Peter H. Eaton Antiques | 8 Federal St. | Wiscasset, ME 04578
Our shop and gallery are located at 8 Federal St. in the small coastal village of Wiscasset, ME, already a destination spot for those antiquing in Maine. We will be open by appointment through June, and hope to resume daily hours of 10-4 after that. We are easy to find—next to the Wiscasset Sunken Gardens at the corner of Route 1 and Federal St.
PO BOX 407 • 8 FEDERAL STREET WISCASSET, ME 04578 • 207-687-8512
A very rare windsor cradle in original green paint with yellow stenciling. Shaped head and foot rails. One rocker has a 19th century repair. Great 'as descended' surface and condition. Birch or ash and pine. NE origin, first quarter, 19th century. 36" long, 11" deep, rockers 24", 24" ht.
A very fine and unusual Queen Anne drop leaf table. Maple and tiger maple with remains of original brown paint-a great scrubbed top. The table appears to be up on its 'toes'. A table with identical feet and ring turnings on the legs is shown as plate 36 in Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern MA, p.121. That table has a New Bedford family history. Bristol County, c.1740-70. Only 12" wide when closed, overall dimensions are 43 1/2" x 44", ht. is 27 1/2".
A very fine Sheraton bed with leafage-carved posts and exceptionally finely- turned legs. Portsmouth or southeastern NH origin, c.1800-1815. Birch and pine in great original red paint. Retains original canopy. 56 1/2" wide, 77 1/4" long, 83" to top of canopy. Takes a full-size 54" mattress.
A very fine miniature Sheraton chest, probably a salesman's sample. Made of birch, with mahogany veneer on the drawer fronts, and with poplar secondary wood. A scrolled crest over two set back drawers, over four full width drawers encased by turned columns and ending with turned feet. In original surface and with original glass (probably Sandwich) knobs. 19" wide, 214" ht. Found in the Augusta, ME area and signed on the back "J.W. Hardy", c.1820.
A country Hepplewhite half-round table with a drop leaf : with a tiger maple top and legs, and tiger maple veneered skirt. Great old surface with a scrubbed top and an unusual form. This is the end of a three part dining table made in the first quarter of the 19th century, but apparently used alone for most of its life. 41 3/4" long, 19 3/4" deep. 29" ht.
A fine Queen Anne high chest with strong cornice moding over five rows of graduated drawers over a two drawer base with an exceptionally fine skirt, all resting on tall cabriole legs ending in fully padded feet. Maple, with pine secondary wood, in an old crackled shellac or varnish surface-- retaining all original brasses and knee returns and with no drawer lip damage. Southeastern NH origin, c.1785. Top case 36 1/2", lower case 38 3/4", 75 1/4" ht.
A very fine and rare painted and stenciled two drawer blanket chest. Black and red faux mahogany top, sides, and well section of front, yellow and tan sponge-painted drawers, all outlined with a bright green. The stencil decoration on the front is repeated on the top. Never overpainted or over varnished. Probably New Portland area of Maine, c.1820-25. 39" wide, 38 1/2" ht, 16 1/2" depth.
A country Chippendale five drawer chest with well-developed bracket base and compact proportions. Maple and pine, in good old surface and retaining its original brasses. From an old collection on the South Shore of MA. c.1785. 36 1/2" case, 42" ht.
A rare and unusual banjo clock made and signed by Edmund Currier, who worked in Concord, NH until about 1820 when he moved to Salem, MA. Eight day works in running orded. The finial and painted glasses are original and were probably a less expensive option. That they have survived unbroken is a bit of a miracle. C.1815-20. 10" wide, 32" ht.
A very fine tall clock, the eight day brass works made and signed by Benjamin Swan, Augusta, c.1815-20. Exceptional dial with beautiful signature. The pine and poplar case retains its original sponge-painted and striped surface, with bird's-eye maple inlaid door and waist blocks. The door is also crossbanded with mahogany. The case maker supplied both Swan and Frederick Wingate with cases, but this is the only example that I have found of a case in original grained paint. (See Clockmakers and Clockmaking in Maine 1770-1900 by Joseph Katra,pp.117-122.) Original throughout with exception of finials. The dial shows some old inpainting over flaking. Height 90 inches.
