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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wed, Apr 05, 2017 at 10am EDT |
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2017-04-05 10:00:00 2017-04-05 18:00:00 America/New_York American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts Including the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois. 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
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Exhibition Dates
Sat, Apr 01
10am – 5pm

Sun, Apr 02
12pm – 5pm

Mon, Apr 03
10am – 6pm


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New York,  NY  10128

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  • Sale of American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts on April 5, 2017 at 10am
  • Including the Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois, Comprising Lots 109 - 205
  • Featuring a Rare 1819 Armchair by Thomas Constantine for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Capitol, Washington, DC

Doyle will hold an auction of American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10am. The sale showcases a broad range of American paintings, including 19th century portraits, Hudson River School views, Western-themed landscapes and sculpture, fine examples of naïve painting, and still life. The astute collector can also find little gems from the Ashcan school and even Depression-era art, as well as Currier & Ives and topographical prints. The auction also offers a wide range of American furniture and decorative arts from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles. Silver, ceramics, mirrors, Chinese export porcelain and rugs will also be offered.

James Edward Buttersworth

A highlight of the American paintings is James Edward Buttersworth’s (1817-1894) depiction of The Phillip R. Paulding in New York Harbor with Castle Clinton in the Distance (est. $80,000-120,000). Cutting at an acute angle across the lower tip of Manhattan, with Castle Clinton just ahead of it on the left, the sloop Phillip R. Paulding is the type of vessel that plied the Hudson River for daily commerce during the 18th and 19th centuries. This work by Buttersworth, which had been made into a print, served as one source for the design of the sloop Clearwater, launched in 1969 and still used today for environmental education, a cause long championed by the late folksinger, Pete Seeger.

Walter Launt Palmer

Raised amid art and artists in upstate New York, Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932) received early instruction from Frederic Edwin Church, who taught him to capture the effect of sunlight on snow. Forest Interior, an exquisite work in mixed media, shows Palmer’s remarkable skill as a colorist, the last rays of a sinking sun described with hints of orange and gold behind the stand of trees (est. $12,000-18,000).

Other Artists

Other paintings in the sale include a circa 1866-1876 landscape by Martin Johnson Heade; an allegorical work on paper by Benjamin West; an 1866 oval view of chicks by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait;  and several whimsical works by Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr., known for his depictions of sailors and mermaids.

Rare Circa 1819 Armchair from the U.S. House of Representatives

Certain to attract attention is a rare circa 1819 armchair created for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC (est. $6,000-9,000). New York cabinetmaker Thomas Constantine was awarded the commission to supply approximately 190 armchairs for the House following the burning of the Capitol during the War of 1812. The House’s commission specifically stated that the chairs were to be "made out of the best St. Domingo mahogany, well seasoned, strong neat and plain, without any superfluous ornament". In the 1820s and 30s, local cabinetmakers in Washington added the stretchers as supports for woven webbing to form a hat rack, and the chair in the sale retains this feature. Today only five other armchairs from this commission are known. Read More

American High Chests

The high chest form, which originated in England, experienced great popularity in America, and the sale offers two fine American examples. A Queen Anne walnut bonnet top high chest must have graced the bedchamber of a member of the Boston area gentry in the third quarter of the 18th century. The unusual feature of fluted pilasters on both front and sides would have added an extra element of luxury (est. $6,000-9,000). The form reached its zenith in Philadelphia, as see in a circa 1775 Chippendale walnut high chest (est. $8,000-12,000).

Herter Brothers Tall Case Clock

A circa 1874 mahogany tall case clock by the New York Herter Brothers firm characterizes design of the American Aesthetic Movement (est. $20,000-30,000). It is stamped twice HERTER BRO'S. This clock was illustrated in the important catalogue created for the landmark Herter Brothers museum exhibition of 1994-1995.

John Aitken Secretary Bookcase

George Washington commissioned Philadelphia cabinetmaker John Aitken to supply numerous chairs, two sideboards and a secretary bookcase for his country seat at Mount Vernon. A circa 1798 Federal inlaid mahogany secretary bookcase in the sale is similar to the example that Aitken created for our first President (est. $8,000-12,000).

Tiffany & Co. Gold Demitasse Service

Tiffany & Co. has been the luxury goods purveyor of choice for New York’s elite for over 150 years, and a society hostess at the turn of the century would certainly have impressed her guests with this 18 kt. Gold demitasse service for twelve. It is offered together with a set of twelve George III silvergilt teaspoons (est. $40,000-60,000).

The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois

A special section of the sale comprising lots 109 through 205 will present property from the collection of award-winning costume designer Willa Kim and her husband, writer and illustrator William Pène du Bois, son of the prominent American artist Guy Pène du Bois. Among the highlights are furniture, decorations, mechanical toys, costume jewelry and paintings, including an extensive group of works by Guy Pène du Bois, some of which will be offered in future sales.  Read More

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  • A New England Collection
  • A Prominent New York Family
  • Estate of Anne Murray
  • Estate of Barbara Anspach
  • Estate of Donald Brenwasser
  • Estate of Dorothy J. Henry
  • Estate of Dorothy Wassyng
  • Estate of Eunice Johnson Winslow
  • Estate of Helen R. Yellin
  • Estate of Mary Kettaneh
  • From the Estate of Jan Adriaan Laan of Bloemendal, the Netherlands
  • Property from a Gentleman, New Jersey
  • Property from a New Jersey Collector
  • Property from a New York and Connecticut Estate
  • Property from a New York Estate
  • Property from a Private New York State Collector
  • Property from the Collection of Bennett and Judie Weinstock
  • Property of a Boston, Massachusetts Collector
  • Property of a Collector, Wisconsin
  • Property of a Mid-Atlantic Museum to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
  • Property of a Private Collector, Ardsley, NY
  • Property of a Private Collector, Long Island
  • Property of a Private Collector, New Jersey
  • Property of an East Coast Museum
  • Property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Collection of Willa Kim and William Pène du Bois
  • The property of Barnabas McHenry
  • The property of Lillian Brenwasser

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