Country Americana, Glass & Ceramics Lead Garth’s Fall Auction Schedule As summer winds down and kids head back to school, Garth’s is prepping for two solid auctions in back to back weekends on September 6-7 for Country Americana auction & September 13 for Ceramics & Glas
News-Antique.com - Aug 21,2013 - As summer winds down and kids head back to school, Garth’s is prepping for two solid auctions in back to back weekends. Kicking off Garth’s fall schedule is the September 6-7 Country Americana auction. Filled with a spectacular array of painted surfaces on furniture, folk art and accessories, the annual auction has come to be known as the “Labor Day Weekend Auction” (although it occurs on the weekend after Labor Day). Among the 830+ lots is a small sampling of the extensive Antiques, Country Store & Advertising Collection of the late J. Garland Warren of San Marcos, Texas (with more of the collection to follow in upcoming fall sales); additional items from the collection of the late Helen B. Porter; and a handful of remaining pieces from the Dick and Sue Studebaker Collection of Quaker Hill (Dayton, Ohio).
A fine tall case clock with movement by Luman Watson, Cincinnati, and case by A. Read and Company, Xenia, Ohio, ca.1825, is the first lot of the weekend. The curly maple and crotch cherry case with broken arch pediment and quarter columns encloses a 30-hour wooden movement with its original dial marked “L. Watson Cincinnati” and is expected to reach $4,000-8,000. Of the nine stepback cupboards in the sale, a two-piece example with elaborate scroll cut decoration over eight paneled doors and an elaborately scroll cut skirt retains an old cream paint on the exterior and old cream and blue on the interior. Ex Harvey Pranian (Illinois), the 86” high cupboard should fetch $6,000-$9,000, while a Pennsylvania example of good, small size and the original red and black paint decoration (sold at Sotheby's from the Alice and Murray Braunfeld collection in January 2004) is likely to reach $4,000-$8,000.
A superb Soap Hollow blanket chest by John Sala (1819-1882 and one of the earliest documented cabinetmakers of the Soap Hollow group) will be a highlight of the Friday session. Inscribed “JS 1868” and “Manufactured by John Sala”, it retains the original red and black paint on a case with two drawers and stencil decoration including a melon basket. Sold at Mishler and Associates (Pennsylvania) in April 2005, it brought over $22,000, but a conservative estimate of $12,000-18,000 accompanies it in the catalog. Garth’s Labor Day Weekend Auction has been known for good paint, and this year will not disappoint. Ten drysinks in a variety of paint colors can be useful in many interiors. A child’s size example measuring just 23.5” tall with a single drawer and two paneled doors carries an old red-bittersweet paint and an estimate of $500-1,000. A more unusual example is the dry sink cupboard with an upper cupboard which only spans one third the width of the base and overall old Spanish brown and yellow paint (estimate $2,000-$4,000).
Ceramics lovers should enjoy the bounty of choices in the sale. Of the stoneware, a ten-gallon crock by Eagle Pottery, Diamond Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is adorned with cobalt decorated of two eagles and is inscribed “W.D. Cooper & Son” (estimate $2,500-4,500).