A country William and Mary stretcher based hutch table with vase and columnar shaped legs. Birch and pine in old second coat of dry red paint with a scrubbed top. Top 42" x 41 1/2" (one board 34"!), 27 1/2" ht. Probably ME, late 18th Century.
A rare country Sheraton three part banquet table with shaped ends made of cherry, cherry veneer, birch, oak and pine. Intricately-turned legs ending in original casters. All in old or original surface. Found in central Maine many years ago and purchased from a private collection. 42" wide,94 1/2" long, 29" ht.
A very fine country Hepplewhite stand with deeply chamfered top, drawer with original brass pull, and particularly delicate overall proportions. Cherry, with pine secondary in original red stain. Slight shrinkage crack in top. MA or NH, c.1810-15 Top 18" x 20", 27 1/2" ht.
One of perhaps seven or eight nearly identical clock cases known made in the Bennington, VT area, c.1800. With a 'swan's neck' crest, arched door, carved quarter columns, dovetailed lower case resting on a bracket base. The amount, variety, and quality of the inlay is remarkable. The tips of the crest, the plinths, the facade of the bonnet and the case, the case door and lower panel are all inlaid with multiple designs of quarter fans, half fans, fans, pinwheels, and stringing of various woods. The works, with a moon phase dial, are unsigned and unrestored. According to Kenneth Zorgy inThe Best the Country Affords. Vermont Furniture 1765-1850, four of the known clocks in these cases have works signed by Daniel Porter from Williamstown, MA ( just across the border from Bennington) and the remainder are unsigned. In old finish and working condition. The finials are not original. 91" ht.
A classic 'hutch' table with two board 48" top, shaped arm supports, closed compartment in base, all on tapering shoe feet. Pine, with birch arms and feet. In dry second coat of red paint. 27 1/2" ht. Note split in one top board and repair with square nails. Probably NH, last quarter 18th c.
A fine pair of Chippendale 'ribbon-back' chairs. Birch, in original red stain with pierced slats and molded edge to legs. Southern NH, c.1810-15. 37" ht, 17 1/2", seat ht.
A small New England one drawer pine blanket chest with two applied false drawers with heavily molded edges, applied molding at top and cut out base. Dry, original red stain. Replaced leather hinges. Mid-18th C.. 36" wide, 37" ht.
An early transitional William and Mary/ Queen Anne high chest with a beautifully-shaped and banded skrt, and with rare, sharply creased, square 'duck' feet on tapering pads. Maple and pine in a dry old surface and retaining its original cotter pin brasses. The paper lining in the drawers is from the south shore of MA and dated 1967--the chest has had little use in the last 50 years! Some old repairs to knee returns, moldings, and a rear foot, but a great early look in a nice small size. Top case 34 1/2", lower case 36 1/2", 66" ht.
An unusual country Federal stand with deeply chamfered square top with rounded corners, beehive-shaped post notch-carved at the bottom, and with shaped legs terminating in spade feet. Cherry, with tiger maple cleat all in original condition and surface. Probably NH, based on post, c.1810-20. 27" ht, top 15 3/4" x 16"
An early transitional country Queen Anne high chest in a small size, with fan-carved center drawer, beaded drawer sides, double waist moldings, triple-arcaded skirt, and with delicate cabriole legs ending in raised pad feet. Cherry and pine, in a rich older surface. Probably central MA or eastern CT, c.1740-50. There are several old lip repairs to the drawers, and the brasses are replacements set in the original holes. Top case 34", lower case 37", 69 1/4" ht. Purchased privately from a local family.
A very fine maple William and Mary banister-backed armchair with heart-shaped crest, scrolled arms, with turned secondary under arms, vase and ring turned front and side stretchers. Well-designed and boldly-turned throughout. No repair or restoration except 20th C. black paint over original red. Probably CT, 1730-45. 46" ht, 16" seat ht.
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 very rare early New England six board chest with notched corners, sheath- molded front and till. The front is decorated with cross-hatched diamonds and initialed 'PT'. Retains traces of original red paint. The first sheath-molded chest that I have owned in a least a decade. 45" lgt., 23" ht.
A fine William and Mary banister backed armchair with turned finials, crown-shaped crest, rolled arms, and turned stretchers. In dry, old black paint over original red wash. Probably Portsmouth area, c,1750-60. Later rockers removed and slots filled. 46" ht, 17" seat ht.
