Important Shaker furniture and Folk Art features in Skinner auction


2015-06-26 11:04:19


Important Shaker furniture and Folk Art features in Skinner auction

2 Aug 2012, 10:53 GMT+01

Massachusetts auctioneers Skinner Inc. are set to host a sale of American Furniture and Decorative Arts later this month, with lots from three important private collections on offer.

The two-day auction will include the Private New Hampshire Collection of Cheryl and Paul Scott, the Shaker Collection of Jean Brown and the Americana collection of William Hubbard, along with a selection of folk art, nautical antiques, glass, porcelain and rugs.

The sale kicks off on August 11 with the Jean Brown Collection of Shaker furniture. Highlights of the collection, which features over 70 lots, include a yellow-painted oval carrier with a shaped ash handle estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, a pine and maple chrome yellow-painted storage bin valued at $8,000 to $12,000 and a glazed hymnal cupboard with glass doors and numbered shelves estimated at $4,000 to $6,000.

Elsewhere, day one of the auction will offer folk art highlights such as a polychrome carved lion carousel figure with glass eyes valued at $20,000 to $30,000, and range of ships models and marine paintings.
August 12 will see over 250 lots from the Cheryl and Paul Scott Collection cross the auction block.

“The Scotts amassed their distinctive and rare private collection of American antiques and folk art over a 35 year period,” said Stephen Fletcher, Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Skinner. “They collected with their eyes and their hearts, and like all true collectors, they have an encyclopedic memory of when, where, and from whom they purchased these pieces. Skinner is really pleased to be bringing this collection to auction.”

Highlights will include a remarkable selection of weathervanes, Jess Blackstone decorative bird carvings, polychrome folk carving and fine furniture.

The second day of the sale will also present items from the collection of auctioneer William Hubbard with numerous pieces originating from the Connecticut River Valley area. Notable lots will include a James Wells Champney landscape painting depicting Mount Sugarloaf estimated at $8,000 to $12,000, and a Federal carved cherry tall case clock priced at $15,000 to $20,000.

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