A rare country William and Mary desk on frame in three parts. Great 'as descended' condition with original brasses and dry surface of black and pale green paint. The base with elongated vase and reel turnings and turned feet, the desk section with butterfly hinges and with cubby holes and drawers inside, and the top with the smallest period brasses that I have seen. From a home in Westport Point, MA. Pine and birch, c.1740. 42" maximum width, 48 1/2" ht.
An exceptionally rare 17th century turned 'leather' chair in completely original structural condition--and retaining its original stuffing and leather. In a mid-19th century black paint over the original brown stain. Maple and oak, probably Boston, 1660-1690. Ht. 38", seat ht. 20". Only three or four of these chairs remain with their original leather intact. Just acquired from an old Newbury, MA family.
A rare fireboard with applied urn and floral decoration, applied quarter fans, and applied moldings outlining the central motif. The first I have seen with applied decoration -and in original dry mustard paint. Poplar, first quarter 19th c. NE, perhaps VT. There is some repair to the applied decoration. 38" x 53".
A very fine ball-footed blanket chest with two real and two simulated drawers. Made of poplar and pine with maple feet, it retains its original hinges, double-arch moldings, well-turned feet, and its original dry red wash-with original 'ebonized' base molding and feet. Great proportions-CASE WIDTH 32", 44" tall and 20" deep. Probably NY state, c.1740-50.
A rare, probably unique, banister-backed armchair with two fans carved in the double-tombstone crest, exceptionally well-turned posts and banisters, and with oversized flat scrolled arms. Maple, in original red and black grained paint. 49" tall with a 17" seat ht. Probably southwestern CT, mid-18th century. Later rockers removed and the feet restored.
A rare transitional 'open armchair' with yoked crest, vase-shaped splat, scrolled arm supports, shaped front skirt to slip seat frame, bold front stretcher, and block and vase-turned legs. Maple, in original thin black paint. NH, probably Portsmouth, c.1740. Very few examples of this form are known, and this example is remarkable for its quality, condition, and surface. 40" ht.
A very unusual 'windsor' table with bamboo-turned legs attached to a beveled- edge platform, with an elongated shaft, and square top with applied molded edge. Maple and pine in an old black varnish over the original green paint. The top of the shaft split out at some point and had been re-glued. The top has been re-secured to the shaft at the center. Top 17 3/4", 25 1/2" ht.
A very fine country Queen Anne tea table with oval top and turned legs ending in 'button' feet. Slightly oversized- but perfectly proportioned and with great surface. The top retains its original red paint and the base an old black paint over the red. Top 37 1/2" x 27", 27" ht. Birch throughout, probably NH, c.1760-70.
A terrific shoe-foot hutch table in as found, as descended condition. The 54" x 39" three board pine top with full length cleats has as fine a surface as one could want-worn soft, and with shrinkage cracks which give it a great presence. Original red paint on the base and underside of top. Pine throughout, with oak shoe feet, and constructed with 't-head' nails. Ht. 26 3/4". This is the only hutch table in this form with these proportions that I have seen. Probably NH, last quarter of the18th century.
A fine country Chippendale chest with overhanging top, molded-edge drawers, and full bracket base centered by an oversized center drop. Original dry red paint/stain and original brasses, Maple, with pine secondary wood; NH origin, last quarter 18th century. There is an old chip out of the left (facing) rear bracket. 38" case, 36 1/2" ht, 17 1/2" deep.
A rare Chapin School dished top candlestand with molded edge, sliding drawer, beautifully-turned post and cabriole legs. Cherry, in an old finish with some old repair to the edges of the top. Like some of the Chapin breakfast tables, the cleats are dovetailed into the top, but this is the first time I have seen this feature in a stand of this size. Top 17" x 17 1/4", 26 1/2" ht.
A fine country Chippendale corner chair with shaped top rail, shaped and pierced slats centered by hearts, and square legs with molded edges. In well-worn, crusty green paint that has aged to black in some areas. Screws have been inset under the lower stretchers for added support. Birch, central MA or NH, last quarter 18th century. 30 1/4" ht., with 16 3/4" seat ht.
A rare survivor from the first quarter of the 18th century with deep sheath or 'shadow' moldings on both front and sides and with notched front corners. Made of hard pine and retaining its original dry red paint. The top shows evidence of several sets of hinges, the cleats are missing, and there is some loss to the rear feet. Despite these losses, the chest has a great 'feel' and sense of age. Probably south shore, MA, c.1710-15. 46 1/2" case length, 49 3/4" top, 23 12" ht.
