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American Furniture and Decorative Arts to be Auctioned at Doyle New York

Tue, Apr 05, 2011 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Showcasing American Furniture, Decorations, Silver, Paintings and Prints from the Colonial Period through the 19th Century

  • Showcasing American Furniture, Decorations, Silver, Paintings and Prints from the Colonial Period through the 19th Century

Doyle New York will hold an auction of American Furniture and Decorative Arts on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10am. The auction showcases furniture and decorations from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles to the late 19th century. Silver, ceramics, mirrors, Chinese export porcelain, and rugs will also be offered. Complementing the furniture and decorations will be paintings and historical and decorative prints.

Alfred Thompson Bricher

Among the highlights in the American paintings section of the sale are two works by Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908). On the Coast of Maine (Incoming Tide at the Point, Sakonnet, Rhode Island), circa 1885-1890, depicts breaking waves at a rocky spit of land (est. $20,000-40,000). Monmouth Beach offers a view of the New Jersey shore with sailboats in the distance (est. $15,000-25,000). Alfred Thompson Bricher is known to have painted in New Jersey during the summer of 1881, as well as in 1890, when he sketched at Beach Haven, Toms River, and Monmouth Beach.

William Mason Brown

William Mason Brown (1828-1898) is represented by a masterful painting of Peaches in a Basket (est. $14,000-18,000). A Brooklyn resident for many years, William Mason Brown focused on landscape painting early in his career, but turned to still life compositions after 1869.

Robert Havell, Jr.

Certain to attract attention are two paintings by Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878), best known as the principal engraver of Audubon’s Birds of America. Both works descend in the artist’s family. View of Lake George, 1875 (est. $10,000-15,000) relates in palette, composition and scale to Havell’s view of West Point Near Garrisons in the Collection of the White House. View of the Old Dutch Church, Tarrytown, New York (est. $6,000-8,000) is rendered in a charmingly naive manner, quite different in sensibility from the artist's majestic vistas.

William Aiken Walker / Other Artists

By William Aiken Walker (1838-1921) is Picking Cotton, which depicts a scene in the rural South (est. $10,000-15,000). Other artists whose work will be offered include Horace Wolcott Robbins, John Francis Murphy, and Edward A. Rorke.


The selection of American furniture features a handsome Federal inlaid mahogany sideboard from Charleston, SC (est. $5,000-8,000) and a late 18th/early 19th century Chippendale inlaid cherry chest of drawers from Connecticut (est. $5,000-7,000). Other noteworthy pieces include a Philadelphia Chippendale walnut dressing table (est. $4,000-6,000), a Massachusetts Chippendale mahogany drop-leaf table (est. $3,000-5,000); and a late 18th century Chippendale cherry tall chest of drawers (est. $2,500-3,500). Seating furniture features a set of six late 18th century Chippendale mahogany pierced slatback side chairs with straight chamfered legs (est. $3,000-4,000).


A pair of circa 1920 paintedwood red-breasted merganser gunning decoys by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, MA, comprise a drake and hen (est. $7,000-10,000). By Lemuel T. Ward, Jr, Crisfield, MD (1896-1984) is a painted wood sculpture of a standing preening pintail drake on a naturalistic base (est. $6,000-12,000).


Clocks in the sale are highlighted by a Federal inlaid cherry tall case clock by Thomas Dickey, Middletown, CT, height 8 feet 4 inches (est. $3,000-5,000).


American silver in the auction features an associated pair of sterling silver repousse covered entree dishes by S. Kirk & Sons, Baltimore, circa 1865 (est. $3,000-5,000). Other silver includes a Bailey & Co. sterling silver oval tray, Philadelphia, third quarter of the 19th century (est. $2,000-3,000) and a Wood & Hughes sterling silver tea service, New York, second half of the 19th century (est. $1,500-2,500).

Chinese Export Porcelain

The selection of Chinese export includes a 19th century Canton rose medallion porcelain dinner service made for the Hon. William Augustus Russell, a four-term congressman from Massachusetts and one of the founders of the International Paper Company (est. $4,000-6,000) and an 18th century Chinese export famille rose porcelain tureen and underplate (est. $2,000-4,000).


The selection of mirrors includes a Federal gilt-wood and eglomise overmantel mirror designed as three panels with a central medallion depicting ships in a harbor flanked by mythological figures (est. $4,000-6,000). Also noteworthy is a Regency gilt-wood and composition convex mirror, circa 1825, surmounted by a recumbent deer in foliage (est. $3,000-5,000).

Political Scrimshaw

A political curiosity in the sale is a 19th century scrimshaw whale tooth depicting Horace Greeley riding a pig and inscribed "I am bound to Cincinnati," length 6 inches (est. $1,0000-1,500). The image was copied from an 1872 Harper's Weekly cartoon depicting the influential newspaper editor riding a pig to the Liberal Republican Convention in Cincinnati, where he was to be nominated the party's presidential contender against Ulysses S. Grant.

Franklin Portrait Medallion

Another unusual lot is a terra cotta bas-relief portrait medallion of Benjamin Franklin by Jean-Baptiste Nini (1717-1786) (est. $600-900). Dated 1777, the medallion measures 4 inches in diameter.

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