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COLONIAL BUILT-IN CHIMNEY CUPBOARD. Sage Casein Painted Raised Panel Single Door Cupboard in pine, 18th c., concealing six shelf painted interior, having a button pull and thumb-turn closure, original H & L hinges, molded face edge, 78.75" x 24.25" x 14.5". Some flaking, nice age patina.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $1,500-1,800

Price Realized: $1,800


A PAIR OF ADAMS PERIOD OVAL LOOKING GLASSES. Very Delicate Mirrors, New England, ca. 1820, having completely intact trails of ivy and blossoms, an urn at top emanating from a triad of leaves, the oval cove frame with beaded edges, both appear to retain their original grey-blue thin silvered glass and backing boards. 18" x 14" oval frame, 33" x 16 .5" overall, fine condition.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $6,000


SAILOR'S VALENTINE. Large 19th c. Sailor Made Hinged Double Octagon Two-Sided Sailor's Shellwork Valentine, with shells arranged in heart and star motifs, 'Thinking of You' motto on heart side, with lockable clasp (no key), felted on one exterior side, 3" high, 12" x 12" (closed), 24.375" wide (open). Good condition.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $3,800


FEDERAL PERIOD PENNSYLVANIA TALL CLOCK. Mahogany Chippendale Grandfather Clock by George Hoff, Jr. (1788-1822) of Lancaster, Pa., ca. 1815. Son of John George Hoff, Sr. (1733-1815), who migrated from Germany as a clockmaker. In a refined figured mahogany with bonnet having broken pediment with urn finials (center replaced), arched front and side windows below deep molding, full round slender columns, painted dial with maker's name and town, moon phase dial featuring ships, maps of the two hemispheres, gilt brackets, Roman numerals and Arabic second marks; brass time and strike works, with the original winder, keys, weights and pendulum, the lower case having a wooden door, mitered edges with cross-graining, raised on French feet. 99.75" (8'-3.75") tall, 22.5" x 11.5". Very good condition.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $6,000


LARGE TORTOISESHELL CADDY. Late 18th- Early 19th c. Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy, with silver lock escutcheon (no key), top plaque and stringing between panels, set on brass bun feet, with two interior tea compartments with traces of foil lining and a mixing bowl slot (no bowl), velvet lined lid, new green felt on base, 5.5" high, 11.75" x 5.375". Cracks and repairs to tortoiseshell panels, especially around hardware.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $1,500


TIGER MAPLE FOUR POSTER BED. Late 18th c. Country Sheraton Four-Post Bed in Tiger Maple, having urn and reed turned posts, plain maple headboard, rails and canopy frame, with a later white cotton canopy, no finials. 82.5" (6'-10.5") tall, 67" x 86.5" overall, takes a 60" x 80" (queen size) box spring set. Fine condition.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $1,200-1,600

Price Realized: $1,900


SHAKESPEAREAN PORTRAIT PAINTING. Shylock and Jessica, an illustration from 'The Merchant of Venice', by William Shakespeare. Oil on canvas, unsigned, late 18th c. Paris labels verso, inscription reads "Esquisse de son Tableau" (Sketch of the Scene). Housed in simple gilt cove frame with velvet liner, OS: 16 .5" x 14 .5", SS: 9" x 7". Light craquelure.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $12,000






RARE 1801 COMMEMORATIVE GERMAN POEM FROM THE ELECTION OF THOMAS JEFFERSON. Possibly Pennsylvania Dutch, a sixteen stanza poem printed in German gothic type, on old laid paper. Woodcut of an American eagle with shield at top. Housed in a gold frame with linen mat, glazed, OS: 24" x 12", SS: 17" x 6.25", folded water stained edge loss, portion gone upper right just into text. Pennsylvania was the 'swing state' that led to the Jefferson-Burr tie for the presidency that had to be broken in Congress.