A rare country Queen Anne kettle stand with dished top, birdcage support with well-turned balusters, turned post, and with pegged-in cabriole legs with stepped knees. Cherry, in a dark crusty old finish. Probably CT, c.1750-70. There is some warp to the top which is visible in the photos. Top 10 1/4" x 11 1/4", 27' ht.
A very fine country Queen Anne candlestand with dished and molded-edge top, delicate shaft, and with boldly-shaped and carved cabriole legs with projecting knees. Made of dense tiger maple throughout. The top is as tightly grained a piece as I have seen. Old finish, with a thin old coat of red paint on the top. Central MA (Lombard School) or eastern CT, c.1800. Top 13" x 13 1/8", 27 1/2" ht.
The Kelly Family painted chest on chest
A very fine country Queen Anne chest on frame retaining its original dry grain-painted surface and original gilt brasses. Crisply designed, with sharply-edged cornice and waist moldings, lipped drawers, short cabriole legs, and with a center drop in the base molding. Double case pieces in grained paint are exceptionally rare, and this example has survived in remarkable condition. Maple, with pine secondary wood; Southeastern NH, c.1810-15. A full family history accompanies the piece. Top case width 36", lower case width 38 1/2", 80" ht.
A very fine turned 'Carver' chair with bold finials, beautifully-turned back posts, slanted arms, ball tops to front legs intact, as are the turned front feet. An exceptionally fine example of a central/coastal CT chair from the first quarter of the 18th century. Maple and ash, in good old color with an old splint seat. 2" of the rear feet have been rebuilt to compensate for insect damage. 45 1/2" tall with 15 1/2" seat ht.
A classic New Hampshire Chippendale chest with bold cornice molding, five drawers, and fine shaped bracket base centered by a fully-carved rosette. Maple, in good old color—and retaining its original large brasses. There is a 4" repair to the left (facing) rear bracket at the bottom. 36" case, 46 1/2" ht. Last quarter, 18th century. Acquired from a mid-western collection.
A very fine late 18th century chair table with two-board oval top, shaped sides and shoe feet. Old red paint over original red paint—with great surface quality to top and base. Pine, with oak cleats and feet. Probably Hudson River Valley. In 'as descended' condition, with wear to top and streaking to painted surface on rear of base. Top 44 1/2" x 48", 29 1/4" ht.
A graceful and delicate comb-back windsor armchair. Made of maple, ash and pine-in an old deep green painted surface with coach decoration. Beautifuly shaped seat, elongated 'bamboo' turned arm supports and legs. 37" ht, 16 1/2" seat ht. Hartford, CT circa 1790 - 1800.
A very rare early Queen Anne desk made of cedar, probably in Rhode Island for export to the West Indies c.1735-40. All secondary woods are white pine and the lid cleats are mahogany. Only 33" wide and retaining its original etched brasses. Fine old color with only minor repair to the bottoms of two feet. Writing height is 31" and the desk is 19" deep.
A fine Maine chair table with an exceptional scrubbed top-- and a rare or unique red and black daub-painted underside of top and base. With chamfered legs, original wire hinges on the lift seat, and original (now broken) wooden pivot rod. Wonderful overall surface quality-and a great piece of painted country furniture! Made of pine, poplar, and birch, c. 1800-1830. Top 48 1/2" x 49", 27 1/2" ht.
A very rare table top writing desk with fine interior, original butterfly hinges, and full drawer in case. Pine, in original red/brown paint, probably eastern MA, c,1730-40. The escutcheon on the lid is original, the other brasses are period. I have not seen a half dozen examples of this form in over forty years. 24 1/2" wide, 13 1/2" deep, 17" ht.
A great country Queen Anne armchair in old dark red paint over original red. Unusual, beautifully-turned arms, broad, shaped splat, full height( 48”). Southwestern Ct, c.1745-70. When sold in 2008, it had the attached note:
“Great chair purchased by Mrs. Deming from Merrill Carr, Sumers, CT, 1947, pd. $26.00”.
Just repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it in 2008.
A William and Mary tavern table with a thin, breadboarded-end, one-board pine top-39 1/2" x 24 1/2", a drawer in the frame, and with crisply-turned vase and ring turned legs. Dry old red painted surface over an original red. Maple and pine, with a RI history, c.1730-50. 25" ht.
