NEW YORK – You’re tired, you’re full, perhaps uncomfortably so, and you do not want to watch football. That’s the alternative on Thanksgiving Day? Jasper52 will treat you to holiday entertainment that is far more exciting than broadcast sports. On Thursday, November 25, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a 660-lot lineup that has been curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana. And while there might be images and representations of turkeys in the sale, not one of the lots on offer is a loser. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Schoolgirl samplers are, of course, a mainstay of this variety of Jasper52 auction, and the Thanksgiving highlight was stitched circa 1805 by 11-year-old Hepzibah Harrington of Weston, Massachusetts, who was one of 11 children. Within a classic Middlesex County, Massachusetts border she lettered the following verse: “My childifh days fwift glide away/ And riper years are coming on/ May heaven prepare me for that hour/ When I on earth fhall be no more.” The silk-on-linen sampler carries an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.
This special Thanksgiving Day auction includes fine furniture that will make collectors sit up and take notice, such as a superb circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest with a dentil and drill molding under the cornice and its original oval pineapple brasses and locks. Described as being in “excellent” condition, it is estimated at $20,000-$24,000.
But the standout to end all standouts is a circa-1770 North Carolina walnut chippendale desk with many elaborate secret compartments. The desk has a blocked semi amphitheatre interior with nine shells and stop fluted document drawers with rosettes. In addition, its case boasts stop fluted quarter columns on elaborately carved feet by Thomas White. This antique stunner carries an estimate of $156,000-$187,000.
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