Sep 29, 2023 12:00 EST

Boston Collects

 
Lot 1038
 

1038

Federal Inlaid Mahogany Gentleman's Secretary

Attributed to Nehemiah Adams, Salem, Massachusetts, late 18th Century

In two sections, each with a projecting center, the upper section with shaped cresting joining plinths, all topped by brass eagle finials, above glazed doors opening to shelves, on the lower section with central fall-front fitted desk drawer above two drawers flanked by short drawers and cupboard doors, all raised on tapered feet.

Height 93 3/4 inches, width 67 inches, depth 18 1/2 inches

Marsden J. Perry, New York.

William Randolph Hearst.

Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., The William Randolph Hearst Collection: Part II, November 17, 18, and 19, 1938, Lot 565.

Eleanor 'Cissy' Medill Patterson, Mount Airy, Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Ann Bowie Watson Smith, Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Sold at Sotheby's, Important Americana, January 2008, Lot 34.

Sold for $12,600
Estimated at $15,000 - $25,000

Includes Buyer's Premium


 

Attributed to Nehemiah Adams, Salem, Massachusetts, late 18th Century

In two sections, each with a projecting center, the upper section with shaped cresting joining plinths, all topped by brass eagle finials, above glazed doors opening to shelves, on the lower section with central fall-front fitted desk drawer above two drawers flanked by short drawers and cupboard doors, all raised on tapered feet.

Height 93 3/4 inches, width 67 inches, depth 18 1/2 inches

Provenance:

Marsden J. Perry, New York.

William Randolph Hearst.

Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., The William Randolph Hearst Collection: Part II, November 17, 18, and 19, 1938, Lot 565.

Eleanor 'Cissy' Medill Patterson, Mount Airy, Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Ann Bowie Watson Smith, Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Sold at Sotheby's, Important Americana, January 2008, Lot 34.

old refinish, missing minor inlay, two shelves added to cupboard section, cracks to lower case sides, minor losses to elements of fitted compartments, interior of cupboard section painted white. Feet may be ended out about 3/4 inches each - the surface of each is obscured.

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Auction: Boston Collects, Sep 29, 2023

  • Successful Boston Collects Auction on September 29, 2023 in Boston
  • Artwork, Furniture, Americana, Silver, Decorative Arts, Jewelry and More
  • Featuring Property from the Private Collection of Sylvia Napier


BOSTON, MA – Following Doyle's successful Inaugural Boston Auction, our second auction, Boston Collects on September 29, 2023, saw competitive bidding and strong results. Held in Doyle's Boston gallery and livestreamed on Doyle.com, the Boston Collects auction featured a wide range of artwork, furniture, Americana, silver, decorative arts and jewelry from collections and estates in the New England area and beyond.

Featured in the sale was Property from the Private Collection of Sylvia Napier. A Massachusetts native, Sylvia lived her life abroad, traveling the world as a collector and antiques dealer. Sylvia owned a beautifully eclectic and world-renowned antiques shop on Kings Road in London that showcased art and antiques from Asia and Europe. Sylvia kept many beloved items in her personal collection, which then travelled to her grand 17th century home in Arles, France and ultimately her historic 1770s house in Weston, Massachusetts. Her collection was assembled with care, love and a discerning eye.

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