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Auction October 28, 2012 in Boston. Skinner is among the world's foremost authorities on American antique furniture and decorative arts, and set a world record for the sale of a folk art portrait in November 2011. 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

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts

American Furniture & Decorative Arts


Stephen FletcherDepartment Director 508.970.3228

Chris BarberDeputy Director 508.970.3227

Karen Langberg508.970.3281

Kelli Lucas Stewart508.970.3137

Auction InformationAuction 2618BSunday, October 28 10AM 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA

PreviewThursday, October 25 12 to 5PM Friday, October 26 12 to 8PM Saturday, October 27 12 to 5PM

Absentee BiddingT: 617.874.4318 F: 617.350.5429 General Inquiries 617.350.5400 SkinnerLive!:

View all lots online at www.skinnerinc.comcover : 169 ; frontispiece : 159 ; inside back cover : 353 ; back cover : 52

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Table of Contents1 2 4-5 6 7 166 167 168 169 171 173 174 175 Auction & Specialist Information Web Site & Online Bidding Event Information Introduction to the Robert Skinner Collection, Lots 1-110 Lots 1509, 721-782 Conditions of Sale Absentee Bid Form Company Directors & Specialty Departments Administrative Staff & Client Services Map & Driving Directions Parking & Accommodations Dining Catalog Subscription Form

Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale. Please refer to page 166 of this catalog for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

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Selections from the Collection of Robert SkinnerI met Bob Skinner in 1964 at one of his first auctions in Harvard, Massachusetts. He helped me load a Silas Hoadley tall case clock into my car. At $85, it was a big purchase for a 17-year-old! I worked for Bob Skinner that summer, and again after graduating from Wellesley High School. After I joined the Navy, Nancy Skinner wrote to me regularly with updates on Bobs antique adventures. When I returned home, a job was waiting for me in Bolton, Massachusetts. I have many fond memories of traveling throughout New England, and south to New York and Pennsylvania with Bob, visiting antique shops. I can see Bob now driving with the window open no matter what the temperature, cigarette in hand, singing pop songs (often improvising the lyrics!) in the manner of Nat King Cole and Vaughn Monroe. Antique dealers scattered throughout the countryside played an important role in informing Bobs aesthetic: Mary Allis, Pam Boynton, Robert Cleaves, Henry Coger, Billy Graham, Richard Mills, Horace Porter, Marguerite Riordan, Bill Samaha, Peggy Schorschlegendary pickers including the McCaffreys and ODonnellsI could never list them all. As he did business with these men and women, he learned to love country furniture with great old paint and surface, early American wrought iron, folk art, wooden ware, painted tin, and childrens miniature furniture and objects. At the time, this material was plentiful and affordable to a man who was buying on a budget, necessitated by a frugal wife and young family. His love and keen eye for simple, beautiful country antiques brought him and Nancy great joy. Among the many things that they collected over the years, these are a few of the pieces that Nancy felt she could part with. We attended hundreds of country auctions in New England, and later in New York, where he honed his business sense, style of auctioneering, and auction philosophy, learning from his friends Bill Stahl and William Doyle. Bob was a straightforward, honest man with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit that led him to build from the ground up a city-style auction company in the country. Since the early 1960s, the company went from having one full-time employee (me) to over 100. And in 1984, the year of Bobs passing, Skinner was on the cusp of tremendous growth. Years later, we continue to be inspired by his vision. Stephen Fletcher


1 Miniature Brass Sextant, by Dollond, London, late 18th/early 19th century, with scale engraved 0-140, sliding index arm marked Dollond London, folding magnifier and thumbscrew lock, peephole sight, mirror, shades and folding mahogany handle, in a shagreen case. $800-1,200

3 Framed Miniature Family Record and Cut Paper Doll Composition, America, early 19th century, a cut-paper figure of a lady with cutout and ink details, juxtaposed on a very small c. 1823 family record inscribed in ink on paper, in a period green-painted molded wood frame, 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. overall. $200-250

5 Two Painted Wooden Firkins, America, 19th century, stave and bentwood hoop constructed firkins with covers and swing handles, one round with a yellow-painted banner inscribed G. CASSIA on dark olive ground, the other oval, painted gray, (imperfections), ht. 12, 9 1/2 in. $300-500

2 Silhouette of a Young Woman in a Redpainted Frame, America, early 19th century, hollow-cut portrait backed with black fabric, (stain, toning), 4 x 3 1/4 in., under a yellow, green, and black reverse-painted glass mat, in a molded red-painted pine frame. $300-500

4 Framed Silhouette of a Gentleman in a Masonic Reverse-painted Glass Mat, America, early 19th century, hollow-cut silhouette of a young man in a reverse-painted mat with oval aperture with red, black, and gilt eglomise border, with Masonic five-point stars and square and compass in the corners, 5 7/8 x 5 in. $300-500

6 Six Miniature Paint-decorated Tinware Household Items, America, early 19th century, four red-painted items: an oval teapot, two candlesticks, and a bread basket with floral decoration; a round canister with hinged lid and compartmented interior, and a bookform trinket or matchbox, with painted paterae on a metallic blue ground, (imperfections), dia. 1 3/8 to 4 5/8 in. $300-500

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7 Miniature Classical Maple Games Table, Manufactured by SAMUEL HERSEY Hersey Street, Hingham, Mass., 19th century, the folding rectangular top with rounded corners, on a rectangular post joined by a pedestal with concave sides, all on scroll feet, with a printed paper makers label affixed to the interior, ht. 3 7/8, wd. 2 5/8 to 5 3/8 in. $400-600

9 Carved and Painted Wooden Book-form Slide-lid Box, probably New England, early 19th century, carved from a single piece of wood, the exterior painted black over earlier red, with gilt edges, 7 x 3 3/4 in. $300-500 10 Small Painted Covered Box Containing a Carved Wooden Figure of a Man, early 19th century, oblong box with pine top and bottom, bent maple sides joined with two fingers, with vestiges of gray paint, with a folk-carved figure of a standing man, box ht. 1 3/4, 2 5/8 x 5 3/8, figure lg. 3 7/8 in. $200-250

11 Four Miniature Redware Items, America, early 19th century, a handled bowl, milk pan, and pitcher with brown manganese streaked decoration, and a spittoon with mottled brown sponge glaze, (chips), ht. 1 to 2 1/2 in. $250-350 12 Miniature Classical Turned Wood Center Table, WM. S. TOWER & Co., So. HINGHAM MASS., late 19th century, round top with molded edges, on a baluster-turned post joined by a pedestal with concave sides, all on disk feet, with impressed makers mark on underside of top, ht. 3 3/8 in. $400-600

8 Chip-carved Wooden Book-form Slidelid Box with Heart Decoration, 19th century, carved from a single piece of wood, ornamented with chip-carved diamond patterns and borders, the lid decorated with two r