Exhibiting at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show
HARTFORD ARMORY, HARTFORD, CT
A very fine Hudson Valley kast, probably Ulster or Albany Counties, made of gumwood, wih pine secondary, c.1740-50. With widely-projecting cornice, paneled doors, fluted columns (the center one sliding to reveal the lock), a side-hung drawer with original wooden knobs, and large flattened ball feet, this well-proportioned kast even appears to retain its original finish. 69" wide, 77" in ht., the case depth is 18", and the cornice depth 24".
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.
An exceptional Sheraton Period desk and bookcase made for the Penniman family of New Braintree, MA. Mahogany, with mahogany veneers and pine secondary wood. Probably made in Salem, c.1815-20. In an old dry surface retaining its original red wash throughout the interior. 72" long, 96" to tip of central finial.
An exceptional Federal candlestand with chamfered octagonal top banded with mahogany and centered by an inlaid diamond above a beautifully carved and balanced shaft and sabre legs. Birch, in old red stain and in "as descended" condition. Bought out of a house in So. Berwick, ME in the 1970's, but Portsmouth, NH origin, c.1800-1810. Top 14" x 18 1/2", 27" 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 Queen Anne sidechair made of walnut with maple secondary wood in Boston, c.1760-retaining its original surface and its original leather seat with all foundation materials. A classic Boston chair with scrolled back stiles, a square seat, and cabriole legs ending in pad feet. A rare survivor! 39 1/2" ht, 17" seat ht. There is a small split in the leather and the right (facing) knee return is a replacement.
This marble sign was affixed to the facade of the Eagle Tavern in Geneva, NY, built and owned by William Tippitts. Tippitts was a wealthy businessman, real estate mogul, and postmaster of Geneva. Deeply and finely-cut,with an incised border and quarter fans in the corners, it spoke to both the solidity of the structure and to its owner's importance! 18" x 33 1/2" x 2 1/2" in depth.
A rare set of six bowback windsors with sharply-creased bows, turned and swelled spindles, and with complex side and medial 'yoke' stretcher arrangement. In original, 'as descended' condition with a discolored old varnish over old yellow over black and red paint. Attributed to Seaver and Frost, Boston, 1790-1810. A similar chair is pictured in Santore, Vol I & II, p.137. This set of chairs descended directly in the Channing Howe family of Duxbury, MA. 39 1/2" ht, 18 1/2" 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 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 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.
An exceptional Queen Anne dressing table made of walnut, in a small size, perfectly proportioned, and with rare mariner's star inlay centering the top. There are inlaid compass points at the corners and the top is banded with a triple inlay around the edge. The three drawers are banded with veneer and the case is centered by a deeply-scooped, inlaid fan. There are perhaps a half dozen of these dressing tables known, thought to have been made around Boston, c.1735. Examples are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Winterthur, the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and Bayou Bend in Houston. Case 28" x 17 1/2", top 33" x 21", 30" ht. This dressing table descended in the Milliken family of Duxbury, MA.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.