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LARGE ENGLISH SLIP-DECORATED EARTHENWARE LOAF DISH, PROBABLY STAFFORDSHIRE OR ELSEWHERE IN THE MIDLANDS, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, decorated in dark brown slip with rows of closely-combed lines on a cream ground and within a coggled rim edge. 16 x 19.75 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $1,200-1,500

Price Realized: $3,120


ENGLISH SLIP-DECORATED EARTHENWARE HONEY POT, probably Staffordshire, early eighteenth century, in red clay, turned and applied with a pulled flat loop handle, decorated in cream slip on a dark brown ground with stylized S-curved flower stems alternating with zigzag-edged leaves. Height 5.25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $4,800


LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE ‘CLARET’ WINE BOTTLE, DATED 1662. Of bulbous form, the handle flat on the inside and exterior and ending in a V-shaped lower terminal, inscribed “CLARET 1662” above a zigzag flourish in underglaze-blue, the underside unglazed. Height 7.375 inches.

Provenance: “The Collection of Thomas A. Gray,” Brunk Auctions, Asheville, North Carolina, March 29, 2010, lot 110.

Literature: For a discussion and illustration of a similar bottle, see Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” p. 270, n. E. 10.Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $1,200-1,500

Price Realized: $6,000


EARLY AMERICAN CARVED AND PAINTED PINE TAVERN SIGN. The deeply scalloped crest carved with the raised year date “1777” painted in black, above a leaf-shaped tree painted in shades of black and white above the inscription, “Entertainment by E.N.,” within a molded surround. 43 x 20.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $10,800


TRICORNE HAT, HOUSED IN A PINE AND WROUGHT-IRON TRICORNE HAT BOX, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The hat with gold cockade and ribbon trim, the box with snipe hinges and hasp. Together with a black felt tricorne, trimmed with a cockade and gold braid. Box 17.375 x 19.75 inches, at the widest. 

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $1,800-2,800

Price Realized: $8,400


ENGLISH FOLK PAINTING OF FOUR TAVERN FIGURES DOCTORING A CAT. Oil on canvas, 17.75 x 22.75 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $3,240


WAR OF 1812 DRAWING “MASSACRE OF THE AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR AT DARTMOOR PRISON, APRIL 6TH 1815 BY THE SOMERSET MILITIA.” Pen and ink with watercolor on paper, 14 x 11.25 inches. The legend below the image listing various buildings and a view of Capt. T.G. Shortland. In a period frame.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $500-800

Price Realized: $5,040


NEW HAMPSHIRE PILGRIM CENTURY DECORATED PINE BIBLE BOX IN RED PAINT, HAMPTON, FIRST HALF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The rectangular lid with chamfered molded edge and cleats on the underside, the cotterpin hinges attached to a conforming case, painted on the front with stylized branches centering a tree. Height 9 inches, length 22 inches, width 13.25 inches.

Provenance: Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 4-6, 2006, lot 433.

Literature: For a related box see “The Bertram K. Little and Nina Fletcher Little Collection,” Part II, sold at Sotheby’s, October 1994, lot 756. It is noted that “This box was attributed by the former owner, Esther Stevens Fraser Brazer to Samuel Lane of Hampton, New Hampshire, circa 1730.” The Littles also owned a similarly-decorated chest made in the vicinity of Hampton Falls, now at Cogswell Grant, illustrated in “Little by Little,” p. 194, fig. 257, from the Collection of Oliver E. Williams, sold by Richard W. Withington, July 26-28, 1966.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $7,000-10,000

Price Realized: $6,600


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTIC CHILD’S SIX-BOARD BLANKET CHEST IN RED PAINT, WITH A GAME OF ‘FOX AND HENS (GEESE),’ EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The rectangular lid lifting above the front with serpentine apron and sides with arched boot jack ends, fifteen pegs carved as Revolutionary War soldiers and painted in blue and red, and thirteen turned and shaped. Height 15.5 inches, width 25 inches, depth 10 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $11,040


AMERICAN PRIMITIVE CARVED PINE COFFIN DOLL. Of tablet form, carved in linear arrangements with the figure of a young girl. Height 7.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $12,000


RARE AND UNUSUAL ENGLISH STUMPWORK PICTURE OF KING CHARLES I SEATED ON HIS THRONE, SECOND QUARTER, SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. The three dimensional figure holding a “pearl” sceptre while seated below a crown, the throne flanked by large moths and butterflies with multiple rows of fringed and woven trim forming a border. Worked with silk, silk and metallic threads, lace, wool yar n and beads on a silk ground. In the original shadowbox frame, 14 x 10.25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $4,800


