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Incredible RDES Showroom sale begins this weekend!

RDES Showroom
Tanglewood Shopping Center
7509 Cantrell Road
Little Rock


Preview Party and Sale: Thursday, July 11 • 6-8 pm

Admission tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Pulaski County Humane Society.
Tickets can be purchased beginning at 1 pm, Thursday, July 11 at the RDES Showroom.
Tickets are numbered. Admission to the Preview Party is based upon your ticket number.

Regular Sale: Friday, July 12 through Sunday, June 14
10 am-3 pm, daily

There is no admission fee during regular hours.


Estate of Bob and Margaret Emenegger
of Los Angeles, CA and Fayetteville AR

Robert “Bob” Ernest Emenegger is a second-generation Californian. His wife, Margaret Wilburn McLean Emenegger, is a southern girl and spent some childhood years in Arkansas. In 1994, they moved from their home in Los Angeles (Hancock Park) to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and settled into their beautiful historic landmark house, built in 1881 by the Kantz Family. They spent most of their 55 years of marriage carefully and tenderly curating their impressive collection of antiques and collectibles both in Los Angeles and Fayetteville.

Bob started collecting antiques in the early 1960s, with a focus on armor, military accoutrement and swords, and 17th century English furniture. A graduate of UCLA, in the 1950s Bob toured the world performing in USO shows alongside classmate Carol Burnett. He also made music and released a few singles with Burt Convey (one of which may have even gotten some decent attention). Professionally, Bob spent 40 years in the advertising, television and film worlds. He was an award-winning creative director at Grey Advertising (think Mad Menless the vices). While with Grey, he headed major campaigns for Bank of America, Max Factor, Mattel, Honda and Taco Bell. An accomplished composer, he wrote the scores for many television programs and commercials (and in 2009 the Northwest Arkansas Symphony honored his talent by producing “A Night with Robert Emenegger,” playing many of his more noteworthy compositions). He also wrote the music for the 1970s children’s program, Lancelot Link Secret Chimp, which ran on ABC, and directed for PBS’s Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Bob had an interesting side career as an internationally renowned UFO expert, having written and produced the film UFOs Past Present and Future, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense. The film, hosted by Twilght Zone’s Rod Serling and narrated by Jose Ferrer, was also released as a book.

Margaret’s path was no less interesting or creative. Having won a Guest Editorship competition with Mademoiselle Magazine when she was just out of high school, she was the first person to ever interview Andy Warhol, then a little-known commercial illustrator. She went on to become an accomplished commercial illustrator in her own right. With similar tastes and a shared eye and aptitude for discovering quality antiques, she and Bob procured their impressive collection from notable Los Angeles auction houses. But it was Margaret and Margaret alone who oversaw decorating their homes, arranging their pieces into magazine-worthy tableaus. In fact, their Fayetteville home was featured in an edition of Southern Living. Margaret’s sense of style was also on display in the kitchen. She was thoroughly in her element when it came to hosting large dinner parties. She loved feeding people and made sure that no one was alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Her guests were treated not only to an extravagant feast, but a warm and inviting atmosphere. She always outdid herself and her table settings were as glorious as her food. Margaret was a one hell of a cook with a flair for southern dishes, and no dinner party was served without pickled watermelon rinds.

Monumental painted Breakfront from 20th Century Fox, Shaker Style Stepback Cabinet, French Daybed, Pine Jacobean Chest, Welsh Dresser, Bog Oak Cabinet, Hanging Corner Cupboard, Regency Sofa possibly signed by Duncan Phyfe, Camelback Sofa, Wingbacks, large Wooden Buddha, huge Oval Dining Table seats 20, 16 painted dining chairs, Chinroserie Bed, collection of Pine Furniture, pair rope beds, painted bed, painted Breakfront, painted silver chest on stand, very unusual French dropfront desk, ebonized cabinet, Hollywood regency credenza, Early Dutch and English Portraits, portrait of Russian Officer, fine and costume jewelry, sterling, much silver plate including old Sheffield, inkwell collection, sword and uniform collection, Leica Cameras, Three Sets of Herend, Nymphenburg, Lenox, Wedgwood, Gorham, early porcelain, Staffordshire Figures, Tobies, transferware, powder horn, huge collections of exotic items and curiosities from around the world, barometers, table clocks, grandfather clock, from around the world, primitive benches, Oak and Mahogany Chests, incredible Oriental Rug Collection, rare and fine books with a specialty on religion, military and armour, lapdesks, tea caddies, pub sign, unbelievable volume of kitchen items and sooooo much more.