A matched set of six rod-back windsor chairs with crisp and colorful decoration. No repair or touch-up. Probably ME or NH, c,1825-35. 33" ht, 17" seat ht.
A matched set of six rod-back windsor chairs with crisp and colorful decoration. No repair or touch-up. Probably ME or NH, c,1825-35. 33" ht, 17" seat ht.
A fine and unusual country Sheraton server with scrolled backboard, 'glove' drawer set into top, rectangular top with rounded edges, over a frame with exceptionally well-turned legs and also with a full width drawer. Original red and black grained paint with faded gold highlights and with a terrific faux marbelized top. Contains a lengthy family history. Pine, maple and poplar. Probably VT or ME, c,1820. 37" wide, 37" tall, 18 1/2" max. depth.
A fine and rare canted back William and Mary banister backed armchair with arched and molded crest, reversed banisters, scrolled arms, turned underarm supports, vase turned legs and turned front and side stretchers. Maple and ash in old, but not original, black paint. Hartford or south-central CT origin, c.1740-60. A nearly identical sidechair is shown as plate #219 in Connecticut Furniture 17th and 18th Centuries by John Kirk. 48" ht, 17" seat ht.
A fine, oversized hutch or bench table in great old color. Shaped ends, full drawer in base, and with exceptional surface to three board top—46" x 72". Ht. 29 1/2". Pine throughout, probably PA origin, c.1820-40. Tables this size are rare—with this surface to top, even more rare.
The best classic New Hampshire card table that I have owned. Rounded-edge serpentined top, full width drawer in frame, beaded edge to drawer, frame, and legs. Great dry original red stain. Birch and pine, first quarter 19th century. Just repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it 15 years ago. 36 1/4" wide, 29" ht.
A very fine country Chippendale card table with exaggerated serpentined top, drawer in frame, and with bold, molded legs. Cherry and pine in original deep red stain under a later coat of varnish or shellac. Probably CT River Valley, c.1800. 35 1/2" wide, 29" ht. Just repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it 20 years ago.
An exceptional formal Queen Anne candlestand with oval top, vase-shaped shaft, notched at base, and tall cabriole legs ending in raised pad feet. Choice mahogany top, perfectly proportioned, and retaining its original finish on base. Mahogany and cherry, North Shore, c,1790-1800. Just repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it 20 years ago. Top 16 1/2" x 23 1/2", 29 1/2" ht.
A fine Federal period candlestand with serpentined top, delicate post, compressed urn on shaft, notched at base and with cabriole legs ending in platformed pad feet. Mahogany, with birch cleats and block. Great color to top and base. Probably Essex Co,, MA, c.1800. Small repair at base. Just repurchased from the collectors to whom I had sold it 20 years ago. Top 18 3/4", 27 1/2" ht.
A William and Mary tavern table with splayed base, oversized oval top and classic vase and ring turned legs. Maple, with a pine top. Minor old repair to top. Probably MA, c,1730-50. Top 34" x 23", 24 1/2" ht.
A country stand up desk in two parts. Great proportions, only 27" wide and 59 1/2" high. In dry original red apint and original condition. The top has a shaped back and molded breadboards. There is a fixed shelf as well as a pull-out shelf in the lower section.
A fine and rare Queen Anne tea or center table with one board top molded on the top and bottom and with cut corners. Shaped skirt, turned legs ending in full pad feet. Mahogany throughout in fine old color. Found "downeast" in Maine, but probably NY origin, c.1760. 25 1/2" x 36" x 27 1/2" ht.
A rural 'Hudson River School' painting of mountains, a lake, with waterfall, suspended gazebo with revelers, and nine sailboats-two with crew. From the Gunn Collection at the Fenimore Museum in Cooperstown, NY. 37" x 27" (frame)
A rare Conn. shore slatback armchair of impressive size with turned and slanted arms terminating in large ‘mushrooms’. Classic form with great finials, turned posts and sausage-turned front stretchers. In old red paint, with only repair a ½" addition to left front foot. c. 1730–45. First example of this type that I have had in over 20 years. 46" x 16" seat ht.
