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FINE TALL CASE CLOCK, Movement by Luman Watson, Cincinnati, and case by A. Read and Company, Xenia, Ohio, ca.1825, curly maple, cherry and poplar. Broken arch pediment and full columns on the hood; the case with a crotch cherry inlaid panel flanked by quarter columns; the base with a raised panel flanked by quarter columns. The 30-hour wooden movement retains its original dial marked "L. Watson Cincinnati". 91"h. Ex Virginia Kenney (Kentucky).

In the hierarchy of cases made by the prolific firm of Amassa Read and Company, this clock case represents the top tier, made from highly figured maple and contrasting figured cherry. For a discussion of the casemaker and its output, see Richmond, Equal in Goodness: Ohio Decorative Arts, 1788-1860, pp. 104-5. For other variations of this case, see catalog entry 169, as well as lot 805, in the collection of John Auraden, which sold at Cowan's, October 2004.

According to a letter that accompanies the clock (dated January 1936), the original owner was Fred Idel of Gordon, Ohio, and he bequeathed it to his sister, and Walker's Antique Shop of Covington, Kentucky purchased it from her estate.

Original finials, old finish with a good patina, only minor height loss to the feet. Retains weights and pendulum.

Sold at Garth's Auction September 6, 2013.


Price realized: $11,750

SCHOOLMASTER'S DESK, American, 19th century, pine. Slant front with drawers and pigeonholes in the interior, and two paneled doors and tapered legs. Retains its original blue paint with wonderful surface. 49"h. 38"w. 22.5"d.

Overall wear; the board at the front of the lid is loose. The interior appears to be original, possibly missing drawers; One hinge broken with a nail added; minor rodent chew at the bottom of one door.

The unfinished sides suggest that this may have been originally built in.

Sold at Garth's Auction September 6, 2013.


Price realized: $3,760

BUCKET BENCH CUPBOARD, American, 19th century, pine. One piece, the upper section with two paneled doors, the lower section with shelves. Retains old red paint. 83.5"h. 71"w. 18.5"d.

Sold at Garth's Auction September 6, 2013.


Price realized: $5,405

DECORATED BLANKET CHEST, John Sala, Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania, dated 1868. Chest over two drawers on bracket feet. Original red and black paint with stenciled decoration, including a melon basket and "JS 1868" and "Manufactured by John Sala." Minor imperfections. 26"h. 48"w. 21"d. Sold at Mishler and Associates (Pennsylvania), April 2005, lot 5.

John Sala (1819-1882) is one of the earliest documented cabinetmakers of the Soap Hollow group, and his two sons, Joseph and John M., both followed him in the cabinetmaking trade. See Muller, Soap Hollow: The Furniture and Its Makers, pp. 14-19; and for a chest of drawers by Sala, see Garth's, November 2008, lot 790


Some paint wear, damage to front lid molding, replaced pulls, old hinge repairs.

Sold at Garth's Auction September 6, 2013.


Price realized: $15,275

GOOD, IRON, BRASS AND WOOD SPRING LOADED SEAL, with original paint. "Coleman official seal". Height 6.25".

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $3,100

JACOB EICHHOLTZ PAINTING, American, 1776-1842, Oval Portrait of James Coleman (1784-1831), Oil on Wood Panel, 9.5" x 7".

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $15,000

JACOB EICHHOLTZ PAINTING, American, 1776-1842, Oval Portrait of Thomas Bird Coleman (1794-1836), Oil on Wood Panel, 9" x 8".

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $21,000

THOMAS SULLY PAINTING, American, 1783-1872, Portrait of Anna and Harriet Coleman, Executed November 2 1846-December 18,1846, Oil on Canvas 45.5" x 35.5".

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $145,000

RARE CAST IRON STOVE PLATE, by Jacob Huber dated 1755 with heart and tulip decoration. Jacob Huber was the first Ironmaster on the Stiegel Coleman property. The original sand stone house is located near the Stiegel Coleman mansion. Very few of these stove plates are known to exist.

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $13,500


Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $3,000

AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY BLOCK FRONT DESK AND BOOKCASE, Boston, 1745-1755; upper section having molded swan's-neck pediment with carved rosettes, centering flaming urn finial with leaf decoration flanked by twin matching smaller finials, applied centering carved shell ornament above twin arched raised panel doors and shaped brass escutcheons above twin candle slides with brass pulls, large flanking fluted pilasters, interior with twin shell and acanthus carved lunettes over valanced pigeon-holes and open shelves with scrolled dividers above a five- drawer tier; slant-front lower section with four graduated blocked drawers with cock-beaded surrounds and brass bail handles and escutcheons, conforming molded base, bracket feet; interior with shell-carved and blocked fold-out prospect door flanked by twin fluted pilasters(document drawers pull our behind), twin flanking stacks of four concave drawers each with two top drawers shell-carved, four flanking valanced pigeonholes over twin stacks of two molded front drawers each: each section with pair of large brass carrying handles. Height (overall) 97.75" Width 41.5" Depth (to front of bottom blocking) 25.25"

Provenance: Robert C Eldred & Co., East Dennis, Mass. Helen Temple Cooke Sale, Aug. 16-20, 1959; Jesse Pavey, Birmingham, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman, Bryn Mawr, Pa. References Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, New York, 1928, No. 705; Lita Solis-Cohen. "Living with Antiques: The Bryn Mawr Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Dawson Coleman," The Magazine Antiques, April 1966, p. 573.

