Ed Clerk’s Ohio Chair Tops Willis Henry’s Shaker Sale

PITTSFIELD, MASS. — The top lot at Willis Henry Auctions’ annual Shaker sale on Saturday, September 7, came early on during the second session and was among fine Ohio Shaker antiques that had made their way East years ago when Shaker communities in the Midwest closed.

From the collection of the late and renowned antiques dealer Ed Clerk came lot 40, a rare rocking chair from the Union Village, Ohio Shakers, in a lovely bittersweet orange finish. “He lived with Shaker,” Willis Henry said of Clerk during the auction preview. “Ed loved orange.”

The chair was noteworthy not only for its rare color, but its rare cane seat and buyers agreed, driving the bidding higher and higher, as it came down to two bidders in the room, who battled ferociously for the chair, until the final hammer dropped at $57,000 and with the buyer’s premium, totaling $67,260.

A complete report on the sale will appear in an upcoming edition.

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