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Cherished: American Folk Art & Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 10am EST |
New York
2020-01-23 10:00:00 2020-01-23 18:00:00 America/New_York Cherished: American Folk Art and Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector . Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle [email protected]
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Exhibition Dates
Sat, Jan 18
10am – 5pm

Sun, Jan 19
12pm – 5pm

Mon, Jan 20
11am – 6pm

Tue, Jan 21
11am – 4pm


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

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  • Auction of Cherished: American Folk Art and Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector on January 23, 2020 at 10am
  • Including Toys, Mechanical Banks, Samplers, Decorative Art, Paintings and Works on Paper
  • Scheduled during Americana Week in New York

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to present Cherished: American Folk Art and Toys from the Estate of a Private Collector on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10am. This landmark single-owner collection comprises over 400 lots, including tin and other toys, mechanical banks, samplers, decorative art, paintings and works on paper. The collector had a keen interest in childhood, as seen by the myriad objects that were made by or treasured and cherished by children in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Together they weave a tale of the delights and education of the child throughout American history.

The sale begins with toys and mechanical banks. These objects developed during the Industrial Revolution when toys began to be mass produced in metal instead of the traditional homemade toys of cloth and wood. Cast iron mechanical banks were a novel way to promote savings among children. Often depicting a historical figures or a humorous scene, their appeal was shared by children and adults.

The sale also includes a large group of important girlhood samplers and needlework pictures, which would have been wrought in silk or wool from the mid-18th century through the mid-19th century by young girls aged five to eighteen. Examples include renowned schools such as Mary Balch’s School in Rhode Island and Mrs. Buchanan’s School in Pennsylvania.

The collection includes fine examples of portraiture from some of America’s most noted folk painters including works by William Matthew Prior, Jane Anthony Davis, Jacob Maentel, and Ruth and Samuel Shute. These artists captured the vitality of their subjects and give us a glimpse into the lives of the citizens of our young nation.  

The cohesive collection offers a wide array of folk art and furnishings that give a glimpse into the of the world of the collector.

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Join us for a tour the exhibition with the Specialists on Sunday, January 19 at 12:30pm. No reservation necessary.

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