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Abraham Huth (Pennsylvania, active1807-1830), Lancaster County ink and watercolor fraktur birth certificate for Rachel Gaff, b. 1808, with bold central cartouche in the form of a large tulip enclosing script flanked by colorful birds and tulip trees arising from pots, 12 1/2" x 15 1/2". Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $5,451
Chester County, Pennsylvania walnut spice chest, ca. 1740 , with an inlaid door with intertwined line and berry decoration within a circle surmounted by the initials AS. a fitted interior with eleven small drawers, all resting on well defined small bun form feet, 20" h., 14 1/2" w., 9 1/2" d. Descended in the family of the present owner. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Blown Steigel type amethyst bottle, late 18th c. , in the diamond and daisy pattern, 5" h. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $4000 - $5000
Price Realized: $5,925
Pennsylvania painted pine two-part pewter cupboard, ca. 1790 , 78" h., 56" w. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $1500 - $2500
Price Realized: $3,318
Philadelphia Queen Anne maple side chair, ca. 1755 , attributed to William Savery, retaining an exceptional old dry surface. A similar example is illustrated in Horner's Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture, plate 462. Provenance: H.L. Chalfant; Milly McGehee . Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011
Rare Chester County Queen Anne tiger maple miniature chest of drawers, dated 1764 , with cove cornice, graduated drawers and straight bracket feet with center drop, 20 1/2" h., 18" w., 11 1/2" d. Provenance: Collection of James Sorber. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Chester County William & Mary walnut Bible box with line and berry inlay flanking an inlaid cartouche with the initials and date AM 1749, 11 1/4" h., 21 1/4" w., 14 1/2" d. Provenance: Collection of James Sorber. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Important Southeastern Pennsylvania Queen Anne line and berry inlaid walnut chest of drawers, ca. 1740 , with two over three drawers supported by straight bracket feet, 39" h., 39" w. This chest is one of only a few that exhibit this decoration on their tops and is a rare survival of this desirable traditon, primarily from Chester and Delaware counties. A related example is illustrated in Worldly Goods, figure 191. This is an early example featuring a divided two-part case and bun feet, but the scrolling vines and tulip decoration is quite similar. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Anthony Rehm (Montgomery and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, active 1804-1826) , vibrant Montgomery County, Pennsylvania watercolor and ink on paper birth certificate, 1821 for Durck Adams Groff, b. 1821, with profuse intricate decorations of a bird feeding her young, snake, face, tulip trees arising from checkerboard hearts, vines, and block and cross hatched borders, each decoration surrounded by pinpricks, signed lower right Anthony Rehm, March 20, 1824, in wonderful untouched condition, 12 1/2" x 15 1/2", together with a photo, purportedly one of the Groff family. For further information, see Amsler Bucks County Fraktur, pgs. 242-243 and Moyer Fraktur Writings and Folk Art Drawings, pg. 232. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Lancaster Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut wall cupboard, ca. 1770 , with a dentil molded cornice above an upper section with glazed doors and interior with original salmon paint, resting on a base with ogee bracket feet, 87 1/2" h., 60 1/2" w., 21 1/2" d. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Pennsylvania ink and watercolor fraktur metamorphosis, early 19th c. , depicting a man's journey from original sin and temptation to the gathering of wealth and the inevitability of death. A related example is illustrated in American Radiance, fig. 226. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania painted compass artist dome lid box, early 19th c. , profusely decorated with red and white flowers and pinwheels on a blue ground, 10 1/8" h., 14 1/8" w., 8 3/4" d. For similar examples, see Pook & Pook, Inc. Shelley collection, Lot 210 and Pook & Pook, Inc. Machmer collection, Lot 18 and Lot 623. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Pennsylvania redware dog, 19th c. , probably Bell Pottery, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, the standing figure with a basket clutched in its mouth atop an oblong base with incised floral decoration, 5 1/2" h., 6" w. Illustrated in Comstock The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, pg. 156, fig. 4.216. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Pennsylvania redware sugar bowl and cover, ca. 1820 , with vibrant yellow and black slip dot decoration, 4 1/2" h., 4 1/2" w. Provenance: Titus Geesey; Arthur Sussel. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized: $8,295
Vibrant Baltimore appliqué and trapunto album quilt dated 1846 , signed by four makers; Sarah A. Culley, E. Evans, M.A.H., and M. Murray, composed of twenty-five blocks with elaborate floral decoration, the center block with a blue spread winged eagle clutching an American flag, 101" x 102". Provenance: Bisnoff collection. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Rare historic blue Staffordshire plate, 19th c. , with two oval portrait medallions of Washington and Lafayette, above the Entrance of the Canal into the Hudson at Albany, 8 5/8" dia. Provenance: Freemans, The Collection of Esther Ludwig, Lot 1052. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $6,000 - $8,000
Price Realized: $7,110
Cast iron Stiegel of 1758 stove plate , having stylized tulips above Henrich Wilhelm Sti, 23 1/2" h., 25 1/2" w. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Estimated: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,252
Montgomery or Bucks County, Pennsylvania sgraffito decorated plate dated 1805 , depicting a large peacock beneath a tulip vine and above a German inscription: I am a bird everything the bread I eat and the song I sing, 11 1/8" dia. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut schrank, ca. 1775 , the molded cornice above a frieze with fluted moldings and two raised paneled doors, retaining its original rattail hinges, flanked by fluted corners atop a five drawer base, resting on ogee bracket feet, 83 3/4" h., 59 3/4" w. Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.
Reverend Henry Young, (Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1792-1861) , Northumberland County ink and watercolor fraktur birth certificate for Elizabeth Riegel, 12 1/2" x 8". Sold at Pook and Pook October 1, 2011.