Skinner Americana Auction Adds Online-only Section to the Traditional August Event More than 650 lots to be offered live on August 11th; an additional 300 lots to be offered online from August 5th to 13th.
reveal additional secret drawers and compartments. Identified as late seventeenth/early eighteenth century Philadelphia in origin by early twentieth century scholar and collector Eugene Bolles, this desk relates to a labeled example found in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.
A Chippendale mahogany tilt-top tea table with scallop-shell carved knees from coastal Massachusetts (lot 279, $4,000 to $6,000) and a labeled Federal inlaid mahogany lolling chair by Joseph Short (lot 301, $10,000 to $15,000) round out an diverse selection of formal furniture.
The Old Sturbridge Village J. Cheney Wells Collection of Clocks
A group of clocks from the Old Sturbridge Village, J. Cheney Wells collection will be presented. Wells was a founder of OSV, and proceeds from the sale of the six clocks will be used to update its collection of nearly 60,000 historic objects. Highlights include a Simon Willard Federal mahogany inlaid tall case clock with rocking ship dial, c. 1785 (lot 317, $3,000 to $5,000) and a Simon Willard Federal mahogany inlaid patent timepiece, c. 1810 (Lot 315, $2,500-3,500).
American Decorative Arts
Outstanding examples of 18th century needlework come from a Wayland, Massachusetts antiquarian and include a crewelwork decorated pillow in extraordinary condition (lot 23, $1,500 to $2,500), as well as an eighteenth century zigzag pattern canvaswork pocketbook that once belonged to Joseph Winslow (lot 24, $4,000 to $6,000). It retains its brilliant colors and an engraved silver clasp.
A group of mochaware from a private estate features a variety of forms including an early 19th-
century barrel-form pitcher (lot 414, $500 to $700) and a silver-mounted mustard pot (lot 420, $300 to $500). A number of Nantucket baskets, ship portraits & dioramas, boat models, and scrimshaw-decorated items will also be sold.
In a newer expression of Americana, the auction will begin with the presentation of a 1941 Ford V-8 Super Deluxe five-passenger Coupe (lot 1, $20,000 to $25,000). This black pre-WWII coupe sports sleek curves and a two-tone interior in black and gray.
Online Auction – August 5th through 13th
On August 5th bidding will begin in Skinner’s first Americana – Online auction, which will offer more than 300 lots of American antiques including folk art, textiles, Chinese export porcelain, early glass, rugs and carpets, historical prints, and country furniture, as well as marine and nautical antiques. Highlights include Currier & Ives lithograph titled The American Fireman, Rushing to the Conflict (lot 954, $800-1,200), a very large selection of Canton and Fitzhugh table ware, and a cased wooden model of the Frigate U.S.S. Constitution, “Old Ironsides” (lot 912, $1,000 to $1,500).
Previews, Catalog, and Bidding
Previews for both auctions will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, August 9, 2013, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
An illustrated catalog for #2669M and 2667T is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.
The Skinner website allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid