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RAPHO TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER CO., PA CROSS STITCH SHOW TOWEL BY MARY NISSLEY. Dated January 2, 1841. Pictured in "Historical Needlework of Pennsylvania" by Margaret B. Shiffer, page 151. 16" x 59". 

Condition: Good with minor wear and stains.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $1,652


1795 FOUR WAY CROSS STITCH SAMPLER KANDERCHIEF. Freni Wohlgemuth (Lancaster County). Pictured in "Historical Needlework of Pennsylvania" by Margaret B. Shiffer, page 153 and "Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society", page 10. 21" square.

Condition: Fair with stains and wear, some holes.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $767




RARE PENNSYLVANIA EARLY 19TH CENTURY CROSS STITCH NEEDLE AND THREAD CASE. Four patterns of chintz fabric backing. Pictured in "Historical Needlework of Pennsylvania" by Margaret B. Shiffer, page 152, "Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans" by Tandy and Charles Hersh, page 215 (plus back cover of dust jacket) and "The Homespun Textile Tradition of the Pennsylvania Germans" published by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 4-3/4" x 21".

Condition: Good with wear and stains.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $3,540






PENNSYLVANIA CROSS STITCH SHOW TOWEL BY CATARINA A. GUTH. Dated 1852. Birds, tulip and floral devices. Pictured in "This is the Way I Pass My Time" by Ellen J. Gehret, pages 109 & 189. 17" x 56". Condition: Good with minor wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $100-300

Price Realized: $1,062


WARWICK TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY, PA MENNONITE CROSS STITCH FAMILY REGISTER/SAMPLER. Veronica Gingrich 1834. Pictured in "Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans" by Tandy and Charles Hersh, page 178 and "The Homespun Textile Tradition of the Pennsylvania Germans" published by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Framed 27.5" square".

Condition: Good with wear and some edge loss.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $3,835




PENNSYLVANIA CROSS STITCH SHOW TOWEL BY FIANNA GRUBE. Dated 1850. Birds and floral devices. Pictured in "This is the Way I Pass My Time" by Ellen J. Gehret, pages 103 & 177. 17-1/4" x 59".

Condition: Good with minor wear.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $100-200

Price Realized: $708


ROWED TYPE BERKS CO., PA MENNONITE SAMPLER. Signed Anna Bechtelsin and dated 1794. Pictured in "Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans" by Tandy and Charles Hersh, page 16. 17.375" x 11.5", in a mitered wood frame, 21" x 15" overall.

Condition: Good with wear, some repairs upper corners.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $1,888




RARE SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA NEEDLEWORK COTTON APRON. Cross stitch signature "I.S 1800". Pictured in "Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society, Vol. 22/1988/1, page 38. ". 25.5"l. x 31.75"w. Framed, 31.5" x 37" overall.

Condition: Good with minor wear and stains.

Sold at Conestoga Auctions December 3, 2016.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $1,121


CHINA TRADE SCHOOL, THE HONG KONG HARBOR WITH AMERICAN, BRITISH, AND EUROPEAN SHIPS, CHINESE, EARLY-MID 19TH CENTURY OIL ON CANVAS, housed in original Chinese Chippendale frame. A view of the bustling Hong Kong harbor depicting English and American ships, as well as Chinese junks, with the Hong Kong island and city in the background; 19.5 x 35.5 in. (sight).

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ.

Condition: Relined; craquelure (stable); significant amount of in-painting visible under UV light, mostly lines to cover old paint splits, but also a few areas of thicker spots of in-painting, two of them actually visible in regular light. The frame is in good condition, having only one very small loss in the upper right corner, and a few very small spots of paint loss.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $22,200


RARE ENGLISH DELFTWARE MERRYMAN PLATES, English, mid-18th century. A rare group of Delftware plates, in a series of six, each dated 1734, and decorated with a palm wreath enclosing a numbered poetic line, reading (1) What is a Merry Man / (2) Lett [sic] him do What he Can / (3) To Entertain his Guest / (4) With Wine and Merry Jest / (5) Butt [sic] if his Wife does frown / (6) All MerryMent [sic] Goes Down; dia. 8 in. (each, approx).

 

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Chips to rim of each.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $24,000


STAINED WOODEN PIPE BOX, American, late 18th-early 19th century. A wooden pipe box in dark stain, having a backplate with urn crest and lower dovetailed drawer; oah. 19.25 in.

