Aldro T. Hibbard Snowscapes Draw Bidders To Caddigan Auctioneers

BRAINTREE, MASS. — Dealers and retail buyers made their way to Braintree for Caddigan Auctioneers’ December 7 sale, which saw antiques mostly from South Shore collections and estates.

Two winter landscapes by Aldro Thompson Hibbard were big draws. One, a snowy village scene against a background of mountains, sold for $4,888, and the other, a snowy scene with a red barn, fetched $4,600.

Three oil on board landscapes by New York artist Eugene Speicher, one of which was called “Menlo Park” and dated 1940, while the others were similar and untitled, brought a total of $2,358. The pictures came from the estate of Australian Edwin Greble, who lived in Peterborough, N.H., where he collected New England antiques in the 1970s. The material was put in storage in 1982 when he returned to Australia for a visit, but he never returned and his collections have only emerged recently from storage.

Other paintings of note sold. Rockport and Buffalo, N.Y., artist Isadore Marie Colburn studied with Hibbard. Her Rockport street scene was well painted and sold for $201. “Fog in Western Way,” a watercolor view of Bear Island, Maine, by Dwight Shapler, fetched $460.

Four custom corner cupboards with shell carving came from the Greble estate and had also been in storage for more than 30 years. Two went to the same buyer for a total of $790 and the other two went to different bidders for $345 and $201. A late Nineteenth Century cherry sideboard had a dandy form, had been refinished and sold for $575, as did a secretary bookcase with two glazed doors that had been back and forth to Australia. A Nineteenth Century walnut seven-drawer spool cabinet from the same estate sold for $345, and a maple canopy bed brought $288.

Replaced feet may have dampened the price of a nice tiger maple slant lid desk that sold for $863. A pair of demilune console tables with conch shell inlay and turned and reeded legs fetched $460, while a single console table with a marble top realized $403. A walnut kidney-shaped desk with drawers all around the piece brought $403, and an oak Davenport desk reached $288.

The star of the clocks was a meticulous rendition of a Federal-style tall clock by Bussolini Brothers of West Quincy that sold for $2,875. An early Howard and Davis banjo clock came from a Marshfield house and sold for $2,070. One bidder who watched as it sold confided to his neighbor, “It has really nice works.” A Sevres clock signed PH Mourey (Philippe H.) with porcelain plaques sold for $575, while an Atmos clock went for $345 and a mahogany grandfather’s clock was $403.

A pair of Chinese Export porcelain elephant-form candlesticks from the Greble estate fetched $1,150, and a Chinese Export punch bowl, sold “as is,” went for $230. Taking $201 was a Chinese Export sweetmeat set. A carved ivory figure of a woman with black hair elicited $575, and a carved ivory figure of an elephant made $173.

A leather camphor wood chest was decorated in red paint with birds and floral elements and sold for $288 to the same buyer who paid $86 for an Empire two-drawer workstand.

Two Italian marbles also sold. One, a bust of a young woman on a pedestal, was signed Adolfo Cipriani and sold for $4,600, while another of a woman with roses on her dress by sculptor Pietro Bazzanti was diminished by some trimming to her braids and sold for $660.

A 72-inch carved American eagle with a “Live and Let Live” banner and a shield with stars and stripes was painted and gilded and sold for $4,600 to one of two competing phones. The carver was unknown. Auctioneer Joan Caddigan was remarkably patient with the phone bidder who refused to bid by established increments and countered slowly with $100 increments. Bidders in the room were pleased when that bidder became the underbidder and it went to the other phone.

The ship Thomas J. Lawson, the only seven-masted schooner, was designed by Bowdoin B. Crowninshield and built in Quincy, Mass., in 1901 to carry coal and was later converted to an oil carrier. A diorama of the vessel had an interior light and sold for $1,093. A weathervane in the form of a feather sold for $132, while another example in the form of a sleek crested heronlike bird went for $115.

An early sampler from a Cape Cod estate was wrought in 1794 by Polly Sherman of Plymouth, daughter of Caleb Sherman, with a verse and the alphabet and drew $633.

An exceptional room-size Bakshaish Serab rug came from an area house and sold for $14,375, and two phones chased a Serape Mahal with some wear — it came from the basement family room of a Westwood home — to $1,725.

Silver dealers were on the silver and took a 31.90-troy-ounce sterling flatware lot with no knives for $621 and an International Silver pitcher for $374. Two miscellaneous sterling lots sold, one of 11 troy ounces was $230 and the other, 14.60 troy ounces, was $259.

All prices reported include the buyer’s premium.

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