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QUAKER PINE MEETING HOUSE BENCH
19th century, the straight crest rail and back rest enclosed by shaped ends, 31"H X 111 1/2"W X 13"D. According to oral tradition the bench came from the closed Copany Meeting House located in the Arnie's Mount Holly area. The meeting was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. Sold at Freeman's Auctioneers, April 20, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Estimate $1,500-2,500 Sold for $2,800
WILLIAM PENN "TREATY TREE" OVAL TEA CADDY
Circa 1813, Having a stepped wooden lid with circular handle and a second lid inside with a circular bone handle, lined with gray paper, branded with the initials R.J. The inside of the lid bears the inscription, "During the tremendous Gale of Monday Night last the great Elm Tree at Kensington under which it is said William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania ratified his first Treaty with the Aborigines, was torn up by the Roots. This celebrated Tree having stood the Blasts of more than a century since that memorable Event is at length prostrated to the Dusk. It had long been used as a Sandmark, and handsomely terminated a North east Vien of the City and Liberties on the Delaware. Extract from Poulsons Amer. Daily Advertiser, dated Mo. 1810. This Cady was made by Richard Jordan from a part of the above described Tree, and presented to Susanna Horne when on a visit to him the first day of Fifth Month 1813." Sold at Freeman's Auctioneers, April 20, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Estimate .$800-1200 Sold for $805
JAMES PEALE MINIATURE PORTRAIT
2 1/2" X 2 3/8", Portrait miniature of John Thomas Harris, Jr., Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Signed and dated "IP 1802," watercolor on ivory, gilt locket case with plaited hair and cipher "JH" at back. Information accompanying miniature states that John Harris Jr. married Eleanor Davidson, daughter of John Davidson. "The Davidson family were related to the Beall family. Both these families were from Georgetown, Washington D.C. The miniature descended through the family to the present owner." Sold at Freeman's Auctioneers, April 20, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Estimate $10,000-15,000 Sold for $11,000
PORTRAIT OF RICHARD MEADE, OIL ON CANVAS
1815, 78" X 61", Spanish/American School, 19th Century, portrait of Richard Worsam Meade (1778-1828), Inscription in verso, "Viceme Lopez, 1815" The Stevenson Easby Collection, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Richard Worsam Meade, born in Chester County June 23, 1778, married Margaret Coats Butler of Philadelphia, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1801. A merchant, Meade worked from 1806 to 1816 as the U.S. Naval Agent in Santa Domingo and Cadiz, Spain. He died at age 50 in Washington D.C. and is buried in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Philadelphia. The couple had 11 children, ten surviving to adulthood, including Civil War Major General George Gordon Meade. Sold at Freeman's Auctioneers, April 20, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Estimate $10,000-15,000 Sold for $25,000
CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY DRESSING TABLE
Circa 1750, 30 3/4"H X 35"W X 20"D, Rectangular top with molded edge and notched corners above one long and three short lip molded drawers, the centermost with incised shell and leaf carving, the apron centering a shell flanked by scrolls, fluted chamfered corners on acanthus leaf- carved cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet. Carving attributed to Nicholas Bernard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from the Stevenson Easby Collection, Chestnut Hill. Sold at Freeman's Auctioneers, April 20, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Estimate $60,000-80,000 Sold for $85,000
SAMUEL MALKIN SLIP DECORATED CHARGER
1726, 13 3/4" diameter, The Joseph Townsend family Samuel Malkin slip decorated charger dated 1726. The large plate has a dotted border surrounding three arched panels, the center one inscribed in raised press molded lettering Remember Lot's Wife Luke 17:32 1726, surmounted by an image of Lot's wife flanked by trumpeting angels and the makers initials SM in raised relief, 13 3/4" dia. The passage from Luke has Jesus stating Remember Lot's Wife. This reference is to the famous Biblical scene when angels met Lot at the gates to Sodom where they warned him of its impending destruction. The angels forcibly removed and again warned him saying save yourselves with all haste. Look not behind you.. Lot's wife looked back on Sodom and turned into a pillar of salt. The extensive notes and genealogy that accompany this plate suggest that it may be one of the earliest pieces of English tableware used in the colonies. According to family history, the original owner was Joseph Townsend, nephew of Richard T. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $60,000-90,000 Sold for $81,900
BALTIMORE HEPPLEWHITE .MAHOGANY CARD TABLE
Circa 1795, 29"H X 36"W, Baltimore Hepplewhite mahogany card table, ca. 1795, the demilune top with large inlaid shell overhanging a conforming frame with line inlaid panels and ebony banded edge supported by square tapering legs with oval shell inlaid capitals, above a bellflower chain terminating in spade feet, retaining an old dry surface, 29" h., 36" w. A related table exhibiting an identical shell inlay on the top and bellflower chain is illustrated in Baltimore Furniture: The Work of Baltimore and Annapolis Cabinetmakers From 1760-1810, fig. 4. Provenance: Chester County Historical Society. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $5,000-10,000 Sold for $14,040
AMMI PHILLIPS PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN
American (1788-1865), 31" X 25", oil on canvas portrait of a young woman seated in a fancy chair. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $6,000-9000 Sold for $35,100
ANDREW AND MARY REAM WATERCOLOR
1845, 11 1/2" X 13 1/2", Reading Artist (Berks County, Pennsylvania, active 1828-1845), watercolor double portrait of Andrew and Mary Ream dated 1845, both figures seated in yellow windsor chairs in a vibrant decorated interior with red curtains and lattice pattern floor, this is the only double portrait by this artist that is know. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $5,000-10,000 Sold for $23,400
MAHANTONGO VALLEY PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED POPLAR DOWER CHEST
1814, 22 1/2"H X 49 1/2"W, the center panel inscribed John Kesler den 16 Junius 1814 in under Mahantango Taunschip Schuhl Caunty, flanked by two panels with stylized tulips and floral tree, all on a salmon ground supported by bracket feet, 22 1/2" h., 49 1/2" w. This chest and a similar example illustrated in Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley, fig. 13, have been attributed to fraktur artist and cabinet maker William Otto. The present example was made for the nephew of Otto's wife, Margretta nee Kesler. The referenced example was made for Otto's own niece, Ana Maria Geres. Provenance: Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, The Collection of George Horace Lorimer Part II, October 24-28, 1944, lot 758. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $20,000-40,000 Sold for $56,150
WILLIAM AND MARY DIMINUTIVE TAVERN TABLE
Circa 1760, 28 1/2"H X 30"W X 21 1/2"D, Pennsylvania, the oval overhanging a frame with a single drawer supported by baluster legs joined by a box stretcher, retaining traces of an old salmon finish. Sold at Pook and Pook, April 23-24, 2010
Estimate $5,000-10,000 Sold for $8,775