An early, 1720-30, three slat armchair with earliest form of slats, ball finials, flat arms all in an old orange graining over an original gray paint. I believe that I purchased this chair in southeastern NH in the late 1970's. 42 1/2" ht, 17 1/2" seat ht.
A William and Mary period two drawer blanket chest with two false drawers and with exceptionally fine ball feet. Double arch molded case of red paine, period brasses, and great dry red painted surface. A little 'rough', but a rare survivor with great surface quality. 35 1/2" case, 40 12" ht
An early 19th century bench with shaped ends mortised through the seat. Hard pine, and in great original dry blue paint with a mostly scrubbed top. 83 1/2", 11 1/2" deep, 19" ht.
A classic country William and Mary one drawer blanket chest with single arch molded front to simulate false drawers, applied molding at base, and shaped ends. Original brass and old dry second coat of red paint. Probably MA, c,1740. Replaced leather hinges and some old missing molding. 38" wide, 33 1/2" ht.
A country Queen Anne six-board chest with molded-edge top, high cut-out ends, original snipe hinges, and till--all in a fine dry, smoke-decorated surface. Maine or Vermont, 3rd quarter 18th c. 43" x 17" x 24 1/2" ht.
A near pair of Queen Anne sidechairs with carved crests, molded backs, well-turned legs and stretchers ending in Spanish feet. Maple and ash, in fine old color. Probably CT, c.1740-60. 43 1/2" ht, 18 1/2" seat ht.
An assembled set of 6 mid-18th c. ladderback sidechairs in black paint, five 4-slat, one five slat. All with sausage-turned posts and stretchers and all with good seats. One chair has pieced back feet, two chairs may have partially restored finials. Seat hts. 16 3/4" to 18", backs 43 1/2" to 47"(5 slat)
A mid-18th century ladderback armchair with particularly bold slats, rolled arms, and well-turned stretchers. Probably NH, mid-18th century. The rear feet were pieced below the back stretcher, and the black paint was probably applied 50-75 years ago.46 1/2" ht, 17" seat ht.
The Rogers family William and Mary high chest
A rare and very fine William and Mary high chest with molded cornice, applied double-arch molding on the case, triple-arcaded skirt--cyma-curved at the sides with a high arch to the center. All above superbly-turned legs with compressed cup turnings, shaped stretchers, and compressed ball feet with flared lower pads. Maple, with poplar and chestnut secondary woods, in original structural condition and retaining its original etched brasses. Top case 34 3/4", lower case 37", 65 3/4" ht.
This high chest exhibits classic Rhode Island turned elements and is the finest example that I have seen. Descended directly in the family of William Rogers of Newport, RI (1709-1772.)
A small pair of Philadelphia andirons with urn-shaped shafts and large 'penny' feet., c.1785-1800. Perfectly proportioned, finely cast, and in great 'as descended' color. 14 3/4" tall, 16" deep.
A rare William and Mary period banister backed sidechair with canted back, shaped crest, well-turned finials, posts and stretchers. Soft maple and ash, in original thin greenish-black paint. 48" ht, 17" seat ht. A somewhat rural version of a classic eastern MA form, found in coastal Maine and probably made there, c.1740-50.
A fine pair of American andirons with penny feet, stepped shafts, and flame finials. c.1760-90. Unpolished. 24" ht, 19" deep.
An exceptional Chippendale secretary: the top section with highly-scrolled and carved crown moldings, flame finials, carved fan, and beautifully-molded paneled doors; the lower section with a fan-carved interior, serpentined front with "breasted" top drawer all above bold ogee feet. Cherry throughout, with pine secondary wood. Retains what appears to be its original surface and is in remarkable original condition- with only restoration to the brasses and a shrinkage crack in one door panel. CT River Valley, Springfield-Northampton area, c.1790-1800. See Kugelman, CT Valley Furniture, pp.283-298 for similar construction details. Top case w. 37 3/4", lower case 40" w., top case d. 8 3/4", lower case d. 19 3/4", 96" overall ht., 33" writing 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.
A very fine early Queen Anne sidechair with deeply-carved and molded crest and stiles, turned front and side stretchers, and with bold Spanish feet. In deep, rich old color with no repair or restoration. Probably eastern MA, c.1740-50. 42" ht., 17 1/2" seat ht.
