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RARE GLAZED SGRAFFITO AND SLIP-DECORATED REDWARE JUG, Pennsylvania, dated 1797, inscribed 1797, LSJM, Height 7.25 in. by Width 6.25 in. by Depth 4 in.

Sold Property from a Martha’s Vineyard Collection, Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Price Realized: $5,040


GLAZED SGRAFFITO AND SLIP-DECORATED REDWARE PIE PLATE, Pennsylvania, circa 1790, Diameter 8.875 in.

Sold Property from a Martha’s Vineyard Collection, Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Price Realized: $4,788


AMERICAN SCHOOL, PORTRAIT OF CORNELIA ELIZA MORSE, 19th century, oil on panel, circa 1830, Height 46 in. by Width 18.25 in.

Condition: Touch-up applied to 6 in. crack at top and over right eye.

Provenance: By descent through the family from Eaton, New York;

Olde Hope Antiques, New York.

Catalogue note: Cornelia Eliza Morse (Raymond) was born on January 1, 1820 in Eaton, New York. She married John Howard Raymond in 1840 and the couple had three daughters and two sons. During their marriage, John served as the first president of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the second president of Vassar College. He was regarded as a moral and intellectual guiding light who played a pivotal role in the early founding of these institutions. Cornelia passed away on February 1, 1905 in Brooklyn.

Sold Property from a Martha’s Vineyard Collection, Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $88,200


FEDERAL POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR BLANKET CHEST, with Two Drawers, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Circa 1780, Inscribed Barbara Langewecker. Retains its original brass and iron hardware, Height 27.5 in. by Width 51 in. by Depth 24 in.

Condition: Fine overall condition. Wear to paint on top commensurate with age and use. Appears to retain its original cast brass hardware and wrought iron hinges and lock which is now detached and separate from the piece. Foot facings with wear to surfaces commensurate with age and use. Proper left and right front foot facings cracked. Proper left front side foot facing cracked. Top with shrinkage preventing it from closing fully. Top has an age crack on the proper left front corner. Paint on sides most vibrant. Retains original tilt.

Provenance: Olde Hope Antiques, New York.

Sold Property from a Martha’s Vineyard Collection, Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $18,900




AN AMERICAN SILVER TANKARD, Johannis Nys, Philadelphia, dated 1716, tapered cylindrical, applied with cut-card work above molded baseband, flat domed cover with shaped front lip, cocoon thumbpiece, scroll handle engraved SP flanking a tulip, shield-form terminal, the base with presentation inscription, scratch weight, and later family history, marked twice on body right of handle and three times on cover near thumbpiece, 14 oz 5 dwt, 448 g, height 5.625 in, 14.3 cm.

Condition: Repaired splits to rim and to either side of handle. Repair to front of body. Some slight denting to base rim. Body with typical surface nicks and minor creases. All of the marks rubbed. Otherwise in good condition.

Sold at Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $30,240


AN AMERICAN SILVER LARGE TABLESPOON, Paul Revere Jr., Boston, circa 1785, oval-ended, engraved with contemporary script monogram JSD, the bowl back with long drop, marked REVERE (Kane mark D) a third of the way down the handle, 2 oz, 62 g, length 8.875 in., 22.5 cm.

Sold at Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $15,120




A RARE SILVER NUTMEG GRATER, Peter Bentzon, St. Croix and Philadelphia, circa 1810-20, of oval form, hinged cover and base, the latter with flush hinge, steel rasp, geometric engraved lines to top and bottom

marked on top and base covers P. BENTZON capitals in rectangle, that on base with P not visible (behind hinge), 2 oz. including steel grater, 68 g

width 2.125 in., 5.39 cm.

Condition: Some general wear; cover with flange seams starting to open; tool marks around edge of metal grater where it has been re-set, base with some minor dings, multiple short scratches to one end, otherwise good, marks clear.

