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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wed, Oct 04, 2017 at 10am EDT |
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Exhibition Dates
Sat, Sep 30
10am – 5pm

Sun, Oct 01
12pm – 5pm

Mon, Oct 02
10am – 6pm


Doyle New York
175 East 87th Street
New York,  NY  10128

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  • Auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 4, 2017 at 10am in New York
  • Featuring Paintings by John Frederick Kensett, William Michael Harnett, Edmund Darch Lewis, George Inness, Edward Moran and Eric Sloane, Among Many Others
  • Including a Rare American Silver Cup from 1687 by Boston Silversmith John Coney and a Gorham Martelé Silver Loving Cup dated 1907

NEW YORK, NY -- On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10am, Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale showcases 18th and 19th century American furniture and decorative arts, including silver, ceramics, mirrors, folk art, quilts and samplers, in addition to Chinese Export porcelain and rugs. Special sections of the sale are devoted to fine 19th century paintings and Audubon, Currier & Ives and topographical prints. 


One of America’s most important landscape painters, John F. Kensett (1816-1872) was viewed as an heir to Thomas Cole in his leadership of the Hudson River tradition. His landscape subjects ranged from quiet, woodland interiors of New York and New England to long, uninhabited shorelines of the Atlantic seaboard, making him the first member of the second generation Hudson River School painters to depict coastal scenes. Inspired by the words of William Cullen Bryant, Kensett conveyed a sense of the divine in luminous landscapes and haunting evocations of the sea such as this example, where the sea and sky meld imperceptibly into one. The sale offers a gemlike 1861 view of figures gazing out to sea near a promontory. With its poetic juxtaposition of rugged headland and shimmering water, this is a signature example of his mature style (est. $80,000-130,000).        

A lovely view of the Delaware River, in which resting cattle and details of the landscape are picked out by the rays of a rising sun, was painted by George Inness (1825-1894) around 1860-63, after his return from trips to France and Italy. In the course of his European travels, Inness was deeply affected by the work of the Barbizon School, which in time led him to turn away from topographical accuracy favored by the Hudson River School painters in favor of moody, poetic subjects rendered with rich color and increasingly fluid brushwork. Interestingly, this small landscape was acquired by John F. Kensett, one of the leading lights of the Hudson River School, and it remained in his family until 1913 (est. $8,000-12,000).

Other artists represented in the sale include William Michael Harnett, Edmund Darch Lewis, De Scott Evans, Henry Roderick Newman, Henry Augustus Ferguson, Edward Moran, Walter Launt Palmer, George Henry Durrie, Guy Carleton Wiggins, William Mason Brown, and Alfred Thomas Britcher, among many others.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Furniture highlights include an elegant early 19th century Federal chest from a New York City Private Collector. The chest is a masterful example of the use of contrasting flame birch panels and figured mahogany banding. The use of book matched veneers within a composition of rectangles on a serpentine form creates movement and containment in perfect balance. The drop panel may indicate a Portsmouth, New Hampshire origin (est. $5,000-8,000).

Clocks in the sale offer an examples with a refined clock case featuring elliptical inlays and a circular panel in the base typical of fine New Jersey clocks of the early 19th century. The most prominent makers include Aaron Brokaw, Joachim Hill and John Scudder, to whom this example is attributed (est. $4,000-6,000).


The silver section of the auction offers a broad range of examples from the colonial era through the Belle Epoque.

Many pieces of 17th century American silver originated in church collections, such as a two-handled cup by prominent Boston silversmith John Coney (1655-1722), who is regarded as the greatest American silversmith of his generation. The Puritan spirit in American churches meant that religious wares tended to mirror domestic pieces rather than the grandly ornate pieces used by the established religions in Europe.  Property from the Estate of a New York Lady, the cup was one of a pair commissioned by the First Church in Salem, Massachusetts in 1687 (est. $10,000-15,000).

Gorham’s Martelé silver adhered to the Arts and Crafts movement’s principle of hand craftsmanship. The name Martelé is translated from the French word for hammered. Exhibited in 1897, Martelé silver was introduced commercially in 1900 and production ceased in 1912. One of only 180 Martelé loving cups made, this example was presented in 1907 to John D. Slayback on behalf of the Washington Square Methodist Episcopal Sunday School (est. $5,000-7,000).

We Invite You to Auction!

Consignments are currently being accepted for future auctions of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction appraisal. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.

For information, please contact:
Anne DePietro, American Paintings, 212-427-4141, ext. 249, or
David A. Gallager, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, 212-427-4141, ext. 271, or
Todd Sell, Silver, 212-427-4141, ext. 269, or
Cynthia Klein, Prints & Multiples, 212-427-4141, ext. 246, or

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  • A Prominent New York Family
  • Estate of a New York Lady
  • Estate of Barbara Anspach
  • Estate of Charles Austin Buck
  • Estate of Eleanor Johnson
  • Estate of George Labalme, Jr.
  • Estate of Harry Oppenheimer
  • Estate of Helen Olson
  • Estate of Patricia S. Bradshaw
  • Estate of Yousseff Rizkallah
  • Property from a New York and Connecticut Estate
  • Property from a New York Private Estate
  • Property from a Pennsylvania Collection
  • Property from a Private Minneapolis Collection
  • Property from the Collection of Bennett and Judie Weinstock
  • Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz, sold for the benefit of the Bard Graduate Center
  • Property from the Estate of Anne H. and John K. Howat
  • Property of a Connecticut Collector
  • Property of a Manhattan Lady
  • Property of a Mid-Atlantic Museum to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
  • Property of a New York City Private Collector
  • Property of a New York Collector
  • Property of a New York Estate
  • Property of a New York Museum
  • Property of an East Hampton Estate
  • Property of Elizabeth Mankin, Kent, Connecticut
  • The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois
  • The James P. and Joan M. Warburg Collection
  • The property of Doyle New York
  • The Spanierman Gallery, LLC

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