An early one drawer blanket chest with heavy applied moldings over and under the drawer. The drawer also projects out to the end of the case, overlapping the sides. Poplar throughout, in an old second coat of red paint. Probably CT origin, c.1720-30. Case 42", 16" deep, 32 1/2" ht. There is obvious damage to the left end of the molding over the drawer which could be easily restored. I sold this chest in the 1990's and just re-acquired it.
A fine country Hepplewhite tapered leg stand: cherry, with line inlay on top, edge of top, drawer front, and all four legs to the floor. Original throughout including knob and surface. CT or CT River Valley, first quarter 19th c. Top 16" x 18 1/2", 26 3/4" ht.
A very rare William and Mary period ball-footed desk/bookcase with double-domed top and ball feet. The lid, doors, and drawers are inlaid with crossbanding and the doors have an intricate columnar inlay along both inside and outside edges. Small in size, with a 36" case width and only 82" in height, the piece shows exceptional quality and design. The primary wood, by microanalysis, is American black walnut. Most interior secondary wood is cedrela, with clear white pine drawer sides, bottoms, and the back of both upper and lower case. The inlay is quartered oak, and the moldings and feet appear to be ash. The brasses and feet are original, and the finials relate to those on clocks and other case pieces from the period in coastal MA. While there are several double-domed top desk/bookcases from the Philadelphia area, this is one of perhaps two known from New England. Probably made in Boston, c.1710-20, by a cabinetmaker newly arrived from England, the woods used and, particularly, the unusual inlay treatment on the doors could reflect a piece from Portsmouth, NH as well. I purchased this from the repair shop of a prominent New England antiques dealer in 1990 and have just re-acquired it from the collector to whom I sold it at that time. There is no prior history known, as that dealer and the owner of the piece in 1990 are now deceased.
It has survived in remarkably good condition. The sides of several drawers have been rebuilt along the bottom edge, there is a small triangular patch at the base of one lower backboard, small pieces of applied molding inside the 'domes' appear to be old restorations, and the drawer stops in the lower case are restorations. The cleats supporting the feet, while hand-sawn and re-nailed at some point, are probably late 18th or 19th century replacements for the original. As is usually the case, there is more deterioration to the bottoms of the rear feet than the front.
A very fine Queen Anne candlestand with tilting top, vase-shaped shaft, cabriole legs ending in nicely-formed slipper feet. Oversized, one board top (21"). Walnut throughout with great surface quality. 25 1/2" ht. Philadelphia or eastern PA, c.1770-85.
A 'State of Maine' country Sheraton chest with scrolled backsplash, 'glove drawers', and with the lower drawers set between floral and swirl carved fre-standing columns above vase, ring, and ball turned feet. The birch case retains its original red stain, the crossbanded drawers are fully paneled with rich bird's-eye maple retaining their original surface, and all of the brasses are original. Bought privately near Augusta and probably made there, c.1815-25. Case width 39 7/8", 20 1/2" depth, 51 1/2" ht.
A rare and very fine Queen Anne back stool with tall squared back, horseshoe-shaped seat frame, and boldly-turned short cabriole legs. Made of walnut, maple, and pine, probably in Boston, c.1740-70. A particularly robust example of a very rare form in great condition and with a rich old surface. 41" ht, 14" seat ht. A nearly identical example in pictured and described as plate *89, pp.165-6 in New England Furniture at Winterthur, by Richards and Evans.
A country stepback cupboard in great dry red paint. Original H&L hinges on double-paneled door retain their original leather washers. It started life built in to the left corner of a late 18th century Maine house and was made into a 'free standing' piece at some point in its life. Purchased privately here in coastal Maine. Rarely found with this surface quality, and priced with regard to its 'issues'! 53" wide, 78 3/4" ht, 19 1/4" deep.
A country Queen Anne chest on chest with wide cornice molding and graduated drawers, all resting on four short, well-formed cabriole legs. Retains most of its original brass hardware. Surface restored to original color as seen on underside of drawers and inside of case. Some old lip repair. Probably built on order as case is structurally 'over-built' and bottom drawers have huge storage capacity. Flame birch throughout, south-central NH origin, c.1810. Top case 37", lower case 39 1/2", 73" ht.
An exceptional Hepplewhite secretary with tambour doors, floral-inlaid center door paneled with flame birch, cross-banded drawers fully paneled with wavy birch, above a shaped skirt with flaring French feet. Mahogany,with mahogany and birch veneers, and inlaid with seven different varieties of patterned stringing.