Provenance: Descended in the Tetens family of St. Croix and Denmark, probably from an ancestor who was a sea captain in the early 19th century, sailing between Denmark, Guinea in West Africa, and the West Indies (including St. Croix, then under Danish control); according to family accounts, he married a Caribbean woman of color. Being sold directly from the family.

Catalogue Note: Peter Bentzon (c. 1786–after 1852) is one of the only identified silversmiths of African descent working in early America, and the only one whose pieces are known today. He was born in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies, to an unknown mixed-race mother and a white European father, likely Jacob Bentzon, a Norwegian lawyer and royal judge advocate in St. Thomas. It is speculated that his father’s connections afforded Peter the opportunity to go to Philadelphia at just eight years old, where he became an apprentice to an unknown silversmith from 1799 to 1806. He then moved to Christiansted, St. Croix to begin his career. From this time forward, he traveled extensively between Philadelphia and St. Croix.

Upon landing on the island, Bentzon initially stayed with the attorney John Daly, the only free black plantation owner in St. Croix. He soon purchased his own home and shop at 53A Company Street, where he worked for nearly ten years, and which remains there to this day.

He married Rachel de la Motta, a free woman of color, and census documents indicate that in addition to his wife and other family, he lived there with at least one slave.

In 1816, St. Croix was recovered by the Danish from the British and the new government was less tolerant of the free black and mixed-race population. It was perhaps for this reason that he relocated his family to Philadelphia, though still traveling frequently between the two places. Ship manifests show that he was a merchant and trader of various goods including sugar, coconuts, and “American manufactured” old plate – listed as American likely to avoid paying tariffs on the silver upon arrival to the country. Also indicating his travel patterns, his seven children were born in both locations.

His racial background would have been known in St. Croix, but it is thought that he passed for white in Philadelphia as is shown by the fact that he and his wife were listed as white in the 1820 census (though also included in the household was a free “colored” woman, perhaps one of their mothers). They lived in a racially diverse commercial neighborhood, and for a time moved into a property owned by Robert Dawson, of a prominent Quaker family, who were likely abolitionists. Two of his best known pieces, identical teapots, were commissioned by Rebecca Dawson (more below). In 1829 he moved back to St. Croix for unknown reasons. He then endured multiple legal troubles, for which he was acquitted, but perhaps soured his experience in St. Croix. For those reasons or due to mounting tensions prior to the slave revolt of 1848, Bentzon moved once again to Philadelphia. He and his family were listed in the 1850 census, but were not found in future census records in Philadelphia nor in St. Croix. Likewise, there is no record of his death.

There are few known silver objects by Bentzon. Though referred to as both a “jeweler” and “goldsmith” in various records, he did not likely run a large silversmith operation, given his other known trade and merchant work. His best known pieces are a teapot and a presentation cup, alongside individual flatware.

Sold at Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $40,320


JOHN JAMES AUDUBON (AFTER), CAROLINA PARROT (PLATE 26), Hand-colored aquatint, engraving and etching, 1828, by R. Havell, on wove paper with the J Whatman 1832 watermark, framed sheet: 964 by 639 mm 38 by 25.125 in

Sold at Sotheby’s Auction January 22, 2021.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $100,800


MOCHA LIDDED BOWL, with engine turned decoration, 5.75" h., 7.5" diameter.

Provenance: A Pennsylvania collection.

Condition:Two flakes to inner rim of lid.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $4,636


LARGE MOCHA PEPPERPOT, with fan decoration on a rust ground, 5.5h.

Provenance: A Pennsylvania collection

Condition:Repairs to raised rim. Small flake to base.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $4,392


RARE FOOTED MOCHA LIDDED PITCHER, with marbleized glaze, 6" h.

Provenance: A Pennsylvania collection.

Condition:A few small flakes to underside of lid rim.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $300-400

Price Realized: $5,124


MOCHA PITCHER, with earthworm decoration, 7" h.

Provenance: A Pennsylvania collection.

