Auction of the Week: Skinner Auctioneers August Americana Sale 2018
This week's featured auction is the August Americana sale at Skinner Auctioneers in Marlborough, Massachusetts on August 12-13. The two-day event features both the collection of Gail & Don Piatt, and the American Folk Art collection of Arthur & Sybil Kern – and here are just a few of the remarkable pieces on offer...
Carved wooden tavern or carousel wagon figure
A late 19th century carved and painted wooden figural head, complete with striking facial features, believed to originate from either a tavern sign or a fairground carousel ride.
Yarn-sewn tiger rug
A 19th century yarn-sewn rug depicting a tiger in a woodland landscape, surrounded by a black border with a repeating floral design.
Painted European clothes cupboard
A hand-painted clothes cupboard made in northern Europe during the early 19th century, complete with a moulded cornice above the door, a cutout base and faux panels decorated with birds, urns and flowers.
Carved French cage doll
A carved wooden cage doll made in France in the 18th century with articulated arms, a delicately painted face and a linen-clad upper torso.
Painted papier-mache 'Carnival Cat'
An original late 19th century 'Carnival cat' made from hand-painted papier-mache, with glass eyes, a velvet tail and an interior mechanism to move the head and mouth.
Carved and painted woodsman weathervane
An early 20th century carved wooden weathervane depicting a woodsman standing in front of a sawhorse cutting a log.
The figure is delicately carved with detailed clothing and facial features, and is painted white over an older (perhaps original) gold-painted surface.
Folk art portrait of a boy by Erastus Salisbury Field
A 19th century portrait of a young boy with Dwarfism, wearing a red dress and holding a rattle.
The painting is the work of Erastus Salisbury Field (1805 - 1900), an American folk art painter from Massachusetts to whom approximately 300 surviving works are attributed.
Carved articulated mannequin
A life-sized carved and painted wooden mannequin, with fully articulated limbs and a polychrome painted head with black hair and glass eyes.
The mannequin is believed to originate from New England during the late 19th/early 20th century.
Grain-painted apothecary cabinet
A grain-painted Apothecary cabinet originating from Chester, Vermont in the mid-19th century.
Research shows the cabinet was originally owned by P'tolemy O'Meara Edson (1833-1928), who served as Assistant Surgeon General in the 1st Vermont Calvary-Army during the American Civil War.
The backboard is inscribed with the name "A.R. Edson", which is believed to relate to a Dr. A.R. Edson (1827- 1872), a member of the Eclectic Medical Society & the National Eclectic Medical Association who practiced medicine in Greenwood, New York.
Carved and painted Amazon warrior figure
A large carved and painted wooden statue of a female Amazon warrior, believed to date from the late 19th century and professionally restored by Williamstown Art Conservation Center.
American School folk art portrait of Charles Richardson Jr.
An unsigned 19th century folk art painting of Charles Richardson Jr. of Groton, Massachusetts, holding a hockey stick and ball and attended by a playful dog.
The building in the background is thought to be Groton Academy (now Lawrence Academy), a private preparatory school founded in Groton in 1793.
Rare double wheel horse & carriage weathervane
A large and highly rare weathervane depicting a horse and rider in a four-wheeled, single-seat carriage known as a 'sulky'.
Both the horse and rider are cast from full-body moulded copper, with the addition of a zinc head for the horse and an iron carriage.
The weathervane was recovered from the roof of an old barn in Utica during the early 1980s, and is believed to have been made by J. W. Fiske in Newe York, circa 1865-75.
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