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Chip to beading around drawer, but stained over. Chip to back of urn. Break to carving, left of serpentine front. Light wear to edges. Age split to right side.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $4,200


FINE PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY CARD TABLE, American (Philadelphia), 1770-1780. A Chippendale card table in dense mahogany with pine and chestnut secondary woods, along with aromatic cedar drawer linings, having a flip top over a single drawer and raised on cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet; ht. 29, wd. 36, dp. 18 in. (closed).

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Retains an old finish and period brasses. The top has been reset with later screws. One return is replaced. Pieced repair at one hinge. Loose piece to back right apron. Several age splits to top.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $5,100


NEW YORK CHIPPENDALE DESK AND BOOKCASE, American (New York), ca 1770-1780. A Chippendale desk and bookcase in mahogany, with a flat cornice over paneled bookcase doors over a desk compartment with a central prospect flanked by drawers and pigeonholes, over four graduated drawers, and a gadrooned skirt, rising on ball and claw feet; ht. 88, wd. 47, dp. 23.5 in. 

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

 

Condition: Older finish, possibly original. Replaced brasses. Hinge repairs to the lid. Retains only one of the original adjustable bookcase shelves.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $4,500


RARE HEPPLEWHITE MIXING TABLE, American (possibly Maryland), 1790-1800. A rare Hepplewhite mahogany veneered mixing table, with white pine secondary and original handcut marble top, over a skirt with inlaid oval, on tapered legs; ht. 28, wd. 43, dp. 23 in.

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Frame sunbleached. The marble top is hand sawn and hand smoothed, which is more apparent on the underside. It sags slightly in the center where it is unsupported by the table frame. The sag develops over the centuries on marble top tables.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $9,600


NEW ENGLAND FEDERAL SCHOOLGIRL-DECORATED SEWING TABLE, American, early 19th century. A rare schoolgirl-decorated sewing table in birdseye maple, with a lift top revealing a work surface and storage, over one drawer, all on thinly turned legs with a lower shelf. The original decoration consists of landscapes on the top and sides, and floral and acorn swags on the facade and legs, obscured inscription on back in pencil S? / L? / Painted in / North Hampton ? / 1814 and with painted museum loan number L.2755; ht. 29.5, wd. 19.5, dp. 15.75 in. For similar examples and for more information on Federal period women's painted furniture see Betsy Krieg Salm, Women's Painted Furniture, 1790-1830; American Schoolgirl Art (2010) and Laura Fecych Sprague, Schoolgirl Art from the Misses Martin's School for Young Ladies in Portland, Maine, AFA News, September 6, 2011. 

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: The lower shelf is likely a replacement and has been reattached and the supports have been reglued. Original brasses. The landscape on the inside of the lid has some paint damage. Glue blocks original. Top slightly bowed.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $10,800


PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN PATRIOT JOSEPH REED, ATTRIBUTED TO CHARLES WILSON PEALE. By tradition, attributed to Charles Wilson Peale (American, 1741-1827). Oil on canvas, framed. A portrait of the patriot Joseph Reed (1741-1785), unsigned; 29 x 24 in. (sight).

Joseph Reed (1741-1785) is one of the more dynamic, and lesser known, figures of the American Revolution and early forming of the United States government. Beginning his professional life as a successful lawyer in Philadelphia, Reed was enticed into joining the Continental Army by his good friend George Washington, a move that would lead to an influential political career. Reed served as Washington's aide-de-camp and adjutant-general from 1775-1776, and acted as an army volunteer until the end of the war. After being elected to the Continental Congress in 1778, Reed signed the Articles of Confederation as a representative of Pennsylvania. From late 1778-1781, Reed served as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, essentially governor, during which time he passed a law abolishing slavery in that state.

A well-known portrait of Reed by John Sartain (1808-1897) was engraved after the painting offered here.

Family history attributes this portrait to Peale, though the hand of the master is clearly not visible in its present state. A blacklight examination of the painting reveals it to have been heavily restored, with only the eyes, nose, and parts of the lower jaw apparently original. The remaining surface of the canvas has been almost completely painted over, and whether Peale's hand lies beneath can only be determined with an x-ray.

While the painting has been relined, the stretcher retains an old Metropolitan Museum of Art Loan number indicating that Bertha King Benkard placed the work on loan between 1935-1940 where it was exhibited in Gallery M4 of the American Wing.

(Correspondence from H. E. Winlock to Benkard, November 26, 1935, Offer for Loan, November 15, 1935, and Receipt for the Return, October 11, 1940, Benkard, Mrs. Harry H. (Bertha King), 1928-1948, Office of the Secretary Records, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, New York).