Sold at Thomaston Auctions August 26, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $2,300


WATERCOLOR ON IVORY, Clarissa Peters Russell (American 1809-1854), Also known as Mrs. Moses B. Russell. Miniature Portrait of a Young Girl in Pink Snipping Paper with a Pair of Scissors. 4.5 x 3.25 inches. In a partial leather case with textured gilt mat.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $36,000


SGRAFFITO AND SLIP-DECORATED REDWARE DISH, Attributed to Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, dated 1793. The white slip ground decorated in sgraffito, daubed with green spots and reserved with a floral spray, sprigs and flowerheads, incised around the rim with the German proverb “Es sein kein vogel, es sind kein fisch/ Es weis ken gucku was es ist/ Eine blumme Zuschreiben/ Ist fur die zeit zu verdreiben, 1793” (There are no birds, there are no fish, No cuckoo knows what it is, To dedicate a flower/ Is to pass away the time), covered in yellowish mat lead glaze. Diameter 12 inches.

Literature: A marriage dish in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with identical slip and floral decoration, also dated 1793, is illustrated in Beatrice B. Garvan, “The Pennsylvania German Collection,” p. 215, n. 7.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18-20, 2017.

Estimate: $7,000-9,000

Price Realized: $34,800


POLITICAL SATIRICAL PRINT "THE BOSTONIAN’S PAYING THE EXCISE-MAN, OR TARRING AND FEATHERING," 1774. Directed at both sides of the Atlantic, this example of political propaganda depicts the tarred and feathered British customs officer, John Malcolm, being forced to drink tea by a group of American patriots beneath the Liberty Tree to which the Stamp Act has been tacked upside down, the Boston Tea Party taking place in the background. Mezzotint engraving attributed to Philip Dawe, published by Robert Sayer and John Bennett, London, 1774. Sheet 13.75 x 9.75 inches. 17 x 13 inches.

Literature: "The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints; a Checklist of 1765-1790 Graphics in the Library of Congress," compiled by Donald H. Cresswell, 1975, no. 670. See also E. McSherry Fowble, "Two Centuries of Prints in America, 1680-1880: A Selective Catalogue of the Winterthur Museum Collection," no. 93.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $31,200


POLITICAL SATIRICAL PRINT "THE BOSTONIANS IN DISTRESS," 1774. The second in a series of mezzotints by Sayer & Bennett, this scene illustrates the effects of Britain’s "Intolerable Acts," one of which closed Boston’s port to all commercial activities in retribution for the Tea Party. Bostonians responded by fasting in protest. The city’s isolation is emphasized by the cannon ringing the Liberty Tree, as Lord North’s blockade of the harbor can be seen in the distance.Mezzotint engraving attributed to Philip Dawe, published by Robert Sayer and John Bennett, London, 1774. Sheet 14.75 x 10.375 inches, sight. Frame by Perry Hopf, 17.25 x 12/.75 inches.

Literature: "The American Revolution in Drawings and Prints; a Checklist of 1765-1790 Graphics in the Library of Congress," compiled by Donald H. Cresswell, 1975, no. 673. See also E. McSherry Fowble, "Two Centuries of Prints in America, 1680-1880: A Selective Catalogue of the Winterthur Museum Collection," no. 94.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $36,000


HENRY WALRADT’S MOHAWK RIVER VALLEY, NEW YORK, POWDER HORN ENGRAVED WITH IMAGES OF THE INDIAN CASTLE CHURCH AND CARRIED BY HIM INTO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE OF ORISKANY IN 1777. Henry I. Walrath (1742-1821), son of an early settler on New York’s frontier, married Elizabeth Bowman, a niece of Nicholas Herkimer in 1758. In August 1777 he fought under Brigadier General Herkimer in the Battle of Oriskany, a bloody engagement that pitted patriot settlers, British loyalists and troops and Iroquois warriors against each other. Walrath was captured by Indians at the battle and taken to a British camp, then to Quebec, shipped to New York City by sea and finally taken to Albany by sleigh, where he was released in the winter of 1777-78. The success of the Continental forces at the Battles of Oriskany, Bennington and Saratoga thwarted the attempts of the British under General Burgoyne to take the northern colonies and thus, won support from France for the rebel’s cause. The history of this time and place was chronicled in the 1936 Walter D. Edmunds novel, "Drums Along the Mohawk," later adapted for film by John Ford in 1939. The horn engraved with images of a fish swimming up the River; two large churches and a fenced building on its banks; a hunter with rifle and dog tracking a deer; a large home, possibly Herkimer House; figure of a man in cocked hat (Washington?) within crossed laurel branches; and a large town containing a building flying the American flag. Inscribed "HENRY WALRADT" and faintly "PW," "RH" and "G.R. WALRATH 1870" for a number of his descendants. The throat with chip carving; the mouth carved with a pierced tab for carrying strap; the wood plug carved with the initials "AW." Length on the curve 13 inches.