ENGLISH STUMPWORK AND EMBROIDERED PICTURE OF THE RECEPTION OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA BY KING SOLOMON, SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. Depicting four raised figures: the King and Queen, each flanked by an attendant, with castle, fruited tree and insects in the background beneath the rays of a sun. Worked in silk, silk threads and netting over wood molds for the faces and hands on a silk ground. In a maple shadowbox frame, 10.25 x 13.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $1,200-1,800

Price Realized: $6,240


ENGLISH EMBROIDERED NEEDLEWORK SEWING AND WRITING CASKET, SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. The top displaying an elaborate landscape with castle overlooking a figure swimming in a lake and three figures on shore; the front with courting couples; the back with a hunt scene; and the sides with the rescue of a drowning figure and a wedding. Each panel worked with silk and metallic threads on satin bordered with silver metallic brocade tape. The hinged lid opening to an interior lined with salmon-colored silk and marbleized papers and fitted with compartments for sewing and writing implements; the front with hinged doors lined in velvet, opening to three small drawers over a long drawer, the case raised on carved lobed feet. Height 8.75 inches, width 12.25 inches, depth 9.5

inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $8,160


ENGLISH SILK NEEDLEWORK OF THE FIVE SENSES, SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. The scene including lovers, signifying touch, seated on a garden bench with Cupid behind, above them sits a mythological figure surrounded by animals beneath a tree and below lies a pond with swan and fish; the four corners depicting figures symbolic of hearing, sight, smell and taste. Densely embroidered with silk and metallic threads, cut silk and coiled wire, embellished with spangles, beads, coral, glass and shells. In a period frame with carved giltwood liner, 21.75 x 24 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $6,720


ENGLISH SILK AND STUMPWORK PICTURE OF A SUMPTUOUS BANQUET, MID-SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. Depicting a scene of Cavaliers and ladies, one holding a mirror, seated around a table laden with dishes, a server pouring wine on the right and a basket of wine bottles set before the table. A large gated manor house rises in the distance, the whole surrounded by trees, birds, insects and animals. Satin worked with silk, metallic threads, coiled wire, applied silk slips, cut silk, seed pearls, spangles and mica. In a molded wood frame, 16.75 x 21.25 inches.

Provenance: Stephen & Carol Huber, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $5,000-7,000

Price Realized: $10,200


SMALL SILK NEEDLEWORK PICTURE OF A COURTING COUPLE BENEATH A TREE. ATTRIBUTED TO A LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK, LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. The couple with a dog, a house and stag on either side. 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.

Provenance: Collection of Doris and Stanley Tananbaum, Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 19, 2017, lot 504.

Literature: For illustrations of this motif, see Betty Ring, “Girlhood Embroidery: American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework: 1650-1850,” 1993, Vol. 1, pp. 112-113, figs. 123, 124.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $6,480


GERMAN BLOWN-MOLDED GLASS CASE BOTTLE ENCLOSING A FIGURAL DIORAMA OF A TEA PARTY, WITH PAPER NOTE DATED JANUARY 23, 1747. Composed as two ladies pouring and serving coffee to four gentlemen, seated around a table set with a gilt coffeepot, sugar bowl, cups and saucers, a crimped tin dish in the center, a dog begging between a lady and gentleman at one end of the table, and in one corner a gilt teapot sitting on a pedestal, the figures worked in silks, wool, paper and hair, the interior base covered and lower sides surrounded by a paper penned in black ink and in German, the bottle with wax cork. Height 6 inches.

Provenance: “Property from the Collection of Irvin & Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms,” Sotheby’s, New York, January 20-22, 2016, lot 124; David Stockwell, Wilmington, Delaware.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $5,500-7,500

Price Realized: $6,300


FIVE POCKET AND TABLETOP GLOBES, ONE FROM THE HOLBROOK APPARATUS MANUFACTURING CO., WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1850. The Holbrook model, a hinged 3-inch terrestrial globe with engraved gores colored in outline. Also including a 3-inch reproduction in a shagreen case lined with celestial gores; 3-inch terrestrial globe on turned stand by Wilson’s & Co., Albany, 1810-1850; 3.75 inch terrestrial globe on pedestal by J.L. & Cie, Paris; and a 7-inch celestial globe on stand, maker unknown, height 12.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $19,200


WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PILGRIM CENTURY PINE LINEN-FOLD SIX-BOARD CHEST, DEERFIELD AREA, 1690. The rectangular top with snipe hinges lifting above the base with double linen-fold molding, and centering the initials and date “I.A./ 1690,” within a carved rectangular border with petal corners, on double sawtooth bootjack ends. Height 29 inches, width 53 inches, depth 20 inches.

