Ben Austrian farmyard scene a standout in Jeffrey Evans July 2-3 auction

Ben Austrian farmyard scene, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

Ben Austrian farmyard scene, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

CRAWFORD, Va., – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates is pleased to announce its 40th Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction to be held July 2-3. The two-day event features historic property from estates and collections in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, New Jersey, Texas, and California, plus museum deaccessions. With more than 1,100 lots of high-quality material, the sale is sure to generate excitement in the collecting community, providing a gauge for the current market across multiple categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The July 2 session, which begins at 9 am Eastern time, features the single-owner collection of the late Theodore (Ted) and Alvina Breckel, comprising the entire contents of their 18th century Oley, Pennsylvania stone farmhouse. The diverse offerings will include 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania, Midwestern, and New England furniture, most in original paint or finish; folk art portraiture, including miniatures; fraktur and other works on paper; other folk art, including weathervanes, trade signs, and carvings; earthenware and stoneware; wrought-iron hearth articles, including many signed examples; Gaudy Dutch ceramics; and antique oriental carpets.

A small selection of additional American folk pottery from other consignors will immediately follow the Breckel Collection at the conclusion of the day. Highlights include a Ben Austrian oil on canvas farmyard scene of hen and chicks; a Jonas Weber paint-decorated trinket box; a 19th-century molded-copper full-body rooster weathervane in original surface; an Anna Pottery stoneware figural pig flask; a folk art watercolor portrait of a man, attributed to the Reading Artist; and an early Bucks County fraktur bookplate, dated 1781 and attributed to Johannes Mayer.

The  July 3 session, scheduled to commence at 9 am Eastern time, will feature a fine selection of Virginia and other Southern material; 18th and 19th century formal and country furniture; American folk, fine, & decorative arts; folk pottery; textiles, including outstanding quilts; Native American material; Civil War material, including a group of items owned by Jedediah “Jed” Hotchkiss; antique firearms; an excellent selection of mochaware, including many rare forms and patterns; 18th and 19th century English figures and other ceramic articles, including Liverpool and creamware; and 18th century glass. Highlights for Day Two include an important Stirewalt Family, Shenandoah Co., Virginia paint-decorated yellow pine diminutive blanket chest; a fine Native American Navajo Third Phase Chief’s blanket; a Valley of Virginia inlaid cherry tall-case clock attributed to Peter Rife and David Whipple of Montgomery (now Pulaski) County; an outstanding 19th century carved and gilt spread-wing eagle wall plaque; and a wooden canteen used by famed Civil War Confederate cartographer, Jedediah “Jed” Hotchkiss.


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