Provenance: Henry I. Walradt and by direct descent in the family to his grandson, Moses Walrath (1796-1845); to his great-great grandson, George R. Walrath (1859-1952); and to his great-great-great granddaughter, Bertha Walrath Hewes (1886-1978) of Little Falls, New York.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $6,720


FRAKTUR FAMILY REGISTER FOR MOSES WALRATH OF DANUBE, HERKIMER COUNTY, NEW YORK, DRAWN BY WILLIAM MURRAY, MARCH 24, 1822. Moses Walrath (1796-1866), a veteran of the War of 1812 and grandson of Henry I. Walrath, who fought in the American Revolutionary War, is recorded with his wife Margaret (b. 1797) and their eight children amid hearts, a pineapple and floral border. Watercolor and ink on paper, 14.25 x 10.25 inches, sight.

Provenance: Moses Walrath and by direct descent in the family to the present owner.

Literature: This register is cited in Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, "Painters of Record: William Murray and His School," The Clarion, Winter 1986/1987, pp. 28-35.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $1,200-1,600

Price Realized: $5,760


PUNCHED SHEET METAL DOUBLE-LIGHT SQUARE CANDLE LANTERN, NINETEENTH CENTURY. The stepped circular top pierced in geometric patterns and with strap ring handle, each glass pane within an arched frame and corner posts, enclosing two candle sconces, on conical feet. Height over handle 20.75 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $3,600


PUNCHED SHEET METAL SINGLE-LIGHT HEXAGONAL CANDLE LANTERN, NINETEENTH CENTURY. The stepped hexagonal top pierced in geometric patterns and with strap ring handle, each glass pane within an arched frame and corner posts ending in knopped finials, enclosing a candle sconce, on flattened bun feet. Height over handle 19.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18-20, 2017.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $9,360


OIL ON CANVAS, EDMUND C. COATES (AMERICAN 1816-1871). THE WAR OF 1812 NAVAL ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE USS "UNITED STATES" AND HMS "MACEDONIAN," AFTER THOMAS BIRCH. 27 x 36 inches. Signed "E.C. Coates pt," dated 1859, and inscribed below "SNY LI?," l.c. In an ornate period giltwood frame. Note: The original work on which Coates based this painting was completed by Thomas Birch in 1813. At President Kennedy’s request, the Birch painting was loaned to the White House by noted Marine collector, J. Welles Henderson, of Philadelphia, and hung there during his Administration.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $7,500-10,000

Price Realized: $13,200


WAR OF 1812 UNITED STATES NAVY SHIP’S BOARDING AXE. The blade marked "U.S." and "N.Y.W." and "J.T." for Navy Yard Washington and Capt. John Tarbell, who was a naval inspector at the yard during the war. Length 18 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $8,400


LARGE AND IMPORTANT AMERICAN FLAG WITH EAGLE CANTON, PROBABLY MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY. Approximately 62 x 97 inches. Note: Sometimes used by militia and also known as "Indian Peace Flags," these flags can be seen depicted on several portraits of sloops and steamboats painted by James Bard in the mid-nineteenth century.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $28,800


