DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook Inc. will kick off its fall catalog season with a 1000-plus lot sale featuring items from several educational institutions, estates and private collections. Outstanding furniture, paintings, oriental carpets, folk art and accessory items will be presented during the two-day sale to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
The Friday night session begins with 75 lots from a Michigan collection. The first lot is a vibrant 19th century American hooked rug depicting two stags standing beneath floral branches (est. $5,000-$10,000). This bold rug measures 65 by 35 1/2 inches. The collection encompasses some fine redware examples, the initial group being a collection of miniatures and a miniature step-back cupboard in which to display them. Many of the pieces carry a provenance of Paul Flack, well known for his pristine collections. Other redware items include a hen on a nest attributed to Haig Pottery, a large seated dog, Shenandoah flowerpots and many other attractive pieces. A Pennsylvania painted pine hutch table (est. $4,000-$6,000), with a Don Walters provenance, is sure to attract attention as well as a Pennsylvania painted corner cupboard with ochre graining and red and black stippled highlights (est. $4,000-$8,000).
The property of a Dodge family descendent continues the Friday evening sale encompassing the next 100 lots. Featured in the group are various porcelains. Two large Chinese export seated dog figures with barred teeth are each estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Two Famille Rose cache pots, a Chinese export tureen and cover and a pair of rose mandarin vases are a few of the other export items. Many Staffordshire figures are appealing including a pearlware lamp in the form of Atlas with the world on his shoulders (est. $1,000-$2,000), a pearlware lion (est. $800-$1,200), a reclining greyhound and a pair of hounds (est. $500-$1,000). Several pairs of pug figures including a Meissen pug with suckling pup (est. $500-$1,000) are offered. Horse and hunting related items are expected to be popular including oil on canvas hunt scenes, hound stirrup cups and snuff boxes, silver trophies and julep cups.
Several paintings from the Chester County, Pa., artist Barclay Rubincam should attract the local bidders. A pastel titled Building the Bridge, with a scene depicting the construction of an early covered bridge, is estimated at $8,000-$12,000 and a winter landscape with a farm house estimated at $8,000-$12,000 are two examples. Other local Pennsylvania artists include a winter landscape titled Snow Bound Brook by Walter Emerson Baum (est. $10,000-$15,000) and an oil on board of chicks playing in a straw hat by Ben Austrian (est. $4,000-$8,000). A pleasing fox hunting scene by Charles Morris Young is titled Breaking the Leap and Cover (est. $20,000-$30,000). Two dramatic illustrations by Frank Earle Schoonover are from the story by George Marsh A Little Tragedy at Coocoocache. One is titled I am Francois Hertel and the other Dem papier sa one t’ousand for de man, each estimated at $5,000-$10,000. A comical illustration for the Winchester Firearms Co. by Irving Brown depicts a hunter and dog scaring up a skunk (est. $5,000-$8,000). A rich watercolor of a bald eagle and a watercolor of a great horned owl are both by the artist Earl Lincoln Poole. A landscape by J. Alden Weir (est. $8,000-$12,000) and an oil on board industrial scene by Aaron Harry Gorson (est. $5,000-$10,000) are both appealing pieces. A William Aiken Walker cabin scene with five figures and animals is estimated at $14,000-$18,000. Two oil on canvas landscapes by Hyde Soloman, engravings by Rockwell Kent, a portrait of Mrs. Godfrey Freeman by Howard Logan Hildebrandt and two landscapes by Arthur Parton have also already attracted interest.
The end of the first session features some fine carpets. One of the two Serapis has a large central blue medallion on a red field (est. $5,000-$10,000). A Caucasian carpet with two turtle medallions on an indigo field is pictured in Sherman, pg. 57 (est. $4,000-$6,000). Others include Eagle Kazak, Mahal, Bidjar, Tabriz, Heriz, etc.
On Saturday, several pieces of important Pennsylvania line and berry inlaid furniture will garner the interest of collectors and dealers alike. A Queen Anne walnut chest of drawers, circa 1740, is from either Chester or Delaware County. It is one of only a few that carry the decoration on their tops. A related example is illustrated in Worldly Goods, figure 191. A Chester County walnut spice box, the inlaid door with intertwined line and berry decoration within a circle and the initials “AS,” is an exceptional piece. The third piece is a Chester County William and Mary walnut Bible box from the collection of James Sorber, with an inlaid cartouche with the initials and date “AM 1749.” Another rare Chester County piece, also from the Sorber collection, is a exceptional miniature Queen Anne tiger maple chest of drawers dated 1764 (est. $15,000-$20,000).