A rare, probably unique, child’s carver chair with fully-turned back. Maple and ash or oak in old red paint. Probably MA origin, c.1700. ‘As descended’ condition, with a solid 100 year history. Shown in Nutting’s Furniture Treasury, plate #2489 and shown and discussed in Furniture of the Pilgrim Century, page 269, when it was owned by the collector, B.A.Behrend. From there, through Sack, the Detroit Institute of Art, and two other major collectors, it ended up in a west coast collection for the last 30 years."
A very fine country Chippendale tall clock in an unusually small size (84" to tip of finial). The hood with pierced fretwork on three sides, the arch centered by a fully-carved pinwheel, and with reeding on columns and above and below case door, all resting on ogee feet with double moldings.
The dial is in exceptional condition, featuring floral-painted corners, five buildings, and an hourglass with wings (“Time Flies”). All brass elements are painted gold. Cherry throughout, in original surface, probably CT, c,1815–20. Original weights and pendulum included, but needs cleaning to run. ex. collection, G.W “Bill” Samaha
A paint-decorated tall clock, the dial with eagle, stars and shield, and with three painted houses in a pastoral scene. Marked “S. Hoadley Plymouth”. The ochre and black-daubed case is exceptional. Found in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The wooden works need cleaning and adjusting and the weights are missing. 85 1/2" ht.
A fine and rare early Queen Anne armchair with molded back rails and crest, scrolled arms, vase-turned front posts, squared cabriole legs wth incised beaded edge, and ending in ‘horsebone’ feet. Maple, with original leather seat and original surface. Boston, 1730–40. 41 ½" ht, 17"seat ht. Once fitted with rockers, now returned to original form.
An identical chair in Winterthur’s collection, with a replaced leather seat, is pictured and discussed on pages 12–13 in New England Furniture at Winterthur by Richards and Evans.
A very rare early Massachusetts tall clock, the works made and signed “Samuel Mulliken. Bradford”. The brass and pewter dial—with a single hand—probably also made by him. The coffin-style case retains its original butterfly hinges, crown molding, single arch molding around the door, and full height. Samuel Mulliken left Bradford and moved to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1750, where he died in 1756. This clock was made in the 1740s and continues to run accurately 270 years later. 89" ht.
A very rare William and Mary table with molded edge top, beautifully-shaped skirt, splayed legs, molded edge stretchers, and ending in turned feet. These tables, with exceptionally delicate proportions, are attributed to the York/Kittery area of Maine, just north of Portsmouth, c.1730–45. In fifty years, I have only had two opportunities to acquire one. Top 22 H" x 33 H", 27 H" ht.
A country bowback windsor armchair with shaped arms and well-turned legs. Old brown surface. Found in ME, probably made there. Perfect structural condition. Maple, pine, ash. 37" ht.,17" seat ht.
A country Chippendale work table with one board pine top and red painted maple base. 'As found' condition. Top 38 1/2" x 25 1/2" x 26" ht. Maine, 1st quarter, 19th c.
A mid-18th century tavern table in 'as found' condition. Two board scrubbed pine top, maple base in original dry red paint. All t-head nail construction. Top 27"x 38", 24 1/2" ht. Found in NH.
A fully-developed writing arm windsor chair with large tablet, shaped seat and vase and ring turned legs. CT origin, last quarter, 18th century. 36" max. width, 31" ht., 16" seat ht. Some old restoration, but a great look and priced accordingly.
An exceptional Dunlap School New Hampshire Chippendale corner chair with shaped crest and arms, pierced splats with central heart, deeply-carved and shaped skirt, molded stretchers and molded legs. Walnut throughout in what appears to be its original surface. Small in scale and boldly proportioned, this is the finest chair of its type that I have seen- a classic piece of New Hampshire vernacular furniture. Southeastern NH, c.1780-1800. 32 1/2" ht, 17 1/2" seat ht. There is an old glued crack in the right (facing) arm./p>
A document or 'Bible' box with great proportions and in flawless condition. Deeply molded lid, broadly dovetailed case, applied base molding. Retains original hinges and surface. Gum and pine. Rare NY state origin, c.1750-70. 25 1/2" x 13" x 8"ht.
