Christie's announce furniture highlights from Americana Week 2016



2016-01-06 13:17:47

Christie's has announced highlights from its forthcoming Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver sale in New York, held as part of the company's 2016 Americana Week event.

The auction includes 140 lots from the 17th through 20th centuries, and is expected to realize in excess of $3 million.

Leading the sale will be a truly remarkable discovery – the Joined Oak and Pine Polychrome 'Hadley' Chest-with-drawers, built in Hadley, Massachusetts circa 1715.

This 300-year-old chest is presented in its original condition, featuring a facade hand-painted with a colourful series of patterns and decorative details that have survived intact since the early 18th century.

Believed to have remained in the same family for its entire history, the previously unrecorded chest is one of just four examples of its type ever discovered, and the only one in private hands. Described as an "icon in the field" for collectors of Americana, the chest is expected to fetch a high six-fgure sum.

Another major lot is a William and Mary Mahogany and Maple Dressing Table, produced in Philadelphia circa 1700-1730. Described as "one of the most exciting Baroque furniture forms to survive from early America", the highly elaborate table will be offered with an estimate of $250,000-500,000.

Further notable items will include a Chippendale Mahogany Turret-Top Tea Table, made in Boston circa 1750, estimated at $300,000-500,000; a Rare and Important Queen Anne Walnut Compass-Seat Armchair, made in Philadelphia circa 1755, valued at $500,000-800,000; a Tompkins Harrison Matteson painting depicting George Washington at Valley Forge, estimated at $250,000-500,000; and a highly important engraved silver serving plate known as the Diamond-Newmarch-Mugridge Platter, made circa 1680-1700 by Jeremiah Dummer of Boston and valued at $150,000-250,000.

The sale on January 22 will be amongst the highlights of Christie's American Week 2016, which also features dedicated auctions of Chinese Export Art, Outsider and Vernacular Art, and several major private collections including that of Mr. and Mrs. Max R. Zaitz.

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