“Buy only what you love” at Garth's First Auction of 2016 On January 16, 2016, Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers is proud to kick off the new year with a two-session auction featuring Meugniot’s fine Americana Collection (290 lots), and an assortment of Ameri
News-Antique.com - Jan 14,2016 - “Buy only what you love”, were the oft-heard words of longtime Americana dealer and collector Elinor Meugniot of Clive, Iowa. On January 16, 2016, Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers is proud to kick off the new year with a two-session auction featuring Meugniot’s fine Americana Collection (290 lots), and an assortment of Americana, Folk Art, European Decorative Arts & 20th Century Design (465 lots) which includes The 50 Year Collection of the Late Joyce Specter of Russell, Kansas, the sister-in-law of former Pennsylvania Senator, the late Arlen Specter. Bidders should find no shortage of objects they will love adding to their own collections among the varied categories of decorative & fine arts to be sold.
Mrs. Meugniot’s passion for rare rocking horses, stoneware, objects with hearts, treenware, and authentic painted furniture not only allowed her to amass her own premiere collection, but also to help many others establish large and wonderful collections of their own over the 32 years Meugniot operated her business. In session one, twenty-seven horse form rocking horses and pull toys will be sold, and a pine & hide-covered example with original paint decoration and saddle from New York maker J.A. Crandall is one of the most special (32"h. 63"l., Estimate $ 400-800). Thirty-one pieces of decorated stoneware will cross the block and a cobalt stenciled crock with the inscription “From Wallace's Cheap Store, New Haven, Pa. 2" should illicit a smile from bidders (Estimate $200-400).
Eleven stepback, corner and hanging cupboards from the Meugniot Collection show off some of the painted pieces Mrs. Meugniot had in her home for years. An Ohio one-piece corner cupboard with old red paint is estimated to sell for $1,000-2,000, while a Midwestern one-piece wall cupboard which was found in Ohio is expected to fetch $600-1,000.
Decorative smalls include ten lots of treenware and peaseware, as well as nine lots of painted gameboards with an original painted red and black example with checkerboard and hearts estimated at $600-800. A variety of counter-top coffee mills, duck and goose decoys, decorated sleds, dolls, and assorted textiles including a vibrant sampler quilt round out the morning session.
The afternoon session leads off with a Chester County, Pennsylvania miniature Chippendale blanket chest. Dating to the late 18th century, the piece is adorned with arched panels and inlaid Greek key trim over two drawers and bracket feet. Retaining its original hinges and brasses, and an old finish, the chest, which measures 17.5"h. 27"w. 15.5"d., was deaccessioned in the 1970s from the Art Institute of Chicago, then offered as part of the Collection of Jean Stuck Monger (Ohio) when sold at Garth's, July 1999. Estimated at $15,000-25,000, it is also accompanied by a copy of an evaluation by furniture expert and conservator, Allan Miller of Pennsylvania.
A mid-18th century, Massachusetts Queen Anne high chest of drawers is quite special. The upper section is adorned with a broken-arch pediment, carved finials, and a single shell carved drawer, all above a lower section with a central shell carved drawer and