YORK, MAINE — Over the course of 30 years, Maine and Massachusetts dealers Lynne and Paul Weaver acquired fine American country furniture and accessories, including textiles, glass and ceramics. Now that they are moving to the State of Washington, they are downsizing.
When their personal collection came to market, with many pieces in original finish and vivid color, at Hap Moore’s July 27 auction, collectors and dealers were eager and poised to bid and the objects are headed to new collections. Moore opened the sale with the caveat that while his normal selling pace is 120 lots per hour, he intended to proceed slowly because of phone, absentee and Internet bidding. Still, the just under 240 lots were sold in less than two hours. The sale was chockablock with dandy color, good surface and fine form and the bidding audience, comprising mostly dealers, was pleased.
Nine phones chased a dandy two-drawer blanket chest in old blue paint that had a bracket base and two false drawers until it sold to one of them for $6,900. The Weavers found the chest years ago in northern New England and it was exceptionally dirty. Nonetheless, they paid $600 for it and a good cleaning revealed its ethereal blue paint.
Other desirable country furniture ran to a 73-inch grain bin in old red paint that had three lower drawers and sold to a collector in the gallery for $2,990. A small stepback cupboard in old red paint had two glazed doors over a single blind door and went to a phone buyer for $2,300. A dry sink in mustard paint was hand planed and brought $2,300.
A good-looking blanket chest had a coat of later bright apple green paint and sold for $230, while a nice dark green sack back Windsor armchair took $1,725. A small smoke decorated blanket chest on a bracket base had dandy form went to an absentee bidder for $920 and a three drawer chest in old red paint had come from a Manchester, N.H., store and brought $1,050. A four drawer chestnut matchboard cupboard sold for $489.
The 91-inch four door green food storage cupboard in apple green paint and on a raised base was handsome and sold to an area collector for $2,515, while a shapely 62 inch barber pole brought $345. A set of 12 hanging spice drawers in pale yellow paint realized $978. A Nineteenth Century bench in gray paint measured 75 inches and realized $374.
Maritime images attracted attention. A fine American woolie depicting the four masted bark Mrs. Margaret Fortune approaching a lighthouse fetched $1,970 while a folky portrait of a three masted schooner, also with a lighthouse, went on the phone for $1,380. An oil on board scene of a sailing vessel heading home, with figures visible on deck, realized $2,300 and another example of two sloops tacking, with assorted steam vessels in the background, sold for $1,955. A folky oil on panel scene of a duck hunter in a landscape with a house and a stream drew $489.
The cast iron horse hitching post was early and sold in the gallery for $1,064 from a bidder in the gallery. A heavy cast iron floriform finial in green paint was $546 and a pleasing carved wood architectural fan in nice old white paint elicited $748, while five painted Indian clubs brought $403. A tray lot of 18 cast iron shooting gallery targets, all in the form of birds, sold for $288.
Beautiful country quilts and other textiles were of interest, although several lots represented good buys as well. Lynn Weaver has a particular fondness for bunnies and many lots bore out that affection. A red and white child’s quilt with appliqué bunnies sold in the gallery for $374 and a circular hooked rug with two bunnies realized $230. Other hooked rugs included a 27-by-40-inch example with a colonial house that sold for $1,610, a hooked rug featuring two black Scottie dogs that sold for $288 and an example with a hexagonal decoration that was $863.
Bunnies prevailed, however. A weathervane with a bunny perched upright on the directional arrow brought $890 and two 40-inch wood bunnies that may once have served as the ends of a child’s bench fetched $518. A cast iron bunny with a great surface garnered $242, while a lot of felt and fabric bunnies took $374 and a group of miniature wooly sheep was $288.
Two crib quilts brought $863 from the folk art trade. One was appliquéd with a striking abstract tree design and the other was a patchwork example. A quilt with stars sold for $431 and a blue and white quilt in an appliqué rings and medallion pattern sold to an absentee bidder for $403. A framed 1886 red stitch work sampler on white linen of patterns woven on the same loom and signed FZ was $144 and a sampler of a colonial house with birds sold for $431. A large (36 by 80 inches) crewel work with herons sold for $518.
The Nineteenth Century cabinet with glazed doors in which Lynn Weaver stored her quilts sold for $259.
The Weavers’ collection of signs was of interest. In particular, a Weaver’s Guild of Boston sign with iron hangers sold easily for $3,110. A Wenham, Mass., W.P.A. Project sign sold for $345, a US Post Office sign was $374 and a PETS sign made $259. A dovetailed red document box went for $345 and a storage box with painted leaf decoration sold for $403. A small yellow box inscribed MAIL was $316 and a box inscribed LSM Co. brought $121. A dark green box labeled N Jarvis Papers brought $159.
A light blue covered firkin with buttonhole loops was $518 and a green storage box drew $201, while a paint decorated trinket box was $345.
A weathervane in the form of a paddlewheel ferry sold to a phone bidder for $1,495, while another in the form of a square rigged ship also went on the phone for $920. A sheet iron horse weathervane brought $3,105. The Internet took a fanciful crescent moon and stars tin weathervane for $431.
An early carved rocking horse brought $575 and a child’s sled decorated with a running horse sold for $374. A group of make-do pin cushions on glass bases sold for $345, while a painted Parcheesi board realized $518. A colorful mounted group of tin stars attracted $431 from a phone bidder who was active throughout the sale.
All prices reported include the buyer’s premium.
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