JAMES SHARPLES (ANGLO/AMERICAN 1752-1811). PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON IN UNIFORM, CIRCA 1796-1797. Between the years 1794-1801, the British-trained James Sharples produced an accomplished body of pastel portraiture in America, describing his sitters as "Distinguished American Characters," including the most prominent men of the Revolutionary War era such as Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison. His most famous subject was George Washington, who sat for Sharples between 1796 in Philadelphia and later in 1797, possibly at Mount Vernon. From these sittings, Sharples created three portraits: a left profile, a right profile and a three-quarter view. Sharples and his family replicated these, much as Gilbert Stuart would do in oil, charging $15 for the profile and $20 for the "full face." While the profile portraits depict Washington in a somber black coat, the three-quarter view offers Washington in full dress uniform as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and is the rarer of the three portraits. Sharples’ depictions of Washington can be found in major collections on both sides of the Atlantic, including The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. and London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Mount Vernon; Independence Hall; and Yale University. After Sharples death, the family returned to England and a large group of their work went to the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. In the Museum’s "Catalogue of the Sharples Collection of Pastel Portraits and Oil Paintings," the "full face" portrait of Washington in uniform is listed and illustrated as No. 1 of 97 paintings in the collection. Oval format of cabinet size, depicted in a three-quarter view facing right. Pastel on paper, 9 x 7 inches. In a gilt oval molded and beaded frame.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $25,000-40,000

Price Realized: $30,000


PATIENCE LOVELL WRIGHT (AMERICAN 1725-1786). LARGE WAX PROFILE PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, CIRCA 1784-1786. A shoulder-length bust of Washington modeled in uncolored wax, displayed against a red velvet ground in an oval shadowbox frame. Wax portrait 9.5 x 6.25 inches; frame 16 x 12.75 inches. The reverse of the case affixed with an old newsprint excerpt from "Men & Times of the Revolution: or Memoirs of Elkanah Watson, including Journals of Travels in Europe and America from 1777 to 1842." It provides a personal account of Mrs. Wright, as well as Washington’s own description of Mrs. Wright’s son, Joseph Wright, modeling the plaster bust on which this wax portrait is based. Also affixed to the reverse are several handwritten notes regarding the portrait’s provenance.

Provenance: Henry Paul Beck (1802-1874) of Philadelphia, whose father was a friend of Washington’s according to Rembrandt Peale; to H.P. Beck’s daughter, Mrs. Isaac Harvey, who presented the wax profile portrait to her father’s physician and friend, Dr. Richard H. Harte of Philadelphia, 1897; thence by descent in the family.

Exhibitions: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Twenty-Ninth Annual Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1852, no. 382.

Literature: For information on the artist and an illustration of this portrait, see Ethel Stanwood Bolton, "Wax Portraits and Silhouettes" Boston: The Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1914, pp. 12-17; see also D.R. Reilly, "Portrait Waxes: An Introduction for Collectors," London: B.T. Batsford, 1953, pp. 80-81.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $9,000-15,000

Price Realized: $37,200


JOHN PAUL JONES, COMMANDER OF A SQUADRON IN THE SERVICE OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA, 1779. Mezzotint engraving published by Robert Sayer and John Bennett, London, 1780. Sheet 13.875 x 10 inches, sight. In a period frame, 18 x 14 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2017.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $5,760


RARE NEW ENGLAND FEDERAL BLUE-PAINTED PINE CANT-BACK HANGING CUPBOARD. The paned door opening to a shelved interior fitted for spoons, and above a single drawer. Height 40 inches, width 22.625 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $2,500-4,000

Price Realized: $14,400


NEW ENGLAND CHIPPENDALE BOMBE OR KETTLE-FRONT DOCUMENT BOX, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. In the original blue paint and fitted with the original hardware, of dovetail construction, the cover with brass bail and opening to a single compartment, the molded base on spurred ogee bracket feet. Height 8.25 inches, length 13.5 inches.

