Skinner presents a treasure trove of Americana this August

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Auction Man

2016-08-02 13:45:34

Skinner, Inc. will present a veritable treasure trove of American furniture and decorative arts later this month, with its August Americana sale in Massachusetts.

The two-day auction features more than 770 lots, including important folk art, early furniture, ceramics, needlework and painted tin.

The auction’s cover lot is monumental relief carving by the Massachusetts sporting artist Leander Allen Plummer. Dated 1911, the carving depicts a large striped bass, and is expected to sell for  $40,000 - $60,000.

Leading a strong selection of furniture are two rare Massachusetts pieces from the late 17th century - a molded-front chest over two drawers with original painted decoration, estimated at $6,000 - $8,000, and a joined table with drawer featuring channel-molded details and boldly turned legs, valued at $30,000 - $50,000.

Further furniture highlights include a pair of painted fan-back Windsor side chairs with exaggerated turnings and splay, made circa 1795 and valued at $8,000-12,000; and a late 17th century Cherry Drop-leaf Table from upstate New York, estimated at $15,000 - $25,000.

A trio of paintings by the renowned Vermont couple Ruth W. Shute and Dr. Samuel A. Shute lead the line-up of artworks, and come with some of the auction's highest estimates. Topping the list is 'Portrait of Electa Snow Pierce', painted in 1832 and estimated at $100,000 - $150,000, followed by 'Portrait of a Woman' priced at $20,000 - $30,000 and 'Portrait of a Woman in a Black Dress Holding a Book', attributed to the couple and estimated at $20,000 - $30,000.

Other standout artworks include 'Portrait of a Sister and Brother Wearing Blue' by the 19th century Massachusetts/Maryland artist William Kennedy, estimated at $30,000 - $50,000, and 'Pair of Portraits of General William Towner and His Wife Lurana Chadwick Towner, of Willia' by James Brown, painted circa 1807 and valued at $20,000 - $30,000.

Bidders will also have the opportunity to acquire two important pieces of embroidery, both of which were illustrated in the landmark 1993 book Girlhood Embroidery: 1650-1850, by Betty Ring. Mary Shillaber’s 1776 sampler, featuring an early pictorial register, comes with an estimate of $10,000 - $15,000, and a sampler by Sally Ayer of Haverhill, stitched circa 1791, is estimated at $8,000 - $12,000.

Elsewhere the sale will offer a variety of weathervanes, painted chalkware, cobalt-decorated stoneware, tables, tall clocks and a fascinating group of Tramp Art items.

The Skinner Inc. August Americana auction takes place in the company's Marlborough Gallery on August 14 - 15.

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