AMESBURY, Mass. – An important single-family private collection out of Metro-West Boston featuring more than 2,200 choice lots in a wide range of collecting categories will come up for bid in a four-day auction planned for Thursday, May 4; Friday, May 5; Saturday, May 6; and Sunday, May 7 by John McInnis Auctioneers. Start times will be 11 am Eastern on all four days. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Day 1, on Thursday, May 4, will feature paintings, Asian furnishings and objects, small clocks, objects de vertu, jewelry, silver, textiles, glass and ceramics.
Day 2, on Friday, May 5, will contain American and English furniture and accessories, including American paintings and clocks.
Day 3, on Saturday, May 6, will comprise garden and home furnishings, Oriental rugs, European and Continental paintings and frames, lighting, decorative arts and furnishings.
Day 4, on Sunday May 7, will showcase historical ephemera, maps, books, photography, presidential items, miniature portraits, canes and walking sticks, military, maritime and nautical (including paintings, half hulls and models), clocks and related objects, decoys, bird miniatures and sporting items, advertising and signs.
“There are some very unusual items in this sale,” John McInnis of McInnis Auctioneers pointed out, “such as the working manuscript for Dr. Benjamin Spock’s seminal guide for new mothers titled The Pocket Book of Baby and Child Care (1946), which will be offered on Day 4 with a modest estimate of $3,000-$6,000.” The manuscript is typed and with pencil edits, as well as Dr. Spock’s inline annotations.
Items up for bid on Day 1 include:
An oil on canvas by the Viennese-born American artist Maxim Kopf (1892-1958), titled Tahitians on the Beach, from the artist’s Orgy series, estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
A Franklin Institute medal from 1847, presented to the New England Glass Company of Boston for “Reward of Skill and Ingenuity in Colored Glass,” minted with a profile of Benjamin Franklin and signed “Gobrecht F.” It weighs 1.94 troy ounces and is estimated at $500-$1,000.
An enamel on copper canister by Frank J. Marshall (American, 1884-1975), titled Peacock in a Garden and measuring 4 ½in in diameter. It has an estimate of $2,000-$4,000. Marshall was a craftsman in the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and advanced to master in 1913.
A monumental Japanese stone pagoda moon lantern, estimated at $5,000-$10,000. This heavy stone monument separates into seven pieces and is more than eight feet tall.
A few of the expected top lots on Day 2 are as follows:
A circa-1880 molded sheet copper merino ram weathervane for the Emery Wool Co. in Boston (which was once the wool capital of the world). Estimated at $20,000-$40,000, it measures 29in long and comes with an Emery, Russell & Goodrich unused receipt and copies of photos of Emery’s estate.
A mahogany tall case clock by Nathaniel Monroe of Concord, Mass., which is estimated at $6,000-$12,000. It has a pierced gallery crest with original faceted ball finials, original painted dial and brass inset fluted pilasters, and stands 94 ½in tall.
An oil on board by the Dutch-born American painter Anthony Thieme (1888-1954), titled Doorway of the Nickels-Sortwell House Wiscasset Me. It has a 1929 Jordan Marsh Exhibition label on the verso and is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
Day 3 will be just as interesting, with featured lots such as:
A pair of Roman marble herms of antiquity, each 62 ½in tall and estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
A 19th-century iron and zinc fountain by JW Fisk, decorated with dolphins, shells and putto and fitted with a six-foot reservoir. Its estimate is $4,000-$6,000.
A 13-light brass candelabrum by Bruno Paul (1874-1968), manufactured by K M Seifert for Vereinigte fur Kunst im Handwerk, estimated at $7,500-$15,000.
In addition to the Dr. Spock manuscript, Day 4 will also feature:
A painting by the English-born American painter William F. Halsall (1841-1919), titled Tall Ship in Boston Harbor Near Narrows Lighthouse with Icebergs in Distance, signed and dated and estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
A collection of letters written by the renowned American painter and illustrator N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), including five handwritten letters to his daughter Henriette (who was also an artist), discussing family matters, life at home and the Odyssey series. The group carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
A 1770 gold and black enamel funerary ring, inscribed to Rev. George Whitefield, given to pallbearer Rev. Samuel Haven of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and then his descendants. Its estimate is $2,000-$4,000. It is worth noting that Rev. Haven sired 17 offspring, some of whom rank among Portsmouth’s most important citizens.
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