Preview: February 7, 2018: 9am-5pm and February 8 & 9, 2018: 8am-10am
Please Note: All prices include the hammer price plus the buyer’s premium, which is paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price. The prices noted here after the auction are considered unofficial and do not become official until after the 46th day.
Please Note: Due to a data input error, the painting “Arrival” is not included in this lot.
ALZIRA (BOEHM) PEIRCE (American, 1908-2010) TWO WORKS: NIGHTTIME SHOOTING AND “ARRIVAL”
Oils on canvas Unframed 1) Signed lower right “Alzira Peirce Sept. 1940” 2) Signed lower right “Alzira Peirce Sept 1946″, Midtown galleries label affixed to verso SIZE: 1) 28″ x 36”. 2) 22″ x 30″ PROVENANCE: Descended through the family of the artist CONDITION: 1) Right side has chipping, some other light chips, otherwise good. 2) Craquelure, otherwise good 52797-13 (600-900) – Lot 1004
Please Note: Size should be: 29″ x 39″. Overall: 38″ x 48″.
ERIC SLOANE (American, 1905-1985) “SUN AND BARNWOOD”
Oil on Masonite Housed in a barn board-style frame Signed and titled lower left “Eric Sloane NA Sun and Barnwood” Accompanying the painting is a 2001 appraisal by Brady Galleries, Inc SIZE: 29″ x 59″. Overall: 38″ x 48″ CONDITION: Very good to excellent 52622-1 (15,000-25,000) – Lot 1085
Please Note: Title should read “PROVINCETOWN HARBOR”.
ARTHUR MORRIS COHEN (American, 1928-2012) TWO WORKS: “TOWN WHARF” AND “PROVIDENCE TOWN HARBOR”
Oil on panels Simple shadow box type wood frames Initialed lower right, also signed and titled on verso SIZE: 4″ h x 8″ w, 5″ h x 8″ w. Overall 4-1/2″ h x 8-3/4″ w, 5-1/2″ h x 8-1/2″ w CONDITION: Very good 52987-16 (1,800-2,200) – Lot 1097
Please Note: Title should be “Harbor Scene”, not “Stony Brook Harbor”.
PAUL KING (American, 1867-1947) STONY BROOK HARBOR, LONG ISLAND
Oil on canvas Housed in a gold painted wood frame Signed lower right “Paul King”, signed and inscribed on verso “Paul King NA. Stony Brook Long Is ny” SIZE: 32″ x 40″. Overall: 36-1/2″ x 44-1/2″ CONDITION: Craquelure throughout, scattered restoration in center 52902-9 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 1164
Please Note: There are several small areas of missing paint in sunburst.
MORRIS GRAVES (American, 1910-2001) “WAR MADDENED BIRD FOLLOWING ST ELMO’S FIRE”
Tempera on paper Housed in a modern giltwood frame under glass Signed and dated lower right “M Graves 44”, bears multiple exhibition labels on verso Exhibited: M. H. DeYoung Memorial Museum “Morris Graves”, No. 3; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC “Morris Graves: Vision of the Inner Eye”, April 9-May 29, 1983, Item 31C; Phillips Collection exhibition traveled to: Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, July 1-August 28, 1983; Whitney Museum of American Art, September 14-November 27, 1983; Oakland Museum of Art, January 18-March 25, 1984; and the Seattle Art Museum April 19-July 8, 1984 SIZE: 24-1/2″ x 59″. Overall: 26-1/2″ x 61″ PROVENANCE: From a coastal Maine collection CONDITION: Very good 52553-3 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 1190
Please Note: The images in the printed catalog are incorrect. The images online are correct.
ALZIRA (BOEHM) PEIRCE (American, 1908-2010) SEVEN WORKS
All watercolors Unframed Either signed “Alzira” or “A. P.” or “Alzira Pierce” SIZE: Four are 13-3/4″ x 16-1/2″, two are 15-3/4″ x 14″, and one is 18″ x 12″ CONDITION: Generally very good, some light toning 52797-7 (500-800) – Lot 1316
Please Note: The proper description for the pendulum should read: The original heavy brass cased adjustable pendulum with glass cylinder for mercury. There has been a close-up of the pendulum added to the online catalog.