Provenance: Joe Kindig, Jr. and Son, York, Pennsylvania, 1951.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $12,000


AMERICAN SMALL SILK NEEDLEWORK PICTURE OF A COURTING COUPLE BENEATH A TREE, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. Worked with silk threads in laid and satin stitches on linen, 6 x 8 inches. In a period frame 7,75 x 9.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $11,400


WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR (1806-1873). PORTRAIT OF A BOY IN A BLUE SUIT. Signed "W.M. Prior" and dated 1841 on the reverse. Oil on board, 16.125 x 12 ¼ inches.

Provenance: Mary Allis, Southport, Connecticut; Bill Carr and Clair Cook; Barbara Pollack.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Price Realized: $45,600


AMERICAN FOLK PORTRAIT OF A GIRL IN RED DRESS WITH CAT IN A COASTAL SETTING, MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY, OIL ON CANVAS, 30.75 x 26 inches. In a period gilt frame.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $12,000




MINIATURE CHIPPENDALE INLAID AND EBONIZED SLAT-FRONT DESK AND BOOKCASE WITH TWO INSET HEART SHAPED FRAKTURS, POSSIBLY SOUTHERN. In two parts; the upper section with molded swan’s neck cresting above a pair of conforming long doors, each with an inlaid heart-shaped Fraktur watercolor of colored tulips, lilies and leaves with early German virtuous verses. The first, "Thus shall my faithful love be steady as a beaming flame" and the second, "Until we are separated by my departure from the world." The lower section with a slant lid opening to an interior with drawers and shelves above a case of three long drawers on a molded base with ogee bracket feet. Height 29.625 inches, width 13.375 inches, depth 7.875 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $2,500-4,000

Price Realized: $33,600


NEW ENGLAND FOLK ART PORTRAIT OF A GIRL IN A BLUE DRESS HOLDING A ROSE AND PURSE, FIRST HALF NINETEENTH CENTURY.

Watercolor on paper, 23.5 x 19 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $500-700

Price Realized: $9,000


CARVED AND PAINTED FIGURE OF A COLONIAL ORATOR, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. Wearing a waistcoat, coat and tricorn, one arm raised and standing on a plinth base. Height 13.625 inches.

Provenance: Collection of William Guthman, Westport, Connecticut; Sydney Gecker, New York City; American Folk Art Gallery, New York City.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $3,600


THREE EARLY AMERICAN TIN AND PEWTER REFLECTOR SCONCES, EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY. Each circular dish affixed with overlapping roundels embossed with circles or faceted diamonds, each candle arm with crimped drip-pan. Heights 8.75, 9.625 and 10 inches. 

Literature: For a similar example, see Donald L. Fennimore, "Iron at Winterthur," p. 295, plate 142.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Price Realized: $4,200


PENNSYLVANIA KNUCKLE-ARM SACK-BACK WINDSOR CHAIR, LANCASTER COUNTY, 1765-1780. The seven spindle back and vase turned arm supports above a carved saddle seat on splayed vase turned legs lending in blunt arrow feet. Height 37.25 inches.

Literature: Santore, The Windsor Style in America, Vol. I, p. 101, fig. 103.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $6,600


FINE NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLIAM AND MARY BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE AND PINE TAVERN TABLE. The large oval top projecting above a vase-turned and splayed leg base with box stretcher and padded feet. Height 23.5 inches, top 37.875 x 24.125 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $2,500-4,000

Price Realized: $11,700


MASSACHUSETTS QUEEN ANNE BLACK-PAINTED MAPLE DROP-LEAF TABLE. The rectangular top with rounded ends and drop-leaves above a straight apron, raised on cabriole legs with pad feet. Height 25.25 inches, length 36.125 inches.

Provenance: Jonathan Trace Antiques, Putnam Valley, New York, 1993.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Price Realized: $10,080


EXTREMELY RARE BENNINGTON POTTERY FLINT ENAMEL FLUID LAMP BASE, 1849-58. The standard of paneled baluster form on a stepped square base, covered in mottled olive green and ochre glazes, each panel heightened in dark blue and ochre patches, unmarked; fitted with a stamped brass berry collar and glass font etched with a berried vine band above flowerheads, the thumb wheel marked "BRIDGEPORT BRASS CO.," the shade ring hung with faceted prisms cut in a pattern of flower stems in repeat, the shade cut and etched in a trellis diaper pattern enclosing ovals. Height overall 25 inches.

