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PAUL HOWARD MANSHIP (American, 1885-1966) “SAGITTARIUS” “FROM A MODEL OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERE”
Bronze Signed “Manship” and having the bronze foundry mark of “A. Valsuani” on the side behind his right shoulder SIZE: 18-1/2″ x 19-1/2″ PROVENANCE: A letter of presentation from Paul Manship to Will & Paul dated July 3, 1956 describes the bronze as being “from a model of the celestial sphere I made some years ago and repre-sent constellations for the sky – Sagittarius = the zodiacal sign = Nov 22 to Dec 21-22 with the Corona Australis = the little band of stars is the outline of the Milky Way”; Descended directly within the artist’s family CONDITION: Structurally fine having some light rubs & scratches, patina as shown in photograph. Verso are three tapped screw holes which were probably used by the family to mount it on the wall 52741-1 (500,000-700,000) – Lot 1025
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ALLAN (HAOZOUS) HOUSER (American, 1914-1994) “I LIKE HIM”
Bronze Signed “Allan Houser” and numbered “10/10” stamped “AF” in a trapezoid which probably denotes the foundry Note: Allan Houser, a Chiricahua Apache, was the great-grandnephew Geronimo. Born in Apache, Oklahoma, 1914, he studied at the Indian Art School in Sante Fe and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Houser is known as one of the most influential Native American artists of the 20th century SIZE: 17-1/2″ h CONDITION: Very good 52399-6 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 1280
EDWARD BERGE (American, 1876-1924) DUCK MOTHER (GOOSE GIRL)
Bronze fountain Signed “Berge” Note: This bronze is fashioned as a fountain and has been listed by various sources with both titles above SIZE: 21-1/4″ h PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine. CONDITION: Light brown patina with green oxidation due to outdoor use, wing of mother goose cracked 52714-119 (3,000-5,000) – Lot 1298
NINANI DOHACHI (Japanese, 1783-1855) FINE STONEWARE TEAPOT (KYUSU).
First half 19th century/Edo Period, Japan. The small teapot with bulbous body, spout, and a short hollow flared handle. Covered overall with a crackled cream glaze. Decorated with a freehand painted design of two horses in underglaze blue on one side, a long inscription in calligraphy on opposing side. Framed by a chevron border beneath the rim and decorated with a double line around the foot below. The potter’s signature inscribed beneath the double line border above the foot, reading “Dohachi tskuru”. Teapot is offered with custom lid protector and is housed in period two-part presentation box. Note: this type of teapot was used for less formal “sencha” tea ceremonies, which uses steeped whole leaf tea as opposed to powdered matcha, and was popular with the Japanese literary community. Also note: This teapot was authenticated by Bruzo Nakanichi circa 1987 for the exhibition “Refreshment of the Spirit: Oriental Wine and Tea Vessels” at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal in 1990 as exhibit number 56, page 102 in the original catalog of the same name; a copy of this catalog will accompany the lot. SIZE: 2-3/4″ h x 2-1/2″ w x 2-1/2″ d. CONDITION: Overall very good. With discoloration in the body due to reaction from heat over time. 52927-9 (500-800) – Lot 1396A
GLOBULAR FORM FLOWER ARRANGING BASKET SIGNED “CHIKUHOSAI”.
Early 20th century, Japan. With the signature of Maeda Chikohu (1872-1950). The body constructed of a loose hemp leaf weave, overlaid by repeating bands of twining (nawa-ami) in graduated widths, finished at the rim with ornamental bamboo twigs, the handle made from a bent bamboo stalk, elegantly wrapped in ornamental knots which descend down each side to the bottom. Signature located on the underside. Note: Maeda Chikuho employed this type of design in a number of globe and ovoid shaped baskets, a style he created and for which he became famous. Chikuho was one of the most important bamboo artists working in the decades prior to WWII, which was known as the Golden Age of Japanese Basketry. This basket was offered at the Fine Asian Works of Art auction by Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, California, sale number 70700, December 13, 1999, as lot number 6283. Basket is accompanied by a copy of the auction catalog and a copy of “Departures Magazine,” December 1999 edition, in which the works of Maeda Chikohu are featured. SIZE: 19-1/4″ h x 11-1/3″ dia. CONDITION: Overall extremely fine condition with undisturbed surface and rich chocolate-brown patina. 52927-10 (1,200-1,800) – Lot 1396B
ICONIC AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE GOLD FREEDOM BOX, COMMODORE STEPHEN DECATUR FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 1812.
