Kaminski Auctions to sell John Quincy Adams heirlooms Aug. 20

Brian Coole, ‘Battle between the Constitution, (Capt. Isaac Hull) & Guerriere, (Capt. James Dacres),’ oil on board. Aug. 19, 1812 approximately 400 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, 22 in. x 27 in., frame 31 in. x 36 in. Estimate: $6,500-$7,500. Kaminski Auctions image


BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present several important paintings and furnishings that have descended through the John Quincy Adams family in the Sunday, Aug. 20, estate auction. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, was the son of John Adams, second president of the United States, and Abigail Adams. John Quincy Adams married Louisa Catherine Adams and had four sons. Their third son, Charles Francis Adams Sr., served as ambassador to England during the Civil War.

The property offered is from the estate of Brooks Adams of Chestnut Street, Boston, son of Charles Francis Adams Sr.
Brooks lived at the Adams Historic Site Park Old House in Quincy, Massachusetts. He died in 1927 in his Boston home and these items passed to Abigail Adams Homans thence to Abigail Adams and Mason Browne.

The collection includes an important 18th-century Neoclassical inlaid chest (below), a painting of the HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship painted by R.S. Thomas dated 1838, a ship painting of the John Quincy Adams, Edward B. Michels, Master, which is signed with a monogram.


Eighteenth-century Italian Neoclassical inlaid three-drawer chest, having elaborate inlay. Estimate: $2,500-$4,000. Kaminski Auctions image


Other items of interest in the sale include a late 19th/early 20th century European skeleton clock, a Renato Bertelli Art Deco terra-cotta sculpture titled Donna Con Pettine and a large selection of jewelry including a men’s Rolex watch with diamond bezel.


Renato Bertelli (Italian, 1900-1974), Art Deco terra-cotta sculpture, ‘Donna con Pettine,’ circa 1935, 14 in x 11 in. w. x 5 in. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Kaminski Auctions image


The auction will begin Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.