Antiques Week in New Hampshire got off to a scorching start on August 1, with Northeast Auction’s annual summer Americana auction, which this year grossed an impressive $9.37 million.
The auction included the standout Shaker collection of Drs John R. Ribic and Carla M. Kingsley and folk art from the Michael Schnall collection, each of which was featured in its own separate catalog, as well as pewter from the descendants of Ledlie Laughlin, the Pilgrim Century furniture collection of Henry and Lorene Cone and mocha from the collection of Jonathan Rickard.
The top lot of the auction came late on the third and final day of the sale as a portrait of Samuel Phillips Savage by John Singleton Copley was sold for $634,000.
Eight lots would eclipse the $100,000 mark during the auction, including three lots from the Ribic/Kingsley Shaker collection. Leading the way was a rare dwarf tall case alarm clock attributed to New Lebanon maker Issac Newton Youngs. With a provenance listing Nina and Betram Little, the clock went out at a record price paid at auction for a Shaker clock, $265,500.
An oval “fancy twilled tub” basket from the New Lebanon community, measuring 3 inches high and 9 inches wide, was termed “one of the finest Shaker baskets in existence” and sold for a believed record price at $112,700, while a Canterbury-made Shaker carrier in chrome yellow paint realized what was also thought to be a record price at auction of $117,000.
Also sold was a William Will pewter coffee pot, circa 1764‱798, that went out at a record price paid at auction for a piece of pewter at $315,000, and a Massachusetts Pilgrim Century oak and pine joined blanket chest with drawers, circa 1650, at $128,000.
A complete report will appear in a future issue.