Provenance runs deep at Mid-Atlantic Auctions’ April 7 sale

Portrait miniature of James Sever, Portsmouth, N.H., Naval officer. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Portrait miniature of James Sever, Portsmouth, N.H., Naval officer. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

NEWARK, Del. – The estate of Elinor Hubley-Cann will be presented in Mid-Atlantic Auctions’ next sale to be held at the Newark Senior Center on Saturday, April 7. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Hubley-Cann was the daughter of Frederick Hubley of the well-recognized auction firm of F.B. Hubley Auctioneers of Cambridge, Mass. The Hubley firm, established in 1935, is well known throughout the Northeast as a source of fresh to the market estate merchandise. Hubley’s annual Presidents’ Day auction was a staple among collectors and savvy dealers for over 60 years.

Highlights from Hubley-Conn’s collection include an important miniature painting on ivory depicting the naval officer Capt. James Sever of Kingston and Duxbury, Mass. Sever christened the USS Constitution with a bottle of Madeira and was captain of the legendary frigate USS Congress from 1800 to 1801. This portrait miniature was acquired by Fred Hubley, Elinor Hubley’s father in the late 1940s directly from the Sever estate of Kingston, Mass.

Also from the Hubley-Cann estate will be items drawn from a large collector’s cabinet including some interesting Chinese jade objects, Peking glass and Chinese brass incense burners.

Chinese objects from a Delaware antiquarian collector’s estate will be sold. Highlights include a blanc de Chine statue of the goddess Quan Yin (possibly Ming dynasty), a fine pair of K’ang Hsi ceramic polychrome decorated ancestors and four early figural roof tiles. Other fine Asian items handed down from a 19th century missionary family include exceptional embroideries, a imperial yellow teapot, a bronze censor with carved wood and carnelian mounted cover, a pair of Imperial yellow chrysanthemum decorated ginger jars, rock crystal teapot and a dozen carved antique ivory Asian figures.

The estate of Ruth Milliken Murphy, late of Concord, Mass., will also be represented in this auction. Murphy’s family was from Marblehead, Mass., and at the age of 13 the family moved to Indianapolis. The Murphys also maintained residences in New Canaan, Conn., and Washington, Conn., prior to living in Concord. Her mother and father were active as one of the founding families of the John Herron Art Museum. Highlights include an important John Marin etching titled The Woolworth Building, also known as The Dance, purchased in 1931. This rare print is accompanied by its original sales receipt from a Manhattan gallery. The piece is believed to be one of approximately 30 that were produced. Murphy’s husband George worked as a banker at the Woolworth Building. Highlights from the Murphy collection include a fine 16-inch polychrome Delft charger, an English boxed tole tea service, fine decanters and a pearlware ram and ewe. Most lots in the collection were purchased from major dealers in the 1950s and 1960s and include their original receipts.

Mid-Atlantic is pleased to offer a collection of over 40 fine Oriental carpets. Highlights include two circa 1890 silk carpets from a prominent North Shore Long Island estate/trust. The silk rugs were originally used in the collector’s/ambassador’s seasonal home in Provence, France. Other rugs from Massachusetts, Delaware and Baltimore estates include room-size Blue Sarouk, Kuba, Shirvan and Herez examples.

An important estate collection of over 100 pieces of American Glass will be sold. Highlights include a Tiffany trumpet vase with bronze pineapple base, a large Steuben apple green Cluthra vase, a wafer top calcite and gold aurene candlestick and several Durand vases. Other makers include Sandwich, New England Glass Co., Quezal, Mount Washington and Loetz.

Americana from the estate of Maryanne Klopman of Marblehead, Mass., will be sold. Klopman inherited items that descended in the Klopman family of New Jersey and New York City (Burlington Industries). Highlights include the Klopman family cherry Chippendale chest, which exhibits typical New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic characteristics including fluted quarter columns and ogee feet. Also from the Klopman estate are a tiger maple Hepplewhite chest of drawers, a Rhode Island tiger maple slant-lid desk, a Massachusetts Chippendale wing chair, Dutch tobacco boxes and many additional accessories.

Country Americana is well represented by a Syosset, Long Island collector’s estate. Highlights include a Long Island cherry Chippendale tall chest, a Michael Allison butler’s secretary desk, a maple Chippendale tall chest, a Gustav Stickley labeled table, a Duffner & Kimberly leaded shade, a collection of blue decorated stoneware and 40 still and mechanical banks.

From the estate of Everett Chapman of Ipswich, Mass., the auctioneers will be selling a collection of vintage trains, circa 1920-1930, by Lionel. Also from the Chapman estate is a five-speed 4.75-scale model working live steam train engine marked Waushakum, along with Revolutionary War and Civil War regalia including belt buckles, swords and accessories.

For details visit Mid-Atlantic Auctions’ website www.mid-atlantic.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Portrait miniature of James Sever, Portsmouth, N.H., Naval officer. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Portrait miniature of James Sever, Portsmouth, N.H., Naval officer. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Important blanc de Chine Quam Yin figure, 15 inches high. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Important blanc de Chine Quam Yin figure, 15 inches high. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Chinese bronze censer with carved wood and carnelian mounted cover. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Chinese bronze censer with carved wood and carnelian mounted cover. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Five-speed 4.75 scale ‘Waushakum’ steam locomotive. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Five-speed 4.75 scale ‘Waushakum’ steam locomotive. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Eighteen century Pennsylvania Chippendale chest of drawers. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Eighteen century Pennsylvania Chippendale chest of drawers. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Persian silk rug, 55 inches x 72 inches. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.

Persian silk rug, 55 inches x 72 inches. Image courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Auctions.