Vintage clocks and watches, Americana, Belle Epoque items, more at John Mcinnis' three-day auction A massive three-session Memorial Day weekend auction featuring a vast array of items from prominent estates in the Boston area will be held May 28-30 by John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Mass.
News-Antique.com - May 23,2016 - AMESBURY, Mass. – A three-session Memorial Day weekend auction featuring a vast array of items from prominent estates in the Boston area – to include the Hoes family of Wayland, direct descendants of President James Monroe, plus a fabulous collection out of Bolton – will be held on May 28th, 29th and 30th by John McInnis Auctioneers, in the firm’s gallery at 76 Main Street.
Session I, on Saturday, May 28th, starting at 4 pm Eastern time, will feature vintage clocks and pocket watches, including French, English and American examples, and an outstanding collection of model steam engines.
Session II, the following day, starting at 11 am, will be an important sale of high-quality items, many of them fine decorative arts and merchandise from the Belle Epoque.
Session III, on Monday, May 30th, starting at 10 am, will be an old-fashioned country Americana auction, featuring something for nearly every budget. Items will include fine country primitives, folk art, paintings, glass, period furniture, rugs, advertising and Americana. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Fans of horology will be thrilled with the selection of clocks and timepieces in Session I. Top lots will include a handsome Patek Philippe 18kt gold pocket watch with open face movement, 18 jewels and eight adjustments, estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000; and a Tiffany & Company traveling repeater clock with original travel case and instructions, expected to realize $500-$750.
Also sold will be a French Louis XVI Lerolle Freres shelf clock boasting white marble with ormolu mount, an onyx urn, swags of fruit, ropes of leaves and other decorations, estimated at $3,000-$4,000; and a very large Victorian carved shelf clock having a fuse movement with five chimes and heavily carved oak case, retailed in London and expected to garner $1,000-$1,500.
A wonderful example from the model steam engines category is the finely detailed and well engineered 1.8 scale mechanical model of a Case compound engine steam tractor (or general purpose engine). The model was built by Arnold E. Thompson (1931-2010), a master machinist and passionate boat and train builder from Marblehead, Mass. It’s expected to hit $4,000-$6,000.
Session II will be packed with Continental items and decorative accessories, bronzes, jewelry, paintings, porcelain, silver and an important Asian collection. Some of the lots will be from the Belle Epoque – the French phrase meaning “Beautiful Era” that was a golden age from around 1870-1914, when Europe, especially Paris, was brimming with optimism and artistic expression.
Lots from the session will feature an Art Deco Cartier French 18kt gold case with engine turned decoration and a sapphire clasp, hallmarked with an eagle’s head and maker’s mark, with a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$6,000; and a circa 1920 Louis Vuitton steamer (or cabin) trunk, with the original key and a hinged lid opening to the original lift-out tray, estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Also up for bid will be a pair of 18th or 19th century Chinese carved jade table screens, titled Figures Among