This important and historic American icon had been on display at the US Naval Academy Museum from 1940 until 2011. Gold Freedom boxes were used to confer honorary privileges on distinguished individuals which date from the mid-18th century. Freedom boxes in America presented by the City of New York were given to other notables such as General George Washington (1732-1799), Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), Baron von Steuben (1730-1794), Governor George Clinton (1739-1812) and Chief Justice John Jay (1745-1829).
The box given to Commodore Decatur weights 100 grams, measures 3-1/2″ x 1-7/8″ x 3/4″ with clipped corners, top engraved with leaf motif, bordered by hatching round edges and center scored with an arc pattern; same motif and pattern on bottom and sides. Inscribed inside the top cover: “THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK / TO COMR. STEPHEN DECATUR IN /TESTIMONY OF THE HIGH SENSE THEY ENTERTAIN / OF HIS VALOR & SKILL IN THE CAPTURE OF THE / BRITISH FRIGATE MACEDONIAN BY / THE U.S. FRIGATE UNITED STATES. OCTR. 25. 1812”. 1″ x 4″ x 2-3/8″ red leather case, lined with white satin cloth, small silver unmarked medallion with clipped corners on top and paper and ink label glued on bottom reading “PROPERTY OF MRS. W. R. MAYO”.
Freedom box is made and hallmarked by goldsmith Jean-Baptiste Lizon (1757-1811), Paris. Box also has French proofs for 18k gold. Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) was a great naval leader and hero of the Barbary Wars and War of 1812. During his command of USS United States he captured HMS Macedonian, in the Atlantic west of the Canary Islands on October 25, 1812, in one of the major ship-to-ship actions of the War of 1812 against Great Britain. On December 4, 1812, he towed the captured ship into New York harbor amid tumultuous national jubilation over the spectacular victory. Decatur and his crew were lionized and received special praise from the President and Congress and many honors from Congress, states and cities. On December 17, 1812, the municipal authorities in New York City voted him “freedom of the city” recognized by a gold box and commissioned a life size portrait for city hall. On December 29, New York City gave a banquet in his honor.
This box is pictured in a February 1982 article in Antiques Magazine titled Gold and Silver Owned by Stephen Decatur, Jr by J. S. Brown, pg 401 “The City of New York resolved on December 17, 1812 that the freedom of the city should be presented to Stephen Decatur in a gold box. The key to the city has since been lost, but the octagonal box that contained it, made in Paris in 1798. Both were given to Decatur at an elaborate dinner in his honor on December 29, 1812. The inscription on the inside of the lid of the box acknowledges Decatur’s “valor and skill in the capture of the British Frigate Macedonian by the U.S. Frigate United States October 25, 1812.”
This is an extremely rare opportunity to own an American gold Freedom Box. We note only one previous sale of another and that was the John Jay box sold by Sotheby’s, June 26, 1991. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine, who inherited the box from her mother Mrs. Maria Ten Eyck Decatur Mayo Deyo of Kittery, Maine (widow of Vice Admiral Morton L. Deyo, 1887-1973); who had received it from her mother, Mrs. Wyndham R. Mayo, Jr. nee Maria Decatur; who had received it from her father Stephen Decatur of Kittery Point, Maine, who was descended from John Pine Decatur, younger brother of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820). A photocopy of Stephen Decatur’s hand written will dated 1874 and a photocopy of a typed version of Maria Decatur’s will dated 1892 accompanies this lot. CONDITION: Very fine. Box shows little or no wear being protected in its custom case since its presentation. 52714-157 (125,000-175,000) – Lot 2068
GOLD SIGNET RING GIVEN TO COMMODORE STEPHEN DECATUR IN 1805 FROM THE BEY OF TUNIS UPON HIS SURRENDER OF TRIPOLI.
