Published: June 11, 2002
By Rita Easton
BROOKFIELD, CONN. – “The Enchanted Farmhouse – Part I” was the subject of a May 30 auction held by Applebrook Auctions, following three preview sessions. The event featured a two-generation collection from a packed South Windsor, Conn., farmhouse of Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century country furniture, samplers, paintings, pottery, china and accessories.
An audience of 280 competed with phone and absentee bidders for the 325lots that crossed the block.
Bringing the top bid of $6,000, was an 1825 sampler measuring approximately 14 by 18 inches. Wrought “Thurman,” the piece depicting a two-story house on a grassy rise with several trees. It was purchased by the trade bidding for its own customer.
An Eighteenth Century cupboard in natural pine, with a scalloped front, went for $5,750; an 1804 David sampler, depicting a small house under the embroidered print, 12 by 14 inches, approximately, did $3,000; a Newson sampler, done in 1842, fetched $2,100; and four Nineteenth Century silhouettes in a miniature grouping in one frame garnered $1,350.
A grouping of small theorems and watercolors was a surprise at $1,950; three small unframed samplers, found in between the pages of magazines and shaken out in the farmhouse reached $725; a Leeds feather-edged in blue covered dish sold for $575; and crocks did well considering their condition, with a large unsigned blue decorated crock bringing $525; a batter crock did $450.
Many of the paintings found piled on a guest bed did well, with an oil on board by Baxter, 15 by 10 inches, depicting a farm scene with a rainbow bringing $1,550; a miniature oil on board by H. Powell, “Berkshire Valley,” a forest scene, 7½ by 9½ inches, did $850; and several pairs of Staffordshire dogs from the estate ranged from $250 to $900.
Another surprise, according to Mitchell Borenstein of the gallery, was a wooden finial lamp going out at $1,200; cupboards did well, with a step back example in old red paint at $1,900; another step back cupboard did $1,250, and a corner cupboard in natural wood did $1,050.
Prices quoted do not reflect a 12 percent buyer’s
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