Auction August 14, 2011 in Marlborough, MA. Skinner is among the world's foremost authorities on American antique furniture and decorative arts, and our Americana auctions offer American country furniture, formal furniture, and decorative arts. Featured items often include folk art, naive portraiture, marine arts, pottery, fine clocks, Shaker artifacts, American textiles and needlework, American silver, Chinese export silver, trade signs, and early glass. For more information on an antiques appraisal or consigning to auction with Skinner, contact the Americana department at 508-970-3200 or email@example.com.
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SKINNER presents anAmericana LectureCabinet Furniture, in All its Variety: Vermont Craftsmanship 1760-1860Presented by Philip Zea, President of Historic Deerfield
Saturday, August 13, 20112:30 p.m. Reception 3:00 p.m. Lecture
274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MAR.S.V.P. 508.970.3000
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ProvenanceBarbara and Bob Levine Collection Barbara and Bob Levine are native Vermonters. For a while they lived in New York, and visited Vermont with their young sons and golden retriever asleep in the back of the station wagon. On these trips, they frequented the many area antique shops and what they found fostered their collecting bug, beginning with coin silver spoons. As the family grew, the Levines taste for antiques matured. They began to concentrate on 18th and 19th century Vermont furniture and decorative arts, including needlework samplers, clocks, and portraits by itinerant artists. Because of their growing interests, Barbara and Bob became involved on the collections committee and the board of trustees of the Bennington Museum. Its outstanding exhibits of Vermont furniture further inspired their quest for hard-to-find authenticated Vermont material, resulting in what is thought to be the largest private collection of Vermont furniture and decorative arts in the U.S. Highlighting the Levine collection is a rare and important Federal tiger and birds-eye maple veneered bureau made in Rutland, Vermont, c. 1805-15. Also featured is a needlework sampler made by Margaret Allen that may well be the earliest piece of Vermont needlework in existence, and a decorative carved and gilded catamount figural tavern sign, probably made in Bennington county, c. 1893. The figure was reportedly carved by a carousel figure carver for the 1893 Bennington, Vermont, centennial celebration. A rare example of Vermont clock-making is the cherry shop wall regulator with an engraved brass dial made by Levi Pitkin in Montpelier, Vermont, c. 1800. A rare portrait of a St. Albans woman by Ruth W. Shute is the only known piece by this folk artist which bears a printed label: Painted by Mrs. R.W. Shute St. Albans F[ebruary] 1835. Barbara and Bob, approaching their 80s, still spend time on Lake Bomoseen during the summer months. It is their hope that this auction will give other Vermont lovers an opportunity to acquire the objects that the Levines have enjoyed collecting for almost half a century.
Property Approved for Deaccession by the Board of Trustees of Historic Deerfield, Inc., proceeds to the benefit the Museum Collections Fund. A Massachusetts Historical Society Connecticut collections A Nantucket, Massachusetts, collection A Concord, Massachusetts, antiquarian A Lexington, Massachusetts, collection A Maine estate A Florida family A Norwell, Massachusetts, estate A Vermont family A New York City collector Property from the Collection of Joanne Forney New Hampshire and New Jersey estates A Michigan family Property from a New York collection of American pottery
A Partial Bibliography of Vermont Material Culture (Lots 1-47)
Lillian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Clock and Watchmakers, Silversmiths, and Jewelers, 1778-1878, Burlington, VT: Private Press, 1970. Celebrating Vermont, Myths and Realities, Nancy Price Graff, ed., Middlebury, VT: Middlebury College, 1991. Peter M. Deveikis, Hastings Warren: Vermont Cabinetmaker, The Magazine Antiques, 101:6 (June 1972): 1037-1039. J. Kevin Graffagnino, The Shaping of Vermont, Rutland and Bennington, VT: Vermont Heritage Press and The Bennington Museum, 1987. David Hewitt, G. StedmanThe Elusive Vermont Cabinetmaker, Maine Antiques Digest, 14:3 (March 1986): 1D-4D. William N. Hosley, Jr., Vermont Furniture, 1790-1830, Early New England Furniture: Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman, Brock Jobe, ed., Boston: S.P.N.E.A., 1987, pp. 245-286. William N. Hosley, Jr., Architecture and Society of the Urban Frontier: Windsor, Vermont, in 1800, The Bay and the River, 1600-1900, Peter Benes, ed., 1981 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Boston: Boston University, 1982, pp. 73-86. Zadock Thompson, History of Vermont, Natural, Civil, Statistical, Burlington, VT: Chauncy Goodrich, 1842. Philip Zea, Craftsmen and Culture: An Introduction to Vermont Furniture Making, in Charles A. Robinson, Vermont Cabinetmakers & Chairmakers Before 1855: A Checklist, Philip Zea, ed., Shelburne, VT: Shelburne Museum, 1995, pp. 13-24. Philip Zea, Clockmaking and Society at the River and the Bay: Jedidiah and Jabez Baldwin, 1790-1820, The Bay and the River, 1600-1900, Peter Benes, ed., 1981 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Boston: Boston University, 1982, pp. 43-59. Kenneth Joel Zogry, The Best the Country Affords: Vermont Furniture, 1765-1850, Philip Zea, ed., Bennington, VT: Bennington Museum, 1995.
The Barbara & Robert Levine Collection of Vermont Furniture & Decorative Arts Lots 1-47 1. American School, 19th Century Small Portrait of a Boy Opening a Door, with His Tiger Cat Waiting, c. 1850. Unsigned. Oil on canvas applied to panel, 10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in., in a period molded birds-eye maple frame. Condition: Good, minor flaking to clear varnished surface. Note: Inscriptions on the original stretcher read, From Gram Osborn and Blundel Strong; a note on the reverse states that the painting, before changing hands a couple times, was purchased at a Rutland, Vermont, auction in the early 1970s. $1,200-1,800
2. American School, 19th Century Portrait of Benjamin Metcalf of Wilmington, Vermont, c. 1830. Unsigned, the figure identified in a penciled inscription verso. Oil on panel, 14 x 10 in., in a period grain-painted frame. Condition: Minor paint losses and retouch, two light scratches, panel slightly bowed. Note: The man depicted in the present lot is the cabinetmaker who made and labeled the yarn swift, lot 39. $1,000-1,500
3. Paint-decorated Pine Storage Box, Charlotte, Vermont, c. 1853, rectangular box with hinged lid, opening to a cavity over a single drawer, the drawer back inscribed in pencil Will Williams Charlotte, Vt. July 10, 53, the front of the box with two oval reserves painted with scenic views, probably the town of Charlotte, Vermont, and Lake Champlain, on an ochre-painted ground with brown linear borders, and outlining oval reserves on the top and sides, (minor paint wear), ht. 10 3/4, wd. 17, dp. 12 1/2 in. Provenance: J. Dickerson Inc. auctioneers, to Harold E. Cole, Woodbury, Connecticut, to the consignor, who purchased it December 4, 1994. $800-1,200
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4. Carved and Gilded Catamount Figural Tavern Sign, probably Bennington County, Vermont, c. 1893, relief-carved figure with gilt over gessoed wood, including black metal stand and a white painted wood wall-mounted display shelf, (repairs to tail), ht. 25, wd. 4 1/2, lg. 5 ft. 2 in. Provenance: According to notes kept by the consignors, the figure reportedly was carved by a carousel figure carver for the 1893 Bennington, Vermont, Centennial Celebration. It was owned by a gentleman whose Vermont grandparents were antique collectors in the 1920s, and the figure had been stored in their attic for many years. Exhibitions: Vermont: Myths and Realities, Vermont Folk Life Center, Middlebury College, and Bennington Museum. Note: The eastern mountain lion or catamount (a variant of cat of the mountain) was adopted by Vermonters as a symbol of their tenacity. In the 18th century, a catamount grinning defiance at New York was the sign and rallying symbol of the Green Mountain Boys before the Revolutionary War at Jonas Fays Catamount Tavern in Bennington, Vermont, $12,000-15,000
