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RARE SHAKER MINIATURE HANGING CUPBOARD WITH DRAWERS, ca. 1860, CANTERBURY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, with a single door above thirteen small drawers, retaining its original brown and salmon painted surface, 40" h., 19" w., 10" d. For a very similar example, see Burks Shaker Design, cover photograph. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT HANGING CORNER CUPBOARD, 18th c., the molded cornice with a matchstick band above a raised panel door with original iron hinges, 34" h., 36" w. Provenance: Hattie Brunner. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
LARGE AMERICAN OIL ON VELVET THEOREM, 19th c., depicting a platter of fruit to include watermelon, grapes, berries, etc., 19" x 22". Provenance: Josephine Dawes, Hightstown, New Jersey. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE PARCHEESI GAME BOARD, LATE 19th c., with vibrant original red, yellow, green, and salmon polychrome decorated surface, 21 3/4" x 22". Provenance: David Wheatcroft. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
PENNSYLVANIA CARVED PINE FRAME, 19th c., with a red and yellow interior surrounded by black half columns and block corners with a yellow stripe, dot and leaf decoration, 16 1/2" x 14 3/4". Provenance: Bean estate, New Jersey. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,844
RED AND BLACK GRAIN DECORATED FRAME, 19th c., together with a yellow and ochre decorated frame, 14 1/2" x 10 3/4" and 14" x 12 1/8". Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $300 - $500
Price Realized: $3,159
EARLY CARVED AND PAINTED WOODEN MOTHER WITH BABY DOLL, ca. 1800, with original hand sewn clothing, 11" h. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $400 - $500
Price Realized: $4,029
NEW ENGLAND SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH, EARLY/MID 19th c., the front decorated with a sailing ship flying an American flag, surmounted by an eagle holding an American flag under a row of thirteen stars, the reverse depicting an oval portrait of Grace Darling amidst timbers, lines, and a distraught sailor pining over her, with sheet music and a floral band, 6 1/4" h. Provenance: Josephine Dawes, Hightstown, New Jersey. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MINIATURE PAINTED PINE STOOL, ca. 1835, with a single drawer, a scalloped skirt, and splayed legs, retaining its original decorated surface with tulips and yellow and green pinstriping on a creamy yellow ground, and mortise and tenon construction, 5 7/8" h., 9 1/2" w., 6" d. Provenance: Brown Brothers Auction. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
CHIPPENDALE MAPLE TWO-PART CHEST ON CHEST, ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOP OF MOSES HAZEN, WEARE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, ca. 1800, the upper section with a broken scroll pediment centering on a turned finial, above a protruding scalloped tympanum, above a three-panel drawer with a central fan and three long drawers flanked by blocked stiles, resting on a four-drawer base with fan drop and short ogee legs ending in ball and claw feet, retaining a superb original red stained surface and brass pulls, 83" h., 39" w., 20" d. A similar maple chest on chests, attributed to Hazen was sold at Christie's, January 1994, lot 245. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT INCISED STONEWARE JUG, ca. 1825-1830, by Absalom Stedman, with incised cobalt decorated spread winged American eagle with shield breast holding an American flag in one talon and arrows in the other, a cloud like banner arises from the eagle's beak, incised Made by A. Stedman, 19 1/4" h. Exhibited: Abby Aldrich, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 12, 1975. Provenance: Preston Bassett collection; Barry Cohen; David Schorsch; Fred Giampetio. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
HALF-DAGUERREOTYPE OF A COAL MINER, mid 19th c., 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" - image. Provenance: Kelly Kinzle. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $700 - $900
Price Realized: $5,925
GROUP OF EIGHT CASED DAGUERREOTPYES depicting members of the Townsend family of Philadelphia, various sizes. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $500 - $800
Price Realized: $11,850
AMERICAN PAINTED IRON HITCHING POST, mid 19th c., in the form of a bust of Napoleon with finely detailed hair and piercing eyes above shoulders with epaulets and the initials M &W below the chin, 8" h. This piece retains its excellent original polychrome decorated surface. Provenance: Vananda Antiques. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
VIBRANT BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED BLANKET CHEST BY THE DEEP RUN ARTIST, with vibrant pristine ochre and orange geometric top, the sides with stylized tulips, and the front with typical eyes, 26" h., 38 1/2" w. Provenance: Chestnut Hill Attic; Mark McCarty. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS FULL-BODIED COPPER STEER WEATHERVANE WITH A ZINC HEAD BY CUSHING & WHITE (1870-1920), retaining original verdigris surface, 18" h., 30" l. Provenance: Mary Page, Warner, New Hampshire. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
MASSACHUSETTS FULL-BODIED COPPER SETTER WEATHERVANE BY H.L. WASHBURN & CO., ca. 1890, with a pristine original gold leaf surface, 18" h., 34" l. Literature: Miller Art of the Weathervane, page 56. Provenance: Frank Correa. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED DOWER CHEST, DATED 1780, the front with a central red heart with oval inset and two birds flanked by stylized floral trees arising from hearts and two birds, all over four spotted fish, the ends with facing birds and tulips, resting on straight bracket feet, 22" h., 46" w., 22 1/4" d. Illustrated in Schaffner & Klein Folk Hearts, fig. 71 and The Pennsylvania Germans A Celebration of the Arts, fig. 35. Provenance: Collection of Richard and Rosemarie Machmer, Pook & Pook, Inc., October, 2008. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
PENNSYLVANIA HORN CUP, inscribed William Faulks Anno 1775 Dom, Lancaster County Penna of Cocalico Township, the handle with cutout heart and cross hatch decoration, 4 1/8" h. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $1000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $3,555
NEW ENGLAND PAINTED PINE CHILD'S SETTLEBACK ROCKING CHAIR, 1760, with original blue painted surface and rose head nail construction, 24" h., 12" w. Provenance: Brian Windsor, Staten Island, New York. Sold at Pook and Pook May 5, 2012.