A rare Portsmouth, NH sidechair with exceptional carved feet and turned front stretcher. I have owned four of these chairs over the years and there is a matching armchair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Maple, in old refinished condition, and just repurchased from the collectors to whom I sold it in the 1980s.
A one drawer blanket chest retaining its original strap hinges, molded edge lid and drawer, and cut-out base. In the best dry blue paint. 45" x 17 1/2" x 35" ht. Probably NH, c.1800. The knobs are replacements and there is a 1" patch to the lower right front foot.
A fine William and Mary tavern table with a 1" thick, one board pine top-27 1/2" x 40", molded frame, full drawer, bold vase and ring turned legs--all in a soft old yellow painted surface. Great wear and surface quality. Eastern NE, c.1720-35. 25 1/2" ht. One rear leg has had the bottom 1/2" restored.
A country Queen Anne chest on frame with crisply carved and molded cabriole legs ending in 'hocked' ankles and pad feet. Maple, in remains of its original stain surface and retaining its original brasses. Maple and pine, southern NH origin, c.1760-70. 38 1/2" case width, 53 1/2" ht. Descended in the Hunneman family of Boston and in their summer home on Little Deer Isle, ME for generations. Despite its nearly flawless condition-surface and brasses—the backboards were replaced at some point with plywood.
A rare country Queen Anne sidechair from eastern CT, c.1750-60 with an elongated heart-shaped splat, slip seat, and beautifully-shaped skirt over cabriole legs ending in pad feet. The back legs are fully chamfered. Cherry, with original slip seat frame, and in a fine old surface. 41" ht., 18" seat ht. One knee return is an older replacement. Purchased privately from an old New England collection.
A fine William and Mary corner chair with columnar turned arm supports, block and vase turned legs, turned stretchers, and a frontal Spanish foot. Maple and birch, in good old color. Probably NH, c.1750-50. 17 1/2" seat ht.
A country Chippendale desk on frame with fine proportions, well-developed details, and in original dry brown paint. Yellow birch, with pine secondary wood. Probably NH, c.1785-1800. Exceptional original condition with no repair or restoration. 31 1/4" wide.
A classic Portsmouth area, c.1740-70 transitional sidechair with slender back, block and vase turned legs and huge 'Spanish' feet. Maple, in an older shellac finish. 41" ht, 17 1/2" seat ht. It bears a museum collection number on a back post.
A fine and rare, oversized candlestand with an 18" x 27 1/2" oval top of faded mahogany, an elongated, vase-turned shaft, and with beautiful ridged cabriole legs ending in sharply-pointed feet. Mahogany throughout, the base retains its original surface under an old coat of shellac. 28 1/2" ht. with the top down and 43 1/2" with the top up. Probably Essex County, MA, c.1785-90. Just re-purchased from the collector to whom I had sold it in 2003.
A very fine slatback armchair with boldly-turned finials, shaped slats, barrel-turned front posts, sausage-turned legs and front stretchers. Made of maple and ash, in old red paint-with '1776' painted on top slat- over original black paint. CT origin, c.1735-55. 46 3/4" ht, 16" seat ht.
A country Queen Anne candlestand with a square top, elongated vase-shaped shaft, and long, delicate cabriole legs. Fine overall proportions and retaining its original red-painted surface. Cherry throughout, probably eastern CT., last quarter 18th C. Top 14" x 14 1/4", 26" ht.
A southeastern NH banister-backed armchair with tombstone-shaped crest, block and vase turned legs, bulbous front stretcher, and raked rear feet. In nearly perfect condition (some old repair to seat) and in old, undisturbed black paint over the original red with cream-painted rush seat. Probably 1760-80. 47 1/2" ht, 17" seat ht.
A gutsy country Queen Anne CT candlestand with molded-edge top, exceptional shaft with crisp ring turning and deep chip-carving to top edge of urn. Cherry throughout- in original brown stain. Top 15 1/4" x 15", 27 1/2" ht.
A very fine example of one of the schools of decoration found on works from the northeastern corner of Schoharie County and Albany County in New York State, c.1810-35. These chests feature a central urn filled with flowers, sometimes initialed- as this example is "AMH"-and with handles, which allow the urn to hold a larger bouquet of flowers. The front panel is also decorated with a vine and floral border and has large flowers painted at each corner. The paint is vibrant and multi-colored, and the decoration is exceptional. Made of pine throughout, it measures 43" x 18 1/2", and is 21" in height.