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $31,000

AMERICAN FEDERAL EIGHT DAY MAHOGANY TALL CASE CLOCK, by Simon Willard, Roxbury, Mass. Circa 1805 signed on original painted dial, having original Simon Willard label (printed by Isaac Thomas Jr., Worcester) attached to inside of pendulum door; Arched and molded hood with fret work cresting three brass ball and steeple finials, line in-laid arched glazed door opening to original painted dial "signed Simon Willard."

Oval reserve above with lady, dog and landscape in background with gilt highlights. Floral painted spandrels and gilt surround, calendar aperture and small second hand dial; brass inlayed fluted column supports, having brass capitals and bases; molded pendulum door with line and fan inlay, brass escutcheons and exposed brass hinges conforming to inlayed brass fluted corner columns. Base with line inlayed corner fans ogee bracket feet. Height 86", Width (of base) 18", Extreme Depth 10"

Reference Lita Solis-Cohen, "Living with Antiques: The Bryn Mawr Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Dawson Coleman," The Magazine Antiques, April 1966, p. 574.

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $48,000

VERY GOOD PAIR OF FRENCH GRAY PAINTED CAST IRON LIFE SIZE GARDEN FIGURES, Blood Hound dog and female. The oval base marked A.J. for the modeler "Alfred Jacqemart (French 1842-1896) and marked by the caster 'Barbezat & Cir., Val D'osne',circa 1858; both dogs seated, the one with a dead game bird, the other with her front paw on a collar, Very well executed. Height 37.5".

Sold at John M.Hess Auction September 28, 2013.


Price realized: $62,000

BLANKET CHEST, Pine, original bittersweet orange/red finish, single board lid, with hand-forged strap hinges, original lock with oval brass escutcheon plate, two drawers below, both with two small turned wood pulls, carved and molded lip, dovetailed, sectioned drawers, interior locking device for locking the drawers, molded, dovetailed and arched base, Second Family, Hancock, MA, c. 1800-1820, 41" h, 40" w, 17.75" d.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $18,880

SISTER"S SHOES, Finely woven "ultramarine" blue cotton cloth, leather soles and heels, ankle high with brown shoelaces, small blue silk ribbon bows above the toe, lined with blue stripe cotton ticking, initialed in blue ink inside top "G.D.", (Note: these belonged to Grace Dahm, originally at Watervliet, NY, and later moved to Hancock, MA, with her sister Mary Dahm), 5.25" h, 8" l, (Bissland collection).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $3,068

OVAL BOX, Pine and maple, original apple green painted finish, four fingers, copper tacks and points, "Oval box, green used by the Ministry", Sabbathday Lake, ME, 3.25" h, 8,75"l, (Bissland collection #798).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $5,900

WOOD STOVE, Cast iron, rectangular fire box, 23.25" to 24.25" width tapers to 9.5" to 11" at base, hinged door, cast iron latch with turned wood handle, four penny foot legged base with semicircular lipped front, on a rectangular sheet metal and wood base board, 26" x 13 1/2", on a tag written in ink "Mr. Gerald McCue", and in pencil "for Shaker Furniture.".

Provenance: Purchased from Hancock Shakers in 1948 for $35 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #30).

Illustrated: Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 73

Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $4,130

FIVE BRUSHES, Maple, cherry, fruitwood, all with original finishes, finely turned handles, all with horsehair bristles, from a Massachusetts collection, 10.5" to 12" l.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $1,416

RARE TRUSTEE'S DESK, Two pieces, cherry and figured cherry, cedar or pine back, original varnish finish, applied cove molded top, over vertical double paneled doors, through mortised and double pinned, brass escutcheon plates over the figured cherry wood original diamond escutcheons, brass door closures, five fixed interior shelves, (one shelf was removed at bottom, probably to accommodate larger books), bottom section with fall front desk with five horizontal inset panels opening to eight finely formed dovetailed drawers, each with finely turned cherry wood pulls, with central highly figured cherry panel door opening to three more fitted dovetailed drawers with leather pulls, green felt desk surface, all over four graduated and dovetailed drawers, with six (three side by side) vertical paneled ends, on a carved and dovetailed bracket base, repair to top upper left cornice molding, otherwise very fine condition, 39.75" w, 11,5" d.