COLONIAL REVIVAL MAHOGANY TALL CASE CLOCK BY MAPPIN & WEBB.
Early 20th century, London, England. The bonnet with serpentine arched crest applied with foliate carved molding above the frieze with carved shell subsidiary crest above a carved heart shaped cartouche over a molded arch, to which is fitted a glass panel door, flanked by free-standing Corinthian columns with cast-brass capitals and bases, fitted to the case above a molded platform over an astragal glazed glass panel door joined to the box base with incurved mid-molding and with square raised panel, joined to a molded base raised on ogee bracket feet. The silvered dial with Arabic numeral chapter ring centering a time, strike, and musical aperture beneath a subsidiary seconds dial within cast-gilt-metal pierced foliate spandrels, each mounted with a masque, all on a brass plate; “MAPPIN & WEBB MONTREAL” engraved within the rondel of the numeral “6” above “MADE IN ENGLAND”. Within the arch are two small dials, one for chime and silent, the other for musical choice of either “Whittington” or “Westminster”, both within cast-brass foliate elements. The eight-day brass movement driven by three cylindrical weights on six pillars, striking on nine tubes; the musical selection on a brass cylinder. The clock has its original pendulum which originally contained mercury that was long ago removed. SIZE: 9′ 4-1/2″ h x 24″ w (case), 15″ w (throat) x 16-3/4″ d. CONDITION: The case structurally very fine with original surface and rich patina. Movement appears fully operational and very clean. Hands original. The silvered dial with uneven color due to excessive cleaning over time. Otherwise very good. The tubes original, as are the pendulum and weights. 52973-2 (3,500-5,000) – Lot 1479
Please Note: The description should read: The eight day brass movement driven by two pine cone shaped iron weights, not three as written.
DIMINUTIVE BLACK FOREST CARVED LINDEN CUCKOO CLOCK.
Late 19th/early 20th century, Bavaria (modern day southeast Germany). The case with pierced carved oak leaf cresting above the house form case with a molded Roman numeral chapter ring beneath double doors concealing a carved wood bird that sounds the hour, all within a frame simulating natural trees with carved oak leaves. The original pendulum, carved as a tree form disc with central oak leaf. The 8-day brass movement driven by three pine cone shaped iron weights on chains, set within a wood frame. The sounds assisted by two bellows. SIZE: 17-1/2″ h x 13″ w x 7″ d. PROVENANCE: Contents of a lifetime collection “Brook Crossing,” South Pomfret, VT. CONDITION: Clock with original surfaces, now with mellow honey patina. Movement appears intact but in need of adjustment and cleaning. Good overall. 52806-184 (300-500) – Lot 1490
Please Note: The table is late 18th century / 19th century.
CARVED PORTUGUESE ROCOCO STYLE ROSEWOOD CENTER TABLE.
Late 19th century. This fine example with rectangular top and gadrooned edge above conforming frieze. The apron carved in deep relief with scrolling vinery centering a shell within a C-scroll molded frame, the background carved with rows of floral squares. The table raised on bold cabriole legs with molded edge and large scalloped returns centering a carved cartouche of flower heads, scrolling leaf tips, and drapery. Raised on dramatic ball and paw feet with carved knuckles. SIZE: 33-1/2″ h x 44-1/2″ w x 28-3/4″ d. CONDITION: The three board top with tight seam cracks, now stable. Table retains original surface with rich, dark patina. Minimal and minor restoration to edge of apron at leaf tips, now with good French polish. 53021-3 (6,000-8,000) – Lot 1533
Please Note: Good News! It should be noted that Jim Johnson’s authoritative text “Accouterments V” just out this month features the Red Jacket rifle and painting on this inside front cover.
INCREDIBLE, INSCRIBED AND HISTORIC 1813 AMERICAN INDIAN UNITED STATES TREATY GUN FOR IROQUOIS CHIEF “RED JACKET” AND ACCOMPANYING 19TH CENTURY “RED JACKET” PAINTING.
