John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900) sunset, distant view of Abbeville and St.  Wulfran church, watercolor over pencil enhanced with bodycolor
John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900) sunset, distant view of Abbeville and St. Wulfran church, watercolor over pencil enhanced with bodycolor

CRN Auctions, Inc. of Cambridge, MA will be holding their Annual Spring Auction at their gallery at 57 Bay State Road on Sunday, April 30 at 11 a.m.

Offered is the usual eclectic mix of American, English, Continental, Asian and Latin American works of art, silver, Chinese export porcelains, furniture, and various accessories spanning the 17th to mid century 20th c.

Featured is an extensive collection of 19th c. English tea caddies from a Massachusetts gentleman, 42 caddies in all. Collected over a forty-year period, a most were purchased at the London LAPDA Antiques Fair. From the same home are several lots of jewelry.

Another collection being offered is a Connecticut woman’s thirty-five year passion for silver including English Georgian and Colonial, 19th and 20th c. American silver. Purchased in the 1980’s, primarily at Sotheby’s and Christies New York, the silver has remained boxed and piled high in her expansive attic until now. There are 63 lots of silver. Another group of silver from the collection will be sold in the next Fall auction.

Always in the family until now, is the Providence Rhode Island Burrill Family card table attributable to Thomas and Samuel Goddard’s Newport workshop. It is distinctive since it bears Masonic inlay. Also from the family is a portrait of the Senator’s daughter, Eleanor Burrill, (1803-1865) by Francis Alexander (1800- 1880); and an 18th c. silver porringer made by Providence silversmith Ezekiael Burr.

Two Washington Memorial Liverpool pitchers; two sailor’s sell valentines; a large cow weathervane; and a Frodsham marine chronometer are items always sought after by collectors.

Sixty-six lots of art will be sold. American works include an Aldo Hibbard winter scene and portrait of a forlorn woman; a Charles Chambers portrait of a socialite flapper; a Joseph Lindon Smith Egyptian relief oil; and a Thomas Hart Benton lithograph.

Important European works include two oils by Polish artist Tadusz Makowski (1882-1932); a 1957 abstract by Canadian artist W.G. ‘Jock’ MacDonald (1897- 1960); and a luminous watercolor by John Ruskin, the inscription on the mat by Francesca Alexander stating it was given to her as a gift from (her friend) John Ruskin. Coincidentily, the portrait of Eleanor Burrill being sold later in the sale, is painted by Francesa Alexander’s father, a Boston portrait painter. A large 17th c. Dutch marine painting of a busy Amsterdam Harbor descended through the Massachusetts Saltonstall family is fresh to the market.

English furniture offered is a fine 18th c. Irish ball and claw foot games table, a Georgian mahogany revolving bookcase, and an inlaid satinwood console table. Four 18th c. English stumpwork pictures highlight English accessories.

French and Italian furniture and accessories are also well represented.In addition, being sold are twenty six Oriental carpets including 19th c. Caucasian

scatters; several lots of 19th c. ornately carved Chinese hardwood furniture and domestic porcelain; Chinese Export porcelains including garden barrels, rose famille and mandarin bowls, bough pots and vases.

For information and to view the CRN online catalogue, go to: Previews are Friday, April 28th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also anytime by appointment. Preview is limited morning of the sale. Register for online bidding at

CRN Auctions, Inc.
57 Bay State Rd.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
About CRN Auctions, Inc.

Established in 1975, auctioneers of fine American, European and Asian furniture, art and accessories

Press Contact:
Carl R. Nordblom
CRN Auctions, Inc.
P: 617-661-9582

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