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LEDGER, Pennsylvania, 1st quarter 19th century. Blacksmith's account book from either Greene or Washington County, Pennsylvania. 13"h. 8.25"w. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $3,290


JAMES COOK AND JOHN HAWKESWORTH, AN ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGES UNDERTAKEN... by the Order of HIs Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere., and Successively Performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Cartaret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour. Drawn Up from the Papers of Joseph Banks, Esq. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773. First edition, three to 4 volumes, bound with original leather boards and new gilt-stamped spines. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $2,049


WILLIAM GORDON, THE HISTORY OF THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...Including an Account of the Late War; and of the Thirteen Colonies, from the Origin to That Period. New York: Hodge, Allen and Campbell, 1789. Three volumes, with two folding maps, bound in contemporary leather. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $3,290


DECORATED CHIPPENDALE BLANKET CHEST, Pennsylvania, dated 1807, poplar. Central tombstone with "1807" and "Magdalena Schiibp", flanked by pinwheels. Resting on bracket feet; original hardware. 24"h. 49.5"w. 22"d. Ex Chris Machmer (Pennsylvania), ex Harry Hartman (Pennsylvania), ex Austin Miller (Ohio).

For a chest with a similar decorative format, see Fabian, The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest, figure 164. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $5,000-9,000

Price Realized: $12,050


FIRST AMERICAN AND ITALIAN EDITIONS OF DAVID PORTER'S JOURNAL OF A CRUISE... Made to the Pacific Ocean, by Captain David Porter, in the United States Frigate Essex in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814, Containing Descriptions of the Cape Verde Islands, Coasts of Brazil, Patagonia, Chile, and Peru, and of the Gallapagos Islands. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1815. First edition, two volumes bound into one, in full contemporary leather. Tipped in at the rear is an ALS dated New Orleans, January 25, 1810, from Porter to Paul Hamilton, Secretary of the Navy. Also tipped in is a map of the Gallapagos Islands from the 1822 second edition. Inscribed by the author to William Jones, Secretary of the Navy. Together with Giornale di una Craciera Fatta Nell Oceano Pacifico..., Milan: Sonzogno, 1820, bound in half vellum and marbled boards. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $400-800

Price Realized: $1,998


CHIPPENDALE CAMEL-BACK SOFA, American, late 18th century, mahogany and pine. Of typical form, with scrolled arms and molded legs. Upholstered in floral silk. 18"h. seat, 35.5"h. overall, 77"l. Ex Kyle Fuller (Ohio). Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $5,170


APOTHECARY OR HARDWARE CHEST WITH OVERSHELF, American, 19th century, pine. Twelve dovetailed drawers in a case on solid board ends with old blue paint. 37"h. 92"w. 18"d. With a pine overshelf. 17.5"h. 92"l. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $9,400


COBBLER'S BENCH, American, 19th century, mixed woods. Of typical form with two drawers and old blue paint. With tools.14.5"h. 41"l. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $900-1,200

Price Realized: $1,058


DECORATED BLANKET CHEST, Peter K. Thomas, Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania, dated 1862, poplar. Dovetailed case over two drawers, interior till, and on bracket feet. Retains its original stenciled decoration, including "CB 1862" and "Manufactured by Peter K. Thomas," on a red ground, trimmed in black and yellow. 28"h. 47.5"w. 26.5"d.

At the 1860 Census, Peter K. Thomas was listed as a twenty-two-year-old carpenter. He served two years in the 171st Pennsylvania during the Civil War, and by the 1870 census he had moved his family west, following other Soap Hollow emigres to Kent County, Michigan, where he died in 1907.

Thomas and fellow Soap Hollow carpenter Jeremiah Stahl, who also relocated to Kent County, Michigan, used a number of the same stenciled motifs, including the winged bowl of fruit, however here it is stenciled upside-down.

This chest is illustrated in Muller, Soap Hollow: The Furniture and Its Makers, p. 39. Sold at Garth's Auction March 16, 2013.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $14,460




PAIR OF BOSTON & SANDWICH GLASS CO. AMETHYST PRESSED 'PETAL' AND 'HEXAGONAL' GLASS CANDLESTICKS, 1840-60, Height 7 ¼ inches.

Provenance: "The Pamela & Donald Levine Collection of American Glass & Lighting: 1825-1875," Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, April 1, 2005, lot B217. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $500-700

Price Realized: $1,416


PAIR OF BOSTON & SANDWICH GLASS CO. ELECTRIC BLUE PRESSED 'PETAL' AND 'HEXAGONAL' GLASS CANDLESTICKS, 1840-60, Height 7 ¼ inches.