Provenance: David Arman, Collector’s Sales & Services, Middletown, Rhode Island, 1996.

Literature: Richard Carter Barret, "Bennington Pottery and Porcelain," p. 141, pl. 208 and cl. pl. C.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $5,640


RARE STAFFORDSHIRE PEARL-GLAZED EARTHENWARE FIGURE OF A FASHIONABLE LADY, 1795-1810. Painted in underglaze enamels and modelled wearing an ochre coat with blue collar, belt and ribbon bow ties, an ochre hat adorned with flowers and leaves picked out in blue, green, yellow and ochre, a brown muff and blue shoes, standing on a flower-strewn base. Height 10.125 inches.

Provenance: "The Robert E. Crawford Collection," Sotheby’s, New York, October 13, 2001, lot 41; Malcolm McGruder, Esq., Millwood, Virginia.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Price Realized: $6,300


NEW ENGLAND CHIPPENDALE FIGURED-MAHOGANY BLOCK-FRONT CHEST OF DRAWERS WITH DRESSING SLIDE, ATTRIBUTED TO NEWPORT. The rectangular top with molded edge and shaped front above a conforming case with dressing slide and four long graduated drawers, the molded base with ogee bracket feet. Height 31 inches, width 36 inches, case width 31.625 inches, depth 20.5 inches.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc. New York City; Sotheby’s New York, Important American Furniture, Property from the Estate of the late Cornelius C. Moore, Newport, Rhode Island, October 30, 1971.

Literature: The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, 1965, The Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, plate 50, pp.72-73.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $37,200


PENNSYLVANIA QUEEN ANNE CARVED-MAHOGANY DISH-TOP TILT-TOP BIRD-CAGE CANDLESTAND. The circular top with molded edge tilting above a bird-cage support and raised on a turned standard continuing to a tripod base with cabriole legs and swelled pad feet. Height 27.625 inches, diameter 19.875 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $6,720


PENNSYLVANIA QUEEN ANNE CARVED-WALNUT DRESSING TABLE, ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM SAVERY, 1760. The rectangular top with molded edge and notched corners above a case of one long over two short aligned drawers and shaped skirt flanked by canted and fluted corners, raised on cabriole legs with trifid feet. Height 27.375 inches, top 36.125 x 18.75 inches, case width 27.875 inches, case depth 15.875 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $19,200


SET OF TWELVE NEW YORK FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS INCLUDING TWO ARMCHAIRS, 1790-1805. Each with a square back, the top with central fluted tablet and centering three arrow form pierced splats with leaf carving above an over-upholstered seat on frontal square tapered legs ending in spade feet. The armchairs with serpentine armrests terminating in rosettes and joining downward sloping arms.

Literature: A set of twelve chairs with nearly identical backs but with later sabre legs are in the Winterthur Collection. An armchair from that set is illustrated in Charles Montgomery, American Furniture, The Federal Period, New York, 1966, page 115, number 65. Another similar armchair is illustrated in New York Furniture Before 1840, Albany Institute of History and Art, 1962, page 50.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $19,200


NEWPORT AND PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND SILVER TANKARD, JONATHAN CLARKE, 1750-60. Of plain tapered form with molded base and stepped domed cover, the scroll handle parting from a half-baluster drop and ending in a v-molded terminal, engraved with the initials "I*RM," scroll thumbpiece, marked "J : Clarke" in italics on top of cover and under base (Louise Conway Belden, "Marks of American Silversmiths," p. 112, mark a). 30 oz. 8 dwts. Height 7.875 inches.

