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A fine and rare New Hampshire 'bonnet-topped' chest on chest in a small size- with a particularly bold cornice molding, a large fan and pinwheel carved center drawer, fluted pilasters along edges of both front and sides, a pinwheel-carved center drop, and well-articulated ball and claw feet. Maple, with pine secondary wood, in an old, probably original, red stain, and retaining its original brasses. South central NH, c.1800, school of Moses Hazen. Top case 36", lower case 39", 84" ht.
A very fine William and Mary period gate-legged table with deeply-ovaled top, oversized frame (2" stock), and with exceptionally bold, unusual, and well-turned legs and stretchers. Maple throughout, with yellow pine secondary wood. Retains two of its original butterfly hinges, original drawer and knob, and full height. Probably southeastern NE, c.1715-25. There are two old repairs to the top. 47" x 59 1'2" x 27 1/2" ht.
This table had been in the collection of Bayou Bend Collection since the 1950's and is pictured on the frontispiece (page 2) of Bayou Bend, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, by David Warren, published in 1975.
An early Queen Anne high chest made of densely figured walnut and figured maple. With a small crown molding, mid-moldings on both the upper and lower case, and with cotter-pinned brasses, this small high chest retains much of the earlier William and Mary style, but the elegant skirt and graceful cabriole legs mark the emergence of the Queen Anne period. Essex County, MA, c.1740-45. There is some old maintenance repair to the sides of several drawers and I have had the brasses cast in England to match the original borings on the chest. Top case 34", lower case 36 3/4", 68 1/2" ht.
An early country Queen Anne high chest with applied top molding,
mid-moldings on both top and lower cases, an exceptionally well-cut
skirt, and with cabriole legs ending in ball and claw feet. Made of
maple, with poplar and chestnut secondary wood, probably in eastern CT
or western RI, c.1740-50. Exceptional condition, retaining it's
original brasses and a dry old color. Top case 35 1/8", lower case 38
1/4", 72" ht
A fine country Queen Anne high chest with a scrolled 'bonnet' top, the scrolls ending in carved rosettes, and the closed bonnet outlined with applied dentil molding on the front and sides. The small shaped drawers within the bonnet are an unusual feature. Both the upper and lower case have an applied mid-molding, and the lower case is centered by a deeply-cut double fan. The lower edge of the case is outlined with gouge carving. Made of cherry, with pine secondary wood, probably in Litchfield County, CT, c.1765-1780. It retains all of its original brasses, and other than repair to two 'toes', it is in remarkable condition. Purchased from collectors who had acquired it in 1977, when it was purchased directly from the Noble family of Oxford, CT. Top case 34 1/2", lower case 37", ht. to top of case 81".
A very fine Queen Anne dropleaf table in an unusually large size, with a shaped apron and slipper feet. Made of cherry throughout, with great old color. This table descended in the Platt family of New York City, and according to family tradition, was the table used when Washington visited the Platt's in New York. Pictured and descussed on page 1163 of Sack's, American Antiques, Vol.V. Top 53" x 57 1/2", nh.28 1/4". There is a small repair at the end of one leaf at the joint with the top.
A rare and important early banister backed armchair from the collection of Mrs. Henry Clark. The back with tall bulbous finials, a shaped and heart-pierced crest, turned back posts and banisters. The slanted half-spindle arms are a very rare feature. The front posts have 'mushroom' tops and turned feet and are more than 2" in diameter. All in great 'as descended' condition-retaining its original seat and in a great old black paint over the thin original brown/red-- and with no repair or restoration. Maple throughout, probably southwestern Connecticut, c.1720. 46" ht., 15" seat ht.
Fifteen pieces of Mrs. Clark's collection arre shown in Kirk's, Connecticut Furniture 17th and 18th Century, published in 1967.
A remarkable, and probably unique, rural Chippendale blanket chest. The front and ends banded with triple-arcaded strips, and with the same moldings applied randomly within the front and end panels. The carved escutcheons are applied and the William and Mary period drop handles are original. Made completely of white pine, originally painted a bright orange and now in an old 19th century red. c.1800-1810. 41" wide, 41 1/2" tall. Whatever its origin or design source, it is a great piece of folk art in the truest sense-one man's expression of what his imagination and technical skills allowed him to create.
A rare, perhaps unique, transitional side chair with unusual crest rail and back splat, exceptionally bold stretchers, and Spanish feet. The shape of the crest rail and splat, the turnings on the front legs, and the attenuated rake to the back are unknown on other chairs making it difficult to attribute it to a specific area. The shape of the splat, however, bears close resemblance to that seen in several chairs attributed to the Dunlap family of NH. Maple and birch, in an old stained finish. A distinct rarity with great appeal. 3rd quarter, 18th c. 43 1/2" ht, 18" seat ht.
