ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Americana, fresh from the field, will be presented at Myers Fine Art & Antiques Auction Gallery Feb. 7. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
“All we do are specialty auctions and this is our first Americana auction since about 2004,” said Mary Dowd of Myers Fine Art & Antiques. “Because everything is purchased from estates, it’s all fresh to the market.”
A prime example is a painting by 19th-century marine artist William Bradford titled Near Henley Harbor, which was recently discovered in an old estate and has not been offered for sale in at least the past 60 years. The oil painting on artists board, 9 inches by 14 inches, depicts the rugged shoreline of Labrador with cottages and an iceberg in the background. In as-found condition with surface grime, light scratches and edge wear near the frame opening, the painting has a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.
Born and raised near New Bedford, Mass., Bradford (1823-1892) is known for his paintings of arctic seascapes. The artist and photographer participated in several expeditions to the frozen north. His paintings typically depict strong color and spectacular lighting.
An Old Dominion Line painting by American marine artist Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921) pictures the ship Madison. The signed oil painting on artist board is dated 1912. It has the original plaque attached to the gold frame, which reads “Old Dominion Line New York and Virginia.” The painting is in original condition and has not been restored. There are a few light small bits of paint loss; otherwise it is in good condition. The painting carries a $2,000-$4,000 estimate.
Another ship’s painting in the auction pictures the Iron Ship Avoca, which was built in London in 1885 and burnt at sea off India in 1895. The painting, 25 inches by 34 1/2 inches is attributed to Lai Fong, a prolific Chinese artist who specialized in painting ships. The painting was professionally restored prior to being sold by a London art gallery in 1995. It is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
“There’s a lot of interest is the Clinedinst painting of the sugar cane plant. It’s by a Florida artist and they’re in demand now,” said Dowd.
May Spear Clinedinst, a public school teacher from Brooklyn, N.Y., retired to Florida in 1950 to concentrate on painting. She spent her summers at Gloucester and Cape Ann, Mass., painting landscapes, harbors and ship portraits. The painting in Myers’ auction measures 24 inches by 36 inches and is in good original condition. It has a $1,200-$1,800 estimate.
One of several pieces of Southern furniture in the sale is a 19th-century Sheraton Kentucky sugar chest of solid butternut. It has a dovetailed case, divided interior and simple molding. The chest has one long drawer and nicely turned feet. It is expected to bring $2,500-$3,500.
An 18th-century Massachusetts mahogany Chippendale chair having a nicely curved back, an unusual back foot element and finely carved brackets on the front legs is in good condition with no damage or repair. This classic has a $1,200-$1,800 estimate.
Found in New Hampshire, a Federal tall case clock has “Wilson” pressed on the back of the iron dial, which is decorated with a bird on a branch and flowers. The grain-painted case is covered with a dark varnish. The clock is in running condition and stands 87 inches high. It has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.
An appliqué Basket & Floral “Friendship Album” quilt has graphic pattern block variations of pieced Log Cabin motifs. The early calico print fabrics of this 19th-century quilt retain the rich original color. The quilt measures 75 inches by 73 inches and has a $600-$800 estimate.
A silk embroidered memorial mourning picture is signed in gilt eglomise “wrought by Nancy Fisher at Canton aged 13 y. 1808.” The embroidered memorial is marked “Inscribed to the memory of Mrs. Susanna Fisher who died Jan. 2nd, 1799 aged 31 years. Lo where this silent marble weeps a friend, a wife, a mother sleeps.” The memorial is in its original frame, which measures 18 inches by 15 inches. It has a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.
An ornate sterling silver trophy should of interest to harness racing enthusiasts. The 11 1/2-inch high trophy was presented Oct. 15, 1901 to Captor, owned and driven by Charles Marvin. Walnut Hall Stock Farm, established in Lexington, Ky., in 1892 for breeding standardbred horses, presented the award. The trophy, which weighs 97.5 troy ounces, has a $1,500-$2,000 estimate.
Additional items include folk art, toys, whaling items and a John Quincy Adams document.
“We always to make it a complete sale with a lot of variety. This is a well-rounded sale,” said Dowd.
For details phone 727-823-3249.
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