Inset seed bead decorated American Indian guns are extremely rare and few examples are known and this gun has impeccable surface and condition. Inset into right side of stock in white seed beads is Red Jacket’s Indian name and date of presentation “SAGOYEWATHA / 1813 / OTETIANI”. Red Jacket’s given name at birth was Otetiani which means “He is prepared”. Sagoyewatha, his name taken as adult, translates to “He causes them to awake”. 1813 is the year which Red Jacket, as Chief of the Seneca’s Wolf Clan agreed to fight for the American’s in the War of 1812. “Red Jacket” (1758-1830) was given this English name based on the fact he was given a red coat during the Revolutionary War. Previously, he wanted to remain neutral, due to his active participation on the British side during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, he led his fellow tribesmen and fought gallantly at the Battle of Ft. George, August 17, 1813 and the Battle of Chippewa July 5, 1814. Red Jacket was among the most gifted and eloquent Indian orators of his day. He was quite famous from the time of the American Revolution until his death. A scholarly biography by Christopher Densmore, published by Syracuse University Press in 1999, Red Jacket – Iroquois Diplomat and Orator details all of this cataloger’s summation above. Interested parties no doubt will know the stature and notoriety of Red Jacket in early American history and culture and his negotiations with presidents from George Washington to Andrew Jackson. This trade musket is US proofed on barrel and contract marked by Daniel Dana of Canton, Massachusetts. Gun is in same configuration and furniture following the pattern of circa 1810 militia longarms and Dana had several contracts during this period. Gun is fine “as found” attic condition, 54-1/2″ overall with 39-1/2″ 69 caliber barrel. Inset white seed bead decoration is the best that can be found utilizing a few hundred beads which are virtually all intact. Presentation on right side of stock continues across top of comb into several C-swirls on opposite side, a true piece of Eastern Woodlands Indian art. Note there is a small iron staple in stock just forward of lock, possibly for attachment of a totem. Accompanying gun is a notarized 1980 letter of provenance stating how the gun was bought from direct descent of a member of the Seneca tribe near Tonawanda Reservation. The painting shows Red Jacket in full dress standing view wearing his George Washington Peace medal, holding tomahawk at his side and Niagara Falls as a background. (present day Buffalo, NY where he resided).The Red Jacket painting was originally presented to the Brooklyn Museum in 1864 by New York Representative John Schumaker who was from the North Hudson River Valley. There is a 1966 letter from a Washington, DC gallery describing the painting stating it had been re-lined and cleaned and though unsigned, thought it to be the work of Charles Bird King. There is a conservation report to the last owner, Mr. Wester White, which tells of large areas of in-painting. Amazing that this painting was priced at $7,000 to Mr. White prior to his restoration in 1968. PROVENANCE: Painting: Brooklyn Museum, de-accessed at unknown date; Adams, Davidson & Co, Washington, DC; Wester A. White, Freeville, NY, 1966; Private Collection, 1980. Musket: Parker family, Seneca tribe; Gerald Gruber, Akron, NY, 1980; Private Collection. CONDITION: The gun is very good overall and as noted “as found” attic condition with dark iron patina and dark mustard patina to metal. Stock is sound and solid with an old inset repair above lock. Bead decoration and wood have hand worn patina. Mechanically gun functions well with smooth pitted bore. The painting which measures 25-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ including frame is very good to fine as restored (read accompanying 1971 conservation report). 53011-1 (20,000-25,000) – Lot 2035
Please Note: Date should be 1863, not “1963” as written in the description.
FINE CONFEDERATE PASSPORT OF GEORGIA DIPLOMAT.
Framed Confederate passport of Hansford D. Norrell who was a high level Confederate courier from Augusta, Georgia. The passport which is archivally framed measures 16-1/2″ x 10″ and is signed by Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State, September 29, 1963. The imprinted passport has a very crisp Confederate States of America blind stamp exhibiting a shield with the St. Andrews Cross with stars. This is a rare document not often offered in very fine condition, accompanied by Norrell’s named Southern Cross of Honor and a photograph of him wearing it, along with a small UDC pamphlet with his wife’s name inked. SIZE: 22″ x 20-1/2″ overall. CONDITION: Very good overall as archivally framed. 52875-18 (3,000-4,000) – Lot 2049
Please Note: Typographical error, the estimate should be $3,000-$5,000.
