Published: March 5, 2019
BOSTON — On March 2, Skinner’s American Furniture and Decorative Arts sale produced one item that brought six-figures and nine items that sold in the five-figure range. Topping all and selling far above its estimate was a large, unsigned, three-quarter-length portrait by Sheldon Peck (1797–1868) of a young John Newcomb Knapp of Victory, N.Y. The well-dressed young man wore a fancy jacket; one hand was in a pocket and the other held a ball. Two phone bidders wanted the painting, and one paid $231,000 for it. A Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer decorated with the Arms of the Society of Cincinnati that had belonged to General Benjamin Lincoln, finished at $92,250.
Other items selling for more than $10,000 included three weathervanes, a sand bottle by Andrew Clemens, a miniature portrait of Washington by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mésmin, an optometrist’s trade sign and more. Several items just missed the $10,000 range.
A full report will follow.
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