A very fine country Queen Anne corner chair with shaped crest rail, vase-shaped splats, turned stretchers, block and vase-turned legs, and a front Spanish foot. The compact proportions of the back, curved splats, and the crispness of all turned and carved elements-combined with the chair's original deep red paint and wear patterns- elevate this example far above the ordinary. Cherry, CT origin, 3rd quarter, 18th century. 32", 17 1/2" seat ht. Bought privately from an old NE collection.
A very fine Queen Anne wing chair with scrolled crest and wings, flaring 'cone-shaped' arm supports, block, vase and ring turned stretchers, and with beautifully modeled cabriole legs on full pad feet. Mahogany, with maple secondary wood. Boston, c.1750-60. The left (facing) front foot was broken at the ankle and has been properly repaired. 47 1/2" ht, 18" seat ht.
14235 A very fine Chippendale candlestand with a birdcage support, elongated vasiform shaft, and with beautiful cabriole legs. Cherry throughout, in exceptional old, or original, surface and in original structural condition. New England tables of this size with birdcage supports are very rare. Top 17 3/4" x 18", 27 1/4" ht.
A very fine Chippendale corner chair with carved and scrolled crest rail and arms, carved and pierced splats, slip seat, legs with a molded edge, and with cross stretchers. Mahogany, in original surface and condition, and with an old leather seat. The detail work and proportions are exceptional. From the Appleton family of Ipswich, but probably Salem origin, c.1780-85. 32" ht, 17 1/2" seat ht.
A very rare country Hepplewhite three part dining table in original red stain. Made of cherry, with cherry veneer and pine secondary wood. "D"-shaped ends with double-leafed center section. 105" long when fully extended, 48" wide, and 28 3/4" in height. MA or CT, c.1800-1810. In untouched, as descended, condition, and the only painted Hepplewhite 'banquet' table that I have seen.
A very fine pipe box with three stepped sections, a drawer, and a beautifully shaped and cut out top centered by a heart. Pine throughout, in a deep, rich old surface. Very minor repair. 26" ht, 6" wide Probably CT, third quarter, 18th c.
A very fine birdcage walnut tea or breakfast table in undisturbed original surface and condition. The edge of the thin top has three different moldings, the turnings on the shaft are exceptional, and the molded cabriole legs end in fully padded feet. The pin holding the base and top together is hidden beneath a bell-shaped enclosure that has been cut out to receive it- a feature that I have not seen before. Top 35" x 35 1/2", 28 1/4" ht. Probably Lancaster County, c.1760-70.
A very bold and gutsy 'windsor' candlestand with chamfered top, bulbous-shaped post, and turned legs. Cherry throughout-in great old red paint and great 'as descended' surface. Top 16 3'4" x 17", 28" ht. Probably PA, third quarter 18th c. The surface is bubbled along one side, probably from sitting too close to the fire.
A McIntire School three drawer work table: the top carved at the corners with concentric circles, two fitted drawers, grape-vine foliate carved and punchwork stiles continuing to ring-turned and fluted legs, on acanthus and basket-impressed cuffs and castors. Salem, c.1815. Top 21" x 25 1/2", 30 3/4" ht. Purchased at Christie's in 1999 for $7,500.00. A rare form in great condition.
An exceptional McIntire School two drawer stand: the top with concentric-carved corners, with flower and leafage-carved legs on a star-punched background, and with deeply-carved and reeded legs. Top quality mahogany with crotch mahogany veneered case. Salem, c.1815-20. Top 19 1/2" x 22 1/2", 30" ht. Purchased at a Ken Miller sale in 1999 for $5,700.00. Its quality was recognized!
A rare pair of William and Mary sidechairs with carved and pierced crests and Spanish feet. Originally caned, they are now in worn old velvet and equally worn old black paint. English, c.1700-1720. 47" ht, 18 1/2" seat ht. There is a repair to the front of one of the Spanish feet.
A very fine Hartford area cherry candlestand in original condition and surface. The top is held to the post in the typical Chapin School manner, with the cleat mortised into the base of the top and then held in place by a second slipped in wedge. Top 19 3/4" x 20 1/2", 25 1/2" ht.
A fine miniature country Chippendale chest with four graduated drawers, applied molding to top edge, and with complete bracket base- no broken 'spurs'. Pine throughout, in original red paint with its original knobs. Formerly in the collection of Ralph Carpenter. Probably southeastern MA or RI, first quarter 19th century. 15 3/8" wide, 9 1/2" deep, 17" ht.