A fine and rare adjustable lighting standard made of maple and ash, with carved finial, tiger maple candle arm, notched and punched base, and with three well-defined turned legs. A rare form with great surface quality. NE, c.1740-60 36 3/4" ht.
A classic four slat ladderback chair with great turnings and surface quality. Probably MA, c.1730-40. Minor repair to bottom of one foot. 41 3/4"ht., 15"seat ht.
An early banister backed armchair in original dry black surface and with fine crest and stretchers. This was converted to a rocker with an upholstered back at some point, but now 'restored' to its original form. Somewhat of a fragment, but with a great country look. 44" ht, 14" seat ht.
A fine 18th century pipe box with molded edges and shaped sides. Walnut, with pine secondary wood-- all in original surface. Constructed with large hand wrought nails. 1/2" of bottom board missing at back. Perhaps PA, c.1750-60. 6" x 20" x 5" deep.
A small watercolor theorem on paper with nicely detailed design and soft palette. Original frame. From an old Vermont collection. 13" x 17"overall. Very minor spot touched up in back ground.
A very crisp and clean 'tinsel' painting of a basket of flowers. Original lemon gold frame-and with original backboard which has never been moved. Probably 1860-1880. 14" x 16" overall
A rare pair of Queen Anne andirons with large flattened feet, urn-carved shafts with ball tops-in the finest old, unpolished condition. This form has always been referred to as 'Rhode Island' andirons and c.1750. As is often the case, there is some debate as to their origin--but not to their age or rarity. The shafts were re-threaded at the joint many years ago. 18" tall, 19" deep./p>
An unusual and rare bird or meat spit, adjustable both horizontally and vertically, made with great precision and with a brass handle. Probably English, late 18th c. 17"ht., 20" across handle, 10" across center.
A country Queen Anne work table with turned legs ending in small pad feet, drawer in frame, and with pegged on, removable top. Maple and pine, PA origin, 1770-1790. Old repair to one foot and restoration to one of the inset top cleats. Top 29" x 49" x 28" ht.
A country Queen Anne side chair with molded back and very finely turned front and side stretchers, and with bold Spanish feet. In original 'Spanish brown' paint. Exceptional condition. Probably CT, 1750-60. 41" ht, 18" seat ht.
An unusual matched pair of nine spindle tenoned arm windsors originally made as rockers (paint history confirms this). In crusty old red varnish or shellac over original red paint. Nicely-turned arms and stretchers. Two old repairs to one chair, other chair is perfect. Probab;y MA or RI, last quarter 18th century. 34" x 15 1/2" seat ht.
A very fine pair of early andirons with exceptional finials. The shafts are notched just under the finials and the edges of the shaft are chamfered. An identical pair is pictured in Schiffer's, The Brass Book, p.38. Early 18th century, 16" ht.
A beautifully-shaped deep burl bowl with the best surface color. Raised rim and base, with added incising at base. Probably NE, late 18th c. 14" wide, 7" ht.
A late 18th century desk box with slanted lid, wide base molding, and retaining its original hinges and surface color. Boxes with slanting lids are quite rare. Poplar, probably CT or central MA. 26" wide, 20" deep, 12 3/4" ht.
A fine and rare ladderback armchair with bulbous finials, sausage-turned posts, turned stretchers, and six slats-the only one that I have ever owned. In old crusty black paint, NE, c.1750-60. Ash, hickory(?), and maple. One front stretcher is an old replacement. 46 1/2"ht., 17" seat ht.
A very fine pair of 18th c. Philadelphia area andirons with urn tops and large penny feet. Great 'as descended' surface. 23" ht.,21" deep
A Queen Anne armchair and sidechair from the same set of chairs. The armchair with molded back, shaped arms, large front stretcher,and with bold Spanish feet. The sidechair with comparable stretcher and feet. Both maple, probably MA or southeastern NH, c,1740-60, and with painted decoration from the early 19th c. There are two old repairs to the armchair, the side chair is perfect. 41" ht., 17" seat ht.
