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August, 2011



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Micah Williams (1782-1837), Attributed, A gentleman in a blue jacket and a lady in a blue dress with white collar and bonnet, a pair of portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Smalley, New Jersey, c.1820, Pastel on paper, 24" x 19 ¾", in the original frames with newspaper backing.

Provenance: Florene Maine

Literature: Dorer, Micah Williams a Recurring Quandary, "The Clarion," Winter 1993/1994, pp 41-46; American Folk Portraits Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, pp 193-195.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Price Realized: $129,800

The Beardsley Limner, Identified as Sarah Perkins (1771-1831), Portrait of a lady seated in a Windsor chair, probably Jemima Wolcott Steele (b. 1763), probably Ellington, Connecticut, c.1790, Oil on canvas, 32" x 25 ¼" In un-restored condition.

This portrait is believed to be the wife of James Steele whose portrait by the Beardsley Limner is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg, along with one of their eleven children, identified as "Child Posing with Cat".

Provenance: Stephen Score

Literature: American Folk Portraits Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, pgs 50 - 55; Heslip and Kellogg, The Beardsley Limner Identified as Sarah Perkins, "The Magazine Antiques", September 1984, pgs 548 - 565; Garrett, Living with Antiques,"The Magazine Antiques", January 2008, pg 176.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $25,000-35,000
Price Realized: $35,400

19th C. Pennsylvania Pine Small Standing Cupboard with Single Raised-Panel Door, in original blue paint, c.1820-40, Ht. 80 ¾", W. 20 ¾", D. 17½".

Provenance: Olde Hope Antiques, Inc.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Price Realized: $15,340

18th C. Comb-Back Writing-Arm Windsor Chair, with two drawers, branded "EB TRACY", in a black painted finish over earlier paint and original green, Lisbon, Connecticut, 1780 - 1800, Ht. 47 ¼", W. 37".

Provenance: Jerome Blum

Literature: Santore, The Windsor Style in America, Volume II, pgs. 168, 169, fig. 181, title page photo with author seated.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000
Price Realized: $22,420

Asahel Powers (1813-1843), Attributed, A young man in a yellow vest seated at his desk holding a quill pen, a portrait of Abel Fisk Farrar Worcester, Massachusetts (later Rindge, NH), c.1835, Oil on canvas, 34 ½" x 25 ½".

Provenance: The Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, Sotheby's, January 1994, Lot 102 Literature: Little, Asahel Powers Painter of Vermont Faces, pg 34, fig. 31. Exhibited: Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $35,000-45,000
Price Realized: $34,220

John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), Attributed, Portrait of a little girl holding rose buds, New England, c.1810, Pastel on paper, 18" x 13 ½".

Provenance: Samuel Herrup Antiques

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Price Realized: $31,860

John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), Attributed, Portrait of a little girl holding lilies of the valley, New England, c.1810, Pastel on paper, 18" x 13 ½". Retains the original frame's label from the wooden backboard of Joseph Stokes, framer, Federal Street, Boston.

Provenance: Samuel Herrup Antiques

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Price Realized: $31,860

Ruth Whittier Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel Addison Shute (1803-1836), Attributed, Portrait of a full-standing little girl in a yellow dress and holding a purse, prob. Massachusetts, c.1833, Watercolor on paper, 26" x 21 ¼" Reportedly found in an attic in Massachusetts.

Literature: For information on R.W. and S.A. Shute written by the Kelloggs, see American Radiance, pgs 387-388

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Price Realized: $31,860

19th C. Chenille-Shirred Floral Rug, New England c.1830-50, Wool on linen, 35" x 62 ¼".

Provenance: Allan Daniel

Literature: Kopp, American Hooked and Sewn Rugs Folk Art Underfoot, 1985, pg 29, fig. 26

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Price Realized: $25,960

Uth Whittier Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel Addison Shute (1803-1836), Attributed, Portrait of a standing young boy wearing a blue dress and holding a plate with orange and knife, New England, c.1830, Watercolor, pencil, charcoal on paper, 27 ¾" x 19" sight.

Provenance: Mary Allis; Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, Sotheby's, January 1987, Lot 867. Literature: Brandt and Cullman, Small Folk, pg 78, fig. 134, Exhibited: New York, The New York Historical Society, "Small Folk," 1980.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $25,000-35,000
Price Realized: $70,800

18th C. Painted and Decorated New Hampshire Chest of Drawers, dated "1766" on the back, retaining an early 19th c. grain-painted finish over the original red, Ht. 44 ¼", W. 36", D. 19 ¼", attached to the interior of an upper drawer is a typed paper jelly label with notes by Nina Fletcher Little.

