Paul Revere teapot headlines Americana Week at Christie’s

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2015-06-26 10:43:44

Paul Revere teapot headlines Americana Week at Christie’s

Christie’s have announced the details of their forthcoming America Week, with a series of sales in the New Year running from January 24 – 29.

Each of these sales will focus on a specific category: Important American Silver, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Prints, English Pottery and Chinese Export Art. With over 400 lots set to cross the auction block, the sales and exhibitions are expected to attract collectors from around the world.

Leading highlights of the sales will include important 17th century furniture and silverware. The Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Prints on January 25 will be headlined by a Chippendale carved mahogany block-and-shell bureau table, circa 1770, bearing the signature of Newport cabinet maker John Townsend.

One of less than ten examples known to survive, with the majority housed in public institutions and museums, the recently-rediscovered bureau table will appear at auction with an estimated price of $700,000-900,000.

Other notable lots in this sale will include a Queen Anne carved maple armchair attributed to John Gaines III, described by the celebrated antiques dealer Albert Sack as “A great masterpiece of pure Colonial design…” One of just two armchairs attributed to Gaines, it will be offered at auction for the first time in almost 40 years with an estimate of $200,000-300,000.

The Important American Silver sale on January 24 will include an exceptional and important silver teapot made by the legendary American silversmith Paul Revere. This drum-form teapot was completed by Revere after his return from the War of Independence, during which his famous ‘Midnight Ride’ became immortalized in American history.

One of just five examples ever produced by Revere, the teapot is the only one to remain in private hands and will appear at auction with an estimate of $150,000-250,000.

It will be sold alongside a selection of 19th century silverware by the iconic New York manufacturer Tiffany & Co, including a silver-mounted and stone-set ebony ‘Viking’ bowl estimated at $100,000-150,000; a Japanese-style three-piece tea service valued at $100,000-150,000; and a silver and stone-set ‘Aztec’ paper knife formerly owned by prominent Albert C. Burrage, estimated at $60,000-90,000.

Other sales during the event will include over 50 lots of rare English pottery, formerly exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, and 110 lots of Chinese artworks and porcelain produced for the lucrative American export markets of the 17th-19th centuries (both January 28).

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