QUEEN ANNE BONNET TOP HIGHBOY, CARVED CHERRYWOOD
CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1770
Cherry, white pine and poplar
This successful highboy of inspired design was created by an ambitious and highly gifted rural Connecticut Valley cabinet maker. The steeply pitched cyma scrolled pediment with enclosed bonnet is ornamented with vigorous moldings featuring carved rosette termini. The scrolling of the tympanum board creates a relationship between positive and negative space, and centers the plinth with flame carved finial. The drawer organization and graduation is enhanced by superbly carved center drawers, featuring an aster at top and a shell in the lower case. The unusually tall cabriole legs, cyma scrolled apron with drop pendants, create a powerful vertical presence. The combination of design, condition, appealing old color, and carved embellishments work in concert creating a successful expression. The backboard is signed S B 1770 in original ‘bricking’. The highboy remains in remarkably intact condition with only minor repairs; period brasses are installed within original borings.
(Dimensions: H: 89”; Upper case: W: 35.75”; D: 17.75”; Lower case; W: 38.5”; D: 19”.)
Carved Band Organ Figure, Carved Wood, Original Polychrome Surface
Attributed to Giacomo Gavioli (1786 to 1875) considered the greatest band organ maker
Founded in 1806 in Modena, Italy, the firm employed four generations of the family who established facilities in France, Germany, London and New York. Fairground organs, or band organs as known in the United States, were designed to attract large audiences; the ornate decorative cases, and volume of sound attracted large audiences. Band organ facades frequently featured ornate human figures which moved in time with the music, creating a visual experience. (H: 34”)
Westerwald Kugelbauchkrug Ball-Shaped Stein, Salt Glaze Stoneware, Steinzug, 1684
Roundels read: GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO ANNO 1684 IB
Lovely jug, ribbed strap handle, incised shoulder, tooled spout, 3-dated roundels, cobalt
(Very good original condition with typical glaze hairlines; H: 14.75”)
Collection of Cloth Covered Children’s Books, Blues & Browns, Circa 1825 to 1900
Smallest: 5.5 by 3.5 by 1"; Largest: 7.5 by 5.5 by 1.25"
Advertising Trade Sign, Yale Brewing Company, Lager Beer
Fairhaven District, New Haven, Connecticut, Circa 1900 to 1920
Reverse painting and etching on glass, outstanding use of silver and gold foil; great aerial view of the factory. The factory scene is complete with trolley car, and a company owned freight train; weathervane and American flag positioned against a beautiful sky.
(Excellent original condition, extremely minor scattered small areas of lifting/loss; walnut frame measures: 37 by 28")
Man Holding a Red Bible, Attributed to Royal Brewster Smith, Folk Portrait
Likely Maine, Circa 1830
Oil on canvas
Literature: Painted by Royall B. Smith by Arthur and Sybil Kern, The Clarion, America’s Folk Art Magazine; pp. 48 to 55.
Exhibited: Where Liberty Dwells: 19th-Centry Art by the American People, Works of Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tillou, 1976; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York.
(Very good condition, lined, scattered and minor fill; 30.25 by 25.25”)
A Rare Shelf Clock, Silas Parsons, Swanzey, NH Mahogany, Seven day Brass Timepiece
West Swanzey, New Hampshire, Circa 1810
A fine example in original condition including movement, dial paint, surface & hands
See the Decorative Arts of New Hampshire 1725-1825, The Currier Gallery of Art, 1964, plate 80 shows an identical clock loaned by the Henry Ford Museum. Also, see New Hampshire Clocks and Clockmakers by Charles S. Parsons, page 180 for a closely related example by Parsons.
(Remains in a rarely encountered high state of originality; H: 36.5"; W: 12.5"; D: 5.5")
Transfer Cup Plate, Landing of Lafayette at Castle Gardens Transfer
August 18, 1824
Decorated and borderless
Ralph and Games Clews, Circa 1824 to 1830
Gameboard, Black and Mustard, Portraits Against Round Lozenge, Dry Original Paint
Anonymous, Late 19th Century - SOLD
(18.5 by 29 by 1"; missing sliver of molding, we can have it restored)
323-91 - SOLD
Extremely Rare and Important Giant Size Three Mold Blown Inkwell, GIII-20
Great Bold Impression, Unique Color, Milky Slag, Gray with Dark Blue Striations
A unique example of an extremely rare “black” ink, waffle sunburst, Circa 1820 to 1840
Large open pontil, extremely bold impression
American Glass, McKearin, plate 107; discussed p. 267, “No. 11, the extremely rare black glass inkwell”. See Ink Bottles and Ink Wells by William Covill, fig. 1210-GIII-20, Keene (Marlboro St.) N.H. (Fleabite open bubble on shoulder rib, need a good loop to view. Call Dave for enthusiastic conversation)
Georgian Hand Painted Satinwood Oval Sewing Box with Fitted Interior
England, Circa 1800
Silver hinge, lid handle and backplate, mahogany crossbanding and string inlay
(10.5 by 6 by 3.5")
Important Mourning Painting, Folk Art, Schoolgirl, Outstanding
Watercolor and Foil on velvet, strong bright original color, fine condition
(Frame: 29.75 by 24.75"; view: 27 by 22")