Provenance: "The Pamela & Donald Levine Collection of American Glass & Lighting: 1825-1875," Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, April 1, 2005, lot B46. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $1,121


PAIR OF BOSTON & SANDWICH GLASS CO. MEDIUM AMETHYST PRESSED 'HEXAGONAL' GLASS CANDLESTICKS, 1840-60, Height 6 ¾ inches.

Provenance: "The Pamela & Donald Levine Collection of American Glass & Lighting: 1825-1875," Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, NH, August 5, 2005, lot C133. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $1,770


LIVINGSTON FAMILY SILVER SALVER, GEORGE RIDOUT, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1740, The plain center within a molded shell and scroll border, on four scroll feet, engraved on the reverse "The Gift of Peter & Sarah Van Brugh TO Sarah Livingston," marked four times with the initials "GR" within rectangles. 63 oz. Diameter 14 ¼ inches.

Peter Van Brugh (1666-1740) was a member of a Dutch family who settled in Manhattan and made their fortune in the fur trade. In 1688 he married Sarah Cuyler (1668-1742), moving up the Hudson River to Albany, where he became a prosperous businessman and eventually served two terms as the city's Mayor from 1699-1700 and 1721-23. The couple's only child, Catharina (1689-1756), married Philip Livingston, second Lord of the Manor in 1708. Sarah Livingston (1725-1804) was the ninth of twelve children born to Catharina and Philip.

She married William Alexander in 1748. Literature: A portrait of Sarah Livingston, painted by John Wollaston circa 1750-52, resides in the collection of the New York Historical Society. A portrait of her mother Catharina, also painted by Wollaston in the same period, was sold by Northeast Auctions, "Livingston Family Heirlooms," Nov. 12, 2000, lot 604. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $25,000-45,000

Price Realized: $159,300


LIVINGSTON FAMILY SILVER PUNCH LADLE AND PAIR OF SALT SPOONS, ISAAC HUTTON, ALBANY, NEW YORK, 1790-1810. Each engraved and bright-cut on the terminal with the crest of a ship under sail within an oval medallion, above a flower with pendant husk chain, the ladle marked "HUTTON" within a rectangle flanked by eagles; each spoon marked with the script initials "JH." 6 oz. total. Length of ladle 14 ½ inches. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $30,680


SET OF FOUR NEW ENGLAND QUEEN ANNE WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS, BOSTON OR NEWPORT.

Provenance: Purchased from Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut.

Literature: Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, pp. 4-5, 162, cat. 3; Joseph K. Ott, "The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," The Magazine Antiques, May 1965, pp. 564-565, fig. 1; John T. Kirk, "American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale," p. 129, fig. 161; Joseph K. Ott, "Some Rhode Island Furniture," The Magazine Antiques, May 1975, p. 949, fig. 12; Joan Barzilay Freund and Leigh Keno, "The Making and Marketing of Boston Seating Furniture in the Late Baroque Style," p. 38, fn. 19; David B. Warren et al., "American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection," p. 22; The Rhode Island Furniture Archive at the Yale University Art Gallery, RIF 3995. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013

Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Price Realized: $16,520


MINIATURE COUNTRY CHIPPENDALE RED-PAINTED PINE CHEST OF DRAWERS, With dovetailed case. Height 16 ½ inches, width 16 ¼ inches, depth 10 inches. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $2,360


RHODE ISLAND QUEEN ANNE FIGURED MAPLE HIGHBOY, NEWPORT, GODDARD-TOWNSEND. In two parts, the upper section with applied molded cornice above two short aligned over three long graduated drawers; the lower section with one long over three short drawers, above a deeply shaped skirt with unusual shell carving, raised on cabriole legs ending in pad feet. Height 70 ¾ inches, width 37 ¼ inches, depth 19 ½ inches.

Provenance: Kelly Kinzle, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $10,000-20,000

Price Realized: $11,800


SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY REVERSE-SERPENTINE CHEST OF DRAWERS WITH BLOCKED ENDS, JOHN CHIPMAN.

The rectangular top with shaped front and molded edge above a conforming case with four graduated blocked-end drawers, raised on a molded base with shaped ogee feet. Height 33 3/8 inches, width overall 37 5/8 inches, case width 34 3/4 inches, depth 22 ¾ inches.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York

Literature: "American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection," vol. III, p. 599.

Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $25,000-45,000

Price Realized: $89,680


CONNECTICUT RIVER VALLEY QUEEN ANNE CHERRY TEA TABLE WITH SCALLOPED TOP, NORTHAMPTON OR HATFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS. The top heavily scrolled with molded edge above a flat arched apron and raised on cabriole legs ending in platform pad feet. Height 28 inches, top 35 x 23 1/4 inches.

