William and Mary Banister Back Armchair with Carved Prince of Wales Crest
Massachusetts, Circa 1730
A scarcely encountered form in early 19th century black paint
(Extremely minor imperfections; H: 47.75”, W: 21.5”, D: 20”, seat H: 16.5”)
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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")
Scroll Saw Fretwork Cathedral-Form Clock, Three Spires, Gingerbread
Anonymous Maker, Circa 1880 to 1910ish
Large, intricate and wonderful!
(Very good condition, we had minor issues corrected; height: 45”, depth11”, width: 22”)
Hepplewhite Table in Original Red Paint, Delicate Legs, Overhanging Top
New England, circa 1800
Generously overhung chamfered top over single drawer, the whole raised on tall delicate tapered legs. An elegant form. (Slight cupping to top; shrinkage crack and surface imperfections [thinning paint] to top. Height: 28"; top: 20 x 18.25")
Folk Art Courting Scene, Shepherd & Shepherdess, New England, Early 19th Century
Watercolor on paper; bright color
This charming watercolor courting scene depicts a couple in a bucolic setting with sheep in the foreground and in the background, on the far side of the river, stands a large center chimney house. The “shepherd” is placing a wreath of flowers on the head of a beautifully dressed young lady “shepherdess”. It was a delightful pastime for well to do young courting couples to dress up and venture into the countryside under the pretext of tending sheep!
(Minor scattered creasing and light foxing, later frame.17 ½” x 20” sight.)
Carved Bird, Folk Art Dove of Peace, Original Painted Surface
Rhode Island History, Anonymous, 19th Century
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(Very good condition with minor loss to tip of beak, else fine and original; height of bird: 4”, wingspan: 4.5”, height on stand: 8”; base recently custom fabricated)
Rare and Important Pair of 17th Gilt Cast Candle Sticks
English, Circa 1670-1710
Having applied silver armorial of George Spencer-Churchill, the 5th Duke of Marlborough
The candlesticks retain original bobeches conforming with the gadrooned octagonal mid drip and base. The armorial was identified by the College of Arms in London. Armorial possibly added around 1800; the pair was probably given to the Duke at that time for a special occasion. (Additional information and references available)
Reference: Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820 and The English Candlestick 1425-1925.
(Very good to excellent condition with evidence of old straightening; H: 11.5” , base diameter: 7” ) Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
Hepplewhite Country Drop Leaf Work Table, Delicate Tapering Legs, Original Red Paint Featuring a Single Drop-Leaf Supported by Swing-Leg as Seen On Shaker Sewing Pieces
Purportedly Purchased 40-years Ago from the Sabbath Day Community, Maine The top with breadboard ends on a plain apron containing single long drawer with brass pull; single dropleaf supported by gateleg. The whole raised on delicate tapering legs. Outstanding red paint and proportions. (Shrinkage cracks to top; thinning paint to work surface, scattered ink stains to same. (Height: 28.25"; top leaf down: 37.75" x 16.5"; top leaf up: 35.75" x 32.75")
Fireboard, Painted Fireboard, House Within Landscape, Fine Original Condition
York County, Pennsylvania, Anonymous, Circa 1820
Examples by this unknown hand illustrated in Architectural Digest Magazine, page 145, December 1991. Also, Skinner Auctions, Hark Away, the Babcock Collection, lot 46, 147, and 162; November 1985. (32 by 32-inches.)
Carved Cherry Slant Lid Desk, Amphitheater
Eastern Connecticut, Circa 1775
Complex amphitheater displaying superb rhythm, masterpiece blocked interior
Cherry and white pine
The fall-front opens to reveal a rare and outstanding interior. At the center are pilaster document drawers featuring fluted and tapering vertical columns on bases over conforming pen-drawers flanking a large concave drawer over two similarly carved/shaped drawers. Four cubbies with shaped dividers featuring blocked valances are above a pair of scalloped/blocked drawers resting on projecting single drawer twice the width of the previously described drawer; each side of the deep concave center section.
The case containing four graduated overhanging thumb molded drawers rests on a molded base raised on very good ogee feet. The drawer joinery displays extremely fine elongated dovetails related to Norwich and New London shop traditions; drawer sides [interior] are beautifully molded; a nicely shaped bracket joins the rear feet. The two-board sides are guaranteed not to separate due to shrinkage whereas the maker brilliantly inserted splines at the joint.
Early in the desks working life, a bookcase was divorced or married from lower case. It is possible that whereas the top board is cherry rather than pine; that the described was always a desk rather than a two-part secretary. We note that the wood [top] is not as richly oxidized as the case, lid and drawers as it was protected, see the tiny square period nail apertures that affixed the molding that received the top case. Second set of brasses in original borings. To honestly present this wonderful desk we have yet to color the top board or camouflage the little nail tracks. ( This writer could easily live with the desk as-is; expert restoration available)
To view a closely related interior please refer to Connecticut Furniture – Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Wadsworth Athenium, 1967; page 75, object 167; a secretary d isplaying a less sophisticated although very similar interior from the Norwich Area. Also, page 38 of Contributions to Connecticut Cabinet Making by Houghton Bulkeley, a cherry secretary with a history of Norwich ownership courtesy of Winterthur.
(Width: 35.75”, height: 42.25”, depth: 20”, writing height: 29.75”)