A very fine paint-decorated stand with scrolled backsplash and single drawer. The grained splashboard, centered by a double floral pattern has rosettes painted at the ends, the top and drawer front are freely painted in red and black swirls, while the beveled edge of the top is painted black with free hand floral decoration. The tapered legs are painted red and black, and both the case and legs are outlined with a thin gold line. Pine,with chestnut and cedar secondary woods, c.1835. A simple piece, but with a very sophisticated rural paint treatment.
A classic Federal period candlestsnd by the Dunlaps of NH. A heavily-chamfered top with molded edge and invected corners, signature inset Dunlap cleat, octagonal post with scrolled legs ending in spade feet. Tiger maple and maple in a crusty old shellac finish. This is the smallest of these stands that I have seen-only 23 3/4" in height. The top is 16" x 16 1/4". South-central NH, c.1810-15.
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 pine, period brasses, and great dry red painted surface. Southern NE, c.1740. A little 'rough', but a rare survivor with great surface quality. 35 1/2" case, 40 12" ht
A fine country Chippendale chest on chest with a particularly vertical stance. Small in scale, full fan carving, original Spanish brown paint and original brasses. The base has a double drawer and an exceptionally tall bracket. Probably NH, first quarter 19th C. Top case 35", lower case 37 1/2". 74". ht. I first sold this piece in the 1990's
A country William and Mary chair table with block and vase turned legs, two board pine top--all constructed with rose-head and t-head nails. In an old second coat of red paint. Maple and hard pine, probably MA or NH, mid-18th C. Top 47 1/2" x 46 1/2" 26" ht.
A fine country cant-back, step back cupboard in great original salmon paint. 41 1/2" wide with a two-board back, 80" tall, 18 1/4" maximum width. Great proportions with a nice tall top shelf for display. Found in western NH, it has had a thin coat of white paint removed to reveal the original salmon color. Shown with a group of appropriate accessories.
A rare tall clock, the dial signed: Burnap Coventry 1789. Made by Daniel Burnap, working in Coventry CT at that date. The cherry case, with beautifully engraved and silvered dial, quarter columns, and with ogee feet, is in a great old surface. 98"ht. I purchased this lock directly from the family. It had been sold out of the famly in the 19th century and then repurchased in 1897 from Henry W. Irving, who had had it repaired by the Robbins Brothers of Hartford. It has remained in the family since. A beautiful and rare clock with some restoration to the fret and the framing inside the base. This work done in 1897. All original paperwork is available to purchaser.
A true 'harvest' table made of pine with an ash or oak center brace. The two board scrubbed top is 35 1/2" wide and 121" in length. Height is 27 1/2". The base is in old red paint and was made to be disassembled when not in use. Probably a once in a generation opportunity to acquire a table of this size, scale, and condition.
An important Maine powder horn etched with images of ships, houses, American eagles, hearts, and multiple other symbols. Signed HENRY SHATTUCK WESTPORT MAINE MAY 19, 1849 19" tip to tip.
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 very rare William and Mary couch or day bed with scrolled crest rail, molded vertical banisters, columnar-turned back posts, elongated vase-turned side stretchers, and compact, boldly-turned end stretchers. Maple, in old black paint with gold highlights ('coach painting' c.1840) over original green paint. No repair or restoration and in a rarely seen small size--only 62" long and 19 1/2" wide. The back, originally adjustable by chains, has been secured in a fixed position with hand wrought hardware. Probably Philadelphia area, c.1720-35. (This is the fourth time that I have owned this since 1983.)
One of the finest 'as found' country Chippendale desks that I have owned. The appeal of the worn interior is exceptional. Maple, with strong tiger maple lid and drawer fronts, all in a c.1820-35 red and black grained surface. Dovetailed case and base. I sold this desk in 2002 and have just repurchased it. It had been found in an abandoned house in Buxton, ME with the lid off and leaning against it. Stains inside the drawers would indicate that, while the house had been abandoned, the desk had not. Maple throughout, probably ME origin, c.1790-1800. The brasses and hinges have been restored. 38 3/4" case width, 32" writing ht., 43" ht, 18 1/2" deep.
