The 10th Annual Ohio Valley Session Leads Garth’s May 14 Americana Auction Delaware, Ohio - On May 14 at 10 am, the doors will open to the historic barn occupied by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for over 60 years to an Americana auction featuring the 10th Annual Ohio Vall
News-Antique.com - May 04,2016 - Delaware, Ohio - On May 14 at 10 am, the doors will open to the historic barn occupied by Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for over 60 years to an Americana auction featuring the 10th Annual Ohio Valley Auction. Nearly 700 lots of furniture, pottery and porcelain, artwork and historic and decorative objects from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries should attract bidders from across the country who look forward to the auction each year.
Highlighting the Ohio Valley Auction are a number of fresh-to-market items with significant historical interest including an important monumental carved sandstone mantel with full-bodied eagle flanked by trees with serpents and urns, surrounded by flowering vines and incised “Wm. V. S. Roberts, 1827”. Estimated to fetch $8,000 - $12,000, the three-section masterpiece was removed from the Cochran family home near Cadiz, Ohio before passing through the shops of Bill Samaha and Bill and Jane Woodring. A rare and well-documented farm drawing by enigmatic 19th Century itinerant artist, Ferdinand Brader, depicts the “Residence of Joseph and Anna Gindelsperger” in Wayne, County, Ohio. Dated 1888, and signed and numbered, the large, detailed picture is accompanied by a birth record for Mary Gindelsperger and is expected to sell for $10,000 - $15,000. After an award-winning debut at the Centennial Exposition in 1876, brothers Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin would part ways, with Homer becoming one of the most well-known names in American pottery. Three meaningful examples from Homer Laughlin’s early years, independent from his brother, will sell. Two, with nearly identical exhibition history, come from the collection of Fred Mutchler, and are each estimated from $10,000 - $14,000. One, from the personal collection of the Wells family (later owners of the Homer Laughlin China Company) is described as a rare pink, circa 1886 - 1889, potpourri or perfume jar with reticulated lid, acanthus leaf handles, vining floral decoration and cobalt reserves with angel and putti. Illustrated in "The Dish", Fall 2003, exhibited at DACO and exhibited and illustrated in Andrew Richmond’s A Tradition of Progress: Ohio Decorative Arts, 1860-1945.
True to the history of the Ohio Valley Auction, the session includes a wide variety of material spanning nearly 200 years. A scenic Rookwood plaque by Carl Schmidt (Est. $3,000 - $6,000) sells alongside a self-portrait by famed Ohio artist, Emerson Burkhart (dated 1968 and estimated for $1,800 - $2,500). A number of works by renowned sandstone carver Ernest “Popeye” Reed will cross the block, including a female nude (Est. $400 - $800), a mother and child (Est. $400 - $600), a self-portrait (Est. $600 - $1200), as well as several figural animals, such as an owl, a frog and a pig. Furniture from Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania will certainly be a focal point of the session, with a grain-painted and stenciled blanket chest initialed “S.A.W.” (Est. $2,500 - $3,500); a smaller blanket chest in original red paint with gold stenciled urns (Est. $1,500 - $2,500); and a tall chest of drawers attributed to Joseph Sala with original red and black grain