Artfact Partner Keno Auctions presents Inaugural Sale on Artfact Live! Bid online exclusively through Artfact Live! on over 750 lots of exceptional American art, silver, furniture and decorative arts in 3 sessions on May 1 and 2. Don't miss this extraordinary auction!
News-Antique.com - Apr 21,2010 - (Boston MA) Artfact is pleased to announce that the Keno Auctions Inaugural Sale on May 1 & 2 is available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! The 3 session, 2 day auction offers almost 750 lots including: early American fine art, silver, furniture, ceramics, decorative arts and more! If you can’t join the live auction action at the Marriott Hotel and Spa in Stamford, CT, visit Artfact.com, or its sister site in the UK, Invaluable.com, to login or register free to bid live online at this exceptional auction. If you’re not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact Live! console.
Highlights of the sale include:
Day 1, Session 1:
Lot 179, a Hand-Hammered Copper Eagle. Purportedly this copper eagle began its life perched atop the wheelhouse of a steamship, owned by a Captain Brinton, which ran on the Monongahela River from Brownsville to Pittsburgh, PA. The ship sank around 1900 in the vicinity of Brownsville and the eagle remained under water for years until divers brought it to the surface. Later, the eagle sat on a pole in front of a cottage between Uniontown and Somerset, PA. It was then purchased by Austin Hutzel, Sr. who owned it for many years and from thence it was purchased by a couple from Mt. Gretna, PA. Minimum Bid for this piece is $2,000.
Lot 120, an Otter Effigy Ladle carved by one of the Eastern Woodlands tribes, most likely the Iroquois, from the first half of the 19th century. The bowl was painted in 19th century depicting a landscape and the handle has been carved in the form of an otter. Bidding will open at $600.
Day 1, Session 2:
Lot 259, the James Beekman Chippendale Carved Mahogany Chest of Drawers from the shop of Thomas Brookman, with carving attributed to Henry Hardcastle New York, circa 1752. This previously unrecorded chest of drawers bears sterling provenance, remarkable condition, exceptional carving, and sculptural form. The chest has descended directly from its original owner, James Beekman (1732-1807), a successful New York dry goods merchant and scion of the socially, politically, and economically prominent Beekman family. It retains an old surface, original floral painted canvas affixed to the slide, original openwork brasses, and nearly all of its original elements. This sophisticated chest appears to be one of only three extant pieces that can be associated with Brookman’s shop tradition. Dating to circa 1752, it bears additional distinction as one of the earliest pieces of Rococo style furniture that survives from New York. For this piece, bidding will open at $40,000.
Lot 248, a Pair of Paul Revere, Jr. American Silver Rococo Butterboats from Boston, circa 1783. Each is engraved 'ES' and marked 'REVERE' in rectangular surround under base. These are one of less than a dozen pairs of Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818) sauceboats known today. They have descended directly through a distinguished Providence, Rhode Island family to the present owner. Based on related examples, these newly