In a fine old surface and retaining its original brasses. North Shore, MA or Portsmouth area, c. 1800. 38 1/4" lower case width, 19 1/2" depth, 50 3/4" ht. Reportedly bought from Israel Sack, Inc. in the 1940's.
A classic southeastern NH high chest with bold cornice molding, graduated five drawer top, two drawer lower section with deeply-cut double fan in lower drawer, scrolled apron, bold cabriole legs ending in fully padded feet. Maple, with great color and warmth to surface. With the exception of two knee returns, it is all original, including the brasses. C.1780-95. top case 36", lower case 38 3/4", 73 1/4" ht.
A fine sampler by Polly Alexander of Dunbarton, NH, 1819. Embroidered on linen, the piece is in exceptional condition with bright floral decoration. Purchased from the family. 16" x 20 1/2".
A very fine country 'Classical' candlestand with tilting octagonal top, elongated vase-shaped shaft, and with elegant serpentined legs raised on integral pad feet. Cherry throughout, in old or original surface. Probably CT or central MA, c.1800-1815. Top 16" x 22", 27 1/2" ht.
A small early six board chest in deep old red paint. Great color, unusual cut out ends, and only 13 1/2" deep. 42" case, 22" ht. Pine throughout, massive 'T' headed nails, replaced leather hinges.
A very fine Chippendale card table with fully-molded legs in an unusual small size (case 31 1/4"), with serpentined top and frame with blocked ends. The edge of the top is chip-carved and the lower edge of the frame is rope-carved. The pierced corner brackets are all original. Mahogany, in a deep, rich old surface, with pine and birch secondary woods. The top board was chosen with a central knot as an embellishment. The top of the swing leg is stamped "WH". Rhode Island, c.1760-70. 33", 15 1/2", 28 1/2" ht.
A fine country Queen Anne tea table with one board scrubbed top, 24" x 35", molded-edge frame, and with turned and splayed legs ending in'button' feet. Eastern NE, c.1750-60. Pine and maple in an old red paint over an original black paint. Wooden braces were nailed to the sides of the frame to support a crack in the top early in the table's life, they were removed at a later date. There are two full-length shrinkage cracks in the top, but the top is stable and usable. Great color and 'presence'. 26" ht.
A fine portrait of a gentleman in a blue waistcoat with silver buttons by William Jennys. Waist-length, with deeply-molded features, and with a spare background, this is a classic example of Jennys's work at the end of the 18th century. Jennys worked from1795 to 1807, first in Connecticut and then on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where a number of his sitters are identified-many from Newburyport. Cleaned by Yost Conservation (9/2019), the painting retains its original canvas, stretchers, and even its original coat of varnish. When I purchased the painting, the frame had a frayed and rotting paper backing with the label of X.H. Wood, Salem, MA. That firm is listed in Salem in 1878. Painting size 18" x 24", frame 22" X 28".
An early William and Mary tavern table with a single board chamfered oval top (over 1" thick), splayed vase and ring turned legs, boxed stretchers, and turned feet. The size of the stock, and the classic turnings and proportions all indicate an early date, c.1720. Probably MA origin. Pine and maple. Top 27 1/4" x 35", 23 1/2" ht.
A very rare and fine Federal period gilded mirror with eglomise panel. It bears the label of Stillman Lathrop, Salem, c.1805. Massive in size and in remarkable original condition. 58 1/2" x 28 1/2".
A rare 'greate chair' from New London County, CT., 1720-40. Made of maple and ash, with exceptional turned finials and back posts, three highly-arched slats, turned and slanted arms, and mushroom-capped front posts---all above turned double ball feet. Old color and no restoration. With a height of nearly 51", the chair has a very dramatic presence.
A fine quality pair of 'steeple-top' andirons with double-spurred legs and ball feet.
Excellent casting and condition. The dogs retain their original iron log stops. Boston or New York, 1800-1810. 21 1/4" ht., 20" max depth.
A fine Queen Anne high chest with a five drawer top over a three drawer base, above a deeply-scrolled skirt transitioning to exceptionally fine cabriole legs with large pad feet. Maple and birch, with pine secondary wood. North Shore, MA c.1745-55. Proper, sand cast, cotter pin brasses have been reset into the original holes. A perfectly proportioned high chest with only the waist molding restored.
Top case 34 1/4", lower case 36 3/4", 68 3/4" ht.