Provenance: Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, Sotheby's, January, 1994, Lot # 375

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Price Realized: $25,960

Early New England Painted and Decorated Pine Two-Drawer Lift-Top Blanket Chest, C.1800, with bold stylized graining in black on a faded salmon ground, Ht. 39 ½", W. 41 ½", D. 16 ½".

Provenance: Kathy Schoemer; Silver Spring Farm Antiques.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Price Realized: $28,320

An Early Molded and Cut Tin Halloween Candle Lantern, in the form of a jack-o-lantern with traces of the original orange painted finish, late 19th c., Ht. 9 ½".

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $500-800
Price Realized: $9,440

Rare Shaker Child's Sewing Desk, Canterbury, New Hampshire, Height 34 inches, width 21 inches, depth 17 inches.

Provenance: The Albright Family of Buffalo, New York; Celeste and Edward Koster, Chatham, New York.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $16,000-24,000
Price Realized: $54,280

New England Hepplewhite Painted and Vinegar Grained Card Table, The interior of the top with bold blue-green vinegar graining. Height 29 1/2 inches, top 34 3/4 x 17 inches.

Provenance: Betty Sterling, Brainstorm Farm Antiques, Randolph, Vermont.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $3,000=5,000
Price Realized: $16,520

Connecticut Country Federal White Painted and Smoke Decorated Tall Case Clock, Signed "Riley Whiting, Winchester," Circa 1825, Height 85 1/2 inches.

Exhibited: "American Art of the Colonies and Early Republic," The Art Institute of Chicago, July 17-September 13, 1971, no. 65; "Three New England Watercolor Painters," The Art Institute of Chicago, November 16-December 22, 1974.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Price Realized: $28,320

Rare and Important Pennsylvania Painted and Decorated Two-Part Cupboard, Probably Berks County, The upper section with cove molding and two six-light doors above a row of four equal drawers, the lower section with three equal drawers above two fielded panel doors on turned feet. Height 81 1/2 inches, width 48 inches, depth 21 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $18,000-28,000
Price Realized: $46,020

Connecticut Chippendale Inlaid-Cherry Desk and Bookcase, Norwich or Connecticut River Valley, Late Eighteenth Century, In two parts, the upper section with closed bonnet top, molded cornice and rosettes, surmounted by turned urn finials above a pair of line-inlaid paneled doors flanked by inlaid stiles with urn finials and stepped plinth bases. The lower section with four long graduated and inlaid reverse serpentine drawers on a molded base with frontal ball and claw feet with double scroll returns. Height 80 inches, case width 40 inches, case depth 21 inches.

Provenance: John C. R. Tompkins; Gail and Bert Savage, Chicago, Illinois.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000
Price Realized: $23,600

Shaker Elder's Figured Maple Dining Table with Trestle Base, Height 28 inches, top 93 3/4 x 34 1/2 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 6, 2011.

Estimate: $5,000-8,000
Price Realized: $64,900

Federal Inlaid Cherry Bombe Chest of Drawers, attributed to George, Stedman, Norwich, Vermont, c. 1800-20, inlaid with stringing along the top edge and the drawer borders, on the base of flaring French feet joined by a shaped skirt, old octagonal eagle-and-shield embossed brasses, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 35, wd. 41, dp. 18 1/2 in.

Provenance: 19th century descent in the West family of Royalton, Vermont. An accompanying note about where the piece was found reads in part: "In with 'attic discards' at Westlands, in South Royalton, Vermont, the Farm owned by Frank S. and Ellen W. Ainsworth. Rescued by their daughter, Ida Ainsworth Cole, in 1916..." Purchased by the consignors at James Dickerson Auction, Fermsburg, Vermont, August 10, 1997.

Literature: See Zogry, pp. 118-119, cat. no 69, for an analysis of another example of this uniquely Vermont form. In the description, Zogry implies that there are at least five additional examples known, including one at the Bennington Museum, and another at Winterthur; and see Charles Robinson, p. 99.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000
Price Realized: $17,775

Cherry Shop Wall Regulator, Levi Pitkin (1774-1854), Montpelier, Vermont, c. 1800, the dovetailed rectangular case with hinged glazed door, with circular engraved brass dial inscribed "Pitkin, Montpelier," the inscription flanking the large minute hand which points to the outermost ring, two smaller dials show the hour and seconds, with eight-day brass weight-powered movement with drop strike on the hour, the clock intended to measure the accuracy of clocks and watches being made or repaired in the shop, old surface, (minor imperfections), ht. 50, wd. 15 1/2, dp. 8 in.

