Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction #2494

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Skinners next auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts will be held Sunday, March 7, 2010 in Skinner's Boston gallery. Skinner's Americana department is the company's flagship department and auctions in this fine collecting category are held four times annually, in March, August, and November. The Skinner Americana auctions feature fine American furniture, folk art, paintings, portraiture, marine arts, fine clocks, weathervanes, pottery and more. For further information on this auction, or consigning with Skinner, contact the American Furniture & Decorative Arts department at 508-970-3200, or


SKINNERAmerican Furniture & Decorative ArtsSale 2494 March 7, 2010 Boston

American Furniture & Decorative ArtsSPECIALISTS IN CHARGE

Stephen Fletcher Department Director, 508.970.3228

Martha Hamilton 508.970.3290

LaGina Austin Assistant 508.970.3225

Chris Barber Asistant 508.970.3227

Karen Langberg Asistant 508.970.3281

American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department - 508.970.3200 General Inquiries:

AUCTION 2494 Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 11 a.m. 63 Park Plaza Boston, Massachusetts

PREVIEWWednesday, March 3, 2010 Thursday, March 4, 2010 Friday, March 5, 2010 Saturday, March 6, 2010 Sunday, March 7, 2010 12 to 5 p.m. 12 to 8 p.m. 12 to 8 p.m. 12 to 5 p.m. 8 to 10 a.m.

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AMERICANA GALLERY WALKheld in conjunction with a preview of Skinners March 7th Auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Friday, March 5, 2010 5:30 p.m. Reception/6:30 p.m. Gallery Walk63 Park Plaza Boston, MA


UPCOMING AUCTIONAmerican Furniture & Decorative ArtsSunday, August 15, 2010Skinners Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

Consignment Deadline: May 26, 2010

ProvenanceA New Hampshire Collection The Estate of N. David Scotti, Providence, Rhode Island A Boston Family Mechanical Clocks from the Collection of Laurence Johnson English Ceramics from the Collection of Glenna Fitzgerald Descendants of the Swain and Clark Families, Nantucket, Massachusetts Estate of a New York State Collector An Essex, Massachusetts, Family A Connecticut Antiquarian Collectors in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey Collectors in Concord, Marblehead, Hanover, and Rockport, Massachusetts The Boston Public Library A Massachusetts Historical Society A New Hampshire Estate A Cape Cod Family


1. Connecticut Carved White Oak Box, attributed to Thomas Barber Sr., Windsor, Connecticut, before 1663, rectangular box with stepogee molding, the interior and exterior lid centered with a circular flower head, the outer and inner lid and outer sides decorated with carved interlocked arcades within scribed borders with lobed, circular, and spade elements; cut sheet brass cotter-pin hinges, the interior bottom lined with indigo-dyed waxed linen, (lacking handle and lock), ht. 4 3/8, wd. 8 3/4, dp. 5 1/4 in. Literature: This box is illustrated and discussed in American Furniture 2005, Chipstone Foundation, publisher, pp. 162-64. The article compares the individual elements, composition, and carving of this box to the furniture of Thomas Barber Sr. $2,000-3,000


2. Joined Oak Great Chair, New Haven, Guilford, or Wethersfield, Connecticut, area, second half 17th century, the carved forms include tulips flanking geometric devices and a scalloped edge beneath the seat, late 19th century upholstery, (refinished, losses, restoration), ht. 42 1/4, overall wd. 26 1/4, seat ht. 17 3/4 in. Note: By microanalysis, wood is white oak. A plaque affixed to the crest reads: PRESENTED to Fraternity Lodge by James Kimball Nov. 18th 1880. $3,000-5,000

3. Plate-Rim Base Pewter Candlestick, England, late 17th century, the candlestick with octagonal bobeche, drip tray, and base, baluster shaft, ornamented with rope and foliate borders, indistinct makers mark on candle cup, (imperfections), ht. 7 1/2 in. Literature: See Pewter Candlesticks: English Candlesticks of the Second Half of the 17th Century by Jan Gadd, published by the Pewter Society, England, pp. 47-61. These rare plate-rim base (type III) pewter candlesticks, which were made in England in the late 17th century of several small components soldered together, were the last of the candlestick period in pewter before moving to the less laborintensive candlesticks made of brass. $4,000-6,000

4. Oak Joined Paneled Chest over Faux Drawer, probably England, 18th century, with hinged lift top above a case with fielded panels and two faux drawers, on bracket feet, (refinished, restoration), ht. 35 3/4, wd. 51 3/4, dp. 24 in. $800-1,2003