Provenance: Property of a New England Family, Christie's, New York, October 19, 1991, lot 115

Literature: For more information, see "The Great River: Art and Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820," pp. 222-223 and Michael K. Brown, "Scalloped-top Furniture of the Connecticut River Valley," Antiques (May 1980), 117: 1092-1099.

Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $10,000-20,000

Price Realized: $29,500


RARE MASSACHUSETTS QUEEN ANNE BURL WALNUT VENEER HIGHBOY OF DIMINUTIVE SIZE, IPSWICH AREA. In two parts, the upper section with applied cornice above two short aligned over three long graduated drawers; the lower section with an arrangement of three short drawers above a shaped apron with acorn drops, raised on cabriole legs ending in platform pad feet. Height 66 ¾ inches, width 35 ½ inches, depth 20 ½ inches. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013

Estimate: $10,000-20,000

Price Realized: $37,760


NEW ENGLAND CARVED MAHOGANY BLOCK AND SHELL-CARVED CHEST OF DRAWERS. The rectangular top with applied tray-molded edge above three long drawers, the upper with three bold shell carvings, raised on a molded base with shaped bracket feet. Height 36 inches, top 35 ¾ x 20 ½ inches, case width 33 ¼ inches. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $46,020


MASSACHUSETTS PILGRIM CENTURY OAK AND MAPLE BLANKET CHEST WITH DRAWER. The hinged lid above the case with front divided into three panels, the central with geometric applied moldings, flanked by double-turned and ebonized stiles above a single drawer with applied molding, raised on frontal peg feet. Height 32 inches, width 50 ½ inches, depth 21 ¼ inches. Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $6,785


THOMAS DOUGHTY (AMERICAN 1793-1856). LANDSCAPE WITH FOOTBRIDGE AND FIGURES FISHING. Oil on canvas, 27 ¼ x 34 ½ inches. Signed "T. Doughty" and dated 1835, l.c. on bridge. In a gilt period frame.

Provenance: Christie's New York, May 25, 1989, lot 5; Berry-Hill Galleries, New York.

Sold at Northeast Auctions March 9-10, 2013.

Estimate: $18,000-24,000

Price Realized: $18,880




EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND IMPORTANT STONEWARE BATTLER PAIL, with Cobalt Double Bird and Foliate Decorations, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, ovoid pail with tubular pouring spout, applied clay handle at base, and applied wire handle at shoulder. Front decorated with an extremely rare slip-trailed design of two crested birds with heavily-detailed bodies, standing atop a stylized ground. Decoration includes exceptionally-fine feather detail. Area between birds decorated with an intricate slip-trailed vine and base of spout accented with wreath-like brushwork. Reverse decorated with a finely-detailed leaf with heavily-shaded edge. Additional brushed cobalt highlights to handles. Slip-trailed stoneware by Cowden & Wilcox is considered quite rare, and the vast majority of bird designs created by this firm were applied by brush. Moreover, this batter pail is the first example of the form we have offered to feature slip-trailed decoration. The fact that this batter pail features two birds using this decorative technique is truly remarkable. One of the finest Cowden & Wilcox batter pails known.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased approximately thirty-five years ago. Chip to tip of spout. Smaller chip to interior of spout. 1 1/2" Y-shaped wrinkle in clay on exterior of spout, which occurred during the firing and does not extend through to interior. 1 1/8" inverted U-shaped line in rim. Chip to exterior of rim. Area of wear on Interior of rim. H 8 1/4". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $13,800


IMPORTANT FIVE GALLON STONWARE SATER COOLER, with Profuse Cobalt Floral Decoration, Stamped "JOHN BURGER / ROCHESTER," New York State origin, circa 1860, ovoid cooler with flared rim, applied lug handles, and applied circular bunghole at base. Front decorated with a highly-artistic, slip-trailed design of two daisies extending from large leaves at the base, with heavy slip-trailed highlights throughout. Bunghole intricately decorated with slip-trailed ovals. Slip-trailed "5" at shoulder. Very few water coolers by John Burger are known. This piece certainly exemplifies the high standards for which John Burger stoneware has become known with its the bold, heavily-detailed decoration, its skillful potting, and the superior color of both the cobalt and the clay ground that surrounds it. One of the finest examples of John Burger stoneware to be auctioned in years. Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example and first-time public offering. Remarkable, excellent condition. H 15". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $33,350