Provenance: "The Cornelius Moore Collection of Early American Silver," Sotheby’s, New York, January 31, 1986, lot 19; Jonathan Trace, Putnam Valley, New York, 1987.Exhibitions: Salve Regina College, Newport, R.I., May 17, 1964, n. 34; Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Newton, MA, March 10, 1963, n. 33; The Point Association of Newport, Newport, R.I., July 21, 1962, n. 33; "Early American Silver from the Collection of Cornelius C. Moore," The Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, R.I., January 1961, n. 36.

Literature: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640-1820," p. 197, n. 139; "American Silver 1670-1830, The Cornelius C. Moore Collection at Providence College," pp. 22-23, n. 24, illus. p. 23.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $18,000


‘GOVERNOR WALLACE, SHELL CASTLE & HARBOUR, NORTH CAROLINA’ AND ‘PEACE AND INDEPENDENCE,’ RARE AND IMPORTANT STAFFORDSHIRE ENAMEL-DECORATED AND BLACK TRANSFER-PRINTED JUG, 1795-1806. Printed on one side with a view of Shell Castle port with two men in a small boat near a ship, the wharves lined with buildings including a notary public’s office, store, tavern, warehouse, gristmill, windmill, lumber yard and look-out post, a lighthouse and ship in the distance, beneath an oval medallion inscribed "A north View of Gov.r WALLACE’s/ Shell Castle & Harbour/ NORTH CAROLINA," and on the other with a displayed eagle perched on a cannon with flag above a wheat wreath enclosing "PEACE AND INDEPENDENCE," the neck with floral sprays and stems in blue, yellow, ochre, green, blue and brown. Height 11.125 inches.Shell Castle port was built and owned by merchants John Wallace and John Gray Blount. Wallace was a native of England, owned a significant amount of property in the area and was an expert in the navigational issues created by Ocracoke Inlet. Blount was a member of the Council of State and the North Carolina Colonial Assembly, and along with his brother owned a fleet of ships that traded in ports in the Northeast, West Indies and Europe.The shallow sounds and rivers and sandy inlets characteristic of North Carolina shores made trade with the state nearly impossible. In 1789 Blount acquired a state grant of five small islands, one of which was a twenty-five acre island originally called Rock Island, in the Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke Inlet. The pair began construction of a port situated on more stable oyster beds. The daily operations fell to Wallace, who lived on the island and became the self-proclaimed "governor of Shell Castle."The port, which Wallace and Blount renamed Shell Castle, enabled merchant ships to off-load cargo onto barges and then to smaller boats. These smaller vessels could travel the state’s sounds and rivers to ports such as New Bern and Edenton. Most ships engaged in trade with North Carolina during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries travelled through Shell Castle.A devastating hurricane severely damaged the port in 1806, and Wallace died in 1810. During the War of 1812 the channels leading to the port were shoaled up, thus disrupting trade. When ships could no longer attain the port, they travelled on to nearby Portsmouth and Ocracoke.A nearly identical jug is in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina, number H.1933.12.51.

Literature: Robert H. McCauley, "Liverpool Transfer Designs on Anglo-American Pottery," nos. 262 and 186.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $42,000


RARE AND IMPRESSIVE NEW ENGLAND CARVED, TURNED, AND PAINTED PINE PEWTERER’S TRADE SIGN, NINETEENTH CENTURY. In grey paint to simulate a pewter teapot. Height 20.75 inches, length 28 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $1,200-2,200

Price Realized: $13,800


FRAKTUR FOR TRINA HAMMAN, BORN 9 OCTOBER 1790, HARDY COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA. The central medallion flanked by large potted roses all within a floral border. Watercolor, pen and ink on laid paper, 8 x 13 inches, sight. In a tiger maple frame, 10 x 15.125 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2017.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $15,600


NEW ENGLAND DARK-GREEN PAINTED WATCH HUTCH WITH HEART CREST. The rectangular case with a beaded edge door opening to display a watch, the door fitted with original wire hinges. Together with a gilt metal watch. Height 8.875 inches. (2)

Provenance: Collection of Barbara Pattee Taylor, Georgetown, Massachusetts.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 20, 2017.

