Carmel, IN – May 20, 2015 Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc. is pleased to have been selected to represent Joan Steichen and the family of the late Dr. James Steichen (September 23, 1941 – May 22, 2014) in the sale of antiques from their Alverna Retreat home. Dr. Steichen was a world-renowned hand surgeon and co-founder of what is known today as the Indiana Hand Center.
The auction, taking place Saturday, May 30, features the unique collection of medical and dental antiques, furniture, art, horse-drawn sleigh and more from the Steichen’s global travels and collections. The three-story turret home was built in 1933 by Hugh McKennan Landon, a local businessman who played a key role in founding Riley Hospital for Children. Built in a French chateau style, the home was originally known as “Four Winds.” The home was dubbed Alverna Retreat by the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart when they purchased the property from Landon’s estate in 1947. The property was then purchased in 1991 by Resort Condominiums International (RCI), was restored as a mansion and became the focal point of a luxury housing development. It served the Decorator’s Show House in 1992, and the Steichens purchased the home shortly after.
Featured items in the auction include a collection of medical and dental office furniture, including late 19th and early 20th century exam chairs, tables and cabinets (some manufactured by W.D. Allison in Indianapolis), a collection of mechanical music including an upright Symphonion music box from the early 20th century, a 1920’s Nickelodeon, and a circa 1960’s Scopitone video jukebox.
In 1975, Dr. James Steichen was returned to Indianapolis after completing training and fellowships in Microvascular surgery in Melbourne, Australia, Hiroshima, Japan and San Francisco. At that time, he co-founded Hand Surgery Associates of Indiana, which later became the Indiana Hand Center. He also performed the first replantation surgery of toe to thumb in the Midwest.
Dr. Steichen chaired and served on multiple societies in relation to orthopedic surgery. He and Joan were also active in the community. Dr. Steichen served as Chairman of the Board with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and was also President of the American Pianists Association, Trustee at Large for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Medical History Museum. He also was also awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the state of Indiana’s highest award, by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1993 and again by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2006.
Dr. Steichen was appointed chairman of the Department of Hand Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital and served as Surgeon in Chief from 1991 – 1997, and recognized in 1998 with the Distinguished Physician Award. In the field of Hand and Microvascular surgery, he served as President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery as well as the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He also served on the Executive Council for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and Vice President of the Pan Pacific Surgical Association. In 1999, he was recognized with the Otis R. Bowen Physician Community Service Award and the Physician Community Service Award.
The May 30 online catalogue featuring the Steichen estate items can be found via the Wickliff Auctioneers website at: wickliffauctioneers.hibid.com/auctions/current. Worldwide, online bidding is available via Bidsquare at: www.bidsquare.com/c/118/dr-steichen-estate-select-additions. The auction will begin at Wickliff Auctioneers, located at 12232 Hancock Street in Carmel, at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, May 30. Preview hours at the Wickliff Auctioneers gallery are from 2 to 7 p.m. EST Friday, May 29.
About Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc.: Established in 1991, Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc. is regarded as Indiana’s leading fine art and antiques auctioneers. Located in an upscale commercial park in Carmel, Indiana, its facility features large, open sales rooms, carpeted display area, an elevated stage for featured merchandise, high-quality sound system, state-of-the-art auction management software and an abundance of parking. Most of its auctions are catalogued sessions which include live, online bidding with participation by bidders worldwide.