Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concludes 2011 with three successful auctions Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates concluded 2011 on a high note, recording back-to-back-to-back successful auctions in October, November and December, at their gallery facility in Mt. Crawford, Va.
(or jug), sage green, with a tall tapered hexagonal body and applied hollow handle with a crude compressed lower curl, on a plain base, breezed to $2,685 (lot 292); and an Americo-Bohemian ruby stained beaker with American views, circular form, with panels showing the U.S. Capitol, Niagara Falls and Lake George, commanded $2,070 (Lot 218).
The Nov. 12 event was Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ 21st annual fall catalogued auction of Americana and fine antiques, spotlighting Virginia and the South. Featured was deaccessioned material from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. “Great Southern material continues to bring strong prices, especially when it retains a strong provenance and is fresh to the market,” Mr. Evans said. “Just four lots in the sale carried reserves, and 100 percent of lots sold.”
A late 18th century fine Virginia Chippendale walnut corner (or smoking) chair, attributed to the Isle of Wright Co. and having a yellow pine seat frame incised with “XII,” in excellent condition, realized $27,600 (lot 536); and a rare and important Augusta County, Va., cast-iron stove plate, from the ironworks of Mark Bird and Henry Miller, 23 ½ inches by 26 ½ inches, rose to $12,650 (Lot 318).
An Elizabeth Koch (Cook) fraktur by Peter Bernhart (Rockingham County, Va.), dated Dec. 31, 1801 and with four birds, floral vines and tulips flanking an eight-point star, garnered $11,500 (Lot 420); and a Winchester, Va., Kentucky-style flintlock long rifle, signed “J. Lauck,” with tiger maple stock, pierced brass patch box, silver thumb plate and eight-point star, rang out at $10,350 (Lot 129).
A Northern Shenandoah Valley (Va.) Federal walnut block-front bureau, made of pine and poplar secondary woods in the late 18th /early 19th century, 40 inches tall by 40 inches wide, fetched $9,200 (Lot 562); and an 1829 needlework sampler by Elizabeth Ann Dyer (Franklin, Va.), silk on linen, with eight lines of letters and a line of numerals flanked by baskets and a tree, hit $4,888 (Lot 179).
The year ended on a light note with a Dec. 3 catalogued auction dedicated to vintage toys, Black Americana, country store and related items, featuring material from the Dorothy and Marshall Jenkins estate (Culpeper, Va.). “This was a really fun sale that drew keen interest from across the country,” Mr. Evans said. “Prices were strong, and toys especially drew a lot of bids.”
A lithograph on tin Prince Albert tobacco advertising sign, depicting “Chief Joseph, Nez Perce” in full headdress (circa 1913-14), with a related 1914 magazine ad featuring Chief Joseph, coasted to $8,050 (Lot 218); and an I.W. Harper Whiskey reverse-painted glass advertising sign (1904), depicting a grandfather and his three grandchildren, in the original oak frame, peaked at $2,760 (Lot 220).
A Reed Capitol Building panorama toy, lithographed paper on wood, in good shape and honoring all the presidents from Washington to Chester A. Arthur (who served from 1881-85, around the time the toy was made), went for $3,335 (Lot 71); and a set of Black Americana Marx “Amos ‘n’