Provenance includes the New York State family in which it descended, Richard Rasso, Courcier and Wilkins, and David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles. A conservation report is also available.
This very rare Gilmanton, NH clock by Noah Ranlet is pictured and described in Charles Parsons's, NH Clocks and Clockmakers, pp.162-164. Parsons states that NH grandmother clocks are very rare-he cites only 6, four by Ranlet- and this is the only known NH clock with a sweep second hand. It is an eight day clock with time and strike movement. 11 3/4" wide, 40" tall to top of center finial, 5 1/2" deep. Mahogany, with flame birch panel, original brass paw feet, and pine secondary wood. c.1800.
Sold by Hershel Burt, dean of NH clock dealers in 1967 to a private client, and just re-purchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it in 1991.
A very fine Queen Anne sidechair with vase-shaped back, over-upholstered 'balloon' seat, and cabriole legs with rounded knees terminating in pad feet. Classic form, and in original brown paint. Made of maple throughout, probably on the North Shore of MA, c.1760. The seat is now upholstered in 18th century 'Russia' leather recovered from the Metta Catharina, sunk in 1786 in the English Channel and found in the 1970s. The chair has a small repair to the tip of one foot and one knee return is an older restoration. Just purchased privately from an old NE collection.
An exceptional Chippendale 'ox-bow' desk with bold ball and claw feet, and with the apron centered by a carved shell. The interior contains SEVEN more carved shells- six on the valance drawers, as well as one on the raised paneled prospect door. A great presence—with original large brasses, and a rich old surface. Boston area, c.1790. Case 41", writing ht. 33 1/4".
A fine country Chippendale chest on chest with strong cornice moldings, compact proportions, tall bracket base. Great old surface of original red wash under shellac—all on flame birch—in alternating patterns. Brasses restored. Top case 36", lower case 38", 76" ht. NH origin, c.1800.
A very fine William and Mary tavern table with boldly overhanging top and crisp, elongated vase and ring turned legs. Maple, with pine top and chestnut secondary, all in a dry, mellow old color. A classic RI table, c.1720-40. No repair or restoration. Top 29 1/2" x 52 1/2", 26" ht.
A classic William and Mary tavern table made completely of cherry and retaining its original surface. Two board top, full-width drawer with original wooden pull, vase and ring turned legs. Splits in top boards and 1/2" added to back legs. CT, c.1740-60.
A very fine country Chippendale pembroke table with serpentined top and skirt, molded, tapered legs, and 'pocket' containing leaf supports. Cherry, in dry original surface. CT or CT River Valley, c.1800. Old crack in one leaf at edge. Top 36"x 35", 27"ht.
Purchased from John Walton in 1976-and in two collections since then- this is the earliest low post NE bed known. The posts and rails are made of oak, with a molded and shaped pine headboard, and with 'Carver' type finials on the headposts and covered cup finials on the footposts. This 'press bed' is the only example that I have seen that can be safely attributed to the first quarter of the 18th Century. Probably SE MA or RI, c.1720. Just re-purchased from the collector to whom I had sold it in 1991. The side rails have been extended and the bed takes a 77" x 54" mattress.
A fine set of four Chippendale chairs with serpentined crests, pierced splats, and square, fully-molded legs. There is a scratch bead around edge of stiles and crest rail. Mahogany, with maple and birch secondary woods in fine old color. North Shore, MA or perhaps Portsmouth, c.1790. 38" ht, 18" seat ht.
A classic Essex County tea or breakfast table with one board, molded-edge serpentined top, urn-shaped post, and with cabriole legs ending in padded shoe feet. No repair or restoration- and retaining a great old surface-both color and quality. Newburyport area, c.1785. Mahogany, with a birch block. Top 33 1/2" x 33 3/4", 27 3/4" ht.A classic Essex County tea or breakfast table with one board, molded-edge serpentined top, urn-shaped post, and with cabriole legs ending in padded shoe feet. No repair or restoration- and retaining a great old surface-both color and quality. Newburyport area, c.1785. Mahogany, with a birch block. Top 33 1/2" x 33 3/4", 27 3/4" ht.
A very fine 'high country' Hepplewhite stand with cut-cornered serpentined top, drawer with unique carved edge, and delicate tapered legs. Maple, with tiger maple top, and with pine secondary wood. Original surface-with no repair or restoration. Probably NH, c.1800. Top 16 3/4" x 18 1/4", 27 1/2" ht.
