As of mid-june, Joan and I will be moving our shop and gallery to 8 Federal St. in the small coastal village of Wiscasset, me, already a destination spot for those antiquing in Maine. There is plenty of space for my furniture and accessories, Joan’s schoolgirl art and 20th century pottery, and her own artwork—paintings, drawings, photography, and jewelry. And there is parking! We hope to be open every day from 10–4, but a call ahead is always a good idea. 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
Exhibiting at The Delaware Antiques Show
AT THE Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, Delaware
November 9-11, 2018
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 This chair was originally made as a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.
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".
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 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.
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.
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 Sheraton period stand with drop leaves, two drawers, and
rope-turned legs. Maple, mahogany veneer, pine and poplar in
exceptional original grain-painted decoration. Probably ME or VT,
c.1820. Top 18" x 18", 18" x 35 1/4" with leaves up, 29" 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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.