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UPCOMING AUCTION

Summer 2021
Estate Antiques & Art Auction

 

 

 

 

Lot 1: 19TH C. STONEWARE CROCK
Three-gallon crock, “New York Stoneware Co.”, large cobalt blue bird with fancy tail on a leafy plant, some minor chipping around rim, side handles, 11″ h, 11″ dia. 
$300-400

 

 

Lot 11: LARGE NANTUCKET BASKET
Double wrapped rim, swing handle with small copper rivets, shadow of a rectangular label on shaped wood bottom, some minor cane missing in body, otherwise good condition, 7 1/2″ h (to rim), 11 3/4″ dia. 
$400-600

Lot 17: EARLY FOLK ART HOOKED RUG
Very fine hooked rug of a bridled black horse with directionals “W.E.N.S.” in each corner, mounted on a frame for wall hanging, minimal wear appropriate for its age, 37″ h, 43″ w.        
$800-1,200

 

Lot 25: FOLK ART FINELY CARVED ANCHOR
Early to mid 20th c., in red and gray/green painted finish, with carved ring and sailor knotted and braided rope, an exceptional replica of an 18th/19th c. anchor, found along the Maine coast, (small chips off bottom), 41 1/2″ h (to top of ring), 35″ w. 
$700-900

Lot 27: 19TH C. EARLY SAILOR’S LAMENT WATERCOLOR
Weeping willow, plinth and urn, with a young lady in blue and gold robes holding an anchor, pinpricked ground cover and bushes, gilded frame and original glass and chamfered backboard, some water stain evident, overall good condition, (note: no name on plinth), 12″ x 11 1/2″ (sight). 
$700-900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 32: RARE 19TH C. ROLLING PIN
Turned walnut with finely turned whale bone handles, tapered ends, from a Duxbury, Mass. home, 12″ l. 
$300-600

Lot 33: 18TH/19TH C. WROUGHT IRON TOOL
Very rare ship captain’s tooth pulling device, hand forged iron, with turned whale bone handle, some rust, otherwise good and useable, from a Duxbury, Mass. home, 6″ l. 
$300-600

 

 

Lot 36: EARLY 20TH C. MARINE SEXTANT
Mahogany boxed sextant, with multiple scopes, mirrors and glass intact, “made by Chas. C. Hutchinson Boston”, dovetailed case, crack in back part of lid, box – 4″ h, 7″ w, 6 3/4″ d, brass plaque on lid “Championship Boston Yacht Club, Class 2 won by ‘Eleanore’, 1907, Presented by Benjamin P. Cheney” (1866-1942), director of Wells Fargo & Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad”, includes a copy of the obit of Francis W. Fabyan of Boston who owned the Yacht Eleanor, the Eleanore was designed and built by Herreshoff. 
$400-600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 39: DOME TOP TRUNK, AND PERIOD PHOTOGRAPH
19th c. hide covered trunk, decorated with brass tacks and initialed in an oval on lid “G.W.” for Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy under President Lincoln, 9 1/2″ h, 20″ l; and a period photograph of Gideon Welles (some foxing), in a carved oak and gilded frame, 28″ x 24″, (from the descendants). 
$400-600

 

Lot 40A: 19th C. TRUNK, TWO SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES, ENGRAVING OF GIDEON WELLES
19th century trunk with brass buttons and iron Straps with two safe deposit boxes and an engraving of Gideon Welles.  The trunk is signed on one side “G. Welles, Hartford” and “G. W.” on the other side, labeled with the trunk manufactory.  One safe deposit box is marked “Henry Green” a black freeman who worked for the Welles family.

 

 

Lot 45: COMMODORE OLIVER HAZARD PERRY RING
Georgian gold and carnelian carved intaglio, fob seal ring, exhibits an eagle with shield, an anchor, and a foal, measures size 5, with minor wear, (Provenance: descent in the family; Dr. David Wolfe). [Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) was born in South Kingston, Rhode Island. The son of USN Captain Christopher Perry (1761-1818), and older brother of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry won the War of 1812, Battle of Lake Erie, in September of 1813. Defeating and capturing a superior British Naval Fleet. After his victory Perry is historically remembered for writing General William Henry Harrison “We have met the enemy and they are ours”.] 
$500-5,000

Lot 48: ENGRAVING OF JONATHAN BELCHER
Very fine engraving of “His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Esq. Captain General & Governor in Chief of his Majesty’s Provences of Massachusetts Bay & New Hampshire…T. Faber Fecit, 1734″, appears trimmed on sides and a slight tear in clouds upper right, period black frame, (note: Belchertown, Mass. was named for him), 14″ x 10” (sight). 
$200-300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 52: TWO 19TH C. CHINESE EXPORT TEA CADDIES
Finely decorated lacquerware, lift lid tea caddies, with decorated pewter inserts, (one lid missing): Gilt decoration on black, overall good condition, 4 1/2″ h, 8″ w, 6 1/2″ d; Hexagonal and pagoda shape, with written history “Tea-Caddy: Brought to this country by Captain Salter previous to 1846 by his own ship, owned by his daughter…Marblehead Mass.”, 6 1/2″ h, 8 1/2″ w. 
$600-900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 55: TIFFANY STERLING SILVER CHALICE
Two applied handles, footed base, signed on bottom “Tiffany & Co. 19061 – 4195, 925-1000 M.”, (note: no monogram),  7 1/4″ h, 3 1/4″ dia (at rim). 