Provenance: According to family tradition, the chest was purchased by a member of the Howe family of New Marlborough, Massachusetts in 1691. It descended in the family to Nehemiah Howe (1721-1777), who moved to Poultney, Vermont in 1771, taking the chest with him. The chest remained in the Howe family for 316 years, spanning nine generations, until it was bought by Sue MacKay at a Rudd Country Auctions sale, held at the Howe family homestead in Poultney on September 1, 2007.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018, The Susan Mackay and Peter Field Collection.

Estimate: $16,000-24,000

Price Realized: $26,400


THE RHODA BELDING CARVED AND JOINED OAK HADLEY CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1716. The hinged lid above a mannerist carved case with three recessed panels containing stylized tulip, leaf, and heart motifs and the owner’s initials “RB” on the center panel above two long drawers; the whole supported by four stile feet. The lid an old replacement. Height 42.5 inches, width 45 inches, depth 18.5 inches.

In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, pioneer collectors of American furniture were eager to acquire a ‘Hadley’ chest as a keystone of their collections. Crafted in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, the ‘Hadley’ has been researched extensively over the past century, with Clair Franklin Luther’s, The Hadley Chest, published in 1935, being one of the first American furniture reference books dedicated to this group of chests. The Rhoda Belding example seen here is one of several that were made for relatives of the Belding and Beldon families who intermarried, sometimes making it difficult to identify the original owners. The other chests include the “SB” chest, “LB” chest, “MB” chest and the “HB” chest, believed to have been made for Rhoda’s half-sister, Sarah Belding (1701-1783), her cousin, Lydia Belding, her other half-sister, Mary Wells Belding (b. 1705), and her sister, Hannah Belding (b. 1681).

Provenance: Rhoda Belding and by descent in the family; to pioneer collector Charles Nicoll Talbot (1802-1874) and by descent in his family, until consigned to Christie’s Americana Sale, January 15-16, 2004, lot 424; and to the current owner.

Literature: For more information on the Belding families, see Philip Zea, “The Fruits of Oligarchy,” Vol. 72, pp. 1-65 in Old Time New England, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiques (now Historic New England). For information on ‘Hadley’ chests, see Clair Franklin Luther, “Supplement List of Hadley Chests,” Hartford: 1935, p.1.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018. 

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $49,200


MASSACHUSETTS ARCHITECTURAL CARVED PINE PINEAPPLE IN OLD PAINT. This carving is similar to a carving located in a home in Newburyport Massachusetts, shown on the dust jacket of John M. Howell’s “Architectural Heritage of the Merrimack River.” Height 18 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018. 

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $22,800


PASTEL PORTRAIT OF A BABY GIRL IN A BLUE SKIRT HOLDING A BASKET OF FLOWERS, SUSAN ALDEN, CIRCA 1795. Genealogical sources list Susan Alden (1793-1878) of Randolph, Massachusetts, as the daughter of Ebenezer Alden and Sarah Bass. On paper, 21.5 x 17.75 inches, sight. The reverse with note identifying the sitter.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018. 

Estimate: $700-1,000

Price Realized: $12,000


LARGE AND IMPRESSIVE NATIVE AMERICAN BURLWOOD BOWL, WOODLANDS, NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1780. Carved of maple or ash burl and with good patina, of elliptical form with integral handles. Length 23.5 inches, width 22.25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018. 

Estimate: $1,200-2,000

Price Realized: $6,720


PAIR OF PAINTED LEATHER FIRE BUCKETS, OWNED BY GEORGE L. DEBLOIS OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (1782-1837). Each mustard yellow-painted conical bucket with leather handles, red painted rims and bases, displaying “No. 1” and “No. 2,” and a streamer with lettering “CITIZENS FIRE SOCIETY” above the date of “1824” and black-painted lettering on reverse “GEO. L. DEBLOIS.” Height 13 inches, diameter 8.5 inches. George Lewis Deblois Jr. was born in Halifax, Massachusetts 1782 and moved to Boston where he became a well known merchant, doing business under the successive firms of Coolidge, Deblois & Co., George L. Deblois & Co, and Skinner & Deblois.

Literature: For additional information on George L. Deblois, see Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 44, pp. 324.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 18, 2018. 

Estimate: $1,200-1,500

Price Realized: $14,400


THOMAS POWELL. “THE WRITING MASTER’S ASSISTANT, CONTAINING A CONCISE & PRACTICAL SYSTEM FOR TEACHING TO WRITE,” BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY. Copybook with instructions for “How to Hold the Pen” and “How to Sit to Write,” 25 pp. of alphabet letters and sayings to copy in the study of penmanship and a boarding school advertisement. Inscribed in ink with the owner’s names, John Lippard (1783), John Cook and John Channon (1823). In a custom-made buckram box with marbleized lining, 9.5 x 8.25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $2,500-3,500

