CRN AUCTIONS, Inc. ESTATES AUCTION

  • CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts
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  • August 26, 2013

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LILLA CABOT PERRY (American, 1848-1933)
ROBERT HALE IVES GAMMELL (American, 1893-1981)

Items accumulated throughout the summer from various New England estates and homes are being offered in this fine pre-Fall auction, Sunday, September 8th. The sale consists of a mix of American, English and Continental furniture and decorative accessories; American and European works of art; Asian items including Chinese Export porcelains; American and European silver; and oriental carpets.
    American antique furniture, both formal and country, features two lots of Salem Massachusetts carved mahogany furniture attributed to Samuel McIntire - a ball and claw foot breakfast table with bold grape-carved knees, and a pair of shield-back sidechairs.  Other highlights are an early Queen Anne walnut-veneered Boston highboy of small desirable size from a local Cambridge, Massachusetts home; a Boston Chippendale serpentine chest with ball and claw feet; a set of six Salem Federal mahogany dining chairs; along with a variety of card tables, candlestands and work tables.

    Decorative accessories include two 19th c. painted double-sided trade signs personifying the charm of advertising 100 years ago.  A small but significant 19th c. horse and jockey weathervane stands out.  A Newbury, Massachusetts schoolgirl needlework sampler is dated 1772.  A late 19th c. Navaho Germantown multicolored ‘sampler’ blanket in fine condition will be of great interest to collectors. There are two Nantucket items with historical provenance. One a painted liquor box inscribed S. Barrett.  Samuel Barrett was born in Nantucket in 1793, and was the Whaling Master on the ship Sally in 1820. The other item is a large basket incised on the handle E.M. Hinckley who departed for San Francisco in 1849 on the ship Martha with other Nantucket ‘pioneers’.  

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     English and Irish furniture includes a small-sized 18th c. walnut double dome-top secretary/bookcase with original looking glass to the doors; a 3-part Irish George III demilune dining table; and an Irish George II carved walnut gaming table with original inset needlepoint playing surface.  Italian antiques include two large 18th c. walnut commodes.  French antiques include a pair of French bronze and marble pedestals which were part of the original lavish décor of Boston’s Keith Memorial Theater, a vaudeville circuit palace whose gala opening in 1928 was attended, among others, by Al Jolson and George M. Cohan.  There are two 19th c. Black Forest carvings, one a dog with her puppies attributed to Walter Mader; and an ornate mirror with deep carving of a cherub in the moon and a fierce winged dragon.

PAIR OF SALEM CARVED MAHOGANY SIDECHAIRS

      There are 70 lots of American and European paintings from the 17th through the 20th centuries in the sale.  American art includes a large oil by Boston artist Lilla Cabot Perry (1848-1933) depicting a woman wearing a kimono painted during her stay in Tokyo from 1898-1910 when her husband had a teaching position there.  Another Boston artist represented is a large and fascinating painting, most likely a study for a mural, by Ives Gammell (1893-1981) titled Study for Destruction 1939.  From a Princeton, New Jersey home is a newly discovered impressionistic still life signed Walt Kuhn (1877-1949).  From a Connecticut gentleman who inherited them are two bronzes by Malvina Hoffman (1885-1966), who studied with sculptor Auguste Rodin from 1910 to 1917.  Also offered are 17th/18th/and 19th c. paintings from various European countries.

      A wide range of Asian items includes various 18th and 19th c. Chinese domestic and export porcelains.  Also offered is a private collection of 18th and 19th c. Thai gilt bronze Buddhas; from India, a large 19th c. bronze of Genesha ; and various Japanese items.

     Silver highlights include a pair of 18th c. candlesticks by a London maker; an impressive tray weighing approx. 175 troy oz.; and an exceptional Japanese silver tea service with chased chrysanthemum decoration and dragon handles.

    The auction will close with a selection of antique and semi antique oriental carpets.

    Previews at the CRN Gallery: Thursday & Friday, Sept. 5th & 6th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    There is an online catalogue and information on the CRN website: www.crnauctions.com or call 617-661-9582.

CRN Auctions, Inc.
57 Bay State Rd.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
info@crnauctions.com
617-661-9582
http://www.crnauctions.com

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