A very fine Hepplewhite Pembroke table in faded mahogany with satinwood and ebony inlay. There is line inlay on the cut-cornered top, the legs are inlaid with complex chevron and shields at the frame, and inlaid with tapering icicles and dots on the legs themselves- as well as stringing and inlaid cuffs. Probably RI or eastern CT, c.1800-1810.
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 rare Classical paint-decorated work table with lyre base. Mahogany, with pine secondary wood. Probably Boston, c.1815-20. The quality of the painted decoration is exceptional. 19 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 30" ht.
A fine early Queen Anne figured maple and pine high chest in a small size with great surface quality. The top case with a 'hidden' molding drawer and graduated drawers: the lower case with a wide mid-molding, deeply-carved fan in the lower drawer continuing into a double scrolled skirt. The tall cabriole legs have a sharp crease at the knee and exceptionally thick pads under the feet. The brasses on the top case are very old restorations. Probably York, ME area, c.1745-50. Upper case 34 1/2", lower case 35 1/2", 70 1/2" ht.
An exceptional painted cased wooden works tall clock from the Snow family of Seekonk, MA. The amount and detail of the decoration is exceptional. 84 1/2" ht. I sold this clock in 2001 and have just re-acquired it.
A fine pair of banister-backed side chairs with 'tombstone' crests, particularly fine finials, crisp turnings, and full feet. No repair, and in an old dark finish. Probably RI, 1750-60. 43" ht., 16" seat 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.
A pair of country Queen Anne side chairs with shaped crests, vase-shaped splats, boldly-turned front legs terminating in platformed pad feet. Attributed to John Durand of Milford, CT, c.1760-75. An identical chair is pictured and described on page 63 of Robert Trent's, "Hearts and Crowns". Great old surface, wear to one front foot. seat ht. 16 1/2", 40" ht.
An exceptional Hepplewhite 'd-shaped' card table with inlaid floral spray projecting from an urn in the center panel and inlaid with urns at the top of each leg. Stringing runs down each leg to the inlaid cuffs. Additionally, there is inlay to the edge of the top, the lower edge of the frame, and the facade is veneered with matched mahogany panels. Mahogany, with pine frame and with an oak back rail, in fine old surface. Very minor inlay repair at sides on edge of top. There is a slight twist to the back rail. One of the finest New England card tables that I have seen. The design and quality of inlay work is imaginative and superbly done. Rhode Island, probably Providence or Pawtuxet, c.1800.
A Connecticut 'greate chaire' with five slats, sausage-turned stretchers, and very fine finials, arms, and turned front legs. Maple and ash, in old black paint, and in an impressive size. 46 1/2" ht., 16" seat ht. Southern CT, c.1720-40. Just purchased from an old NJ collection.
A rare pair of country banister back side chairs with unusual 'crown'-shaped crests, boldly turned back legs, turned front legs and stretchers, and full feet. Maple and ash in old deep coral paint over a thin black. Very small repair to lower rail of one chair--other wise perfect condition. Probably southeastern NH, third quarter 18th century. 40 1/2" ht,, 16 1/2" seat ht. Just re-purchased from the collectors to whom I had sold them.
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.
A rare country Chippendale secretary, or desk and bookcase, in a small size and great old surface. The top section with a cornice molding over two paneled doors; the lower section with four graduated drawers over a shaped bracket base. The lid falls to show an interior of drawers and cubby holes. Made of birch, maple, and pine, and retaining a great dry red paint. Probably NH origin, 1800-1810. The brasses are period old replacements. Case width 37", 66 3/4" ht, 31 1/4" writing ht. This piece had been in the same collection for 50 years until I acquired it.
A fine country Hepplewhite stand in a rare small size - and with great surface. Birch, in original red stain, with an unpainted, line inlaid top centered by four inlaid diamonds. A slightly-splayed drawer banded by incised lines is set within the frame. NH or north-central MA, c.1810-20. The top is 14 1/2" x 15", the frame is only 10" x 10", and the height is 25 1/2". In a private collection for 35 years. (1984)
A superior pair of double lemon-topped andirons, left and right, in the finest old 'as descended' surface. Probably NY, c.1800-1810. 25 1/2" ht, 24 1/2" depth.