Literature: See Zogry, p. 140, cat. no. 85.

Exhibitions: The Best the Country Affords, Vermont Furniture, 1765–1850, Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont, 1995; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, 1995. Note: According to Zogry, "Levi Pitkin was born in East Hartford, Connecticut, and was apprenticed to Daniel Burnap of Neighboring East Windsor. He had relocated to Montpelier by 1800, bringing the eighteenth-century Connecticut clockmaking tradition as far north into the interior of Vermont as far as it would ever reach." He continues to say that similarly used clocks were designed by Aaron Willard, Jr., and Elnathan Taber in Boston.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Price Realized: $21,330

Rare and Important Federal Tiger Maple and Mahogany, Flame Birch and Bird'seye Maple Veneer Inlaid Bureau, Rutland, Vermont, 1805-15, replaced brasses, refinished, (minor imperfections), ht. 41 1/2, case wd. 42, top dp. 20 1/4 in.

Provenance: Nathan Liverant and Son; Israel Sack, Inc.; Christie's New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art and Decorative Arts, June 23, 1993, lot 204, pp. 132-33.

Exhibitions: The Best the Country Affords: Vermont Furniture, 1765–1850, Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, 1995.

Literature: See Zogry, pp. 38-39, cat. no. 12; American Antiques in Israel Sack Collection, Volume VII (New York, 1983), p. 1709; William Hosley, Jr., "Vermont Furniture 1790–1830," in Old Time New England, Volume 72 (SPNEA, Boston, 1987), fig. 1981; and Hosley (III), p. 72.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $50,000-70,000
Price Realized: $65,175

Painted Pine Chest of Drawers, probably Massachusetts, c. 1700-1720, the single arch-molded case of two short drawers and four graduated long drawers on turned turnip feet, replaced engraved teardrop pulls, old black over earlier paint, ht. 43 1/4, wd. 38 1/4, dp. 20 1/4 in.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000
Price Realized: $10,073

John Brewster (American, 1766-1854) Pair of Portraits of Captain John Low (1745-1827) and His Wife Sara (Herrick). Unsigned. Oil on canvas, depicted in half-length and seated with hand in front, clasping a book titled "Constitution," Sara is portrayed holding a white rose, 30 x 25 in., in later molded giltwood frames. Condition: Good, retouch to both, patch repair to bonnet bow on Sara.

Provenance: Family descent from Captain John Low.

Note: Captain Low, born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, served as captain in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. He later served as a Representative from the town of Lyman to the General Court of Massachusetts, and was a member of the convention in Massachusetts which adopted the United States Constitution.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000
Price Realized: $50,363

Royal Brewster Smith (Maine, 1801-1855) Portrait of Abner Chase Stockin, Age Three, of Monmouth, Maine, c. 1834. Unsigned, the sitter and artist identified in inscriptions on the reverse. Oil on canvas, depicting the boy seated in a painted chair, holding a book, 33 x 26 3/4 in., in a later molded giltwood frame.

Condition: Relined, retouch.

Provenance: Family descent.

Exhibitions: Collector's View, March 15–April 20, 1986, Loch Haven Art Center, Orange County, Florida, exhibition label affixed to the back.

Note: A note written by Nina Fletcher Little identifying the artist as Royal Brewster Smith is affixed to the reverse. Abner Chase Stockin was born August 30, 1831, the son of Thomas Blossom Stockin and Lydia Ann Chase. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1857, was a teacher for twelve years, and later an educational publisher for thirty years. He married Helen Medora Towle (b. July 6, 1832) on August 3, 1858. They had at least one child, a son, Edwin Stockin (b. January 22, 1862, at Monmouth, Maine), who later became the publisher of the Youth's Companion of Boston. Abner died on January 11, 1901, at the age of seventy.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000
Price Realized: $18,960

Pair of Federal Carved, Turned, and Bird's-eye Maple Inlaid Mahogany Card Tables, probably Portsmouth, New Hampshire, c. 1815, refinished, (very minor imperfections), ht. 29 1/2, wd. 35 3/4, dp. 17 1/2 in.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Price Realized: $15,405

"Red Book Artist" (Massachusetts and New York) Silhouette of a Lady Wearing a Red Dress and Holding a Book, early 19th century, three-quarter length figure with hollow-cut head, watercolor and gouache embellishments, (minor toning), 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., in a period molded giltwood frame.