 

Lot 60: OIL ON CANVAS BY VICTOR DE GRAILLY
Sunset scene with figures in boats on Lake George, “View of Sabbath Day Point, Lake George, N.Y.”, by Victor de Grailly (1804-1889), signed and dated l.r., original untouched estate condition, lightly cleaned, in a carved wood frame, 21″ x 28 1/2″ (sight). 
$2,500-3,500

 

Lot 66: CARVED WOOD DECOY
Mason Factory duck, most original paint, glass eyes, 6 3/4″ h, 16″ l. 
$400-600

Lot 67A: RUG
Semi- Antique Classic Kashan , natural dyes, cotton wrap, wool weft, overall wear, early to mid 20th C. Arabesque vines.  55″ x 82″.

Lot 68: THREE SHORE BIRD DECOYS
“Alfred B. Gardner, Accord, Mass”, two yellow legs, all on carved clamshell bases, 8″, 7 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ h. 
$300-600

Lot 70: 18TH C. TIP TOP TEA TABLE
New England, Queen Anne, round tea table, two-board tiger maple top, with very fine matched grain, turned shaft, tiger maple shaped legs, good pads, excellent finish, 27 1/2″ h, 32″ dia (top). 
$800-1,200

Lot 75: BRONZE SCULPTURAL HEAD (TALLULAH BANKHEAD)
Sculpture by Lillian Louise Lidman Greneker (1895-1990), c. 1950, “NY Daily News – Nov 11, 1950, “Tallulah Bankhead is so pleased with the bronze head made by Sculptress Lillian Greneker that she ordered 22 replicas made and will ship them to close friends as her Christmas present.”, signed on bottom left of base “AA94″ (foundry mark), 16″ h, 9” w.
$1,000-2,000

Lot 76: BRONZE SCULPTURAL HEAD (NOEL COWARD)
Sculpture signed “Hamann”, with foundry mark “AA95″, 16″ h, 7 1/2” w. 
$1,000-2,000

Lot 80: TROTTING HORSE WEATHERVANE
Early trotting horse with sulky weathervane, full bodied copper horse and rider with zinc head, weathered verdigris surface, attributed to Harris & Co., Boston, good overall condition, 19″ h, 34″ l. 
$2,500-3,500

Lot 84: EARLY QUILT
Nine large squares, with greens, reds, brown and bright yellow, whirling pinwheels, good condition with minor wear and stains, found in New York state, 76″ sq. 
$600-800

Lot 87: EARLY AMISH CRIB QUILT
“Sunshine and Shadow” pattern, in reds, blues, black and purple, vine and leaf hand quilting, black border and back, 35″ sq. 
$600-900

Lot 95: FULL BODIED COPPER ROOSTER WEATHERVANE
Second half 19th c., cast zinc legs, very fine old gilded surface, mounted on original iron shaft, with cast iron directionals and copper ball, overall excellent condition, rooster – 29″ h, 31″ l, 74″ h (on stand). [Note: Similar to Plates 1595 and 1604 in Treasury of American Design, Clarence P. Hornung, NY, Abrams.] 
$4,000-6,000

Lot 106: PRINT BY ALEXANDER CALDER
Calder, Alexander (1898-1976), American sculpter and artist, silkscreen print on paper, “Balloons”, showing 10 balloons in red, blue and black, dated 1973, minor foxing left hand side, 31″ x 23″. 
$200-400






Lot 113:
PAIR OF HALLMARKED BEAKERS
Silver barrel form beakers with bands, by Peter, Ann and William Bateman, London, 1801-1802, gilded interiors, 3″ h, 2 1/2″ dia. 
$400-600

Lot 123: SIX PIECES OF ENGLISH CERAMICS
New Hall jug (pattern 171), 1782-93, 4 1/3″ h; plate with basket of flowers central design, 8 1/4″ dia; two handleless cups and matching saucers, (one shows minor chip on rim). 



Lot 130: 19TH C. TRAVELING TRUNK
Rare, early 19th c., shaped black leather covered traveling trunk, decorated with large brass covered tacks on metal strips, central feather panel on top embossed with George Washington on horseback, sides are also decorated with geometric designs and florals, interior has a compartment with lid and attached pink leather letter holder, all covered with original floral cloth, 16″ h, 28″ w, 17″ d. 
$600-900

Lot 150: PAINTING OF LADY LIBERTY WITH FLAG
Exceptional 19th c. oil on canvas, depicting Lady Liberty with a starred crown, holding in her left hand the “Emancipation Proclamation”, in front of an American flag surmounted with a wing spread eagle, and held by a freed male slave, and another female wrapped in the flag, Liberty standing on a cat-o-nine tail with broken leg irons, a cannon in the background, signed l.r. “M. Horburg”, in a carved gold frame. 
$5,000-8,000

 

Lot 167: 18TH/19TH C. WINE GLASSES
Collection of 14 wine glasses, matched pairs and sets, approximately 4″ h. 
$300-400

Lot 175: SEATED BUDDAH
Gold/Gilt painted finish, iron rings around base.  Head was detached at one time, possibly used in festivals, 3′ 3″ w, 4′ 5″ h, 2′ deep.

Lot 177: ROSE MEDALLION BOWL
Rose Medallion bowl, on a carved Chinese footed base, shows panel scenes of Palace, includes figures, flowers, birds, fruit, interior decorated as well, 11″ h, 20″ dia. 
$800-1,200

 

 

 


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