Published: November 14, 2006
Stanton Auction’s October 14 sale featuring early American furniture, fine art and folk art was strong in many areas, but none more so than with a selection of important weathervanes.
The top lot of the auction was a rare circa 1860–1870 Lady Rider on Index Horse copper full bodied weathervane measuring 26 ½ inches tall by 28 inches long. Detail and condition were wonderful, particularly in the horse’s and the lady’s heads, both of which were made of cast zinc. It was thought, perhaps, to have been made by J.L. Mott of New York City. After competition among six phone bidders and interested parties on the floor, bidding between the last two phone bidders brought a final price of $67,200, with a buyer from the Pennsylvania trade edging out a collector from Virginia.
The second highest lot of the sale was also a weathervane. It was a crowing rooster, circa 1880s, 25 inches tall with full body in copper with zinc legs. This example was attributed to J.W. Fiske & Co of New York City and, besides its form, was desirable because of its great early surface. Again, after spirited bidding from several phone bidders, this too went to the trade, selling for $16,800 to a New York City dealer.
An attributed Fiske late Nineteenth Century copper with zinc head Ethan Allen running horse weathervane in early surface and with some bullet holes sold for $2,576. Two eagle on ball weathervanes were sold, including one in gilt surface for $1,870 and one in old green verdigris surface on arrow and standard with directionals for $560.
Early furniture in abundance was offered, with a magnificent circa 1825–30 late period Sheraton cherry and mahogany server with dramatic contrasting bird’s-eye maple drawer fronts and splash with carved rosettes leading the way at $5,600. Other late Sheraton period pieces were a bow front four-drawer chest with two-drawer gallery and a boldly figured tiger maple washstand, both in fabulous condition and both selling for $1,232.
Good buys were found in a rare form period Chippendale late Eighteenth Century plum pudding mahogany bracket base mid-Atlantic cylinder desk in all original condition, including brasses, at $1,680 and a late federal period diminutive mahogany blind door lady’s secretary at a conservative $392.
Cupboards and other country painted pieces of furniture, most emanating from an Old Saybrook, Conn., estate, were well represented. A New England four-door step back bracket base cupboard in old red wash surface featuring original plate rack grooved shelves brought $1,008, and a circa 1780 bracket base pewter cupboard with battened door attached with original H&L hinges and surface was a good buy at $560. Four pie safes in various colors ranged in price from $400 to $725. An attributed Joseph Meeks, New York, circa 1830 marble top behind-the-sofa mahogany table brought $952 and a circa 1810 period French armchair with gilt bronze mounts and original gilt painted carvings went out at $1,064.
Clocks were well received as a spectacular Victorian oak carved grandfather’s example standing 8 feet, 1 inch on bombe base with paw feet brought $7,280. A rare circa 1830 banjo clock by James Cross of Rochester, N.H., brought $2,128, and an Austin Chittendon circa 1831–1837 Lexington, Mass., original painted mantel clock in fabulous condition featuring a reverse painted panel of Andrew Jackson’s home, “The Hermitage,” realized $672.
A large assortment of paintings and graphic arts was offered, highlighted by a 12-by-15-inch oil on canvas of a jockey on horseback dated 1891 by Henry Stull bringing $6,720 and a Clinton Loveridge late Hudson River 16-by-24-inch oil on canvas landscape with cows watering realizing $6,160. A beautiful Leon Germaine Pelouse 16 ½-by-23 ½-inch oil on panel of ducks on a pond brought $2,464 and an early Nineteenth Century China Trade watercolor with buildings, figures and boats brought $1,680.
Stanton’s always runs a diversified sale and this auction was no exception. An eclectic mix of additional items of interest included a large 41-by-27-inch Paramount Pictures 1928 movie poster promoting Gary Cooper and Walter Huston in The Virginian for $896; a rare carved and painted Victorian wooden platform Christmas tree stand for $952 and a Nineteenth Century signed Samurai sword in original sheath with great temper line on a near 27-inch blade at $1,344.
Other offerings included a rare dated 1914 Enfield Shaker 27-inch-square hand drawn map with detailed identification of community structures and landmarks by Ford, Buck & Sheldon (Hartford) sold to the Enfield Historical Society for $1,120; a rare circa 1939 “Dooling Bros” 19-inch-long alcohol-powered aluminum body mercury tether car brought $2,860; an antique 24-inch-long Oosik with extensive scrimshaw whaling scene decoration went for $1,568; and a signed Peter Ompir rare tole painted collars and cuffs box was a good buy at $280.
All prices quoted reflect the 12 percent buyer’s premium. For information, www.stantonauctions.com or 413-566-3161.
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