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Cowan’s to sell furniture, folk & decorative arts March 9-10  

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Joseph Whiting Stock, (American, 1815-1855), ‘Portrait of a Boy in Red with Dog and Hoop Toy,’ circa 1840, oil on canvas, 40 x 30in. Estimate: $10,000-$20,000. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s, a Hindman company, will present its American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction on March 9-10. The sale will feature property from the collection of Paul M. Bentley, a lifelong collector of idiosyncratic Americana and folk art, who, along with his wife Judith, built a one-of-a-kind collection, which they installed in their equally unique home on the banks of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. There will also be objects from the collection of Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth, who are among the original founders of the Auburn Fine Arts Museum; the estate of James A. Sanders of Evansville and New Harmony, Indiana; and the collection of Karen Tosterud. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Notable paintings in the sale include Joseph Whiting Stock’s Portrait of a Boy in Red with Dog and Hoop Toy (above; estimate is $10,000-$20,000), and Portraits of Robert Henry and Sarah Ann Hodges Boorman, attributed to Rembrandt Peale (below; estimate is $8,000-$12,000).

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Attributed to Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778-1860), portraits of Robert Henry and Sarah Ann Hodges Boorman, oil on canvas, each 30 x 25in. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000. Cowan’s image

Robert’s brother, James Boorman, formed the firm of Boorman & Johnston, which controlled much of the Dundee linen trade from Scotland and who went on to serve as director of the Hudson River Railroad Co.

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Federal fan and fylfot inlaid cherrywood chest of drawers, possibly Greene County, Tenn., circa 1840. Estimate: $4,000-$8,000. Cowan’s image

Standout furniture includes a mid-19th century Federal fylfot and fan inlaid cherrywood chest of drawers, likely of Greene Co., Tennessee (lot 564; estimate is $4,000-$8000), and a late 18th century Federal tall-case clock with an elaborate, though later, grain paint (lot 592; estimate is $3,000-$5,000).

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Federal grain-painted tall-case clock with works by Eaton Sanford of Plymouth, Mass., circa 1775, 86in high, grain painting is later. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Cowan’s image

Outstanding lots from the Bentley collection include a sternboard portrait bust of Daniel Webster, previously from the collection of Stephen and Petra Levin (lot 1; estimate is $6,000-$9,000), a large carved and painted Miss Martin ship-form birdhouse (lot 25; estimate is $2,000-$4,000), and an eight-foot-long carved wood alligator figure from Spring Point Light, Maine (lot 23; estimate is $2,000-$4,000). The Wadsworth collection, featured in Time magazine in the early 1980s, includes Alonzo Chappel’s historically iconic George Washington at Princeton1777, one of the artist’s most noteworthy works (lot 123; estimate is $5,000-$7,000) and it was previously exhibited at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama.

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Finely carved pine sternboard portrait bust of Daniel Webster, Sag Harbor, New York, circa 1850, 29½in high. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Cowan’s image

Highlights from the Sanders estate include a country grain-painted step-back cupboard (lot 162; estimate is $1,000-$2,000), a cast-iron “M&L Jarmulowsky Banking House” architectural bank from the early 20th century (lot 277; estimate is $3,000-$5,000), and numerous lots of Bennington and Rockingham glazed tableware.

folk & decorative arts
Carved and painted Miss Martin ship-form birdhouse, 20th century, 32 x 59in. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Cowan’s image

Karen Tosterud’s collection, which reflects her love for painted Scandinavian antiques, includes a Federal red-painted pine tall-case clock by Ohio manufacturer and businessman Gary Lewis (lot 412; estimate is $1,000-$2,000), as well as numerous carved wood Dala horses.

Bidding for the March 9-10 auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

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