A tall and very graceful four slat armchair with finely-turned finials and turned underarm supports. In old black paint over original red, Probably CT, third quarter 18th c. There is an old repair to the inside of one leg at the bottom. 47" ht., 17 1/2" seat ht. Bought privately from a North Shore collection.
An early 18th c. three stat armchair with shaped flat arms. Maple and ash, in great crusty painted surface and 'as descended' condition'. Probably eastern MA, c.1730-40. 43" ht, 15 1/2" seat ht. Bought privately from a North Shore collection.
A very fine country Queen Anne candlestnd with applied moldings to the edge of the top- as well as a heavily-molded lower edge to the top itself. Elegant proportions- and with the finest 'as descended' surface quality, a crackled old brown paint/stain. Cherry throughout, probably CT, c.1750-70. Top 14 1/4" x 14 1/2", 29" ht.
A rare country Chippendale candlestand with inlaid top- centered by a pinwheel, drawer beneath the top with inlaid banding and central motif, vigorously-turned post, and cabriole legs. Birch, with cherry drawer fronts, in fine old surface. Probably CT, last quarter 18th century. In a NY state collection for about 25 years. Top 14 3/4" x 15", ht. 25 1/2".
One of the four elements of the pinwheel was missing, and one drawer front was damaged. I have had these areas restored.
A rare pediment-topped Chippendale high chest with scrolled apron and fully-carved ball and claw feet. Made of choice mahogany with deeply-carved fans in both the top and bottom sections. Older finish and retaining its original finials. One of only three pediment-topped high chests that I have seen. The brasses are old and may be original. Boston area, c.1770-1780. Top case 39", lower case 41 1/2", 85" ht.
Originally from a Hingham, MA family, this high chest has had some conservation. There is some lip repair, a drawer bottom in the lower case is restored, and the right (facing) rear leg is an old replacement.
A very fine Hepplewhite Pembroke table made of choice mahogany, with pine and poplar secondary woods. Incised edge to oval top, with full patern, 'carrot' inlay on legs, and with applied cuffs. Note unusual boxed lid supports. Probably central CT origin, c.1800. Top 29 1/2" x 18" (37" extended), 27" ht.
A fine three part Federal desk and bookcase that descended in the Sullivan family of Jamaica Plain (part of Boston). The lower section has finely-turned legs, a shaped skirt, four graduated drawers, and a fold-out writing lid. The center section has doors which open to a cabinet of valanced cubby holes and a row of drawers. The inset bookcase section has paneled doors with Gothic- styled glass panels, a full frieze with beautifully-turned and carved finials. Each of the three sections has matching unusual inlays. By insetting each of the top sections, the cabinetmaker has created a more vertical feel and delicate impression than most pieces of this type. Small in scale and with a fine old finish. Made of mahogany, with mahogany and light wood veneers and inlays, and pine secondary woods. Boston area, c.1815-20. 39" wide, 21" deep, 95 3/4" to tip of finial.
A rare pair of bentwood and slatted rockers in dry old green paint. C.1890-1920.
A very fine Federal period stand with serpentined top, full drawer, the tapering legs beaded on the inside and outside edges and chamfered on the backs, and connected by raised and pierced stretchers. Cherry, with exceptional construction details and in a fine old color. Probably eastern CT, but perhaps CT River Valley, c.1800. An identical stand is pictured in Fales, Furniture of Historic Deerfield, p.123. The two board top has been pulled together and the drawer runners have been restored.
A very fine English side table with molded-edge top, paneled drawer, and exceptionally well-turned stretchers and legs. Oak, with pine secondary, and with the finest surface quality. C.1700-1720. As is often the case, the frame of this table was partially made of second use boards-in this instance-grooved and paneled on the inside. The combination of proportion, turned elements, and surface make this a rare survival.
A particularly tall and graceful country Queen Anne candlestand with a round top, double-reel turned shaft, and pinned in silhouetted legs. Tiger maple top and legs, birch shaft. Originally painted red, then an old green-which has been cleaned off. 27 3/4" ht, top 13 1/2" x 13 3/4". NE, perhaps NH, c.1740-70.