A rare, early transitional William and Mary/Queen Anne dressing table. The one board overhanging top has a fully-molded edge, the three case drawers have molded edges, and the triple arcaded skirt, with a high center cut-out, is fully banded on it lower edge. The finial drops are made as part of the framing of the case. The case sets on robust cabriole legs ending in thick pad feet. Made of sycamore, with applewood legs and yellow pine secondary, c.1735-40. A nearly identical dressing table is in the collection of Historic Deerfield. That chest has a history in the Childs family of Deerfield. Philip Zea, Director of Deerfield, feels that this piece was made in the Deerfield/Hadley area. Originally painted a bright orange, then red, the current surface shows the removal of those colors. The top is 23 1/4" x 38 1/2", the case is 20" x 29 1/2", ht. is 27 1/2.
A very fine Hepplewhite one drawer stand having a thin serpentined top with flattened corners, veneered and cockbeaded drawer with original brass, mahogany veneered frame, and tapering legs ending with a small chamfer at the bottom. Mahogany, with mahogany veneer and birch and pine secondary woods. While this form is often referred to as a "Newburyport" stand, the quality of the woods used and its construction details indicate a probable Salem origin, c.1790-1800. Top 20 1/2" x 17"; 28 3/4" ht.
An exceptionally fine William and Mary gate-legged table in a rare large size. Made of dense walnut with pine secondary wood, the turnings on the table are perfectly balanced and crisply turned. Retaining its original hinges and drawer knob, it also retains what appears to be its original stained finish. A first rate table in near perfect condition with outstanding surface quality. It descended in the Cadwalader family of Philadelphia, but was probably made in the Boston area, c.1720-30. Top 54" x 56", 28 1/4" ht.
An unusual high-backed windsor rocker in as descended condition.
Ash, maple and pine in 19th century green paint with 'coach-painted'
decoration in gold and black. This chair was originally made as a
rocker and is pictured and discussed on page 61 of Nancy Evans's
American Windsor Furniture Specialized Forms. Rhode Island origin,
1795-1805. 44 1/2" ht., 17 1/2" seat ht.
An unusual 'miniature' step back cupboard with with molded base, paneled doors in lower section and with four-pane doors in the top retaining most of their original glass. Made of cherry with pine secondary wood, first quarter 19th century. Retains its original red stained surface with an old coat of shellac over it. Max. width 38", max depth 14", ht. 36 1/2". The piece was always free standing, never mounted to a wall.
A very rare Boston area (c.1715-20) walnut and walnut-veneered desk on
'ball' feet. Heavily figured walnut on case and with exceptional
paneled and crossbanded veneer on lid and drawer fronts. The interior
is centered by a paneled door and has a well. The case width is only
33 1/4", and the writing height is 29 1/4". Old patches to case at
hinge area. The walnut feet are worn and checked with shrinkage and
there is no indication that they are not original. Secondary woods
are pine and maple. Desks of this type and quality rarely come on the
market, and this is only the third veneered William and Mary desk that
I have owned in over 40 years.
A fine late 18th century blanket box or sea chest in great dry blue paint shown in 'as descended' condition. Molded edge top, original cotter pin hinges, canted sides, and completely dovetailed case. Found in Maine. 47 3/4" long, 18 1/2" deep at base, 19 1/4" ht.
A classic York, ME area banister backed sidechair, bolder than most, and in nearly flawless condition. Beautifully finished crest and crisply-turned legs and stretchers. All in original thin, dry black paint. Maple and ash, c.1760. 44" ht. 17" seat ht.
A fine Hepplewhite lolling, or 'Martha Washington' chair with a serpentined crest rail over a particularly tall back. Shaped arms and arm supports-the supports with line inlay. Mahogany, with maple secondary wood; probably North Shore, MA, c.1785-1800. 47" ht., 16" seat ht. There is an old small repair to the outside edge of one arm.
A classic North Shore Chippendale ox-bow or serpentine front chest
with molded-edge top, four graduated drawers, deeply-carved base
molding, shaped knee brackets, and with particularly well-formed ball
and claw feet. Retaining its original brasses and a fine old color.
Birch, with pine secondary wood. The use of birch, the 'extra' half
circle in the knee return, and the molded edge to the drawer sides are
all characteristics of Newburyport work. Only 35 1/2" case width, 33
1/2" ht, 18 1/2" deep.
