PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Good estates and collections provided tasty objects for the October 26–27 sale at Northeast Auctions.
From a Connecticut estate, a Chippendale cherry oxbow chest of drawers with blocked ends made in Hartford County sold to a collector on the phone for $27,600. The chest was by a maker of the Chapin school. The same estate was the source of a Massachusetts Queen Anne walnut highboy, probably Ipswich, according to the addendum, with a bonnet top and central fans carved on the top and the bottom that sold for $15,300. A Boston Sheraton mahogany card table with flame birch veneer and distinctive ring-turned, reeded and tapered legs sold for $13,200. Two chairs from the sale estate sold — a Pennsylvania Chippendale walnut armchair on trifid feet went back to Pennsylvania for $7,200, and a Massachusetts Queen Anne walnut side chair was $6,000.
A Massachusetts Queen Anne walnut veneered lowboy with a markedly shaped apron and acorn drops realized $16,200, and a Salem-area Queen Anne walnut highboy with fan carving to a lower drawer and a scalloped apron drew $11,400 from a phone buyer.
Two lots once owned by eminent collector and dealer Amos W. Shepard interested buyers, who drove a 105-inch pine trestle table to $5,400 and an assembled set of seven New England William and Mary banister back side chairs to $2,160. An early American pine curved back settle with nicely shaped arms went out at $4,500.
Portsmouth stonecutter Samuel Lancton Treat’s Portsmouth mahogany wing chair attributed to Samuel Dockum brought $4,080.
Of a group of miniature furniture pieces, the star was a George III satinwood and mahogany cutlery box with a set of flatware when it sold for $3,360.
An 1847 five-cent stamp on the original cover with the postmark was addressed to Dr Alfred Langdon Elwyn, a Portsmouth native and 1852 founder of one of the first schools for children with intellectual disabilities. It realized $5,760. All roads do lead into and out of Portsmouth.
Tiffany ruled the sale as a Tiffany & Co. flatware service for 24 in the English King pattern was offered. English King was introduced in 1885 and was designed by Charles T. Grosjean. The service came from the combined estates of sisters Helen Elwyn Kremer and Elizabeth Elwyn Langdon of Portsmouth, descendants of Governor John Langdon, and was housed in a Queen Anne-style mahogany silver chest, circa 1955, in a Tiffany design. It brought $51,000.
Silver from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation included a ceremonial mace from about 1760 that sold for $8,100. The mace was made with the Maltese cross enclosing a circular boss with the coat of arms of the United Kingdom.
“The Big Duck,” a bronze fountain figure of a child clutching a duck by Edith B. Parsons, was signed and stamped with the Gorham foundry mark. It realized $7,200.
Needlework from the collection of scholar and author Glee Krueger interested bidders, who scurried to acquire examples. Six phones chased a Connecticut sampler worked by 9-year-old Rebecca Marietta Butler in 1798 that went to one of them for $6,250. Another example worked by Lydia Baker of Dorchester, Mass., around 1790 fetched $4,200
Creamware deaccessioned by the Art Institute of Chicago included a Liverpool jug decorated with gilt and a black transfer image of Thomas Jefferson and an American eagle from about 1801–1809 that sold for $4,500. Another example decorated with Washington’s apotheosis and an American ship, also in black transfer and gilt, sold for $3,120. Both jugs were thought to have been made at the Herculaneum Pottery in Liverpool.
Someone really wanted something in a lot of Staffordshire Toby jugs, two of which were nearly identical creamware examples, one of which retained the label of Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd, each holding a jug and with a pipe against his leg, with a pearlware example holding a jug and smoking the remains of a pipe, together with a ruddy faced Toby jug with a pipe in one hand and a jug in the other. The lot realized $4,500. A Staffordshire creamware Sharp Faced example, also with the Partridge label, brought $2,040 against the estimated $400/600.
Auctioneer Ron Bourgeault first saw a portrait by Milton W. Hopkins of a woman in a fancy lace bonnet with floral sprigged ribbons in Detroit. Its owners consigned it to auction, where it realized $10,200. A portrait of a child in a red dress holding a riding crop with the New Hampshire Historical Society in its provenance elicited $3,000 on the phone.
“Fording the Rapids” by Alvan Fisher was signed and dated and realized $9,000.
Three albums of Japanese woodblock triptychs of warriors, battles and mythic figures summoned great interest and sailed to $25,200 against the estimated $1,5/2,500.
An English Chippendale giltwood mirror carved with three phoenixes and elaborate scrollwork sold for $8,400, and an early Nineteenth Century pair of George III cut glass and gilt metal two-light candelabra with blue jasperware bases depicting classical figures brought $6,720.
Chinese Export porcelain drew attention: a famille rose vase decorated with a domestic scene on one side and a rock garden and bats on the other was $5,520, and a figural candlestick of a court lady brought $4,200, while an Eighteenth Century famille rose charger decorated with Continental arms brought $3,900.
French luggage once owned by Clarisse Coudert Nast Onativia, the first wife of Condé Nast, brought solid prices. Three Louis Vuitton suitcases realized $4,920,and a large Vuitton steamer trunk fetched $4,200, while Onativia’s Goyard steamer trunk went for $4,320. A Vuitton hatbox from another collection made $3,840.
Just as impressive were the quirky lots that were not high flyers in dollars, but were interesting and greatly exceeded their estimates, like the trade sign from Fat Fred’s butcher shop that sold for $1,800. A folky figural humidor attributed to coastal Maine carver Gus Wilson was estimated at $500/800 and realized $2,640. The case was painted red and green, the humidor was a black and gray stump surrounded by four smaller stumps and the cover a well carved songbird perched on a log. Fred and the humidor both came from the collection of Robert Doty, former director of the Currier Gallery in Manchester, N.H.
Bidders also liked a hunting lodge chandelier decorated with fox heads and antlers that was $2,400 against the estimated $600/900.
All prices quoted reflect the buyer’s premium.
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