A well-designed pair of lemon-topped andirons with matching log stops and ball and claw feet. Along with the set of tools ( a particularly fine shovel) always used with the andirons. Probably Boston, c.1800, and bought in a house in Rowley, MA. 20 1/2" tall, 20 1'2" max. depth.
A very fine William and Mary gateleg table; maple, in old red stain, with a deeply-ovaled scrubbed top and boldly turned legs and stretchers. Retains two original hinges and two old replacements. Minor repair to edge of top at one end and some scuffing to feet repaired. Top 42" x 53 1/2", with 27" ht. Probably NH, c.1730. The table has great 'presence' and has been in the same collection for nearly 25 years.
A fine country Queen Anne tea or breakfast table with dished top, having a molded lower edge and dovetailed cleats, a birdcage with turned columns above a gutsy urn-shaped shaft with cabriole legs. Cherry throughout, in a crackled old shellac finish. A classic CT River Valley form, c.1770-85. Top 36 3/4" x 37 1/2", ht. 27 1/2".
A boldly-proportioned Chippendale wing chair with fully serpentined crest and wings and chamfered legs.. Mahogany, with whitewood, pine, and ash secondary woods. NH or perhaps VT origin, c.1770-85. 42 1/2" ht., 34' wide at wing tips, 14" seat ht. Note construction of wings: vertical and horizontal pieces are overlapped by 6" to significantly strengthen what is always the weakest part of these chairs. This is the first time I have seen this type of practical construction.
A very fine and unusual Chippendale breakfast table made of dense, top quality mahogany with a birch block. Well-carved ball and claw feet, gutsy shaft, and a very rare octagonal top with a deeply molded edge. Found in southern Maine and probably made there, c.1785-90. Top 33 1/2" x 34", 28" ht.
An unusual country Queen Anne candlestand with rectangular top, fully-carved urn on shaft, and pinned in legs. Cherry, in a great old crackled surface. Probably CT, last quarter 18th c. Top 15 1/4" x 17 1/4", 25" ht. One leg may be a very early replacement.
An incredibly rare survivor! Superb twist-turned legs and stretchers. Walnut, oak and pine in great original surface and retaining original tacking, leather (one old patch), and stuffing. Probably Swedish, c.1650-90. 43 1/2" ht, seat st. 19".
A rare, perhaps unique, corner chair with integral writing arm. A great country chair with turned legs and stretchers and retaining its old black paint. No repair or restoration. Maple and ash, probably CT., last quarter 18th century. 32" ht, 17" seat ht.
A very fine Chippendale Pembroke table with square, shaped cornered top, drawer, pierced corner brackets, and fully-molded legs. Walnut, with pine, poplar, and maple secondary woods--all in a great old surface. The drawer retains its original brass handle. Probably Delaware River Valley, c.1770-80. Top 36" x 38", (closed 18 1/2"), 29" ht.
A fine and rare maple and ash bannister-backed armchair in original structural condition and retaining an old red-stained surface. The shape of the finials, slight bow to the back, and unusual turned elements to the legs and stretchers relate this to a specific shop tradition near Waltham MA. These chairs were made from c.1740-1780, and this example is probably c.1770-80. 48" ht, 16 1/2" seat ht.
A rare and fine, possibly unique, Queen Anne desk on frame. Made of cherry throughout, in old red paint, this desk was bought privately in a house in South Eastern NH, but is most likely from eastern CT, c.1740-60. A fine country interior, a heart cut in the center of the skirt, and with turned legs ending in shoe feet- the front facing out, the rear facing in--and made that way! There is a repair to the lid where it meets the frame, and one rear foot has been partially rebuilt. Top case width 36", lower case width 40", writing height 30".
A small stile and panel chest-with molded stiles- in old worn blue paint. Great surface quality- and only
37" long, 19" deep, and 21" in height. England, c.1660-80.
A fine pair of 'double lemon-topped' andirons, left and rights, with rare pierced fencing. New York origin, c.1810. In exceptional condition. 23 1/2" ht, 27" deep.
A wonderfully folky Queen Anne stand with chamfered round top and truncated cabriole legs. Cherry throughout, in original brown paint-worn to almost a scrubbed finish on the top. CT origin, last quarter 18th century. 28" ht, top 15 1/2" x 16".
A classic country Hepplewhite stand made of cherry and solid bird's-eye maple. Original surface and brass knob. Probably Ct River Valley, c.1800-1820. 27" ht, top 19 1/2" x 20".
