Garth's Offers 53rd Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction on Black Friday With a total of 662 lots selling Friday, November 29, the camaraderie left over from Thanksgiving (and stirred by a little friendly bidding competition) is sure to overflow in Garth’s historic barn.
News-Antique.com - Nov 18,2013 - As Garth’s presents the 53rd Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction on Friday, November 29, it’s very appropriate to give thanks for all the treasured clients that Garth’s has gathered throughout those years. Beginning at 10am on what is traditionally known as Black Friday, Garth’s staff will proudly welcome a standing room only crowd of bidders to celebrate The Collection of Edward & the Late Jane Martin of Moreland Hills, longtime friends and colleagues of many of those active in the world of antiques. Their 395 lot collection, which headlines this one day event, is based on true Americana collecting and is a tribute to Jane and her passion the antiques.
“It all began with inks,” explained Ed Martin. One day in the mid-1970s, Jane Martin bought her first ink bottle-- a rather common aqua umbrella, costing less than ten dollars and announced that she might start collecting ink bottles. Her interest soon led her to collect over a hundred ink bottles and inkwells. In 1979, Jane sold most of her inks collection and began buying period American furniture and decorative arts. Jane went on study decorative arts under the likes of the late Adelaide Briggs, a long time and well respected Cleveland dealer, and the late Gary Ludlow. In addition to the guidance provided by Jane’s mentors, the Martins began to fulfill their passion for collecting by joining the Western Reserve Historical Society and The American Furniture Collectors Club where they had the opportunity to associate with others with similar collecting interests and to learn from the curators and scholars in the field.
The Martin’s collection represents the formal to the folksy. An American full-length cutout silhouette portraits by W.H. Brown dated 1847 (estimate $1,500-$2,500) is one of the highlights of the many silhouettes by Edouart, King, Brown and Honeywell to be offered. Among the multiple samplers to be sold, an example from Zanesville, Ohio is sure to draw the bidders attention. The sampler is marked with rows of alphabets worked in decorative stitches and boldly signed "Sarah Converse Blue / Zanesville / Ohio" (estimate $800-$1,600). Another sampler and silhouette of its maker from Connecticut is expected to reach $600-$1,200. The Suffield, Hartford County, 1810, silk on linen marking sampler with lines of decorative stitches separating the rows of letters and numbers was made by "Mary Sheldon / Aged 10 May / 26th 1810". A poem and silhouette inscribed "Mary Sheldon 1820" is mounted on the back. Of all the lots in the Martin’s collection, the most personal might just be a very sweet lot of two soft paste children’s mugs bearing the inscriptions, "A present for Jane,” and "A Trifle for Edward" (estimate $200-$400).
The fine art from the Martins should be hotly competed for as well. A portrait of Henry Burroughs by Henry Williams (American, 1787-1830) is a great look (estimate $1,000-$2,000) and was illustrated in Early American Life, February 20, 2006, p. 36. A wonderful marine portrait of the Schooner Maria Jane is attributed to William Hare (American,