Antique weathervanes highlight Keno’s Americana sale



2015-06-26 11:18:29

Antique weathervanes highlight Keno’s Americana sale

A wonderful selection of American paintings, furniture and folk art with come to Keno Auctions on January 22.

A particular highlight are the range of gilt copper and sheet iron antique weathervanes on offer. Antique weathervanes are popular items of folk art, designed to indicate wind direction.

Heading up this category, a gilt copper weathervane featuring a Confederate Cavalryman, circa 1870, is expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000. It is thought to have been made by Harris & Co, and is one of just two known examples.

A gilt copper Peacock weathervane, made between 1850 and 1877, and a 1875-1900 striking gilt copper weathervane of a leaping stag are estimated at $5,000-$8,000 each.

The classic weathervane image of a rooster, North American, late 19th century, makes an appearance with a $4,000-$8,000 anticipated value.

The same estimate applies to another character piece, a painted sheet iron weathervane of an Indian with bow & arrows, originating from Pennsylvania in the last quarter of the 19th century.

A festive weathervane featuring a snowman, circa 1920s Connecticut, is valued at $3,000-$6,000. A yellow painted fish weathervane, late 19th-early 20th century, is expected to fetch $1,5000-$2,500.

The auction has yet more to offer. A painted cast iron full length figure of Uncle Sam, designed as a mailbox holder circa 1920, is valued at $4,000-$6,000. A fabulous circa 1886 cast iron mechanical bank, entitled ‘Professor Pug Frogs’ is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

The top items of furniture include a stunning Queen Anne Cherry Wood chest, estimate $40,000-$80,000, a Chippendale carved dressing table, $50,000-$80,000, and a Cox-Pickering bonnet-top mahogany high chest, $80,000-$120,000.

The star artworks are Joseph Goodhue Chandler’s ‘Young Girl Holding a Cluster of Grapes with her Dog at her Feet’, valued at $12,000-$18,000, two double portraits by John Brewster Jr, ‘Marcia Bowman Winter and William Drew Winter of Bath, Maine’, and ‘Sarah and Wealthy Winter’, valued at $30,000-$60,000 and $40,000-$80,000 respectively, and Deacon Robert Peckham’s ‘Portrait of a Young Child in a White Dress and Red Shoes with Peach and Dog’, valued at $60,000-$100,000.

This variety of marvellously quirky and historic American antiques and art have been consigned from several distinguished collections, and are sure to make for an exciting sale.

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