Condition:Good condition. Handle stamped Clews.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $4,636


HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND REDWARE BOWL, early 19th c., attributed to Henry Adam (1782-1819), with cream and green wavy bands around an inner band of dripped manganese and cream slip, 2.75" h., 10.25" diameter. Henry Adam is considered by some of the leading redware experts as the best in America.

Provenance: A Maryland Collection.

Condition:Very good condition with minor glaze wear.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Price Realized: $12,200


BALTIMORE FEDERAL MAHOGANY BRACKET CLOCK, late 18th c., signed by maker Gilbert Bigger, 16" h. Bigger worked in the years 1784-1800.

Condition:18" h. (w/ handle up). Overall very good condition. Fabric sound panels replaced. One side panel for sounding hole replaced. Back plate is not signed. Clock currently ticks when you swing the pendulum, but Pook & Pook does not guarantee clocks to be complete or in working condition.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $9,150


OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, 19th c., 30" x 25”.

Provenance: A Maryland estate.

Condition:Frame - good condition with some repairs and touch-ups.

Portrait - relined, artist unknown, scattered touch ups throughout, flake top left.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $6,100


OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAIT OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, 19th c., 30" x 25”.

Provenance: A Maryland estate.

Condition:Modern frame - small loss on corner and some minor gold leaf loss. Painting - 19th c., artist unknown, relined, craquelure, a few small touch ups.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $7,930


IMPORTANT BURLINGTON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY SILK ON LINEN SAMPLER, dated 1812, with extract over an embroidered starry sky and view of the Westtown school in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 26" x 22.5". For further discussion of this important group of samplers, see Ring Girlhood Embroidery, pg. 476-482.

Condition:Scattered light staining. Maker's name unknown. Initials in cartouche.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $21,960


FRANCIS PORTZLINE (SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA 1762-1858), UNION COUNTY INK AND WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, for Edward Straup (Straub), born 1832 in Chapman Township, Union County, Pennsylvania, having a heart centering script with birds perched on tulip branches above, with a tulip bird tree and woman in vibrant yellow dress holding a wreath with bird, signed lower left, 15.5" x 12.25”.

Provenance: Horst Auction, November 20th, 2004, lot 665.

Condition:Several tear restorations, heavier to right and left edges, center horizontal crease, in a contemporary painted pine frame. Not glued down. Examined out of frame.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $9,760


RARE PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED TWO-PART DUTCH CUPBOARD, ca. 1800, retaining an old blue surface, 80" h., 53.75" w.

Provenance: Estate of Ronald Wise.

Condition:One side cornice replaced. General allover wear. Brasses replaced. Small loss to one foot.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $18,300


QUEEN ANNE CEDRELA SPECIMEN CABINET ON STAND, ca. 1760, probably Bermuda, this elaborate case is fitted with an assortment of divided drawers and a secret compartment, inscribed Jacob Robbins, 47" h., 21.754" w.

Condition: Drawers - 17" d. Hinges replaced. Repaired break to door along hinge side. Small patch to corner of top. A couple knee returns replaced. Old crack to one knee, possibly an old repair. A couple abrasions to door.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $9,760


IMPORTANT OHIO WALNUT PIE SAFE, ca. 1840, probably Maria Stein, Mercer County, retaining its original green painted punched tin panels, with horse and rider in a wooded landscape, 56.75” h., 50.5" w.

Provenance: Louis Dunham; Al Burger; An Ohio Collection.

Condition:Breadboard ends of top replaced. Otherwise very good condition.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $5,000-10,000

Price Realized: $11,590


OHIO MENNONITE PAINTED POPLAR WARDROBE, dated 1846, inscribed Elisabeth Hofstetter, retaining its original ochre varnished surface, with green moldings and paneled case, with heart and floral sprays, 78.75" h., 66" w. 16.75” d.

Provenance: Mary Thornton; An Ohio Collection.

Condition:Overall good condition with minor wear.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 28, 2021.