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5. Maple Turned Candlestand, probably New England, early 18th century, square top on a bulbous turned support and tripod turned leg base, old refinish, (imperfections), ht. 24 1/4, wd. 15 1/2, dp. 16 1/4 in. $300-500

10. Octagonal Marble Cheese Plate with Glass Dome Cover, 19th century, overall ht. 15, dia. 15 1/2 in. $200-250 11. Large Two-Drawer Maple and Pine Stretcher-base Table, probably Pennsylvania, mid-18th century, the removable top above two thumbmolded drawers, old wooden pulls, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 28 3/4, lg. 60, dp. 32 3/4 in. $1,000-1,200 12. Chip-carved and Incised Maple Paddle, America, early 19th century, decorated on one side with a pot of flowers, the initials GR inscribed on the handle and the flowerpot, the reverse centered with three roundels with quatrefoil and chip-carved designs, 11 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. $400-600 13. Small Blue-gray Painted Pine Box, probably British Isles, late 18th century, deep rectangular dovetail-constructed box with wire snipe hinges, iron lock, ht. 7 7/8, wd. 12, dp. 7 1/4 in. $300-500 14. Black-painted Bannister-back Armchair, Massachusetts, 18th century, (restoration), ht. 47, seat ht. 17 in. $400-600

6. Turned Maple Slat-back Armchair, Delaware River Valley, early 18th century, refinished, ht. 48, seat ht. 17 in. $700-1,000

7. Five Woodenware Items, America, 19th century, a turned burl bowl, small carved bowl with make-do repair, a turned ash scoop, and two butter paddles, (imperfections), burl bowl ht. 6 1/2, dia. 17 in. $400-600

8. Tiger Maple Cutlery Tray, America, early 19th century, the divided rectangular tray with pierced handhold and canted sides, ht. 5, wd. 8 1/2, lg. 12 in. $500-700

9. Nantucket Basket, late 19th/early 20th century, round woven cane and splint basket with carved wooden handles, ht. 7, dia. 15 3/4 in. $800-1,200


15. Red-painted Vase-back Side Chair, New England, 18th century, with block-turned legs ending in pad feet, original surface, ht. 41, seat ht. 17 in. $200-250

16. Pair of Queen Anne Carved Walnut Side Chairs, Boston, c. 174060, each with shell-carved cresting, compass slip seat, old surface, (repairs), ht. 41, seat ht. 17 1/2 in. Note: The rear seat rail on each chair is marked with the initials W.M. In Ethel Hall Bjerkoes The Cabinetmakers of America (New York, 1957), there is record of a cabinetmaker named William Miller who worked in Charlestown prior to 1775. $8,000-12,000

17. Queen Anne Carved Walnut and Gilt-gesso Mirror, England, mid18th century, the crest centering a carved foliate device, with two-part beveled glass, (minor imperfections), ht. 39 1/4, wd. 16 1/4 in. $2,500-3,500


18. Wool Needlework Wallet, TIMOTHY MANN 1771, double-folding pocketbook with dividers worked in multicolored wool yarns in the Irish stitch in a zigzag variation pattern, edged with green woven twill tape, the divided interior lined with green glazed wool, the name and date TIMOTHY MANN 1771 stitched on one edge; the wallet accompanied by five articles: an original document addressed to Timothy Mann Esqr., announcing his appointment to Major of the fourth Regiment in the first Division of the Militia in this Commonwealth comprehending the County of Suffolk, dated January 18, 1787, signed by James Bowdoin, the Governour of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; a small paper with an embossed seal centered with the name MANN and several first names of many generations of male Mann family members; a small paper inscribed Timothy Mann II 1771-1857; another piece of paper inscribed Timothy Mann Jr. Born 1771 in this house; and a small photo reproduction of a gentleman labeled Timothy Mann Jr., (stitch losses), the wallet folded 4 3/8 x 9 in.18