Estimated: $1000 - $2,000
Price Realized: $5,925
RARE OHIO STONEWARE CHURN, SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO, 1865-1880. Six-gallon of typical form, decorated in cobalt with an elaborate bird on a branch, holding in its beak a banner reading "Akron, Ohio' and under the name "D.S. Alexander.' Imperfections. 18'h. Sold at Blair Auctions (Ohio), May 1997, sold at Waasdorp (New York), September 2004, lot 209.
D.S. Alexander likely refers to David Alexander, a farm implements dealer and the older brother of noted businessman , J. Park Alexander (1834-1908). The younger Alexander engaged in a variety of successful business ventures, however is perhaps best known for the development of a stoneware distribution network. He worked with a number of local potters and maintained warehouses in Akron, Detroit, and Chicago. The present churn is illustrated in Treichler, A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware p. 55, along with a monumental jug retailed from Alexander's Detroit warehouse. That jug is also discussed and illustrated in Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts 1788-1860, entry 104. Another Alexander piece (an 1876 Centennial jug) was appraised by Alan Katz on the Antiques Roadshow in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June 2004.
A candidate for the maker of this churn is William McBurney, a potter who came to the Akron area in the early 1860s. Another churn, signed by McBurney and with a similar bird to the present churn, is illustrated in Treichler, p. 57. Sold at Garth's Auction May 18, 2012.
PIE SAFE, AMERICAN, 1840-1880, pine and poplar. Two drawers over two doors resting on high tapered legs. Eight tins with pinwheel decoration. Retains old, worn brown paint. 48.5"h. 45.5"w. 17.5"d. Sold at Garth's Auction May 18, 2012.
Estimated: $500 - $1,000
Price Realized: $1,567
WILLIAM AND MARY HIGH CHEST OF DRAWERS, NEW ENGLAND, 18TH CENTURY, maple and pine. Two-piece, the upper section with a concealed drawer over three over three drawers; the lower section with three drawers and a shaped skirt, all resting on cabriole legs. Imperfections. 65.5"h. 36"w. 21"d.
The legs appear to be replaced, parts of the cornice are replaced, brasses replaced, the finish is significantly worn. Though NOT a marriage, the upper and lower cases did live apart for a while. It appears that the upper section was used as a chest of drawers, and the lower section may have been stored in a barn or garage--when the pieces were put back together, along with the legs, the mid-molding on teh base and the top board of the lower section were all replaced, and some piecing was required on the case and drawers to bring everything up to a level height. NOTE: after further examination, the legs may be original, just of unusual form from Windsor, Connecticut, ca. 1750. See Kugelman, Connecticut Valley Furniture, entry 5 for another example likely from the same shop. Sold at Garth's Auction May 18, 2012.
Estimated: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,703
PORTRAIT OF JANE GATES BY WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR (MASSACHUSETTS, 1806-1873), Oil on heavy stock, unsigned. Young woman dressed in black. Some surface scuffs. 14.75"h. 11"w., in a period frame, 16.5"h. 12.5"w. Ex Pam Boynton (Massachusetts).
Jane was the daughter of Jonathan and Janet Gates of Ryegate, Vermont. Born May 29, 1825, died February 6, 1848. Included is the book History of Ryegate, Vermont by Miller and Wells. Sold at Garth's Auction May 18, 2012.
Estimated: $2,500 - $4,500
Price Realized: $6,169
PIESAFE, AMERICAN, 19th century, pine and poplar. Two doors over a single dovetailed drawer, twelve tins with stars, high legs, and old blue-grey paint. 59"h. 40"w. 17"d. Sold at Garth's Auction May 18, 2012.