Significant furniture pieces are interspersed throughout the sale. A Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut compass-seat dining chair with three shells descends from the family of Joseph Priestley of Northumberland (est. $15,000-$25,000). A Queen Anne side chair attributed to William Savery retains an exceptional old dry surface (est. 8,000-$12,000). With dramatic architectural detail, the Lancaster County walnut Dutch cupboard should fetch $15,000-$25,000. An unusual New England painted pine apothecary cupboard on bootjack feet has great eye appeal (est. $5,000-$8,000). Other pieces include a Chippendale cherry tall clock by Eli Bentley, a set of six Philadelphia or Baltimore Federal dining chairs, a Pennsylvania Chippendale schrank, circa 1775, a pair of Delaware Valley Queen Anne tiger maple dining chairs and a painted Pennsylvania dower chest similar to the one sold at the Machmer sale, lot 513 at Pook and Pook Inc.
Important textiles are being offered. A vibrant Baltimore appliqué and trapunto album quilt dated 1846 from the Bisnoff collection is signed by the four makers. It has 25 blocks with intricate floral motifs, the center with a spread winged eagle and American flag (est. $10,000-$15,000). Several medallion quilts will be sold to include a Lancaster County, Pa., James Garfield-Chester Arthur political quilt, circa 1880 with a central portrait panel (est. $5,000-$8,000). Some outstanding appliqué quilts including Whig Rose, Eagle and Baltimore Album examples. A notable Chester County silk on linen sampler dated 1820, wrought by Sarah H. James under the instruction of E. Passmore of East Goshen Township will be a sought after item. Examples of this group are illustrated in Ring’s Girlhood Embroidery, figures 442 and 443.
An exceptional selection of fraktur highlights the sale. A virtually untouched Montgomery County piece by the artist Anthony Rehm is a key item. This birth certificate is for Durck Adams Groff and has profuse decorations of a bird feeding her young, parrot, snake, checkerboard hearts, a myriad of flowers and vines, each decoration surrounded by pinprick design and signed by the artist (est. $30,000-$50,000). An unusual fraktur by Johannes Bard features floral trees and a spread-wing eagle in a shield (est. $8,000-$12,000). A fraktur metamorphosis is a rare item, depicting man’s journey from original sin to death in a series of fold-out folky drawings (est. $5,000-$10,000). Other fraktur artists include several by Abraham Huth, Ehre Artist, Martin Brechall and Conrad Trevitts.
A wide range of accessories are incorporated into the sale. A group of American pewter includes a Boardman flagon, a Danforth porringer and mug, a Harbeson deep dish and a Melville porringer. A Connecticut painted fine fireboard, attributed to Stimp is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. A great eye-catching Austrian Art Nouveau bronze table lamp has three spread winged bats with drop shades from their teeth (est. $6,000-$9,000). Several pieces of important historic blue Staffordshire include a plate with two oval portraits of Jefferson and Lafayette above a view of “Aqueduct Bridge at Little Falls” and a similar plate with portraits of Washington and Lafayette above the “Entrance of the Canal into the Hudson at Albany” (est. $6,000-$8,000). A James Pottery Chester County sgraffito flowerpot inscribed “Eliza Haines” and a Bucks County sgraffito plate with peacock will be sold. A pleasing New England folk art portrait depicting a woman in a blue dress holding a red book carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
Items of special mention include a selection of Native American pieces including pottery, clubs, beaded items, bird stones and a terrific Germantown Navajo blanket (est. $5,000-$8,000). Military items will conclude the auction beginning with an appointment document signed by Abraham Lincoln. A Confederate battle flag of the 23rd battalion Virginia, circa 1862 is listed with a complete family provenance (est. $40,000-$60,000). A flintlock rifle made by John Derr of Lancaster, Pa., is estimated at $8,000-$10,000. A Fayetteville Armory type IV musket (est. $5,000-$8,000), a Richmond, Va., musket (est. $3,000-$6,000) and a Harpers Ferry musket are just a few of the arms to be offered.
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