Estimate: $700-900

Price Realized: $12,600


JOHN CROMWELL (AMERICAN 1805-1873). CARVED AND PAINTED STANDING CIGAR STORE INDIAN. The Indian wearing a headdress of multi-colored plumed feathers, doublet with red sash and green mantle, his left hand holding a tobacco leaf. Height 73.5 inches, base 19.25 x 21 inches. The owner remembers her father, Sebastian Gaeta, buying four cigar store Indians at the famous Parke-Bernet Galleries Haffenreffer Collection auctions in 1956: one for himself, one for his wife and one for each of his children. Sebastian, a New Jersey native, graduated from Hackensack High School with a full scholarship to Rutgers University, later practicing law in Hackensack and Wyckoff. He first became interested in Indians in the 1920s when as a young boy, a librarian at Hackensack’s Johnson Public Library told him about Chief Oratam, who was born in 1577, lived to be 90 and as legend holds, is buried in Sicomac Wyckoff. Gaeta’s interests broadened to include a variety of historical artifacts, but the cigar store Indians were special; Mrs. Gaeta named hers "Scout" and would often speak to it. When she died, Sebastian donated the Indian in her memory to the Wyckoff Town Council to be displayed in the Township Building. The Indian offered in this sale is the one he bought for his daughter, who fondly refers to it as "Len-Ah-Pay." The Lenape Indians lived in small groups along streams and rivers stretching from what is now New Jersey, to eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York and northern Delaware. Sebastian’s daughter, having owned "Lenape" for over sixty years, feels it is time to find him a new home, as she is moving to smaller quarters and the Indian needs a bigger territory.Note: Another Cigar Store Indian by this carver was sold at Northeast Auctions, The Collection of Claude and Alvan Bisnoff, October 27, 2007, lot 671.

Provenance: "The Haffenreffer Collection of Cigar Store Indians and Other American Trade Signs," Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 1956; Sebastian Gaeta, Wyckoff, New Jersey, and to his daughter.

Literature: For a discussion of John Cromwell and his work, see Frederick Fried, "Artists in Wood," 1970, pp. 137-143.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 20, 2017.

Estimate: $25,000-35,000

Price Realized: $39,600


SAILOR’S SHELLWORK DOUBLE VALENTINE, MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY. The left side with a heart in the center and the right side with a star and roses, both within borders arranged in geometric-patterned panels, mounted in a mahogany octagonal case. Width 8.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 20, 2017.

Estimate: $1,800-2,800

Price Realized: $5,040


BRISTOL PEARLWARE ENAMELLED AND TRANSFER-PRINTED JUG FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET, DATED 1819. Printed and painted on the spout side with a portrait of an American ship, on one side with a version of the Great Seal of the United States and banner "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and on the other with ‘Liberty’ holding a pole flying the American flag and surmounted by a Phrygian cap, flanked by cowry and auger shells on beds of seaweed, the neck surrounded by a strawberry vine border, signed "Bristol Pottery 1819" inside the foot rim. Height 10.5 inches.

Provenance: The S. Robert Teitelman Collection, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

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Literature: Illustrated in S. Robert Teitelman, Patricia A. Halfpenny & Ronald W. Fuchs II, "Success to America: Creamware for the American Market," p. 294, cat. n. 148, where it is noted that by repute the jug has descended in the family of Isaac Hull. The authors also discuss and illustrate a nearly identical jug on pp. 220-223, cat. n. 66, where they note that the style of painting has frequently been attributed to the work of William Fifield, based in particular on the decoration around the neck and on the spout, and in the treatment of the figures. They also relate that a similar jug with strawberry border and tessellated spout, and attributed to Fifield, is in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 20, 2017.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $9,000


PATRIOTIC CARVED AND PAINTED SHIP’S STERNBOARD. The displayed eagle perched on a garland of olive branches and quiver of arrows, above crossed and draped American flags. Height 27.5 inches, width 81 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 20, 2017.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
Price Realized: $60,000

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