CINCINNATI – Hindman Auctions will celebrate four centuries of American artists and craftsmen in its March 10-11 American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction. During those two days, Hindman will offer folk art, glass, stoneware, furniture, antique advertising, silver, music players, and coin-operated carnival and casino machines from private and institutional collections. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
After setting the auction record for the form just six months ago with a $956,000 sale, Hindman will once again present an Andrew Clemens sand bottle at auction. Estimated at $100,000-$150,000, this spectacular bottle stands 10.5in tall, nearly two inches taller than the record-setting bottle from September 2021, and features a label reading “Pictured Rock Sand, Put Up By Andrew Clemens, Deaf-Mute, McGregor, Iowa” inside the bottle under the stopper. Dated just five years before his death, both the size of the bottle and the placement of the label are highly unusual for Clemens, but the details are consistent with his constant evolution as an artist as his mastery of the form allowed him to make more and more intricate examples.
Alongside the Clemens bottle in the March 10 session of the auction will be folk-art portraiture, 19th-century landscape paintings, brass and pewter candlesticks, glass articles, including flasks from the George S. McKearin collection, and notable pieces of Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal and Classical furniture. A trio of tall case clocks are expected to be among the highlights on the day. A Gothic Revival carved mahogany E. Howard & Co. tall case No. 22 astronomical regulator, estimated at $60,000-$80,000, is expected to be the top lot of the group, although a colossal 126in Renaissance revival carved walnut tall case regulator clock, made for Chicago watchmaker J.S. Townsend and estimated at $30,000-$50,000, as well as a Philadelphia William and Mary walnut tall case clock, estimated at $10,000-$20,000, are also expected to draw significant attention from bidders. A standout among the furniture selections is a classical partial gilt, stencil decorated, carved and inlaid mahogany tilt-top claw-foot breakfast table attributed to Anthony Quervelle and estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
The March 11 session will offer a lineup of advertising signs, coffee mills, weathervanes, country furniture, papier-mache masks by George Roether made for Disney Studios, garden sculpture, and music players along with material from two private collections. The session will feature 70 lots of script-painted stoneware from scarce Ohio makers, as well as sewer tile and stoneware birdhouses from the collection of William Giermann, and 50 lots of an eclectic assortment of coin-operated carnival and casino machines from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Lee South of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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