MARLBOROUGH, MASS. — Skinner’s August Americana auction on Sunday, the 10th, got off to a rolling start with the sale of a Buick sport coupe for $18,450, and was followed by 537 lots, including furniture, carvings, weathervanes, pottery and paintings that brought $2,607,000, including the buyer’s premium. Of the 537 lots offered, 474 were sold, with 24 percent going to the Internet
Following the car, a pine chest over drawer, probably Massachusetts, early Eighteenth Century, ex Roger Bacon, sold within estimate for $4,920; a blue painted pine corner cupboard, probably New Hampshire, mid-Eighteenth Century, 84½ inches high, arched and molded opening with three shaped shelves inside, went for $24,600, also within estimate; and a salmon/red painted chair table, Nineteenth Century, circular top measuring 54 inches in diameter, sold below the low estimate of $6,000, at $3,998.
A carved pine gameboard, probably New England, Eighteenth Century, 17 by 10 inches with old rosehead nails, went over the high estimate of $800, selling for $3,998. A tuck-away table, New England, Eighteenth Century, cutout trestle feet, sold over the $1,200 high estimate for $2,337, while a oak cased brass lantern clock, England, Eighteenth Century, 77½ inches tall, sold for the same number.
Two red painted tin candle sconces, New England, early Nineteenth Century, glazed reflector pans, single candle cups, 9½ inches in diameter, sold for $5,228, over the high estimate of $1,500. The sconces were from the Howard Roth Collection, which was sold, for the most part, the day before.
A small cherry and chestnut adjustable lighting device, probably New England, late Eighteenth Century, carried a high estimate of $600 and sold for $3,998. It had a spiral-carved shaft and domed base. A pair of tin candle sconces, New England, early Nineteenth Century, glazed diamond-shaped reflector pan set with pinwheel-shaped discs, 12½ inches high, went over the high estimate of $1,500, selling for $6,150.
A carved pine American flag, polychrome decorated, attributed to George Stapf, Pennsylvania, 36 inches long, sold over estimate at $2,019, and a Chippendale carved mahogany serpentine chest of drawers, attributed to Jonathan Gostelowe, Philadelphia, 1775–1780, shaped ogee bracket feet, original brasses and old refinish, sold for $9,840.
“Battleship Kate,” a composition trade figure of a tattooed woman, American, early Twentieth Century, 25½ inches tall, scantily clad but covered with tattoos depicting warships, flowers, symbols, animals and figures, had a high estimate of $4,000, and sold for $28,290. A gentleman seated nearby, who had consigned the piece to the auction, commented, “I almost fell off my chair.”
A high estimate of $1,200 was on a Federal walnut cellaret, middle Atlantic states, circa 1800, the case with beaded hinged top opening to a compartmented interior, old surface and measuring 401/8 inches high, that went for $15,990; a set of four portraits of children, Edwin Plummer (Massachusetts, 1802–1880), unsigned watercolors and gouache on paper, 4¼ by 3¼ inches, unframed, each child seated and in profile, three girls and a boy, carried a high estimate of $25,000 and sold for $31,980; and a paint decorated six-board chest, New England, early Nineteenth Century, hinged lift top on dovetailed constructed box, 24 by 42 by 19¼ inches, sold over estimate for $5,843.
Also selling over the high estimate was a portrait of a young boy holding a sword, accompanied by his dog, attributed to Joseph Goodhue Chandler, unsigned, 40 by 30 inches, in a modern black and gilded frame. It brought $8,610. Among the wood-carved figures in the sale was a black dandy tobacconist figure, 55 inches tall, with large red hat and holding a bunch of cigars in his right hand. In old painted surface, he sold for $33,210, below the low estimate of $50,000.
A white painted pine apothecary cupboard, probably New England, early Nineteenth Century, 36 drawers on cutout base, 71½ inches wide, had a high $5,000 estimate and sold for $7,995. Stephen Score was listed in the provenance. A blue and white painted shooting gallery target, cast iron and zinc, American, circular with eight white painted hinged stars around the edges, 24 inches in diameter, realized $2,583, just over double the high estimate; and four cast iron banks, including a large Flatiron Building and a M&L Jamulowsky building, realized $7,995, well over a high estimate of $800. A gilt and polychrome turned wood barber pole, American, red, white and blue, 95 inches high, sold over the $4,000 high estimate for $4,920.
A study for George Washington with Jefferson and Hamilton by Constantino Brumidi, circa 1872, unsigned oil on canvas, 14 by 12½ inches and unframed, sold just over the high estimate for $14,760. With a high estimate of $3,000, a cast iron George Washington “Dumb Stove” figure, J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1870, 47¾ inches tall, made $8,610, and a cast iron lion doorstop, American, late Nineteenth Century, showing some red paint and gilt, 9½ inches long, went over the $300 high estimate, selling for $738.
A selection of stoneware closed out the sale, with the top lot a Paul Cushman ovoid crock, Albany, N.Y., early Nineteenth Century, applied lug handles, incised swag and floral decoration around shoulder, blue decorated stamp “Paul Cushman” and blue decorated incised bird. It measures 12 inches high, carried an estimate of $800–1,200, and sold for $5,228.
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