A fine and rare Sheraton server with bowed front, 'cookie-cornered ' top, two drawers-the top one fitted, turned and reeded legs ending in double disc-shaped feet. Mahogany, with matched flame-grained mahogany veneer on drawers and on case, and with pine secondary wood. The back of the case retains its original red stain. North Shore, MA, c.1815. 34" case width, 33 1/2" ht.
Condition: The brasses are old, but not original; there is minor repair to the compartments of the fitted drawer, and one drawer runner is replaced.
An exceptional hearth pan-28 1/2" length- with worked handle and with twisted and scrolled arm support. Probably English, c.1720.
A rare Pilgrim Century chest over drawer: the three panels on the front with applied molded edges, and the ends with a large, square raised panel. The front stiles terminate with the original flattened ball feet. The drawer is side-hung. Oak, birch, maple and pine, retaining much of its original thin red wash. North Shore, MA, c.1700-1715.
One of perhaps two dozen known, most have turned up in Essex County, and many are now in museum collections. See Jobe and Kane, New England Furniture, The Colonial Era, pp.120-123 for extensive information about these chests. I purchased this chest in 2005 with no top and had an 18th century top fitted to the case. Just re-purchased from the collector to whom I had sold it in 2005. 42" wide, 19" deep, 31" ht.
A fine Sheraton chest with 'cookie-cornered' top, reeded legs, bird's-eys maple veneered drawer fronts crossbanded with mahogany, and with an unusual fully-scalloped skirt. Birch case, old surface, replaced brass handles. Very minor veneer repair to banding on case. Probably central NH, c.1815. Case width 38 1/2", 42" ht
A very fine 'pencil post' bed in exceptional dry original surface-a dark brown stain. Birch, with a poplar headboard. Note the lamb's-tongue chamfering at both top and bottom of posts and shaping of headboard. Probably NH orign, last quarter 18th century. The canopy is a proper modern restoration. 52" x 75 3/4" x 80" ht. In a collection, and used regularly, since the late 1980's.
A very fine country Queen Anne drop leaf table with oval top, turned legs ending in pad feet. Cherry, with oak and pine secondary woods. RI, c.1760. In original surface and original condition. Note that leg ends in center of pad-a Newport characteristic. Top 45" x 52", ht. 27 3/4". Just re-acquired from the collectors to whom I had sold it in 2003.
A very fine Federal period pole screen. Mahogany, with an exotic wood applied around the octagonal panel. Exceptional proportions, great original color and surface with reeded legs, urn and reel turned post. The embroidered panel shows a boy and his dog surrounded by draped swags. Probably Boston, c.1800. The octagonal panel is 20" x 24", the height of the stand is 64 1/2".
A classic Federal secretary with shaped cornice and skirt, diamond-paned glass doors, interior with drawers and valanced cubbyholes, graduated drawers in base section. Superb 'as descended' condition with old finials, original glass, original brasses, and what apppears to be original surface. Mahogany, mahogany veneer and pine. North Shore MA, c.1800. Case 42", max. ht. 81".
A fine and rare 'Westerwald' stoneware jar with pewter lid marked "WR" and "1681". Pieces with the same seals and date can be seen in Steinzeug #530, p.338, and in the Frank Thomas Collection #254. There is a small crack in the rim just below the lid.
A fine and rare pair of brass andirons with faceted penny feet, low 'bridge', elongated vase-shaped shafts with large faceted ball tops. Compact and boldly-designed, and retaining great old color. English or Dutch, c.1720. 13 1/2" ht.
A fine, well-documented watercolor painting:
"At the Port of Leghorn wairting for the Pilot 1847"
Note the quality of the work on the sternboard. The Sea Eagle, a bark out of Boston is shown approaching the port of Livorno, Italy. (Livarno was called 'Leghorn" by the English.) The Sea Eagle was later used in the slave trade and ended its life in California as a transport for gold rush prospectors. Shown in a reproduction frame measuring 27 1/2" x 23 1/2".
An unusual and striking Sheraton chest with shaped top, graduated bowed front drawers, reeded quarter columns, and turned and reeded legs. The case is nailed and screwed to a separate base. Made of cherry, with bird's-eye maple veneered drawer fronts crossbanded with mahogany, mahogany panels veneered across the base with two vertical applied bands of checkered inlay, and with an eagle inlaid into the center of the dropped base. Probably western PA, c.1810-20. 38 1/2" width, 23" deep, 38" ht.