An undated (1960s?) photograph of the sitting room of Benkard's home in Oyster Bay, New York, shows the painting in its present condition hanging over the mantel.

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Under black light, the painting reveals that it has been heavily restored and relined. Traces of the original artist's hand are visible in the eyes, nose, and part of the face. All other areas of the canvas have been overpainted. Peale's original painting may lie beneath the restored surface.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $5,400


PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN MILITIA OFFICER OIL ON CANVAS, attributed to Ezra Ames (1768-1836), American, early 19th century. framed, unsigned; 29.5 x 23.6 in. (sight).

The sitter for this painting, as well as the artist, have been the subject of speculation for many years. Traditionally, the painting was identified in the 1940s as War of 1812 American Naval hero Commodore Thomas Macdonough. Some time later, the subject was identified as Commodore Stephen Decatur. Both attributions are incorrect; the subject wears the uniform of an officer in the Light Artillery, not in the Navy. Details of the subject's buttons strongly suggest the sitter is not a member of the Regular United States Army, but more likely is an officer in a state Militia unit, possibly Massachusetts or New York (James Kochan, personal communication, November 1, 2016).

In the 1940s the painting was exhibited at least twice, once in 1944 at the Museum of the City of New York (a record from the museum indicates that a work from the collection of Bertha Benkard Rose with the same loan number as the one inscribed on the back of this painting was on loan there, along with another unidentified work, from 1934 until 1944), and again in 1945 in an exhibition of American portraits organized by the Duveen Galleries, New York. In both exhibits, Jarvis was identified as the artist. In notes maintained by the Frick Art Reference Library (File 121-14o2, Ames, Ezra) the painting is referenced as likely by Ezra Ames of Albany, New York.

Provenance: Property from the Descendants of Bertha Benkard Rose, Oyster Bay, NY and Tucson, AZ

Condition: Relined, with evidence of inpainting and a possible repair to the officer's sash at his waist, and a repaired 3" vertical tear in the ground on the right hand side of the canvas. An old loan number (probably from the Museum of the City of New York) is painted on the stretcher, lower left.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $5,700




BENJAMIN GREENLEAF (1769-1821 MASSACHUSETTS/NEW HAMPSHIRE) REVERSE-PAINTED PORTRAITS OF A VERMONT REVEREND AND HIS WIFE, portraits on glass, the man's portrait with painted title Rev James W. Woodward Norwich Vermont. His wife, Sarah Partridge (1786-1827), is identified in ink on the verso backing board of the second portrait, with the notation painted in 1810. Both housed in period frames; 13.5 x 9.75 in. (sight, each), 16.25 x 12.75 in. (frame, each).

While Greenleaf was not previously known to have worked in Vermont, these and the following portrait add to a small body of work done in that state. For another Vermont portrait, see Skinner, American Furniture and Decorative Art, October 27, 2013, Lot 12.

Provenance: Property from the Collection of Dr. James and Betty Sutherland, Cincinnati, OH

Condition: Scattered paint loss to wife's portrait,

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $10,800


AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AMERICAN (PROBABLY OHIO OR PENNSYLVANIA) 19TH CENTURY RARE STONEWARE MUFFINEER, having a faceted body and top, on a round foot, all with cobalt stripe decoration; oah. 5 in.

Provenance: Property from the Collection of Dr. James and Betty Sutherland, Cincinnati, OH

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $9,300


CHALKWARE CAT, American. A large painted and smoke decorated chalkware cat figure; oah. 14.75 in.

Provenance: Property from the Collection of Dr. James and Betty Sutherland, Cincinnati, OH

Condition: Some areas of paint loss.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $7,500


GOLDSMITH CHANDLEE AMERICAN SURVEYOR'S COMPASS, American, early 19th century. A surveyor's plain compass. The compass limb engraved with an LT calculating scale, the compass face with an outkeeper with gold watch hand, divided in both poles and miles. The north marker an eagle sitting upon a globe. Compass signed and dated G:Chandlee W. Wm. Hord. 1808. Lot includes both sight vanes, compass cover, and tripod with ball and socket joint; compass overall lg. 14.25., needle lg. 5 in.

The compass was made for William Hord (1764-1825), born in Louisa County, Virginia. Hord settled in Hawkins County, Tennessee where he served in the 3rd and 4th General Assemblies. He was commissioned a major in the Hawkins County militia.

Sold at Cowan's Auction December 10, 2016.

Price Realized: $13,800


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