BRONZE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CANDLESTICK FROM STEPHEN DECATUR FAMILY DESCENT, CAPTURED FROM HMS MACEDONIAN.
Family legend states this early French bronze Egyptian Revival candlestick was taken as a souvenir after Decatur’s famous battle while in command of United States over HMS Macedonian during War of 1812. Elegant 7-1/2″ bronze cylindrical candlestick is decorated with three Egyptian lion-faced figures of very similar design noted on ancient Egyptian art. Egyptian Revival architecture and decorative art began in earnest in France in the first quarter of the 19th century after Napoleon’s Egyptian campaigns, 1798-1801. SIZE: 7-1/2″ x 3″. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Old cleaning residue and light bronze patina with staining. Ten 3-1/2″ crystal drops are complete and matching. 52714-191 (300-500) – Lot 2069
Please Note: Title should read “FRAME MADE FROM THE HATCH COVER OF HIS FRIGATE…”
RARE CIRCA 1820 ENGRAVING OF STEPHEN DECATUR, FRAME MADE FROM DECKING OF HIS FRIGATE “UNITED STATES”.
Framed steel plate engraving “Commodore Stephen Decatur / Engraved by Henry Meyer from an original picture by John W. Jarvis”. Wood backing of frame is inscribed: “This picture was given to my mother by General Page of Norfolk, VA. The frame is made of the hatch (live oak) of the Frigate United States“. Signed “Maria Susannah Decatur Mayo”. The frame has beautiful grain taken from the deck of the ship that made Stephen Decatur famous when he captured HMS Macedonian in the War of 1812. Wood in frame is quite dense with beautiful grain, weighing over 13lbs. SIZE: 12″ x 15″, exposed paper image. Overall:19-1/2″ x 23-1/2″. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine. CONDITION: Very good overall. There is light warpage to beveled lower frame panel and several age cracks as can be seen in photos. Backing of frame still retains screws, probably original to the ship. Engraving was not removed from frame, but is good overall with light staining and a few small streaks unaffecting aesthetics. 52714-59 (1,200-1,800) – Lot 2076
Please Note: Correct family spelling is “Ten Eycke”. Also Col E.A. Cabell is Edward A Cabell (See Lot 2102 for more information). “MG from her great Aunt MGV” is our consignor from their great aunt Maria Garnett. On cup #3 the inscription is from Maria Garnet Venn to our consignor’s brother J.H.P.G. (not F.H.P. Garnett). Jennings Wise Garnett was the son of the first A.Y.P. Garnett (private physician to Jefferson Davis in the Civil War, and eventually president of the AMA in Washington, DC) and he was born in 1859, died 1880; and was a grandson of Gov. Henry A. Wise. “JHP” is James Harper Poor (our consignor’s great grandfather, lived 1862-1918) a very successful businessman descended from the Boston Peabody-Poor line of the family.
SIX STERLING AND COIN SILVER CHILD’S HANDLED CUPS INCLUDING PEABODY, CABELL, AND GARNETT FAMILY INSCRIPTIONS.