Price Realized: $7,800






GROUP OF BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY DOCUMENTS AND PAMPHLETS RELATED TO THE STAMP ACT, 1765-1766. The documents comprising rare first printings of the Stamp Act (1765), its Repeal (1766), and Provisions for Indemnification as a Result of the Act (1766). London: Mark Baskett, Printer to the King’s most Excellent Majesty, 1765-1766. Each unbound, pp. 279-310, 243-244, and 823-826. Housed together in a custom-made buckram box, 13 x 8.75 inches. Also including a printed letter to a member of the House of Commons, “The Necessity of Repealing the American Stamp-Act Demonstrated: or A Proof that Great-Britain must be injured by that Act,” London: J. Almon, 1766, 46 pp. bound in half-morocco with marbleized boards; “Political Debates,” Paris: J.W., 1766, 18 pp., in blue laid paper cover; and “A List of the Minority in the House of Commons, Who Voted against the Bill To Repeal the American Stamp Act,” Paris: J.W., 1766. 8 pp., in blue laid paper cover. (6)

Provenance: The first three, Martayan Lan, New York, New York, 1993.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $15,000


AFRICAN-AMERICAN ABOLITIONISTS, A COLLECTION OF SEVENTY-TWO PROFESSIONAL CARTE DE VISITES IN TWO ALBUMS. The first album containing sitters primarily from Massachusetts with an inscription in ink on the inside cover, “Mrs. Harriet Hayden/ From her friend/ Robert Morris/ June 8, 1863.” The second larger album with sitters from various parts of the country, with an ink inscription after the title page, “Mrs. Harriet Hayden/ Presented by/ T. Y. Birmingham, M.D.”

Harriet Bell Hayden (1813-1893) and her husband Lewis Hayden escaped slavery in Kentucky and eventually settled in Massachusetts, where they ran a boarding house out of their home at 66 Phillips Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, which also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Robert Morris Sr. (1823-1882), born in Salem, Massachusetts, was one of the first African-American lawyers in the United States, having been admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1847. Morris and Hayden were both prominent figures in the abolitionist movement and members of the Boston Vigilance Committee (1841-1861), which aimed to protect runaway slaves from being captured and returned to slavery in the South. Morris was a defense lawyer for Shadrach Minkins, a slave who fled to Boston and was tried under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.  With Morris’s help, the Haydens hid Minkins in the attic of their Beacon Hill boarding house, enabling him to escape to Canada.

Notable sitters, identified by graphite notations, include: Rev. L. [Leonard] A. Grimes; Dr. John [Van Surly] DeGrasse, the first African-American to be admitted to a United States medical society (Bowdoin College Medical School of Maine, 1849) and a commissioned physician with the Union Army pictured in uniform; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morris; Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Rev. Wm. Dickinson; Mr. [Henry Martin] Tupper, founder of Shaw University in 1865- the oldest historically black university (HBCU) in the United States; G.L. [George Lewis] Ruffin, the first African-American Harvard Law graduate and Judge in the United States; Mrs. [Frances Ellen Watkins] Harper, head of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and antislavery poet who continued to work for African American and women’s rights after the Civil War; Capt. Chas Francis; George White, famous musician; Rev. Mr. MacCabe; Mr. Miles Robinson; Mrs. Emma Grimes Robinson; Rev. Dr. [Nathaniel] Peck of Baltimore; Mr. and Mrs. James Hewlett of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison of Raleigh, North Carolina; General [Nathanial Prentiss] Banks with his family; Republican party Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives; Lizzie Smith, singer in the Old Joy St. African Baptist Church; Gen. Hartwell, Lieutenant Colonel of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment; Capt. Chas L. Mitchell, and Mrs. Ellen Cooper Walker.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $48,000


JOHN WOLLASTON (1710-1775). PORTRAIT OF ROBERT JAMES LIVINGSTON (1729-1771), CIRCA 1750. Robert James Livingston was the grandson of Robert Livingston (1623-1725), nephew of the first proprietor of Livingston Manor, an estate of 160,000 acres along the upper Hudson River. Born in Albany, he married Susanna Smith in 1747 and settled in New York City, working as a merchant. His portrait closely resembles Wollaston’s portrait of William Smith Jr., Livingston’s brother-in law, painted in 1751. In Robert James Livingston’s last will and testament, he bequeathed “to my son William (Smith Livingston) my own picture and to my son James, I give the pictures of my Grandfather and Grandmother.”John Wollaston came to America in the 1740’s from London. Trained as a drapery painter and practiced in the latest English style of portraiture, Wollaston found himself in great demand among wealthy Colonial patrons. He worked in New York from 1749-1752 and painted at least nine portraits of members of the influential Livingston family. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches. No signature is visible. The stretcher inscribed “Rob. James Liv.” and “96”; the canvas lining inscribed “Wollaston, J.,” “Robert James Livingston” and “Damar/ Sept. 1991.”