Estimate: $5,000-10,000

Price Realized: $17,080






RARE AND IMPORTANT NEAR PAIR OF PHILADELPHIA COMBBACK WINDSORS ARMCHAIRS, ca. 1765, retaining a fine late 19th c. black surface with gilt highlighting. The slight difference in construction and size is likely due to them being made for a husband and wife. A similar chair is illustrated in Santore, Windsor Style in America. pg. 63, fig. 29. A copy of a letter from Charles Santore accompanies this lot and ends with Philadelphia combback Windsor armchairs of this quality and paint history are extremely rare. To find a pair of this quality is an extremely important occurrence. Charles Santore Dec.20th 1994

Condition:18" (seat height) x 16" (seat depth) x 22.5" (seat width) and 18" x 17" x 24.5". Overall very good condition with expected wear and flaking to paint.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $40,000-50,000

Price Realized: $79,300




PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE WALNUT TALL CASE CLOCK, ca. 1770, the broken arch bonnet with a carved central finial, enclosing an eight day works with brass face, inscribed E. Duffield Philada., over a case with fluted quarter columns and ogee bracket feet, 99" h.

Provenance: Butterfield & Butterfield, October 29, 1996, lot 2552; A New Jersey estate.

Condition:Parts: pendulum, weights. Rosettes replaced. Finials and cartouche appear to be original. Original feet with some newer blocking. Works and case possibly associated.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $24,400


SET OF SIX DELAWARE VALLEY TIGER MAPLE LADDERBACK DINING CHAIRS, ca. 1800.

Provenance: Estate of Ronald Wise.

Condition:Overall very good condition. Nice old warm finish.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $4,636


NEW ENGLAND QUEEN ANNE PAINTED MAPLE HIGH CHEST, ca. 1760, retaining an early black surface, 70.5" h., 39.5 w.

Provenance: A Minnesota Estate.

Condition:Brasses replaced. Lacking drops. A few screw holes to side of case. Loss to corner of cornice. Crack to side cornice. Middle drawer in base with replaced backboard.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $3,000-6,000

Price Realized: $5,124






TWO NEW ENGLAND PAINTED CANDLESTANDS, 18th c., retaining old red and black surfaces, 27" h., 13,75" w. and 27.5" h., 14" w.

Provenance: A Minnesota Estate.

Condition:Black - overall good condition, tight age crack to top, old repaired break to base of standard. Red - top and legs wobbly, otherwise in good condition.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $8,540


NEW ENGLAND QUEEN ANNE PAINTED DAYBED, mid 18th c., retaining an old blue surface, with pinwheel decorated crest and fitted with linsey woolsey cushion and pillows, 41.5" h., 61.5" w., 20.75" d. Illustrated in Nutting Furniture Treasury, fig. 1619. Listed under the Estate of J. Milton Coburn, South Norwalk Connecticut.

Provenance: Kenneth Hammitt 1968; A Minnesota Estate.

Condition: Good condition. No apparent damages or repairs.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $2,000-2,500

Price Realized: $9,760


NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE SPLAY LEG TABLE, ca. 1770, retaining an old layered paint history, 26.25" h., 29" w., 21.5" d.

Provenance: A Minnesota Estate.

Condition:Good condition. Brackets added to underside on one leg joint.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $5,856


NEW ENGLAND CHIP CARVED PINE WALL BOX, early/mid 18th c., with triple lollipop back and the front with initials WA, together with a group of early leather bound books, 13.75" h., 14.5” w.

Provenance: A Minnesota Estate.

Condition:Books in disrepair. Wall box does not appear to have any replacements.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $24,400


NEW ENGLAND WILLIAM AND MARY PAINTED PINE BIBLE BOX, ca. 1720, retaining an old red surface, 6.75" x 19.75" x 12”.

Provenance: A Wilmington collection.

Condition:Good condition. Lacking lock.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 29, 2021.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $5,612


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