Art Nouveau Fish Bowl, Aquarium, Terrarium on Stand, Mixed Metals, Mermaids
Verona, circa 1925 (Signed Verona pat. In several places)
The round “porthole” aquarium/terrarium bowl is fabricated of tinned copper, brass and enameled iron rings. The bowl rests within a cast brass cradle featuring ocean waves, ships, palm trees and a pair of mermaids. The fancy iron stand rests on a stepped base featuring large goldfish. This piece is outstanding, heavy and in fine condition.
(Height: 37"; width: 13.5"; depth: 12" at base)
Carved and Gilded Fish Mongers Trade Sign and/or Weathervane in the Form of a Bluefish
Unknown Maker, Late 19th Century
A full-bodied anatomically correct rendering featuring carved details such as fins, scales and a slightly open mouth. The carving displays a historic surface history. It appears that it was at one time cantilevered, likely surmounting a signboard as evidenced by two filled small apertures [top-to-bottom] that accommodated hardware.
Still Life with Fruit, Pastel on Paper, American School, 19th Century
Signed "Painted by Selina M. Johnston"
Pastel on paper, 15 x 19” ., in a molded gilt-gesso frame [likely original].
Overall condition is excellent; minor gesso losses to frame.
Family Register, Watercolor, Drake Family Record, 19th Century
A unique rendering, the composition is elaborately stylized and detailed; the interplay of curvilinear and linear elements…the relationship of the neoclassic monuments to the rhythmic feathery patterns of the willows painted in green, soft-blue and yellow is most interesting. (There is a small loss of paper at lower-left, else fine, bright and original. The work is mounted with a red painted period frame; frame: 16.75" x 20.75"; view: 11.75" x 15.75")
Fine and Rare Massachusetts Chippendale Carved Cherry Oxbow Serpentine Chest of Drawers
In the Circle of Benjamin Frothingham, Charlestown, Massachusetts, Circa 1760-1780
Small size, great moldings and feet
Generously proportioned overhanging molded top on a case of four graduated, scratch-beaded drawers…raised on an exceptionally molded base resting on double ogee bracket feet.
(Very good condition; Top: 38.5 by 20.75”; case: 33 by 18 5/8”, height: 37”)
Chair Table, Large Round & Early, Wonderful & Original Surface, Robust Turnings
New England, 18th Century
Maple and pine
The four-foot top is generously overhung accommodating comfortable seating; turned arms featuring turned handholds above block and turned posts joined by board-seat resting on plain apron…the posts continuing to floor joined by box stretcher. The top in best scrubbed surface; remaining surfaces displaying thinning red in dry patina.
(Excellent condition; (H: 25”, top diameter: 47”)
Pilgrim Century Great Chair, Ladder-back Armchair
New England, Likely Rhode Island, Found in Kingston, RI, Circa 1680-1710
Maple and ash, rear post diameter: 2.25”, Finial height: 5”
A turned great chair featuring large and wonderful finials atop turned-posts joining three shaped splats; armrest joins front posts that feature robust handholds; legs joined by double box stretchers. The feet are at about full height. Early Victorian trim on the black paint which is possibly original. The proper front left foot is restored, all else fine and typical. (Height: 42.25"; seat height: 15.5"; width: 22"; depth: 19")
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.
Turned Bowl in Original Blue Paint, Thin Walled, Turned Rim and Low Foot
New England, 19th Century
A wonderful large example, just the right amount of out-of-round, great surface and overall condition.
(There is a 1.5-inch tight fissure to the rim, else fine; 18"x7")
Chair Table in Original Red Paint, Chippendale, Large Top
New England, 18th Century
The four-foot square tip-top with batten ends raised on square legs joined by apron armrest. Great and original red paint. Generous proportions affording comfortable seating. (Height: 28"; top: 48" x 47")