Note: According to June Sprigg, the Shakers at Canterbury sold this secretary in the 1930?s from their Antique Shop. Dr. McCue referred to this piece as "the Cathedral".

"We believe that this magnificent secretary, circa 1840, is the finest and most important example of Shaker furniture ever made in the Shaker communities in Ohio and Kentucky. It is certainly the finest and most important example extant from the West. Its design and construction rank it among the most complex and most sophisticated pieces of Shaker furniture in existence, whether made in the East or the West. Its exceptional provenance places it among the most desirable major casepieces made in the Shaker Society. It is truly a worthy centerpiece for any important collection of Shaker furniture." Part of a 1996 document by June Sprigg, former Curator at Hancock Shaker Village.

Provenance: Canterbury Shakers

Purchased in 1932 by Mrs. Benjamin Moore

Purchased at the R. Withington estate auction of Mrs. Benjamin Moore in Center Harbor, NH, October 1966 for $900

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $32,450

SISTER'S SEWING DESK, Maple and pine, natural finish, traces of original red stained finish, two banks of four drawers along top section, two inset panels on right and left side top, three lipped and graduated drawers on bottom right side, white bone diamond escutcheon plate on top drawer, three smaller drawers on bottom left front, two inset horizontal panels on left front, inset panels on left side, all on tapered and turned legs, hidden sliding work board under the work surface, 38" h, 31.75" w, 24" d.

Note: When Dr. McCue picked up the sewing desk after the auction and brought it home, he realized quite sometime later that two of the small drawers in the top section had been switched with the other sewing desk sold that day. He tried to find the other buyer/owner of the other desk to see if they could exchange the drawers but to no avail.

Circular tag with key found inside drawer of desk. In pencil on the tag "Ida's (Crook) Sewing Desk".

Provenance: George E. and Gladys C. Jordan "The Shaker Collection" Auction, Frank D. Greene Jr. Auctioneer, Concord, NH, September 27, 1968.

Dr. McCue purchased this piece at the auction, Lot 416, for $2,500.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $31,860

CHEST OF DRAWERS, Chestnut and pine, thin yellow/ochre wash, molded top board with backsplash, two flanking drawers thumbnail molded with lips on top and sides, over three similar graduated drawers, all with original white porcelain pulls, double vertical raised panel ends, one-quarter round molded front sides, Enfield, CT, attributed to Thomas Fisher (1823-1902), 38.5" h (to top backsplash), 33" h (front), 40" w (top), 37.25" w (case), 21.5" d (top), 20.75" (case)

Note: "The pieces by Thos. Fisher of Enfield, Conn. (of which this is one) are perhaps the finest examples of the mid-nineteenth-century Shaker craftsmanship." J. McCue Sept 1988 (See Addenda).

See The Complete Book of Shaker Furniture, Rieman, T. and Burks, J., Fig. 137, p. 193, for a similar example.

See Shaker Furniture Makers, Grant, J. and Allen, D., p. 159, for similar examples.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $11,800

WORK TABLE, Pine, original soft brick red painted finish, one board pine top (25.75" w, 4' 11" l, 2" thick), framed with applied molding, full width drawer below (7" d), lipped and dovetailed, with two original hardwood pulls (1.25" l) with great patina, skirt is pinned and mortised into the maple legs, which are square and then turned with a medial swell (31" h), Sabbathday Lake or Alfred, ME, c. 1830.

Note: Was said to be used as a Sister's laundry table. This was Dr. McCue's desk/table that he used in his upstairs back room.

Provenance: Purchased from Sister Eleanor Philbrook at Sabbathday Lake, in 1953 for $80 (Dr. McCue's Journal Entry #237).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $24,780

VERY RARE CANDLE SCONCE, Oak back, cherry or maple base, original ochre yellow stained finish, rectangular back with hole at top for peg, canted bottom shelf/holder, with slightly beveled edge held on with four large square nails through the back, with original tall fitted Shaker tin candle holders, hoop handles at tops, with candles, older tag on reverse at top "Shaker sconce from Mt. Lebanon, N.Y. – provenance Celeste Koster", Ed's tag reads "Mt. Lebanon, NY Shaker wall sconce, c. 1840's, purchased from Celeste Koster, Old Chatham, N.Y., Purchased in the 1980's", 24" h, 6.25" w (at base), 5.375" (at top), (Ed Clerk collection).

Note: The only Shaker candle sconce we've ever had at auction in 31 years.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $11,210

TRESTLE TABLE, Cherry, base is the original dark varnish finish, two cherry trestle feet with cherry arched feet, one oak support, through mortised and pinned on diagonal, unusual medial arch support, 27.5" h, 8' 8" l, 41" w, (ex. Dr. Sprowl's collection; purchased at Doug Towle Shaker Auction, Lot 145, September 4, 2005).