Provenance: Sloan’s Auction Galleries, North Bethesda, Maryland, July 5, 1991, lot 3081, Property of a Prominent American Museum; Hanzel Galleries, Chicago, October 20, 1991, lot 51; Professor Jay Fliegelman, 1999, to the present owner.

Literature: For Wollaston’s portrait of William Smith Jr., see Ruth Piwonka, “A Portrait of Livingston Manor, 1680-1850,” 1986, p 108.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $7,000-10,000

Price Realized: $26,400


PORTRAIT OF JUDGE EDMUND QUINCY OF BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS. ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN SMIBERT (1688-1751). Edmund Quincy (1681-1738), like his father and grandfather, was deeply involved in the affairs of the Massachusetts colony. Graduating from Harvard College in 1699, he returned to Braintree (now Quincy), where he served as a selectman and militia colonel before being appointed Judge of the Massachusetts Superior Court, a position he held from 1718-1737. In 1738 he traveled to London, representing Massachusetts in a border dispute with New Hampshire. Concerned about smallpox, he agreed to an inoculation but succumbed to the virus one month later. His youngest daughter, Dorothy, married John Hancock in 1775. According to family tradition, John Smibert painted two portraits of Judge Quincy, one now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and this portrait that remained in the family into the 20th century. Oil on canvas, 29 ¼ x 24 ½ inches, sight. Unsigned. The reverse with labels for the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; Fogg Museum of Art (#5885); and a temporary loan label for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (T.L.1085). In a gilt carved period frame.

Provenance: By descent in the family to Edmund Quincy (1808-1877); to his son, Dr. Henry Parker Quincy (1838-1899), the sitter’s great-great-great grandson, and thence to his wife, Mrs. H.P. Quincy (Mary Gardiner Adams 1845-1928); Frederick R. Nourse family, Dedham, Massachusetts, circa 1942-1995; Sotheby’s Important Americana, New York, May 23, 2002, lot 214.

Literature: Cited in the Frick Art Reference Library files as a Smibert portrait of Judge Quincy owned by Edmund Quincy, which quotes Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, Dec. 1878, pp. 398-99; recorded in Henry Wilder Foote, “John Smibert, Painter,” 1950, p. 185, as Judge Edmund Quincy, No. 2; described as a replica or copy in Richard H. Saunders, “John Smibert: Colonial America’s First Portrait Painter,” p. 200, no. 125.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Price Realized: $10,560


ZEDEKIAH BELKNAP (AMERICAN 1781-1858). PORTRAIT OF JOHN LANGDON EASTMAN IN UNIFORM, TOGETHER WITH TWO MILITARY COMMISSIONS SIGNED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON, 1809-1815, AND OTHER FAMILY MEMORABILIA. John L. Eastman (1786-1863), born in Concord, New Hampshire, enlisted in the Fourth Regiment of Infantry in 1808. Fighting in Tecumseh’s War, he was stationed along the Mississippi from New Orleans in the south to the Indiana Territory in the north. With the outbreak of the War of 1812, he was captured by the British at Detroit. Eastman remained with the Regiment until 1823, when he returned to New Hampshire to farm. Oil on panel, 25.75 x 21.5 inches.The first commission appointing Eastman a Second Lieutenant, signed “Th. Jefferson” and dated February 23, 1809; the second appointing him Assistant Inspector General with the rank of Major, signed “James Madison” and countersigned “Jas. Monroe,” dated January 1, 1815. Each a printed document on vellum with manuscript additions and embossed paper seal, frame sizes 22 x 19 inches. Accompanied by a small box of ephemera including an invitation from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company to a dinner at Faneuil Hall dated 1821, a stock certificate for Sewall’s Falls Locks and Canal Corp. and a printed family record.

Provenance: By direct descent in the family of the sitter to the present owner.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $10,800


MARYLAND HEPPLEWHITE ELABORATELY INLAID MAHOGANY FIVE LEG CARD TABLE, BALTIMORE. The rectangular hinged top with ovolu corners and inlaid edges above a conforming apron with central rectangular panel with circular inlay joining square tapered legs with elliptical urn inlays and intertwined line inlay ending in bell flowers. Height 29.5 inches, width 36 inches, depth 18 inches.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc.

Literature: Illustrated, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Volume 1, p. 70, no. 221.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $3,500-5,500

Price Realized: $7,500


MASSACHUSETTS QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY WING CHAIR, ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES GRAHAM, BOSTON, 1758-1760. The canted back with arched top and serpentine wings joining outward scrolling arms above a loose cushion seat on frontal cabriole legs with scribed pad feet on high discs with a black and turned recessed stretcher. Upholstered in blue floral damask. Seat height 15 inches, back height 44.75 inches.

