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June 24, 2014 > Patterson House hits the jackpot at Antiques Roadshow

Patterson House hits the jackpot at Antiques Roadshow

Submitted By City of Fremont

The City of FremontÕs Ardenwood Historic Farm, more commonly known as ÒThe Patterson House,Ó has announced that a painting found in its attic was appraised for between $45,000 and $50,000 at the ÒAntiques RoadshowÓ held in Santa Clara earlier this month.

Thousands of people applied for tickets to the Roadshow; admittance was through a lottery system. ÒThis is a true tale of discovering hidden treasure,Ó said Patterson House Manager Christie Dentry. ÒThe painting was found tucked back in the attic of The Patterson House, covered with a simple white sheet. We had no idea of its value until we did a little research. WhatÕs even more exciting is that The Patterson House will be one of the only West Coast institutions to have the honor of displaying a John Koch painting.Ó

The artist, John Koch, known most for his portrayals of New York social life, is believed to have been commissioned to paint the piece. Through research and various archival photographs, The Patterson HouseÕs staff believe the portrait to be of May Morgan, the sister of Sarah Patterson who lived in Patterson House with her husband, Henry, and their three daughters.

Although an exact date cannot be determined, it is believed that Koch painted the work in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, before attending formal art school in Paris. The paintingÕs subject, May Morgan, lived in Ann Arbor during the same time with her husband who worked for the University of Michigan, where coincidently, Koch frequently sat in on art classes.

The painting, as well as the history behind it, will be revealed at the Friday Night @ the Museum Event on July 18 at Patterson House. Live music, great food, beer from a local Fremont brewery, and an opportunity to view this great work will be available for $15. Register online using barcode 208988. Visit for more information.

Friday Night @ the Museum
Friday, Jul 18
6 p.m. Ð 9 p.m.
Patterson House, Ardenwood
34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
(510) 791-4196
Register: (Barcode 208988)

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