Garth's to Offer Amazing Americana during Annual Labor Day Weekend Auction On September 3 & 4, Garth’s Auctions of Delaware, Ohio will host its Annual Labor Day Weekend Americana auction comprised of over 800 lots including collections of great 18th century furniture.
News-Antique.com - Aug 18,2010 - When someone says the words “diary” or “journal”, it evokes( to the average Joe) thoughts of young girls ensconced in their rooms quickly chronicling personal thoughts and school experiences, but to even the average antiques collector, the words more frequently bring to mind a treasure trove of records and inventory lists of antiques and decorative arts discoveries. On September 3 & 4, Garth’s Auctions of Delaware, Ohio will host its Annual Labor Day Weekend Americana auction comprised of over 800 lots which will include collections of great 18th century furniture from a Michigan consignor and Peaseware from Washington State. Each of these collections is accompanied by the sort of documentation that makes collectors and dealers of antiques smile. Garth’s was given copies of each collector’s diaries in which they recorded each object (with a picture), along with what they bought it as, where they bought it, who they bought objects from, and what they paid. Garth’s auctioneer and appraiser, Andrew Richmond commented “Such collection diaries are HUGELY valuable resources as items are catalogued for auction and for the future owners. With current technology and the potential added value of a well-documented provenance, it is easier than ever for 21st century collectors NOT to be keeping some sort of collection diary or journal.”
For over a half century, Garth’s has been recognized for handling fine Americana and this sale is no exception due to its quality and diverse selection. In 2009, Garth’s began to sell part of the aforementioned Michigan collection from the late Mary Ellen and George Gotshall of Bloomfield Hills in 2009 and continues in grand style offering wonderful 18th century furniture such as the Queen Anne maple tavern table, attributed to Connecticut. The oval top overhangs a deep rectangular straight apron with quarter round returns on block and turned, tapered legs ending in dainty pad feet. Retaining a wonderful old, if not original, dark brown finish, the table has an equally appealing provenance as it is ex George Samaha (Ohio)( Estimate $10,000-20,000). Also from Connecticut is a Queen Anne cherry, poplar and pine high chest of drawers. In two-pieces, the chest has nine drawers, the central lower drawer being shell-carved, all over a scroll-cut skirt and cabriole legs ending in pad feet. Ex Nathan Liverant and Son (Connecticut) and ex Maze Pottinger Antiques (Michigan), the chest is accompanied by a 1963 letter from Zeke Liverant stating this high chest descended in the Webster family of Berlin, Connecticut. According to family tradition, it was made by Elisha Flagg of Berlin and Hartford(estimate $8,000-12,000). A fine inlaid Federal cherry candlestand, also from Connecticut and dating to the late 18th-early 19th century, is ex Ed Weissman of New Hampshire. The square top is inlaid with corner fans and a narrow checked circle surrounding a mariner compass. With the grungy finish and elongated vase turned standard, it should easily fetch $2,500-$3,500. A mid 18th century Connecticut Queen Anne cherry tea table with a rectangular tray top, conforming, deeply scalloped skirt and cabriole