Literature: “Boston Furniture 1700-1900” edited by Brock Jobe and Gerald W. R. Ward, chapter 7, “A Scotsman, Thomas Chippendale, and the Green Dragon Tavern” by Kemble Widmer for a discussion of the recently researched Boston cabinetmaker James Graham, pp. 127-149. The furniture with the scratched pad feet is attributed to Graham in the chapter.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $8,880


PAIR OF CONNECTICUT CHIPPENDALE CARVED CHERRYWOOD SIDE CHAIRS, ATTRIBUTED TO ELIPHALET CHAPIN, EAST WINDSOR. Each with a serpentine crest rail, central carved shell, carved ears and a pierced splat above an astragal slip seat frame on frontal cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet. The back rails with Roman numerals II and III. The slip seats with Roman numerals III and IV. Seat height 16.25 inches, back height 38.5 inches.

Provenance: Jess Pavey, Birmingham, Michigan; James Keene Collection, Gifted to his grandson; Sotheby’s Important Americana Auction, January 24-27, 1990, lot 1225; Christie’s Important Americana Auction, January 18, 1997, lot 207; the estate of a New England Collector.Label inside seat rail “December 20, 1976 item pair two side chairs ball and claw shell crest attributed to Eliphalet Chapin, Conn, 1780. Gift to my grandson James W. Long from James Q. Keene Trust 4/5/76.”

Literature: For a discussion on Eliphalet Chapin, see Emily M. Davis’ article in The Magazine Antiques, April 1939, pp. 172-175. “Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800” by Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman with Robert Lionetti, p. 180.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $28,800


CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY DRESSING GLASS, ATTRIBUTED TO THE GODDARD-TOWNSEND SCHOOL, NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND. The rectangular box with exposed fine dovetailed top fitted with three aligned drawers on a molded base with ogee bracket feet, surmounted by an adjustable rectangular molded frame centering a mirror plate and supported by two molded canted stiles. Height 24.5 inches, case width 17.25 inches, case depth 10.25 inches.

Literature: The attribution to Newport is based on the chalk letters “A, B, [and] C” inscribed on each of the outside backboards of the three pull drawers as well as the fine dovetailed top of the case and the drawers. It is known dressing glasses were made by Newport cabinetmakers, as substantiated by an account for a “Dressing Glass Frame and Stand” made by T. Goddard (1750-1790) and sold to Christopher Champlin of Newport in 1787. See Richards and Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur, Winterthur Museum, 1997, pp. 467. Two other dressing glasses attributed to Newport include one in Sack, Vol. III, pp. 698 and one that descended in the Hazard and Perry families of Rhode Island, included in John Brown House Loan Exhibition, number 84.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $5,000-10,000

Price Realized: $15,600


HEPPLEWHITE MAHOGANY WITH FLAME GRAIN VENEER TWO DRAWER WORK TABLE. The rectangular form with canted corners on square tapered line inlaid legs with lower stretcher. Height 29 inches, length 19 inches, depth 15 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $500-800

Price Realized: $9,600


SCRIMSHAW WHALE’S TOOTH, MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY. Attributed to the Bank Note Engraver; depicting on one side a fully-rigged ship flying a pennant, and on the other side two women, one in fashionable attire, the other seated under a tree with a dog in her lap, each attending to a child, engraved with a drapery swag border, and around the tip with scalloped tasselled and zigzag borders. Height 6 inches.

Provenance: Property of a prominent Boston family.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $9,900


MINIATURE PORTRAIT OF HENRY C. BURDICK, AGED 7 MONTHS, APRIL 1832, OF NANTUCKET. Depicted wearing a white cap, red dress and holding a gray cat, seated on a fancifully painted floor. Pen and ink with watercolor, 7 x 5.5 inches. The reverse inscribed “This painting is supposed to be the work of Sallie Gardner of Nantucket” and affixed with Henry’s death notice from a newspaper. Henry C. Burdick (1831-1898), the son of Lydia and Christopher Burdick (1788-1833), was a ship’s chandler on Nantucket, fitting out many whaling vessels in his early career. He and his wife, Judith are buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery on the island.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $33,600


CHINA TRADE VIEW OF THE HONGS AT CANTON, CIRCA 1847-1856. With Chinese river craft in the foreground, the Hongs flying the American, French, British and Danish flags. Oil on canvas, 17.5 x 31 inches.

Provenance: Ginsburg & Levy, Inc., New York; Northeast Auctions, August 17-18, 1996, lot 494.

Sold at Northeast Auctions August 19, 2018. 

Estimate: $14,000-18,000

Price Realized: $24,000


JANE A. DAVIS (CONNECTICUT/RHODE ISLAND 1821-1855), PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF GEORGE AND MARIA B. UPTON, Unsigned. 

Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper, 5.875 x 5.5 in., in mahogany veneer frames.

Condition: Not examined out of frames. 

Provenance: Barbara Pollock, Highland Park, Illinois, July 28, 1997.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000

Price Realized: $31,980


ATTRIBUTED TO MARY WAY (NEW LONDON AND NEW YORK, 1769-1833) SET OF SIX MINIATURE PORTRAITS OF MEMBERS OF THE KING FAMILY, Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 3 x 2.25 in., in black-stained round frames with blue reverse-painted mats.

Condition: Minor toning, one with a spot on the image.

Provenance: Barbara Pollack, September 26, 1996.

Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1-December 31, 2008.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $13,530


GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL NEEDLEWORK, SARAH BALLOU, MARY BALCH SCHOOL, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, c. 1800, a central obelisk with a bust of Washington, a mourning woman in a blue and white gown, and an eagle, willow and pine trees in the background, two ships in a harbor, and a fence in the foreground, eglomise mat, in a gilt molded frame, ht. 16,75, wd. 13.5 in. (sight).

Provenance: Stephen and Carol Huber, October 8, 2006.

Note: Genealogical information documents a Sarah Ballou born in Cumberland, Rhode Island, October 18, 1781

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Price Realized: $22,140


RUFUS HATHAWAY (MASSACHUSETTS, 1770-1822), PORTRAITS OF JOSHUA AND RUTH WINSOR, Unsigned, Oil on canvas, 38 x 25 in., in black- and gold-painted molded frames

.

Condition: Relined, craquelure with significant inpainting.

Provenance: Joshua Winsor to Ellis Winsor, 1797; to his daughter, Deborah Cushman Winsor, and by her to the New England Historic and Genealogical Society on October 9, 1893 (according to Nina Little) or more probably October 19, 1904, according to entry in NEHGS record; in September 1983 the portraits were in the collection of Peter Tillou Gallery, Litchfield, Connecticut, and in May 1987 in the collection of the Vose Gallery, Boston. It appears that the paintings were then bought by Richard Kanter. Acquired by the Kerns from Kanter on January 19, 2002.

Literature: James B. Bell and Cynthia Dunn Fleming, "Paintings at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society," The Magazine Antiques, November 1976, p. 993.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $39,975


OVERMANTEL PAINTING, FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, MID-18th CENTURY, pine panel depicting naturalistic leaping stags in a landscape silhouetted against a skyline, in a burnt umber treed landscape on a mustard-colored ground, (small paint losses and tiny holes caused by the removal of the wallpaper which once covered it and also from its attachment to the interior structure), ht. 15.875, wd. 60.875 in.

Provenance: This lot was removed from its setting in a Framingham house in 1840 by Austin Bacon, and given to the consignors' ancestors - the house has since been demolished; Amasa Thorpe; Edward Atkinson; Skinner, February 22, 2004, Lot 110; David Wheatcroft Antiques.

Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Nina Fletcher Little, American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850 (New York, 1972), p. 31.

Exhibitions: Overmantel and Wall Paintings between 1700 and 1820, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Wing, New York City, October 1952-January 1953.

Note: Leaping stags in a landscape setting were frequently used as a design in 18th century samplers, chimney pieces, wallpapers, and paintings.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $67,650


TREE AND FLOWER-PAINTED FIREBOARD, NEW ENGLAND, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, the central vase of roses on a painted marble platform, framed by faux tiles with leafy trees, on two pine planks joined by chamfered boards, ht. 35, wd. 47 in.

Provenance: Originally discovered in the attic of the McFarland family house in Franklin, Massachusetts; Keno Auctions, January 18, 2011; David Wheatcroft, February 7, 2013.

Condition: No obvious evidence of retouch or repair.



Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $55,350


AMERICAN SCHOOL, 19TH CENTURY, PORTRAIT OF CHARLES RICHARDSON JR, with a Hockey Stick and Ball, Unsigned.

Oil on canvas, 21 x 17.25 in., in an ebonized molded frame.

Condition: Relined, new stretcher, retouch especially at top of image.

Provenance: Bertram K. and Nina F. Little Collection, Sotheby's, October 21, 1994, Lot 976.

Literature: The Book of Games: or a History on Juvenile Sports at the Kingston Academy, New York, 1822; Harriet W. Marr, "Amusements and Athletics in the Old New England Academies," Old Time New England, Vol. XLIV, No. 3, January-March 1954, p. 91.

Exhibitions: Land and Seascape as Observed by the Folk Artist, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, Virginia, January 31-May 11, 1969.

