Critique by Madelia Hickman Ring, Images Courtesy Casco Bay Auctions
FREEPORT, MAINE – “Overall, the current market seemed robust across the board, a number of tender places as usually, but I was over-all very delighted with the final results,” stated Casco Bay Auctions’ proprietor Andrew Davis, about a 7 days following the firm’s August 13 “Summer Americana Auction” wrapped. With about 540 heaps crossing the block, the sale attained a whole of $208,000, with new prospective buyers showing prominence in the sale, even using 5 of the best 10 lots.
A nautical-themed hooked rug that was attributed to James and Mercedes Hutchinson topped the sale with a price tag of $10,200. Created in the early Twentieth Century and inscribed “A Sailor Thinks of Distant Close friends / Of His Spouse and Humble Cot / And From His Inmost Heart Ascends / The Prayer ~ Neglect Me Not,” it came from a nearby private collector and marketed to a regional collector Davis explained had been a very long-time consumer of the auction dwelling. In addition, the price tag understood for the rug could have been an auction file for the Hutchinsons, staying the greatest auction final result Davis could discover after the sale.
A Portsmouth, N.H., non-public collector with an desire in early American household furniture and decorative arts consigned numerous points to the sale, a handful of of which accomplished higher sufficient selling prices to land them in the prime tier of the sale’s outcomes. Among the these was a Pilgrim Century spice chest, possibly from Pennsylvania, that had a very little overpainting to its previous crimson paint and some minimal restorations but was usually mainly unique, together with its brass components. A community seller compensated $7,200, three situations its large estimate and the second highest price in the sale.
A different piece from the Portsmouth personal selection that scored a higher cost was an early Eighteenth Century New England red-painted pine candlestand with T-formed base completed at $3,600. The stand had provenance to both of those Portsmouth supplier, Hollis Broderick, and Skinner’s August 10, 2013, auction. According to Davis, it offered to a private collector in Tennessee who was making an inaugural obtaining debut at Casco Bay.
Also marketing to yet another new client in the American south, a person in Georgia, was a Southern Sheraton cherrywood sugar chest, that experienced been acquired at just one time in Charleston, S.C. It came to Casco Bay from a Maine storage unit and introduced the sweet selling price of $2,760.
Provenance possible had a hand in the consequence for an English sampler, labored in silk threads on linen by Jane Explanation, in 1748. It had history with the Hartshorne household as effectively as the November 17, 2012, auction with Northeast Auctions a dealer and collector nearby to Casco Bay Auctions paid out $2,760 for it, just outside of its significant estimate.
Rounding out the major heaps for the Portsmouth selection was a Nineteenth Century portrait of a gentleman in a noticed jacket, finished in oil on canvas and attributed as probably the operate of William Jennys (1774-1859). A trade buyer in New York prevailed, using it to $2,880, far more than double its large estimate.
Generating $3,720 and the 3rd optimum rate in the sale regardless of slipping a small short of expectations was a Federal inlaid mahogany tall case clock from New Jersey, and signed Joakim Hill, Flemington, New Jersey. It looks a excellent deal for the trade consumer who bought it for just a very little much more than 50 % its minimal estimate. A further seeming deal at $3,600 was a New England Chippendale oxbow cherrywood upper body of drawers, which will be relocating to Vermont, with a shopper who experienced by no means bid at Casco Bay Auctions before.
An excellent final result when compared to anticipations was the $3,000 attained for a great deal of two miniature watercolor on ivory portraits in rolled gold conditions that arrived to Casco Bay from a regional estate. An additional new customer, this time in Maryland, helped thrust the miniatures from pre-sale expectations of $60-80.
Not all the things in the sale was pretty so previous, as demonstrated by a portray of the Bridge at Rye Harbor by Elwyn George Gowen (1895-1954), which had been in an exhibition at the Banking institutions Gallery in Portsmouth. Coming from a home in Rye, N.H., it bought to one more new customer and a collector on Cape Cod, for $2,760.
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Casco Bay Auctions will market Jewellery, September 13 Twentieth Century & Design and style, Oct 1 and Americana, November 12.