A paint-decorated tall clock, the dial with eagle, stars and shield, and with three painted houses in a pastoral scene. Marked "S. Hoadley Plymouth". The ochre and black-daubed case is exceptional. Found in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The wooden works need cleaning and adjusting and the weights are missing. 85 1/2" ht.
An exceptionally large Chippendale table in nearly perfect original condition. Cherry, with oak and pine secondary woods. The top shows no damage or warping, the apron has an applied quarter round molding, the cabriole legs are creased at the knees, and the ball and claw feet are deeply carved. Remarkable size, color, and condition. Probably eastern CT, c. 1760-80. 52 1/4" length, 51" across, 27 1/2" ht.
An exceptional Chippendale chair having a scrolled crest rail with rolled ends and centered by a carved scallop shell, and a pierced and interwoven splat. The through-tenoned shaped seat rail has a molded edge, the knee returns have carved volutes at the ends, and the knees are shell-carved. The beautifully proportioned cabriole legs end in boldly-carved ball and claw feet. The rear legs are fully chamfered below the sear rail. The original seat frame is yellow pine. Cherry throughout in a rich old surface. There is an old crack at the juncture of the seat rail and the right rear (facing) leg. In the same collection for the last forty years. An identical chair has been found with a long history in a Delaware family. Seat 18", 41 1/2" ht.
A four slat armchair with 'egg and cup' finials, sausage-turned posts, and vase and ring turned front stretchers. Great old red paint and in 'as descended' condition with original seat. Maple throughout, c.1740-70. 45" ht, 16 1/2" seat ht.
A rare Queen Anne daybed with turned legs, button feet, fully-scrolled frame, and with a pinwheel-decorated back. In original dark green paint with white and orange pinwheels. There is no restoration to the paint or the frame. First pictured in Nutting's, Furniture Treasury, 100 years ago (plate #1619), and then again in The Magazine Antiques in 1968 by Kenneth Hammit Antiques. Acquired from the family who purchased it at that time. History also shows ownership by William Coburn and Mary Allis. Maple and ash or chestnut. c.1740-50. Overall length 64", width 21 3/4", 16" seat ht.
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 rare and unusual Queen Anne candlestand with octagonal top-incised at the edge, elongated urn-shaped post, and beautifully shaped cabriole legs. Cherry throughout, with inlaid ovals of birch or maple at the corners of the top and around the base. The shaft is also inlaid with cursive initials "EJAM". Note also the chip carving at the bottom of the post and the edge of the legs. Small in scale and in mint condition. Top 11 1/8" x 16 1/8", ht. 26 1/2". Purchased in central MA nearly sixty years ago.
A country Federal period candlestand with square, tilting top of flame birch with inlaid bird's-eye maple oval panel. Beautifully-turned shaft with scrolled legs ending in spade feet. In original red stain and found at a house sale on the NH/ VT border. Top 17" x 17 1/4", 29" ht.
A fine country Queen Anne candlestand with molded-edge square top, the shaft with a swirl-carved urn, and with long ridged cabriole legs. Birch throughout, in original red stain. NH, c.1800-1810. Top 16" x 17", 26" ht.
A rod backed windsor rocker with elongated step-down crest rail. Nicely proportioned with exceptional original paint and decoration. Probably ME, c.1820-30. 41" ht, 15" seat ht.
A very fine country bench with molded edge to top rail and seat and with cut-out ends. A rare form in original red paint with great wear and character. Ex. collection Harry Hartman. 77 1/4" long, 32 1/2" ht, 16 1/" seat ht. and 16 1/2" deep.
A very finely drawn windsor fanback with particularly delicate proportions and with unusual rosette-carved terminals to crest rail. Ash, maple, and pine in a crusty old shellac surface. Probably CT, 1800-1810. 38" ht, 18 1/2" seat ht.