Note: Sitter identified on an old jelly label on the back. Charles was the eldest child of Charles and Miss Going of Groton. The portrait is thought to depict Groton (now Lawrence) Academy in the background.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $25,830


ERASTUS SALISBURY FIELD (MASSACHUSETTS/NEW YORK c. 1805-1900), PORTRAIT OF A DWARFED BOY IN A RED DRESS HOLDING A RATTLE, Unsigned, Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in., in a maple frame with block corners.

Condition: No obvious retouch.

Provenance: James Abbe, Oyster Bay, New York; Joan Washburn, New York; Private New England Collection; Sotheby's, June 27, 1985, Lot 278; Skinner, October 28, 1989, Lot 452.

Literature: Exhibition catalog 19th Century American Folk Art: From the Collection of James Abbe, Jr. (Washburn Gallery, New York); Mary C. Black exhibition catalog Erastus Salisbury Field 1805-1900, p. 64.

Exhibitions: 19th Century American Folk Art: From the Collection of James Abbe, Jr., Washburn Gallery, New York, September 12-October 6, 1979; Erastus Salisbury Field, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, February 5-April 1, 1984; National Museum of American Arts and Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, June 10-September 4, 1984; Museum of American Folk Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November-December, 1984; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, January-February, 1985.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $43,050


THOMAS SKYNNER (ACTIVE1840-1852), PORTRAITS OF MR. AND MRS. JACOB CONKLIN, Unsigned, Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in., in mahogany veneer frames.

Condition: Relined, retouch.

Provenance: Edgar William & Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Sotheby's, January 16, 1999, Lot 272.

Exhibitions: Naive American Paintings, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, July 15-August 19, 1971

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $28,290


JAMES R. OSBORNE, (PORTLAND, MAINE, FL. 1827-1832), PORTRAIT OF A MAN AND WIFE, Signed and dated "J. Osborne, 1830" l.r., inscribed "Hannah Libby" on the back panel, Watercolor and ink on paper, 9.25 x 7,5 in., in a black-painted molded frame.

Condition: Very minor toning.

Provenance: David Schorsch, New York, June 21, 1993.

Literature: Arthur and Sybil Kern, "James Osborne, Maine Folk Painter," Folk Art, Summer 1994, p. 49.

Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1-December 31, 2008.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 12, 2018, The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $45,510


BLUE PAINTED PINE DRY SINK, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, the shaped back and sides above a well and two cupboard doors below, old surface, (paint wear), ht. 38, wd. 48, dp. 18.5

in.

Provenance: The Collection of Robert Cooney.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $700-900

Price Realized: $2,583


PAINT-DECORATED PINE BOX, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, painted green with red and yellow diamonds, striping, and the initials "T.F.B." flanked by carved reeded corners, ht. 4.5, wd. 9, dp. 5 in.

Provenance: Ronnie Newman.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $600-800

Price Realized: $2,952


YELLOW-PAINTED AND RED-STENCILED LIFT-TOP BOX, NEW ENGLAND, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, with a repeating pattern of houses, bordered by flowers and leaves, ht. 10.5, wd. 23.75, dp. 11.75 in.

Provenance: Ronnie Newman.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $11,070


PAINT-DECORATED BOX WITH HOUSES "E.B.T.," NEW ENGLAND, EARLY 19TH CENTURY, the top centering the initials "E.B.T." within a yellow-striped rectangle, the front with two red houses, allover brown paint with red curlicues and yellow dots, ht. 13, wd. 33, dp. 14 in.

Provenance: Ronnie Newman.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $13,530


CARVED HANDLED BURL BOWL, AMERICA, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, the ovoid bowl with flat base and raised carved handles, ht. 4, lg. 11.75, wd. 10.25 in.

Condition: interior somewhat darkened with use, bottom pleasingly dry, sides with a burnished patina.

Provenance: Roger Bacon.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $9,840


RED-PAINTED OAK AND PINE TABLE BOX, EARLY 18TH CENTURY, the lid with incised zigzag carving, the front with concentric ring carving and chip-carved corners, replaced leather hinges, (imperfections), ht. 9 .5, wd. 25.5, dp. 17 in.

Condition: wear, losses clear evidence from earlier hinges, area around lock altered.

Provenance: The George C. Neumann Collection

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $13,530


FLAME-STITCH WALL POCKET, AMERICA, 1780, stitching in zigzag shades of green, red, yellow, and blue, rectangular body with triangular crest with hanging loop, the front embroidered "HANNA BROWN 1780," mounted for hanging, ht. 10, wd. 7.125 in.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $2,000-2,500

Price Realized: $3,998


LARGE SHAKER BITTERSWEET PAINTED BOX, 19TH CENTURY, round with straight seam and reinforced rim, secured with copper tacks, ht. 5, diameter 11.375 in.

Sold at Skinner Auctions August 13, 2018.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $12,300


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