Note: It is unclear weather this wallet originally belonged to Timothy Mann (b. 1747, Walpole, Massachusetts, d. 1843) or his son Timothy Mann Jr. (b. 1771, Walpole, Massachusetts, d. 1857), but it is apparent that Timothy Jr. owned the wallet at some point. The elder Timothy Mann served in the Revolutionary War and resided in Walpole, Massachusetts with his wife Elizabeth (Parker). The original house built c. 1771 still stands on Neponset Street. He also operated a woolen mill in the outbuildings on his property which was located along the Neponset River. $800-1,200 19. Two Embroidered Muslin Scarves, a Baleen Bobbin Shuttle, and Three Small Silver Items, late 18th/early 19th century, the white on white floral embroidered white muslin scarves both retain typed labels indicating that the scarves were imported on one of the India ships belonging to Nicholas Brown [Jr.] about 1791 for his wife Anne Carter Brown. (Nicholas Brown Jr. of Providence, Rhode Island was a businessman and philanthropist and benefactor of Brown University. Ann Carter, his first wife, died after only a few years of marriage); a baleen bobbin shuttle engraved with the name N.A. Eddy for Naomi Ann (Angell) Eddy (1786-1817), wife of Judge Samuel Eddy (1769-1839) of Providence, Rhode Island; silver items: a money clip with engraved shield centered with CA monogram, made by William Stoddard Nichols of Newport, Rhode Island; a small round Reward of Merit disk centered with the initials OM; a diamond-shaped pendant on a swivel mount, probably Oddfellows related, engraved with the initials UB over clasped hands and 1806, the reverse with engraved IOF over the initials HD and 1825, scarves approx. 9 ft. 8 in. x 2 ft. 10 in.; bobbin shuttle 3 1/4 x 1 1/2, dia. silver items: 1 3/4, 7/8, 2 1/8 in. $200-250 20. Queen Anne Walnut and Walnut Veneer High Chest of Drawers, probably Massachusetts, c. 1730-50, the cockbeaded case with cornice drawer and matched walnut veneers with double herringbone-inlaid borders, on valanced skirt joining cabriole legs ending in pad feet on platforms, old Federal brasses, old refinish, (imperfections), ht. 68, lower case wd. 36 3/4, lower case dp. 21 1/2 in. $8,000-12,00020



21. Chippendale Carved Mahogany Oxbow Desk, North Shore, Massachusetts, c. 1760-80, brasses appear to be original, old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht. 43, wd. 41 1/2, dp. 22 in. Provenance: Possibly Reverend George Murillo Bartol (1820-1906) and Elizabeth H. Washburn, by 1856, Lancaster, Massachusetts; then to Mary Bartol (d. 1942); then to Marys niece in the Cabot family; then by descent in the Cabot family to the present owner. Note: George Murillo Bartol was the minister, for 59 years in the late 19th century, of the First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster, Massachusetts, a building designed by Charles Bulfinch of Boston. He married Elizabeth H. Washburn of Salem in 1856, and it is possible that the desk entered the Bartol family upon that marriage. $5,000-7,000

22. American School, Early 19th Century Portrait of the Philadelphia Colonial House, Chalkley Hall, Residence of Reverend Thomas Chalkley. Unsigned. Oil on paperboard, 13 1/2 x 23 in., in a later molded wood frame; accompanied by two papers documenting the origins of the house, one dated 1884 reads: Residence of Thomas Chalkley/near Frankford/built by him and described in his will 2nd mo. 19th 1741/2 as my new dwelling house/Re-built by his son-in-law Abel James [1776-1783] and called Chalkley Hall. This picture has always been in possession of Phoebe M. Lewis and her ancestors. [signed] S.L. 1884. Condition: Minor scattered retouch. Literature: See The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and its Neighborhood, by Harold Donaldson Eberlein and Horace Mather Lippincott, J.B. Lippincott publisher, 1912, pp. 325-333. Thomas Chalkley (b. London, March 3, 1675) was a merchant, ship-owner, and a Quaker missionary. He moved into the house portrayed here probably around 1723. Chalkleys daughter Rebecca married Abel James, who enlarged and rebuilt the house in approximately 1776 and named it Chalkley Hall. $1,000-1,500

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23. Walnut Tall Case Clock by Henry Godshalk, Pennsylvania, late 18th century, the hood with molded swans neck cresting centering a brass finial on a plinth, above the molded opening and glazed tombstone door flanked by quarter-engaged columns, on a waist with tombstone door and a molded base with flaring French feet, 11 3/4 in. engraved composite brass dial with makers name Henry Godshalk/New Britain Township in the arch, and Roman numerals all centering engraved foliate designs, eight-day time and strike weightpowered movement, two cast lead weights, brass-faced pendulum bob, key, winder, and finial, refinished, (imperfections and restoration), ht. 95 in. $5,000-7,000

24. Russell Smith (American, 1812-1896) Jenkintown Pennsylvania from Edgehill. Signed and dated RS 1890 l.r., the reverse of the canvas inscribed Jenkintown from Edgehill October 30, 1890 Russell Smith. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 1/4 in., in a later molded giltwood frame....


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