An exceptionally fine William and Mary corner chair with
double-stepped crest rail, shaped arms and slats, The legs are shaped
with elongated vases above the seat, then with deeply-necked turnings
below the seat--all above a crisp front Spanish foot. All of the
chairs' turned elements are exceptional, and it retains its original
red paint/stain. Maple throughout, probably South Shore or Rhode
Island, c.1740-60. 32" ht, 16 3/4" seat ht. One of the finest corner
chairs that I have owned in over 45 years.
A fine Chippendale four drawer serpentined front chest with compact proportions and great presence. With a pronounced overhanging top, large original brasses and a widely scaled ogee base, this little chest makes a dramatic statement. Cherry throughout, in original surface. Probably eastern or central CT, c.1785. Only 30 1/2" tall and with a 35 1/2" case width.
A classic country Sheraton chest, c.1815-20, with molded -edge top, six graduated drawers, applied molded base and resting on boldly-turned legs. The original, dry three-color decoration( red, black and brown) is swirled to simulate mahogany on the drawer fronts and striped on the drawer dividers and at the base. Made of maple, with pine secondary wood, its case width is only 35 1'/2", and it retains its original brasses on all but the bottom drawer. I have owned a number of these chests over the years, and this example-based on proportion, graining techniques, and condition-is far and away the finest of any. It has been in a New York City collection for almost 50 years. 57 1/2" ht. While this form is referred to as a 'State of Maine' chest, several have also been found in the Concord, NH area.
A rare gateleg table with bold vase and ring turned legs, full feet,
and elongated oval top. The top is 60" x 73", height is 28 1/2", and
the posts are 2 1/4". Massive, but perfectly proportioned, with rich
old color and retaining its original pins and most of its original
hinges. Oak throughout, English, c.1680-1710.
A rare 'bentwood' windsor chair attributed to Samuel Gragg,
Boston, 1809-1812. Original paint and condition. Tan, with a blue
speckled seat, and with with red, gold and yellow floral decoration.
35" ht, 18" seat ht.
A classic RI windsor nine spindle bowback sidechair with
molded edge to bow, shaped seat, and with bold vase and ring-turned
legs ending in tapering feet. Maple, ash, and pine in original black
paint with no structural repair or damage. A 'perfect' example of this
type of chair. Last quarter, 18th century. 38" ht, 17 3/4" seat ht.
A fine William and Mary corner chair with shaped crest rail and
arms, and well-turned legs. The shape of the slats is similar to
'slat back' chairs dating to the first quarter of the 18th century-and
is the only corner chair that I have seen with this feature. It
retains its original well-worn reddish-brown painted surface with
great patination. Maple, with ash slats, and with one ash arm-an
early 19th century replacement. Probably North Shore, MA, c.1720-30.
31" ht, 17" seat ht.
A very fine Sheraton card table with serpentined top, the frame divided into triple panels crossbanded with mahogany and veneered with flame birch, reeded legs ending in swelled and tapered feet. Great color and surface. Probab;y Portsmouth, c.1800. Mahogany, with pine secondary wood. 36 1/2" length, 29 1/4" ht. Old veneer repair at one corner. Repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it in the 1980's.
A fine four slat ladderback sidechair with well-turned finials,
peaked slats, and sausage-turned front stretchers. In old black paint
with no repair. Probably CT, c.1750. 43"ht, with 15" seat ht.
An exceptionally rare Boston area dressing table made of black walnut, with walnut, maple and ebony veneers, and pine secondary wood. The fully veneered top is centered by four matched panels, surrounded by crossbanding, then sheet veneer up to and including the molded edge. The case is completely veneered, the drawers are crossbanded as well, and the lower central drawer has a scooped fan with rays of maple and ebony. This case is supported by graceful cabriole legs ending in remarkable padded feet with six elongated 'toes'. The case is 31 1/2" x 18", and the ht. is 30 1/4". There are only two other comparable pieces known: a veneered dressing table discussed and shown on pp.224-5 in Harbor and Home, by Jobe and Sullivan, and a Japanned high chest signed by Robert Davis, with identical feet and knee returns, which sold at Skinner in 2004.
A small early 19th century six board chest in original surface
and condition, and retaining its original cotter pin hinges With an
applied molded edge and cut out ends. Pine throughout, probably NH or
ME. 18" long, 8" deep, 11" ht.
A rare William and Mary banister-backed armchair with unusual
shaped and molded crest with 'ears', scrolled arms, canted back,
turned stretchers, and Spanish feet. Maple and ash in old black paint
and in 'as found' condition (crack to center banister). North Shore,
MA, c.1740. 43 3/4", 16" seat ht.
A classic NH Hepplewhite drop leaf table with more overhang
than usual, in original condition-with a great red-painted surface.
Birch and maple, c.1800-1820. 48 1/4" x 44" x 28 1/2" ht.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.