Classical Center table, Decoration Featuring General Harrison, the Washington of the West Image
Baltimore, circa 1840 (Signed) Mahogany and gilt decoration
The equestrian portrait after the lithograph, General Harrison, the Washington of the West (1840) by Thomas Sinclair (1805-1881) National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; object number: NPG.99.137 William Henry Harrison 1840 campaign leaflet
CREDIT: "A sketch of the life and public services of General William Henry Harrison, candidate of the people for president of the United States...". Jacob Gideon, Jr. (no lifespan noted). 4-Page leaflet, 1840. Library of Congress, Printed Ephemera Collection: Broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets from America and Europe. Call Number: Portfolio 197, Folder 2a. Digital ID: rbpe 1970020a http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.1970020a.
Inscribed in pencil on the reverse of the table top: Made by John Cummings In the city of Baltimore
On the 24 December 1840, and ornamented by John Cummings in Baltimore, Finished 4 March 1841
(Cummings is listed in the 1849 Baltimore City Directory as a house carpenter and painter with his brother)
The eight-sided top with outwardly canted apron is raised on scrolled legs joined by cross-stretcher. Outstanding decoration featuring the equestrian portrait surmounted by eagle clutching a panoply of flags; beneath the portrait is displayed a panoply of arms and drum…the vignette is within a group of 26-stars . A four-inch decorative leafy (budded) intertwined band conforming to octagonal top frames the motif. The sides and interior surfaces of legs feature oakleaf and acorn ornamentation; front of legs decorated with acanthus-like ornament. At each leg terminus beneath the cyma rector section are found warriors on horseback. The decoration is meticulous, neat and well organized. (H: 32”, circumference 35”)
(Excellent original condition excepting a small section of veneer not effecting decoration at inside of one leg that we will have expertly restored.)
Volunteer Fire Department Painting, Torrent 10, Hand Pumper, Possibly Cleveland Ohio
Seventeen firemen in parade uniforms proudly flanking the hand tub; station: Torrent 10
Oil on canvas, original carved frame; original stretcher and gilt liner
See the Encyclopedia of American Hand Fire Engines presented by Handtub Junction; page 91 for the only Torrent #10 listing. (Excellent condition; frame: 42.25" x 26.25"; view: 35.5" x 19.5")
Queen Anne Bonnet Top Highboy, Fan Carved, Full Bonnet, Period Brasses
Massachusetts, Northshore; Likely Salem, Circa 1765 to 1780
(Excellent condition; height to top of finial: 89”, top case W: 36”, D: 19”; lower case W: 39”, D: 20.5”.)
Paint Decorated Work Box, Outstanding Folk Art, Likely; Maine, Circa 1820
Displaying a Primitive New England AestheticSOLD
The composition against a white ground likely inspired by wall painting and painted furniture of the period.
From an old Maine collection to Walters and Benisek to AAAWT; we then placed the box within a private collection nearly 20-years ago.
(Fine original condition; lock hasp missing for a very long time; 16.25 by 6 by 9.5")
Please call for full description, and/or an enthusiastic discussion.
Weathervane, Fiske, Horse, Sulky & Driver, C. 1865-1870, Untouched Original Condition
Outstanding Surface, 45-Inches, J.W. Fiske, New York, late 19th century
Displaying encyclopedic surface, verdigris and mustard sizing, beautiful patina
Rare large size molded full body featuring copper figures, with cast zinc horse and driver's heads, mounted on a copper rod, with stand.
(Width: 45”, height: 23.75”, depth: 3”)
Pipe Box, Hanging, Shaped & Pierced Backboard, Drawer, Original Surface
Connecticut or Rhode Island, Circa 1770-1820
Cherry, pine and chestnut secondaries
Exquisite design featuring wonderfully shaped side and backboard joining thumb- molded front panel above thumb-molded drawer with brass pull. Ex Harry Hartman, Pam Boynton, AAAWT to private collection. (Tiny losses to corners of drawer face; minor restoration to bottom drawer bottom compensating wear, else fine; H: 22”, W: 5.75”, D: 5.25”)
Howard Gilt Zinc & Copper Rooster Weathervane, C. 1854-1867, Original Surface History
Best Surface, Fine Original Condition, J. Howard, West Bridgewater, MassSOLD
Two-part hollow cast zinc flattened full-body vane, with corrugated sheet copper tail and cast copper feet, supported on an iron bar… displaying a historic painted surface in dry patina. A similar rooster vane by J. Howard is illustrated in The Art of the Weathervane by Steve Miller, Schiffer Publishing, Pennsylvania, 1984, page 37, and A Gallery of American Weathervanes and Whirligigs, by Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblenz, Crown Publishers, 1981, page 34.