A fine country Queen Anne two drawer blanket chest with molded edge top, lipped drawers, and base with double center drop. Pine throughout, retaining its original cotter pin hinges and brasses but for one escutcheon. In a second coat of red paint. Newspapers glued inside the lid indicate an eastern MA origin, c. 1740. There are old chips out of the base at the lower front corners. Case width 37", 41" 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 rare and fine pair of 17th century European andirons with brass ball tops, deeply-worked shafts and arched legs, and decorated on every surface-including the dogs. 22" ht, 20:" depth.
A very fine country Chippendale desk with a history in the Corey family of Westport, MA. Made of dense walnut, with pine and poplar secondary woods, it retains a fine old 19th century brown painted surface. Its compact proportions and dramatic base molding and feet are features, but the treatment of the interior is exceptional, and, in my experience, unique. Probably southeastern MA origin, last quarter, 18th century. Case width 36", ht. 42", writing ht. 30 1/4".
Condition: There is some old insect damage to the bottom board on the back and in a corner of the rear case board. Several of the valances were missing and I have had them properly restored.
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 pair of portraits of an unidentified young couple, one signed by Samuel Jennings, a painter who worked in Philadelphia from 1787-1792. Never lined, but with restored stretchers and frames. Frame size- 25 1/2" x 21 3/4".
Two watercolor memorial pictures attributed to Miss Mayo's School of Portland, ME. Full of detail, with buildings, urns, swans, a fouled anchor, exceptional trees and beautifully-drawn mourning women. One a memorial for Lucy Libby, 1819, and the second for Robert Harding, 1822. 21 1/2" x 17 3/4" and 20 5/8" x 17 5/8".
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 country Queen Anne dropleaf table with rounded leaves, deeply-scrolled skirt, delicate turned legs-incised on edges at top, and terminating in oversized pad feet. In an early 19th century grained paint over original red. Beautifully-proportioned, and in rarely found in an old ' as descended' painted surface. Birch and maple, eastern MA or NH, c.1750-70. 42" in length, 42" with leaves up, 27" ht.
A classic country Chippendale New Hampshire four drawer chest with deeply-molded top, graduated drawers, and an applied scrolled bracket base. Birch, in great 'as descended' original red wash. The brasses are proper replacements for the originals. Southeastern NH, c.1810. Some shrinkage cracks to base and old chip to underside of top at rear left corner. Case width 38 3/4", 36" ht, 17 1/2" case depth, 20" overall depth to top.
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 very fine Boston area butterfly table with oval top and splayed base with box stretchers and full feet. Made of maple in the second quarter of the 18th century, it has the finest turnings of any example that I have seen. It retains its original 'H' hinges and much of its original red paint on the underside. The drawer was missing in 1991 when I first acquired the table and I had an appropriate replacement made at that time. Just reacquired from the collectors to whom I had sold it nearly thirty years ago. Top 37" x 43", 26" ht.
A classic 'Heart and Crown' banister-backed armchair from the Milford area of CT. Made of maple and poplar, c.1740-70, it appears to retain its original brown-stained surface. There is a small loss at the center of the crest and the hand terminals have been chipped away on the underside. 47" tall, 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 very rare William and Mary daybed or couch made of maple, with tiger maple rails. With a double scrolled and pine-paneled headboard, gouge-carved along its edge, turned finials at both head and foot, and with beautifully-turned legs and stretchers, this daybed is a fine and rare example of the form. RI origin, c.1730-40. No repair or restoration-including its original iron adjustable supports, and with great dry old surface. This form was out of fashion by the mid-18th century and it is remarkable that any have survived. 28 3/4" wide, 69 3/4" length(bed), 41" ht.
An unusual country Federal candlestand with widely-flaring 'spider' legs and urn-carved post. The top has applied molding around the edge and is line inlaid with quarter circles in the corners. Cherry throughout in old red paint- probably only stained originally. Probably CT origin, c.1800-1810. Top 15" x 15 1/2", 25 1/4" ht
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 very fine Federal bowfront chest made of mahogany, with mahogany veneers and pine secondary wood. The front of the top is inlaid with rosewood and the four graduated drawers are line inlaid with invected corners. The coved base molding supports four oversized ball and claw feet. Exceptional, 'as descended' surface and retaining its original fire-gilt brasses. Other than turning over the drawer runners, the chest is in completely original condition. Salem or Boston, c.1785. 39 1/2" case, 34" ht, 17" case depth.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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
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.