MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates May 21-22 sale produced robust prices – along with a few surprises – in multiple categories. The two-day format featured 1,099 lots, with the May 21 session dedicated to glass and lighting, and May 22 dedicated to the Americana collection of Nick Routson of Phoenix, Arizona.
The May 21 sale day featured a wide selection of 18th and 19th century glass and lighting, comprising free-blown, pattern-molded, and pillar-molded wares; whale oil, fluid, and early kerosene lighting; other open salts; flint EAPG; flasks; and bottles. Top lot honors for the day went to a Pittsburgh free-blown and engraved celery glass. The finely-detailed object, attributed to the glass firm of Bakewell, Page, & Bakewell sold for $4,095 .
Session two, held May 22, showcased part one of the Routson collection of Americana. The centerpiece of Mr. Routson’s collection was English Staffordshire transfer-printed wares, featuring American views or subject matter. After four decades of amassing hundreds of pieces, including some of the rarest American Historical patterns and forms, Mr. Routson assembled one of the preeminent collections of transfer-printed historical Staffordshire in the United States.
The top lot of the day, as well as the weekend, was a Staffordshire transfer-printed Medallion Portrait Series platter featuring bust portraits of Washington, Lafayette, Clinton, and Jefferson above a landscape of the Oatlands in Surrey, England, with an Erie Canal inset vignette below, a combination of imagery that is thought to be unique. It sold to a private collector online for $18,720.
Other noteworthy results from May 22 included a vibrant English five-color rainbow pattern spatterware bowl and pitcher, which realized $11,115; a Staffordshire transfer-printed covered soup tureen featuring views of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Brooklyn Ferry, and the Battle of Bunker Hill, which also sold for $11,115; an English Orphanage needlework sampler, which garnered the sum of $11,115; and a New England painted maple chest on chest that finished at $7,605. Part two of the Routson Collection, featuring spatterware and historical transferware, will take place on November 15.
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