OUTSTANDING LARGE-SIZED REDWARE FIGURE OF A SEATED DOG, with Applied Coleslaw Fur, attributed to Anthony W. Baecher, Adams County, PA, Thurmont, MD, or Winchester, VA origin, circa 1855-1885, hand-modeled figure of a seated dog on slab base perked ears, upward curled tail, and heavily-applied extruded clay fur. Surface covered in a rust-colored lead-and-manganese glaze. Aspects of the dog, including the face and muzzle, applied coleslaw fur, and base, are all consistent with Baecher's work. Impressive large size. Figure is nicely-modeled with a confident stance and wonderful facial expression displaying an alert and happy countenance. Tail reglued. Otherwise excellent condition. L 6" ; H 6". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $8,050


OUTSTANDING OPEN-HANDLED REDWARE JAR WITH PROFUSE LATTICEWORK AND FLOWER BLOSSOM DECORATION IN GREEN, YELLOW AND BROWN SLIP, Dated "1808," Pennsylvania origin, finely-potted, rotund jar with rounded foot, inset rim, and applied strap handles, the entire body of the jar with elaborate crossed trails of yellow, green, and brown slip. Midsection decorated with a band of simplified flower blossoms in the form of green circles surrounded by cream-colored spots. Shoulder decorated on front and back with the manganese slip date "1808" flanked by manganese spots. Handles decorated with manganese slip stripes. Surface covered in a clear lead glaze. Exceptional form, wonderful decoration, and rare early date.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased approximately sixty years ago. A chip and wear to rim. Sporadic spots of glaze loss to surface. Two base chips. H 7". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $8,337.50


EXTREMELY RARE STONEWARE INKSTAND, with Elaborate Incised and Cobalt-Highlighted Floral Decoration, Inscribed "OHIO" and Dated "APRIL 16, 1829," slab-constructed inkstand on footed base with pen holder below two inserted inkwells flanking a sander. Front of inkstand featuring the boldly-incised word "OHIO". Inkstand elaborately-incised on one side with vines, further incised on the opposite side with a large flower, dated 1829 on the blossom. Underside incised in large letters "APRIL 16, 1829". Cobalt highlights to incising, edges of inkstand, and surfaces of wells and sander. This inkstand is one of the most significant discoveries in Midwestern stoneware of the last several years. Exhibiting an oustanding and rare form with strong decoration, it also bears the distinction of being one of the earliest dated examples of Ohio pottery known.

Provenance: Recently found in the Southeastern U.S. One foot restored. 7/8" thin reglued flake to facade of inkstand. Otherwise excellent condition. L 5 1/2 " ; W 4 1/2" ; H 4". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $19,550


VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT EIGHT GALLON STONEWARE CHURN, with Cobalt Inscription and Date "Kentucky 1837," Stamped "I. THOMAS," Isaac Thomas, Maysville, KY, narrow-bodied, cylindrical churn with flared rim and arching tab handles, one side decorated with a finely slip-trailed inscription "Kentucky / 1837," underscored by a flowering plant. Reverse impressed with a large eight-gallon capacity mark surrounded a squared, diamond-patterned border, above the maker's mark "I. THOMAS". Slip-trailed cobalt border surrounds the maker's and capacity marks, along with a cobalt highlight to the number "8". Additionally dated on reverse "1837" in slip-trailed cobalt. Cobalt brushwork running along top and sides of handles. Monumental size and outstanding, sculptural form. This churn was evidently thrown on the wheel in two pieces and joined approximately 8" below the rim. While also a visually-impressive example, this churn holds historical importance as one of the earliest dated examples of Kentucky pottery known. A significant, recent discovery in Southern ceramics.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, recently found in California. A thin crack on underside, extending in a curved shape partway up body of jar, ending 7" up from base of churn. 6" hairline from rim to right of Kentucky inscription. Two small rim chips and a minor rim nick. H 24". Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $19,550


RARE THREE GALLON STONEWARE JUG, with Cobalt Decoration of a Bird Eating Grapes, Stamped "COWDEN & WILCOX / HARRISBURG, PA," circa 1865, ovoid jug with wide spout, decorated with a brushed cobalt design of a bird perched atop a cluster of grapes in feeding posture. Brushed cobalt leaves and corkscrewing vines extending above bird. Cowden & Wilcox stoneware is difficult-to-find depicting a bird and grapes on the same piece.

Provenance: A fresh-to-the-market example, purchased approximately thirty-five years ago. Essentially as-made condition. Shallow contact mark at top of spout on reverse. Sold at Crocker Farm March 2, 2013.

Price Realized: $6,900


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