Literature: This silhouette portrait has characteristics similar to other works done by the "Red Book Artist" as listed in the exhibition catalog A Loving Likeness: American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth Century, from The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, April 4–May 17, 1992, pp. 48-49: the sitter holds a red book, the women face to the right, the figures have an overly long thumb which curls up and rests on the book, the hands are done with opaque white paint and the free hand rests on the women's hip, silhouette is hollow cut, watercolor is used for details.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $1,500-2,000
Price Realized: $2,450

James Eights (American, 1798-1882) Market Street, State Street to Maiden Lane, Albany, New York. Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, the structures heightened with gum arabic, 9 1/4 x 16 in., in a later mitered mahogany frame, and including a previous backing in which the scene and artist are identified in inscriptions, and with an old Skinner auction label from when this work was previously sold, March 25, 1989. Condition: Good, laid down, craquelure to varnish, scattered loss l.l., minor toning Literature: See "James Eights and His Albany Views," William L. Lassiter, The Magazine Antiques, May 1948, pp. 360-61. Lassiter was curator of history at the New York State Museum. The article relates that Eights was born in an aristocratic neighborhood of Dutch homes in Albany, New York, in 1798. Progress brought industry and prosperity to Albany and in the first and second quarter of the 19th century, the old Dutch housing was torn down and replaced with modern housing. Eights observed these changes as a boy and "fifteen or twenty years later he painted from memory the old streets as he remembered them...compris[ing] fourteen different views as it appeared in 1805... most if not all, Eights made replicas so that there is in existence an unestimated number of original Eights drawings. Many of them are to be found among collections of individuals, museums, and libraries in Albany." Lithographs of these scenes were made between 1847-1854 and later 1857-1858, and reproduced in an article in Harpers Magazine in 1856. The May 1948 issue of The Magazine Antiques is included with the painting.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Price Realized: $3,851

Child's Brown-painted Poplar Blanket Chest over Drawer, probably Connecticut, early 18th century, with double-arch molded case, single drawer, on cutout ends and valanced skirt, old wooden pulls, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 24 3/4, wd. 27, dp. 12 1/2 in. had snipe hinges, now replaced; full length crack in top; paint wear.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500
Price Realized: $13,035

American School, 19th Century Portrait of Lavinia Fanning Age Seven Years. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, c. 1803, 35 1/2 x 27 in., in a later molded mahogany frame. Condition: Tears, paint losses.

Provenance: Family descent, reportedly the portrait has hung in the family home for over 200 years.

Note: Lavinia Fanning was the daughter and only child of six children surviving infancy born to Nathaniel Fanning and his wife Elizabeth (Smith). Her father Nathaniel (1755-1805) was an officer in the Continental Navy and later the United States Navy, and most notable, served as Midshipman on board the Bon Homme Richard under John Paul Jones during its 1779 victorious ship-to-ship battle with the HMS Serapis. (The battle where Jones uttered "I have not yet begun to fight!").

Lavinia was born September 11, 1796 in New York City, although the family eventually resided in Stonington, Connecticut. She married Nathan Smith March 6, 1814 in Groton, Connecticut. A group of photocopied extensive Fanning family genealogy, execerpts from The history of the Fanning Family, by Walter Frederick Brooks, published in Winchester, Massachusetts, 1905, and an article about Nathaniel Fanning from Historical Footnotes: Bulletin of the Stonington Historical Society, Vol. XII, No. 3, May 1975, accompany the portrait.

5 x 5 in. angled tear c.l. just left of child's shoulder, 1 x 1 in. tear l.l. backgound, small puncture on her left facing sleeve, 1 1/2 in tear u.r. background on red drapery;scattered paint losses few on hair and neck, several on dress, and numerous small losses to background.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000
Price Realized: $106,650

American School, 19th Century Portrait of a Young Girl Wearing a Red Dress and Holding a Doll, c. 1840. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 25 1/2 in., in a period molded painted wood frame. Condition: Three small punctures near left edge, two with old patch repairs, cleaned, frame rub, scattered paint losses across top stretcher area, frame obscures the top of the girl's head.

Canvas not on original stretcher, three small punctures on left near edge near top, mid. and bottom.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Price Realized: $18,960

Miniature Blue-painted Wood Covered Firkin, America, late 19th century, stave and lapped wood hoop-constructed container with conforming cover impressed with the initials "GH," with pegged swing handle, ht. 2 1/2 in. Very good condition.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 14, 2011.

Estimate: $2,500-3,500
Price Realized: $16,590

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