Samuel T. Freeman and Co. will hold the fall Americana and annual Pennsylvania auctions the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2009. The auctions will offer furniture, paintings, decorative arts, and folk art from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Highlights of the Saturday Americana auction, November 14th, include a collection of miniature birds by Allen J. King (1878-1963) of North Scituate, Rhode Island; a fine pair of miniature portraits by Charles Fraser ( 1782-1860) of Charleston, South Carolina, of brothers John Ball Laurens and Edward Rutledge Laurens; and an important and highly detailed view of Demopolis, Alabama from the Tombigbee River (circa 1850) showing historic Bluff Hall and environs including the warehouses and stores of plantation owner Allen Glover. A sidewheel steamboat, the Allen Glover, built in 1848, is shown on the river.
Other artworks of note include, a portrait of Mrs. Henry Evans by Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799-1868); a portrait of Revolutionary officer Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825) in uniform wearing the emblem of the Society of the Cincinnati (after Gilbert Stuart); and a full-length portrait of George Washington.
Furniture periods range from William and Mary to Modern, with origins from New England to the Southern states. A highlight is a painted and carved corner cupboard from Odessa, Delaware. Federal and Classical sideboards from New York and South Carolina and an intricately inlaid games table made in 1888-1889 in What Cheer, Iowa, by shoe store owner George V. Davis and exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 are featured lots. Also of note is an Arts and Crafts mixed metal inlaid oak side chair designed by Harvey Ellis for Gustav Stickley (circa 1902).
Timepieces include a cherry wood tall case clock with works by Timothy Chandler Concord, New Hampshire in a case bearing the printed label of maker David Young of Hopkinton, New Hampshire. A number of banjo and mantle clocks will be offered including a Federal inlaid mahogany shelf clock by Aaron Willard, circa 1820 and a dwarf tall case clock by Elmer O. Stennes of Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Silver selections include a number of Tiffany pieces: a rare enameled and semiprecious gem-inlaid silver vase by George Paulding Farnham (1825-1927), designed for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York, and a New York Yacht Club trophy, modeled with a figure of a sailor, dated 1863. Several fine Tiffany Studio table and floor lamps are also included in the sale.
Other offerings include a full-size paper mache cigar store Indian (circa 1900), a group of paitings by 20th century folk artist Walter Parkes; decoys by James “Corb” Reed and Julius Edward Mittlesteadt; a collection of scrimshawed whales teeth and Nantucket baskets; a meerschaum pipe carved with Indians and a horse in a leather case with a plaque inscribed ” To Col. W. F. Cody Buffalo Bill from George O. Starr”; and a rare needlework by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) titled “Covered Bridge” (1939). A pair of muskrat gloves accompanied by a note “Gloves presented by the late General Washington to the late Earl of Buchan” thought to date to about 1796 and descended in the earl’s family to the present owner are also featured.
Concluding the day of November 14th will be Part II of the Stanley and Rose Rich Pewter Collection.
The November 15th Pennsylvania sale features items made or associated with the Commonwealth from the 18th to 20th centuries. The day begins with a selection of manuscripts, prints, and books associated with Pennsylvania, followed by a wonderful Philadelphia street scene depicting the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets (circa 1815), another charming 19th century work depicting Betsy Ross and the creation of the first American flag, and a group of three portraits attributed to the Easton, Pennsylvania, artist Samuel Moon (1805-1860).
Two miniature portraits of prominent Philadelphians – the first by Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825) of Alexander Tod (1738-1811), a Philadelphia merchant, judge, and alderman, the second portrait by Jean Pierre Henri Elouis (1755-1840) of Dr. John Conrad Otto (1774-1844) renowned physician and teacher – will be offered. A watercolor portrait of Mrs. Jacob Hottenstein, attributed to Jacob Maentel (1763-1863), is included in the sale.
A group of items associated with Benjamin Franklin will be offered. Included area portrait After Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (1725-1802); a mahogany book press (1750-1790), one of a pair, traditionally thought to have been owned by Franklin (the other book press is now in the collection of Independence National Historical Park); a wax seal with a profile portrait of Franklin; and a copper-plate printed textile “The Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington”.
A Chippendale card table attributed to Thomas Affleck, late 18th century, and a William Huston Chippendale walnut tall case clock are featured furniture lots, among the many chairs, tables, desks, step-back and corner cupboards to be offered.
Also included in the sale are 21 works by David Ellinger (1913-2003), theorems, cutwork, paintings, and prints.
20th century offerings include furniture by George and Mira Nakashima; a door latch attributed to Samuel Yellin; and a group of lamps, tables, and frames made by Philadelphia craftsmen and father and son Herman Joseph Kleiner Sr. and Herman Joseph Kleiner Jr. of Philadelphia.