A family record of the Hannaford family of New Hampshire. The record of James Hannaford and Lydia Russell and their children. Water color on paper with columns, drapery, eagles, lovebirds and hearts all retaining vivid colors. Signed by Caroline Hill of Peterborough, NH. C.1830. 13 1/2" x 16 1/4"
A large pine storage chest in original blue paint and with crusty untouched surface. Molded edge to lid, applied molding to base, till with cover inside, original strap hinges, fully dovetailed case. One wrought iron lift handle replaced. NE, first quarter, 19th c. 55" length, 21 3/4" dep. 23" ht.
A fine country Queen Anne three drawer blanket chest with three false drawers. Deeply molded lid molding and with deep tall and deeply scalloped base base--all in original red under an old thin red stain. Exceptional proportions, color, and condition. The brasses are old and in the original holes, as are the hinges. Probably NH or central MA, c.1760-70. 37" case, 51 1/2" ht, 17" deep.
A one drawer country pine blanket chest in original red and black graining, applied top and mid-moldings, nicely cut out ends. Retains original strap hinges, and the interior contains it original till and cover. The case is constructed with hand wrought screws rather than nails. ME or NH, c.1820. 41" case width, 27 1/2" height, 16" depth.
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 fine country Federal candlestand with 'coffin' shaped top, urn-carved shaft and particularly tall and graceful legs. Birch, in an old dry red paint. Top 16 1/2" x 19 1/2", 27" ht. Probably NH, c.1810-15.
A fine bow-backed Windsor chair with unusual canted front seat, vase and ring turned arm supports and legs. In a deeply crackled old red/black paint over an original green. Great surface quality. There are two old small breaks in the bow, but the chair is strong and usable. 34 1/2" ht, 16" seat ht.
A William and Mary canted back banister backed sidechair with tombstone-shaped crest and block and vase turned front legs. In original Spanish brown stippled paint. Probab;ly CT, c.1740-50. 45.5" ht., 17" seat ht.
A very fine country Federal Sheraton chest with particularly tall turned leg and exceptionally well shaped skirt. Birch and cherry in great dry original surface and with original 'bee hive' brasses. Probably central or western NH, c.1815-20. Case width 38 1/2", 41" ht.
A fanbacked Windsor sidechair wirh paricularly delicate proportions, vase and reel turned legs and in original deep red/brown paint. Great surface quality, no damage. 36 1/2" ht, 17 1/4" seat ht.
A set of four country Queen Anne sidechairs with unusual flattened top rails, delicate splats, unusual turned front legs and front stretchers, and ending in Spanish feet. Three in original Spanish brown, one in original red paint. Maple throughout with ash front stretchers. No repair or restoration. c.1750-70. 42" ht., 17 1/2" seat ht.
A perfectly proportioned country William and Mary corner chair with well-turned stretchers and a bold Spanish foot. Maple, in original brown stain. Probably Portsmouth area, c.1750-70. There is a small old repair to the crest rail. 31" ht, 18" seat ht.
A country Sheraton four drawer chest in an unusual small size--30" wide, 27 1/2" ht.,13" deep, with splashboard and turned legs, and in original dramatic red/brown and black grained paint. Pine and poplar, square nail construction. Probably Maine, c.1840-50.
A very fine Chippendale four drawer chest with molded serpentined top over a serpentined case with blocked ends all resting on a blocked double ogee bracket base. The proportions of the case and top give the piece the feel of a block front. Mahogany, with mahogany veneered sides and pine secondary wood. Boston area, c,1775-80. In old, 'as descended' condition, with great surface quality. There is a small repair to the back right edge of the top, there is a repair to the lower section of the right rear foot facing, there is a small repair to the front center of the top where the drawer lock must have broken through, and the drawer runners and the brasses are replaced. This is what 'as descended' means to me. The chest was used, abused, repaired when necessary, and never treated as an 'antique'. The result is a dramatically scaled chest with great presence, showing its 275 years of history. Case 36", 34 1/2" ht.
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 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 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"
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.
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
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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".