SKINNER AMERICANA WEEKEND NOVEMBER 1st and 2nd IN BOSTON Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host a two day Americana auction on November 1st and 2nd in its Boston gallery. On Saturday, November 1st at 3 p.m.
News-Antique.com - Oct 15,2008 - On Sunday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m., fine American furniture and decorative arts will be offered. Featured will be more than 750 lots of Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, formal and country-painted furniture, stoneware, maritime paintings, miniatures, basketry, trade signs, weather vanes, naive portraiture, Shaker items, folk art, and additional offerings of clocks and timepieces.
The Herbert Nilson Collection – Session I
Herbert Nilson, Lexington, Massachusetts native and long-time New Hampshire resident, was a lifelong collector of clocks and timepieces, and an active member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, serving as treasurer of the NAWCC Boston Convention in 1980. The entire collection of Herbert Nilson numbers more than 300 clocks. Session I includes over 100 fine examples of early American clocks. Sessions II and III will be held in conjunction with Skinner’s February 2009 and June 2009 auctions of American Furniture & Decorative Arts.
Session I of the Herbert Nilson collection of American clocks includes timekeepers by E. Howard, Elmer Stennes, Ithaca Calendar Clock Company, E.N. Welch, Brewster and Ingrahams and Irenus Atkins. Three extremely rare examples by Joseph Ives will also be offered including an Ives looking glass wall clock (lot 109, est. $4/6,000), a “Brooklyn” model cantilever spring shelf clock (lot 100, est. $25/35,000); and a wooden movement wagon spring, pillar and scroll shelf clock (lot 110, est. $15/25,000), which is believed by scholars to be among the first spring powered clocks produced in Connecticut. Following the Nilson Collection of clocks on Saturday will be 30 lots of Oriental rugs and carpets.
Portraits and Paintings
In time for the November elections comes a rare miniature of George Washington (lot 300, est. $20/30,000) by Robert Field, captured in a locket with a woven lock of the first president’s hair. The piece was commissioned by wife Martha and went to the widow of her only son from her first marriage. It comes to Skinner as descended through the family.
Other portrait miniatures are also featured in this auction including a portrait of a gentleman attributed to William Verstille (lot 305, est. $1,500/2,000), and a portrait miniature of a young man attributed to Mary Way (lot 306, est. $3/5,000).
Other portrait highlights include a pair of portraits by Thomas Skynner (lot 536, est. $30/50,000) of William Kitteridge Cleveland and his wife Elizabeth of Dalton, Massachusetts, fully signed and in wonderful condition, and a family group portrait attributed to John Ritto Penniman (lot 345, est. $15/25,000) that was sold as part of the catalogued exhibit of the Barry Cohen Collection, published by David Schorsch and America Hurrah, New York, 1990. Also, a reverse painting on glass, Liberty in the form of the goddess of youth Hebe, from the Chinese School, 19th century, after Edward Savage is in extraordinary condition. A nearly identical Chinese reverse painting was sold at a Skinner Americana auction in November of 2006 and the auction house never believed they’d see another.
Maritime paintings will also delight, especially F. & J. Tudgay’s Portrait of the Clipper