An unusual mahogany Hepplewhite bag table with thin 'turtle top', bird's-eye maple veneered drawer in frame, and with mahogany veneered sewing 'bag' beneath--all in a crusty old shellac surface. From the Dodge family of Newburyport, and marked in pencil inside the lower drawer " Sewing table of Aunt Elizabeth Dana". I have added two glue blocks under the top to help secure the top to the frame. Top 16 1/4" x 19 3/4". 28" ht.
A fine country Sheraton wing chair with serpentined crest and wings. Small in scale, with nicely-turned legs and in old or original surface. Mahogany,with pine, birch and maple secondary woods. Probably southeastern NH or southern Maine origin, c.1815-20. 46 1/2" ht, 14" to top of seat rail, 22" deep.
A very fine William and Mary banister-backed armchair with particularly fine crest and turnings, rolled arms, a great original deep red/brown surface-and retaining its original splint seat. Maple throughout, probably CT, mid 18th century. 49" tall, with a 17" seat ht. There is a small old repair to the inside of one arm at the front post.
A rare and unusual two drawer blanket chest on frame. The base moldings and four turned feet are made as a separate piece, the side moldings are deeply channeled and and the sides are set into those channels and toe-nailed with roseheaded nails. Maple and yellow pine, with original moldings and cotter pin hinges, and with period brasses set in the original (and only) holes. Probably CT, c.1730-40. 34 1/2" case width, 42 1/4" ht.
A fine William and Mary banister-backed armchair with bold crown-shaped crest and with crisply-turned finials and legs. Maple, in dry old red color with no repair or restoration. Probably southeastern NH, mid-18th century. 44 1/2" ht, 15 1/2" seat ht.
A very rare Hepplewhite style 'harvest' table with one board top and one board leaf-each with mortised and tenoned breadboard ends, and with tapered legs with a beaded edge. The two legs on the leaf side swing out to support it when open. The base is grain-painted over an original gray, and the top is in an old brown paint showing much use. 83 3/4" long, 28 3/4" in ht. The top board is 24" wide and the leaf is 20" wide. It sits eight comfortably. Pine top and leaf, with birch or maple frame and legs. Probably Maine or NH, c.1800-1810.
An exceptional country Queen Anne tea or breakfast table. Perfectly proportioned, with vase-shaped post, high 'knees', beautifully carved feet, and with an unusually fine cut out to the base of the post. Maple throughout, in original red paint with a thin red shellac or varnish surface. In nearly perfect condition. Maple, North Shore, MA, last quarter 18th century. Top 33 1/2" x 34 1/4", 27 1/2" ht.
A remarkable William and Mary chest on frame with huge, collared Spanish feet. With applied molding under the top and double-arch molding on the case, and with a scrolled skirt, this rural piece is probably unique. Made of hard and soft pine, with chestnut rear legs and maple front legs, it retains a dark old crackled shellac finish showing traces of its deep original red paint. Its unusual form is matched by its interior construction, with unusual framing and drawer construction. Probably central or eastern CT, c.1730-40. 36 1/2" case width. 45" tall.
A fine adjustable standing rush and candle holder with punch decoration on legs and twist-turned shaft in crusty old surface. Probably English, mid-18th C. 54" ht.
A fine and rare country Queen Anne tea table with molded-edge rectangular top, beaded apron, sharply-creased cabriole legs ending in platformed ridged feet. An unusual feature is the drawer in the frame. Maple, tiger maple legs, and pine secondary wood. Probably CT, c.1770. Cupping to the center of the top was removed at some point. From the famed A. Meyer Collection. Top 22" x 30", 27 1/4" ht.
A very fine country Queen Anne slant front desk in strong tiger maple, with delicate cabriole legs, center drop and shell-carved central drawers — in an unusual tapering pattern. Fine old color and retaining most of its original large brasses. Well-used and showing various signs of age, but with no repair except hinges and lower edge to drawer sides. Only 36" wide with a 31" writing ht. Southeastern NH or northcoastal MA, c.1760.
A country Queen Anne two drawer blanket chest with shaped skirt and in crusty old dry red paint. The brasses are not original, but there is no evidence of any other type of brass used. Poplar throughout, probably central CT, c.1750. Minor lip repair to one drawer and restoration to lower molding on left (facing) side. 38" x 16 1/2" x 42 1/2" ht.
A William and Mary banister back sidechair with double tombstone crest, turned banisters and fine trumpet-turned front legs. Maple, in a grain painted (last quarter 18th c.) finish over an original thin red wash. Eastern MA, c.1730-45. 46 1/4" ht. One banister is cracked. Acquired from the estate of the collector to whom I had sold it in 1984.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.