Published: August 31, 2010
The Foster-Lemmens Collection, 537 lots gathered together by three generations of antiquarians, was the last of three sessions of the Annual Summer Americana Auction conducted by Northeast Auctions August 6‸. Northeast kicks off Antiques Week in New Hampshire with its Americana sales, drawing in a large crowd that comes to enjoy a weeklong string of sales and shows.
The roots of this sale stem from Foster’s Antiques, Wexford, Penn., a shop started in 1946 by Bud Foster and his wife, Tommie. According to the catalog, this auction contained lots from the personal collections of three generations of the family and, “Just like in the shop, there is something for everyone; country furniture and accessories for the general collector and some truly fine pieces for advanced collectors.”
The sale started off with five lots of burl, including a grouping of ten American bowls ranging in diameter from 7 to 17 inches, for $5,900, and ended with five English pottery ale mugs, including a spatter example and three mocha ones, tallest 6 inches high, for $1,180. In between, brass, tin, glass, pottery, banks, furniture, mirrors, clocks and wood carvings all crossed the block, bringing in a total of $855,000, including the buyer’s premium of 18 percent up to and including $200,000, and ten percent after $200,000.
In the early part of the sale, a selection of five wooden butter prints, including a heart design and a cow, went for $796; a George III brass wax jack, 6½ inches high and dating from the late Eighteenth Century, brought $1,298; an American gooseneck coffee pot with stencil foliate wreaths, tinware, 11 inches high, sold for $1,888; and five American salt glaze stoneware cobalt blue decorated vessels, tallest 11 inches high, including a chicken feeder and crocks, sold well over the high estimate of $1,800 for $5,192.
A rare triple back, step down Windsor bench in the original red and black painted surface, 61 inches long, sold just over the high estimate at $6,136, and a New England Chippendale slant lid desk in maple, fitted interior of cubbies over four drawers, shaped bracket base, went within estimate, bringing $2,360.
A pair of English brass tavern or ship’s candlesticks, mid-Nineteenth Century, 12½ inches tall, went over the high estimate of $900, selling for $2,478, while a Midwest free-blown white opaque and colorless glass vase, possibly Wheeling or Pittsburgh, circa 1860, 9½ inches tall, went for $1,091, well over a high estimate of $300. Several lots later, a Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. blown-molded blue glass Banded Leaf pattern peg lamp, circa 1830‱835, and a cut colorless glass example, probably Pittsburgh, circa 1820‱835, 3¾ and 4¼ inches high, brought $4,012 against a high estimate of $300.
A miniature painted and decorated courting mirror, 7¾ inches high, exceeded the high estimate of $500, realizing $3,068, and a delicate New England Queen Anne red stained maple candlestand with diamond tray top, 21 by 16 inches, sold for $3,068.
A heart and hand artist watercolor family record for the Melden Hatch family of Tamworth, N.H., circa 1848, 14½ by 12½ inches, in grain painted frame, went for $3,068, within estimate, and a Massachusetts Queen Anne veneered lowboy in burl walnut, molded edge top over three short drawers, cabriole legs and pad feet, brought $6,490.
A pine sawbuck communal dining table in the original red paint, shaped X-form supports, 9 feet 6½ inches long and 31¼ inches wide, fell below the high estimate of $30,000, selling for $20,060, and a New York Hepplewhite carved mahogany armchair with square back went over the high estimate of $900, selling for $2,124. A Massachusetts Federal stenciled-front mahogany and eglomise presentation banjo clock, 40 inches high, went within estimate at $6,490.
Other timepieces included a Massachusetts Federal inlaid mahogany dwarf case clock, 47¾ inches, for $11,210, above the $4,000 high estimate, and a Maine Chippendale figured maple tall case clock, Abner Rogers, Berwick, 86 inches tall, went just over estimate at $5,310.
Two sculptural pieces sold toward the end of the sale, including a large American full-bodied copper running horse weathervane with verdigris surface, 23 inches high and 52 inches long, bringing twice the high estimate at $12,980, and a British molded copper full-bodied trade sign of a phoenix rising from the flames, old patinated gold surface, the symbol of The Phoenix Insurance Company, 24 inches high and 49½ inches wide, realized $7,670, just over estimate.
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