Published: August 23, 2016
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Northeast’s August 20–21 sale was strong across the board and was topped by a China Trade painting of Hong Kong Harbor, circa 1861, which realized $49,200. Ships of five different countries can be identified in the busy harbor. Several other China Trade paintings were included in the sale, along with numerous pieces of armorial Chinese export porcelain, Chinese furniture and a collection of prisoner-of-war models.
A Massachusetts Chippendale reverse serpentine-front chest of drawers, attributed to William King, Salem, Mass., area, sold for $43,800. Other fine Salem furniture sold well, including a set of six Federal period dining chairs, with carving attributed to Samuel McIntire, along with other early New England furniture.
The first day of the sale included more than 140 lots of historical blue Staffordshire from the Creutzburg/Martin collection, early delft, important historical documents and prints, Currier & Ives prints, French and Indian War engraved powder horns, folk art, samplers and more. Paintings included two works by Ralph Cahoon along with numerous works by North Shore artists and several works by important marine painters.
A full review of the auction will follow in an upcoming edition.
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