Note: "I spent a lot of time and effort to acquire the trestle table. It came directly from Mrs. Nixon whose father removed it from Union Village when it closed. He was one of the last two farm managers for the Shakers and he did use it to transact farm business with cattle buyers at Union Village. The base is old original finish as is the underside of the top. The top itself has been refinished. The table is original and intact but at one time some boards had been added under the top for reinforcement and the screw holes as present. This was done in the late 1800's when the Shakers modified a lot of the furniture at Union Village to support marble tops which were quite heavy." Dr. Sprowls

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $20,650

LADDER, Pine, original red painted finish, nine turned rungs, 9.75" (at base) to 8.25" (at top), paper label on one side "L.A.Shepard. Canterbury N.H.", small traces of later gray and white paint, as ladder was probably used to paint buildings, 9' h, 12" w (at top).

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $4,838

LARGE OVAL BOX, Maple and pine, original bittersweet orange painted finish, five fingers, copper tacks and points, from a Vermont collection, 5 1/4" h, 13 1/8" l.

Note: An unusual and vibrant color in a larger box.

Sold at Willis Henry Auctions, The McCue Shaker Collection, September 7, 2013.


Price realized: $6,372

A QUEEN ANNE CARVED WALNUT COMPASS-SEAT SIDE CHAIR, The carving possibly by Samuel Harding (D. 1758) or Nicholas Bernard (D. 1789), Philadelphia, Circa 1750. Seat frame numbered variously X and I; seat frame with painted inscriptions including, J. Miller and J. [orF.] C. George[illeg.]n, 42.25 in. high


Dr. William H. Crim (c.1845-1902), Baltimore

Sold, Catalogue of the Celebrated Dr. William H. Crim Collection, Baltimore, 22 April 1903, lot 655

J. Herbert Johnston (b. c.1862), New York and Huntington, Long Island

C.W. Lyon, Inc., New York

Norvin H. Green (d. 1955), Tuxedo Park, New York

Sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., The Notable American Collection of Norvin H. Green, 29 November - 2 December 1950, lot 662

Mitchel M. Taradash (1889-1973), Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, circa 1953

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1974

Literature: Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques: The Home of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchel Taradash," The Magazine Antiques (January 1953), p. 44.

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $579,750

A CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY TURRET-TOP CARD TABLE, New York, 1750-1765, 28.5 in. high, 36.5 in. wide, 16.75 in. deep.

Provenance: Ginsburg and Levy, New York, 1961

Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2006

Literature: Ginsburg and Levy, advertisement, The Magazine Antiques (January 1961), p. 39.

Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York, 1985), p. 175 (referenced).

Luke Beckerdite, "Immigrant Carvers and the Development of the Rococo Style in New York, 1750-1770," American Furniture 1996, Luke Beckerdite, ed. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1996), pp. 256, 258, 265 (fn. 26) (referenced).

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $423,750

A PAINT-DECORATED LEATHER FIRE BUCK, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1780-1800 decorated William Potter Enterprise Fire Club, 1810 11.25 in. high, not including handle.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York.

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $10,625

A MOLDED COPPER GODDESS LIBERTY WEATHERVANE, Attributed to Cushing and White, Waltham Massachusetts, Second Half 19th Century,35 in. high.

Provenance: William and Frederica Kaven, Ithaca, New York

Sold, Sotheby's, New York, 22 October 1988, lot 128

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $27,500

A RARE AMERICAN SILVER COFFEE POT, Mark of George Hendel, Carlisle, Pennsylvania Circa 1790. Vase form on a square foot, the cover with urn finial, the base, body, cover, spout and handle joins decorated with beading, the body engraved on one side with contemporary monogram TRF and on the other with a later coat-of-arms, the foot also engraved with later family inscriptions, marked four times under base, 15.25 in. (38.7 cm.) high; 38 oz. (1,185 gr.) gross weight.

Provenance: Thomas Foster (1753-1829) and Rebecca (Crawford) Foster (1756-1812)Josephine C. Castor, wife of Alfred Holmes Foster (1819-1884)

by descent to their daughter Jesse Crawford (Foster) Furness (d. 1907) by descent to her brother Thomas C. Foster

Alfred Sussel, Philadelphia

The Estate of Wilbur Ross Hubbard

Sotheby's, New York, 23 June 1994, lot 172

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $35,000


back of desk section bears signature George B. Rawson Providence, 95 in. high, 42.25 in. wide, 21.5 in. deep

Provenance: Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $75,000

A CLASSICAL PARCEL-GILT, ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND BRASS-INLAID ROSEWOOD MARBLE-TOP SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT. Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854), NEW YORK, 1820-1830, 59.75 in. high, 39 in. wide, 18.75 in. deep

Provenance: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York

Sold at Christie's Auction September 25, 2013.


Price realized: $129,750

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