Stephen Decatur became an international hero after his significant victory over the Barbary pirates in Tripoli, ending with the June 4, 1805 surrender to the United States. This signet ring is made of high karat gold with about a 3/4″ Carnelian engraved with the seal of Hammuda Ibn Ali, ruler of Tunis from 1782 until his death September 15, 1814. In Alexander McKenzie’s text Life of Stephen Decatur…, 1846, pg 122 “At Naples, Decatur was praised and dubbed “Terror of the Foe” by the local media. Upon hearing the news of their victory in Tripoli, Pope Pius the VII publicly declared that the United States, though in their infancy, had done more to humble and humiliate the anti-Christian barbarians on the African coast in one night then all the European states had done for a long period of time”. It would be interesting to compare any of the official documents of surrender to see if they were sealed with this particular signet. This signet ring was such a prized possession of the Decatur family that a copy was made by Lila Mayo for and always worn by Admiral Morton L. Deyo. PROVENANCE: A most historical and important collection from the estate of Maria Decatur Mayo Deyo (Lila) Garnett of Kittery Point, Maine. CONDITION: Good to very good overall. Carnelian has numerous tiny scratches to surface. There are apparent solder or braised marks internally. Interested parties should examine. 52714-158 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 2072
Second half 18th century, England. With the signature of “Charles Cabrier, London”, marked beneath an aperture in the silvered chapter ring. The case with molded casket form crest surmounted by five flame urn form finials above the concave molded cornice. The case with cast ormolu floral and caryatid engaged elements at the corners. Centering a glass panel door with molded arch beneath pierced spandrels opening to a silvered subsidiary “strike and silent” dial with blued steel indicators within cast ormolu foliate ornaments above the Roman numeral chapter ring within an Arabic numeral seconds dial centering time, strike, and calendar apertures above the calendar opening, all within cast ormolu spandrels. The bracket clock with four pillar spring-driven eight day movement with verge escapement. The hour striking on a bell and quarter chiming on eight bells. The clock with triple fusee cable movement and pull repeater. The brass back plate of the movement with elaborate and ornate chinoiserie decoration. The clock on a molded base raised on molded brass bracket feet with shaped returns. The repeater mechanism governed by a pull cord passing through the proper right side of the case. The case sides each pierced, carved mahogany panels with fabric backing to assist the sound of the bell’s chiming. Note: The clock is accompanied by door key, winder, and original pendulum. Literature: Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, N.A.G Press, London, pg. 49. SIZE: 23″ h x 14″ w x 8-1/2″ d. CONDITION: The case with old professionally polished surface with fine patina and rich golden-red-brown color. The ormolu and brass elements original. Brass movement appears clean and operational. Very fine overall condition. 53055-2 (8,000-12,000) – Lot 2198
LARGE THREE-PART “GUN DOG” MAJOLICA GAME DISH BY MINTON.
The dish made up of three parts; top, bottom and removable insert. Base marked “Minton 964”. The oval dish having tree-branch intertwined handles, four paw feet and the sides in colorful panels, one depicting a pheasant, the other a hare. The inside in a turquoise blue. The cream colored insert with two thumb handles. The cover having a brown spotted, white dog laying atop a rifle and shooting bag. SIZE: 8-1/2″ h x 14-1/2″ l x 8″ w. PROVENANCE: Contents of a lifetime collection “Brook Crossing,” South Pomfret, VT. CONDITION: Very good. 52806-51 (1,500-2,500) – Lot 2199
EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE MASONIC SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE’S TOOTH SNUFF BOTTLE.
Mid-late 19th century American. The elaborately decorated tooth with numerous Masonic symbols, swags, dot centered circles and compass legend. Additionally scrimmed with “BJ”. The tooth fitted with a tiger maple incised end cap, the opposing end with turned ebony or rosewood fill spout, plug absent. SIZE: 5″ l. CONDITION: With undisturbed and fine patina, in excellent untouched original condition. Special Note: This item(s) contains plant or animal properties that may be covered by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please read the Conditions of Sale, section 15, for more information regarding the Endangered Species Act, and your responsibilities as a buyer. 52738-31 (1,500-3,000) ESA – Lot 2210
1) First half 19th century, medium size bowl with great old patina and very tight burl. 2) 18/19th century, New England. This unusual oval example with strong burled grain, well worn with natural surface. The sloping sides continuing to a flat bottom with pleasing irregular rim. SIZE: 1) 12″ dia. x 4″ h. 2) 5″ h x 13-1/2″ l x 11″ d. CONDITION: 1) Has several cracks, some insect damage, burn mark on exterior bottom. 2) Dry surfaces noted. No restoration or damage. Small natural knotholes. Very good. 53027-2 (1,000-2,000) – Lot 2538