5. Federal Inlaid Cherry Bombe Chest of Drawers, attributed to George Stedman, Norwich, Vermont, c. 1800-20, inlaid with stringing along the top edge and the drawer borders, on the base of flaring French feet joined by a shaped skirt, old octagonal eagle-and-shield embossed brasses, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 35, wd. 41, dp. 18 1/2 in. Provenance: 19th century descent in the West family of Royalton, Vermont. An accompanying note about where the piece was found reads in part: In with attic discards at Westlands, in South Royalton, Vermont, the Farm owned by Frank S. and Ellen W. Ainsworth. Rescued by their daughter, Ida Ainsworth Cole, in 1916... Purchased by the consignors at James Dickerson Auction, Fermsburg, Vermont, August 10, 1997. Literature: See Zogry, pp. 118-119, cat. no 69, for an analysis of another example of this uniquely Vermont form. In the description, Zogry implies that there are at least five additional examples known, including one at the Bennington Museum, and another at Winterthur; and see Charles Robinson, p. 99. $15,000-25,000
6. Vermont Needlework Sampler, MARGARET ALLEN BORN JUNE THE 20 1721, reported to be the earliest known Vermont sampler, executed with silk threads on a linen ground, stitched with three alphabets interspersed with geometric, scroll, and floral borders, the lower register ornamented with a flowering vine, (toning, light stains), 12 x 9 in., in a later birds-eye maple frame. Provenance: According to research provided by the consignor, the sampler first changed hands publicly at a Brunswick, Maine, auction c. 1978. It was owned by Mr. and Mrs. James Marsh (now deceased) of Prouts Neck, Maine. James Marsh was the nephew of Mrs. James Bailey who owned the sampler at the time (c. 1921) the sampler was listed in the American Samplers publication. Literature: This sampler is listed under samplers made between 17001799, and from Vermont, in American Samplers, by Ethel S. Bolton and Eva J. Cole, originally published by the Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Boston, 1921, reprinted by Dover Publications Inc., New York, 1973, p. 29. On page 28, which lists the date of the earliest known sampler from each state, Vermonts is listed at 1728, the date of the present lot. $3,000-5,000
7. Needlework Family Record Sampler, Wrought by Clarissa Hastings Aged 13 1833, Waitsfield, Vermont, silk threads on a linen ground depicting a temple with columns and checkerboard floor enclosing the vital statistics of Garingter Hastings (b. 1779), Hannah Olcott (b. 1784), who were married March 7, 1801, and their thirteen children, flanked by pious verses, with Miss Susan McAuley Instructres stitched above the temple, large flower blossoms stitched in the upper corners, and weeping willow trees in the bottom corners, all enclosed in a sawtooth border, 17 1/4 x 17 3/4 in., in a later birds-eye maple veneer frame. Exhibitions: The First Effort of My Infant Hand: Early Vermont Samplers, The Bennington Museum, June 1997November 1997. Note: According to previous research and genealogy listed on the back of the sampler, this Waitsfield, Vermont, sampler exhibits two distinctive elements of the Waitsfield style samplers: the flowing vines which twine around the columns, and the weeping willows flanking the temple; the use of green and black threads was preferred by this school. Clarissas instructress, Susan McAuley, is listed in the History of Waitsfield as a teacher in Waitsfield. Clarissa Webb Hastings was born July 20, 1820, in Swanzey, New Hampshire. She moved with her family to Waitsfield in 1822, where she stitched the sampler. Her father bought a portion of a mill, and also kept a tavern there for many years. On January 8, 1848 she married Seymour L. Graves of Johnson, Vermont; she died in October of 1860. $1,200-1,500
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8. Silk Needlework Memorial Picture to Maria Juliet Allen, probably Vermont, c. 1811 stitched with silk and chenille threads on a silk ground highlighted with paint on the silk background, the figures faces and hands and ink inscription, depicting a landscape centered with four figure...