1) Coin silver child’s cup engraved “James Harper Peabody FEBY 18, 1837”. Hallmarked on bottom “P” with bust of man, circa 1837. A note found in family appraisal indicated that a similar mug at the Metropolitan Museum “ref. Winterthur DACP. Probably the mark of John Pitkin 1803-1891, working in Hartford CT with branch in Vicksburg, Miss. The cup having an s-scroll handle with molded top and bottom rim. 3-1/2” h. James Harper Peabody 1837-1884. Son of George Frederick Peabody and Anna Harper. 2) American coin silver presentation Christmas cup engraved “Presented to Col. E.A. Cabell by a friend Christmas 1840”, also on base “M.G. from her great aunt M.G.V. May 7, 1952” by M.W. Galt & Bro, Washington, D.C., circa 1840. The tapered cup with eight sides having a decorative scroll handle, the inscription on the side surrounded by a floral border. The base hallmarked “M.W. Galt & Bro”. 4″ h. Brief research indicates that there was an E.A. Cabell in Amherst County, VA. 3) American sterling silver child’s cup engraved “Maria Garnett from her great grandfather, Henry A. Wise. Sept. 2d 1875”, also engraved on base “F.H.P.G. Jr. from M.G.V. Sept 6, 1949” by Whiting Manufacturing Company. Plain round body with molded rims and shaped handle, marked on base with the Whiting trademark “sterling 143”. 3-1/2″ h. Maria Garnett (Venn) born September 2, 1875, died April 25, 1960 married Henry Straith Venn, 1869 – 1908. Henry A. Wise (December 3, 1806 – September 12, 1876) was an American lawyer and politician from Virginia. He was a U.S. Representative and 33rd Governor of Virginia, and US Minister to Brazil. During the American Civil War, he was a general in the Confederate States Army. He was the father of U.S. Representatives Richard Alsop Wise and John Sergeant Wise. 4) American coin silver child’s cup engraved “Jennings Wise Garnett” by Bailey & Co, Philadelphia, PA, Circa 1850. Round stepped cup with bead bottom and top rim having a scroll handle, the bottom marked “Bailey & Co.” 4″ h. with various hallmarks. Henry Wise Garnett probably uncle of Maria Garnett and brother of Henry Wise Garnett. 5) American coin silver child’s cup engraved “JHP” by Gorham Company, Providence, RI, mid-19th century. Round cup with short foot and small bead decoration having a decorative handle, engraved body with leaves and scrolls. A shield surrounds the initials. Bottom marked “103 coin” and three hallmarks used by the Gorham Company. 3″ h. 6) Sterling silver and mixed metal child’s cup with no identifying engraving by George W. Shiebler & Co., New York, NY. The shaped body hand hammered with repousse flowers and leaves having one copper colored applied fly, a fancy c-shaped handle, gold washed interior, the bottom marked with the Shiebler winged S “Sterling 312”. 3-1/2″ h. Total weight approximately 27 troy oz. SIZE: As listed above. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine, descendant of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), Captain John Pine Decatur (1786-1832), and Vice Admiral Morton Deyo (1887-1973). Also Descending from the Ten Eyke and Mayo Families. CONDITION: 1) Dents and creases, otherwise good. 2) Generally very good, only small dings. 3) Some minor dings and creases, generally very good. 4) Handle with repairs at juncture to body with two splits at top of juncture, small dings and creases. 5) Handle with pushed in top area, small dents and creases to body. 6) One pencil point dent near base, otherwise very good. 52714-137 (1,000-1,500) – Lot 2107
Please Note: The feet are old replacements, not “feet appear old” as described.
CHIPPENDALE CHERRY CHEST OF DRAWERS.
Third quarter 18th century, Virginia or Mid-Atlantic region. The rectangular top with applied, molded edge above the conforming case with inset reeded quarter columns centering four graduated long drawers with cockbeaded edges on a molded base, raised on pronounced ogee bracket feet with scalloped returns. The chest fitted with oval brasses of the period, however not original to the chest. SIZE: 33-1/2″ h x 36-1/2″ w x 22″ d. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine. CONDITION: Clean surface overall with light honey-brown color, old shrinkage cracks along seams at top and case sides. Feet appear original. Rear support proper left rear leg replaced. Structurally very good, some repairs to drawer guides, one minor repair to proper left side of drawer divider between top and second drawer. 52714-17 (800-1,200) – Lot 2127
The 2″ h x 3″ w micro mosaic scene shows a man on white horse crossing a river with others following. Three women are seen on foreground with three soldiers. 1000’s of different pieces make up this scene. The interior of the lid with Russian hallmarks including “A with backwards R” (St. Petersburg) for Aleksandr Ilyich Yashinkiv (1795-1826), two touch marks of crossed tools for the city of St. Petersburg. Surrounding the word “Baroe”. The box sides and bottom with an all over four dot diamond pattern. The corners with engraved leaves and flower heads. 14k gold or higher, total weight: . SIZE: 1-1/2″ h x 3-1/2″ w x 2-1/2″ d. CONDITION: Very good, no losses or issues seen. 52875-8 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2180
Please Note: Description of the pendulum in this lot should read: The original Dent steel jar mercury pendulum with brass slider and blued steel hand for minute timing adjustments, swinging against a scale. The images online are correct.
