps in cast iron & brass; several Gone with the Wind lamps; approx. 50 flat wick table lamps; alabaster barley twisted statuary stand; mantle clocks, incl. a 3-pc. inlaid slate example w/ matching urns; Sarouk, kilim & tribal oriental rugs; carved African art; vinyl records; Kimball baby grand piano; electric Yamaha Clavinova keyboard (like new); cherry High Castle loom, 4 harness with insert eye heddles & cherry loom bench; and much more.

Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Phone (507) 289-8049 or fax (507) 289-8602. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Lowell Gilbertson and John Schultz. Descriptions are subject to error. Not responsible for accidents. Statements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. Terms: Cash, Visa or Mastercard; no checks unless you are personally known to auction company -- checks must be accompanied with photo ID and current bank letter of reference stating purchasing limit (which becomes the property of the auction company). Some items are subject to Minnesota sales tax. 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED DAY OF AUCTION. 

Auction day lunch provided by Omar's Kitchen, West Concord, MN.



Enter our antique lighting galleries by clicking on the
links in the menu on the left. We carry a wide
variety of antique lighting, including:
Art Nouveau era electric ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps;
Victorian gas ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps,
Art Nouveau era gas-and-electric ceiling
fixtures and sconces;
and Victorian kerosene ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps.

Our storefront, the 1874 Williams Building, on historic Third Street Southwest, Rochester, MN.

We carry a general line of antiques, specializing in lighting, estate jewelry, historic documents and photos, and "the unusual." We provide appraisals, marketing advice, a complete auction/estate sale service and consultation on historic lighting restoration projects.

We'd like to hear from you!