(27 X 24.25”)
Antique Farrier’ s Trade Sign, Silhouette of Horse, Original Paint
American, Unknown Maker
Iron and galvanized sheet metal (Height: 42.5” , length: 47” )
JWM SHOEING; handsome horse retaining original thinning paint
A Fine and Rare William and Mary Turned and Joined Gateleg Trestle-Base Table
New York, Circa 1690-1730
A popular form favored by Hudson River Valley settlers
Gumwood and yellow poplar
This example closely related to a table that purportedly belonged to Abraham Ten Broeck (1734-1810) of Albany, New York.
The turning sequence on the support legs display Baroque vigor… the legs on these tables generally follow a vocabulary of four templates; stacked balusters, such as found on this example, single baluster, opposing balusters, and baluster above a ball flanked by reels.
For additional information on related tables see Peter M. Kenny, “Flat Gates, Draw Bars, Twists, and Urns: New York’ s Distinctive, Early Baroque Oval Tables with Falling Leaves,” American Furniture 1994, edited by Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 1994), pages 106-35. Also, Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Early Colonial Period: the Seventeenth-Century and William and Mary Styles, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007), pages 159-61, number 65. The author states that there are perhaps only two dozen of these tables known to be extant. (Excellent original condition; as is typically the case, the hinges were changed during the tables working life.)
Call or email David for an enthusiastic discussion.
Antique Card table, Fancy Paint Decorated Games Table
South Eastern, Massachusetts, Circa 1825
Card tables are rarely encountered in paint
The flamboyant yet carefully arranged decoration is original and remains in excellent condition. The hinged rectangular fold over top with rounded front corners above a plain apron with engaged ovolo front corners and single long drawer retaining original brass hardware… raised on turned legs; back left being flying/rail leg. Constructed of white pine, maple and butternut.
(Height: 28” , top (closed): 36 x 17.75” , top (open): 35.5 x 36” .)
Trade Sign, Bold Graphics, Flat Gold Lettering Against Black Smaltz, Wood & Tin
Purportedly SoHo, NYC, Circa 1880-1900
Inscribed on the back is, “Country Sign Co”., sheet iron within molded wood frame painted black and gold…excellent condition. (72 by 36”)
Triple Portrait, Three Siblings, the Kendall Children, Sterling, Massachusetts
Attributed to Jones Fawson Morris (1801 to 1839), The children of Dr. Pierson and Lucinda Kendall of Sterling; George, Charles and Lucinda; about 1828
Oil on bed ticking, original frame (Frame: 29 by 34.25"; view: 25.75 by 29.25)SOLD
See American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected, Worcester Art Museum, Paul S. D’ Ambrosio, page 55, The Pratt Children, circa 1835.
The painting remains in very good condition; was laid on board during the mid-20th century with only scattered and minor losses restored; lightly cleaned and very minor in-painting. This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested.
Tobacconist Figure, Show Window Carving, Comical Bust, Samuel Robb
New York City, Circa 1875ish’
A rare and important carved and polychrome tobacconist figure created for show window display, seducing the attention of passersby…the figure remains in very good original condition. There are very few extant figures known.
A hatted gentleman, right arm raised…clutching cigars, left arm relaxed…his hand with extended finger; the subject wears a dark blue coat and a high collared white shirt, his white shirtsleeves extending past the red trimmed coat cuff; a full cravat is tied in a bow that is painted red to match his cap.
See Artists in Wood by Frederick Fried, page 53, figure 68, for a reprint of Demuth’s catalog that features the “Comical Bust”, a metal show figure for the window.
It is known that Samuel Robb carved the mold used to produce Demuth’s Comical Bust. Samuel Robb’s shop also produced a comical figure in wood…sporting a liberty cap. Fried states that “these busts were also made in wood by the Robb shop. One such figure is in a private collection and still another is owned by a New York Second Avenue antiques dealer. In both metal and wood, they were painted to life.”
(The figure remains in scarcely encountered original paint, no restoration; generally, very good condition; scattered minor paint losses, any other small imperfections consistent with age and use. (Height: 23.5 inches; width: 19 inches; depth; 10.5 inches)