IMPORTANT MAHOGANY ASTRONOMICAL REGULATOR, SIGNED DENT OF LONDON.
Second quarter 19th century, London, England, Edward John Dent (1790-1853). The mahogany arched case fitted with two doors, the outermost door with circular glass plate within a molded surround, a rectangular pendulum viewing aperture below. The second door with full length glass plate drilled to gain access to the winding aperture. Door hinged and fitted precisely to the mahogany case which lines up to a half-round baize covered molded fitter. The case designed to stand either on a shelf and bolted to a wall or to equally stand on floor or platform. The 11″ silvered dial, signed “DENT. London / Clock Makers to the Queen” centering a subsidiary seconds dial with blued steel hand above a 24 hour subsidiary dial. The winding aperture is to the left facing. The main chapter ring with Arabic numerals denoting the 60 minute cycle. The serial number “1155” located beneath the “0” of the 24 hour subsidiary dial. The brass movement with 4 pillars, the brass plates with burnished snailed decoration, the wheel train with maintaining power and with deadbeat escapement. The heavy brass, cased, adjustable pendulum with glass cylinder for mercury, swinging against a scale. The movement driven by a single brass cased weight. SIZE: 59-1/2″ h x 16-1/2″ w x 9″ d. CONDITION: The mahogany case with original undisturbed surface and rich dark patina. The baise seal to the inner door intact and functional. The two door locks absent. The outer door retains original surface and latches remain in alignment. The molded surround with wear to original surface. Case is structurally very good with normal and expected wear and abrasions. The movement appears clean an operational. Hands appear original. Silvered dial overly polished resulting in uneven silvering with areas of brass showing through. Brass frame for dial in place and secure. Scale for English inches intact and original, as is horizontal beat scale. Pendulum and weight original and intact. The liquid mercury in pendulum now absent. Very good overall. 52973-1 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2197
Please Note: The frame is 3rd quarter, 19th century. We do not guarantee the age of the shells.
RARE AND EXTRAORDINARY OVAL SAILOR’S VALENTINE.
3th quarter, 19th century. This large example with multiple rows of varied polychrome shellwork. The inner rows of drapery design set with shellwork of three petal flower heads. The central oval with geometric triangles and arrows around a large pink and pale turquoise blue flower. The whole housed in a deep molded walnut frame of the period. The valentine mounted under glass. SIZE: Shellwork 23″ h x 19″ w. Overall: 26-1/2″ h x 22-1/2″ w. CONDITION: The shells retain vibrant color with no loose, damaged or restored areas. Very fine to excellent untouched condition. Frame retains original surface with good color and patina. 52829-74 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2206
Please Note: Typographical error, the estimate should be $3,500-$5,500.
ANTIQUE MALAYER ORIENTAL RUG.
First quarter 20th century, northwest Persia. The rug designed with three rows of subsidiary tarantula medallions alternating in wine-red and dark blue on a blue-black field. The spaces filled with dense geometric designs and unusual tarantula medallion on either end in chartreuse, all within medium blue spandrels. The rose-red main border with floral trellis work within multiple floral guard borders. SIZE: 7′ 2″ X 14′ 4″. CONDITION: Rug retains vibrant palate with minor even wear throughout. Losses to fringe, otherwise good. 52829-71 (3,500-5,500) – Lot 2383
Please Note: The chair is made of oak and the dimensions are 21-1/2″ h (of back) x 15″ d x 13-1/2″ w.
RARE CHILD’S LOUISIANA CAMPECHE CHAIR.
19th century. Probably Louisiana. Having a continuous raked back and seat connected to curule supports with curled feet. Covered with black leather fixed by brass studs. SIZE: Approximately 12-1/2″ h, approximately 9-1/2″ seat h, approximately 11″ d, approximately 13″ w. CONDITION: Generally very good. 53047-1 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2403