Asian Arts, Fine Clocks, Old Master Paintings, American and English Decorative Arts Featured at Woodbury Auction Fifth Annual Spring Fine Estates Auction

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  • May 20, 2014

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Two Santos Cage Dolls
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On Sunday June 8th  Woodbury Auction presents its fifth anniversary spring fine estates auction with an offering of over 350 lots of American, English, Continental and Asian decorative arts consigned from more than fifty separate estates and consignors from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania.  

 This anniversary sale is being held at noon in the firm’s auction hall at 710 Main Street South, Middle Quarter Plaza, in Woodbury. Preview times are Sunday, June 1st noon to 5:00 pm, Thursday, June 5th 10am to 5pm, Friday, June 6th 10am to 5pm, Saturday, June 7th 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 9am to noon.   

 A rare Chinese cloisonne vase depicting the crossed flags of America and China is expected to generate interest. The vase is accompanied by two letters of documentation by Mrs. H.A. Baldridge, widow of the curator of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, and the biography of Rear Admiral William H. Emory who commanded the squadron of ships in the Great White Fleet which docked at Amoy in 1908.  The Chinese Empress gifted each officer in the squadron with a similar vase.  

 Other noteworthy Asian lots include two Chinese archaistic bronze wine vessels, one with cloisonné enamel inlay and the other with silver and gold overlay. Several lots of Asian porcelain and pottery are on offer, including a rose medallion covered vase, a Chinese Cizhou vase, a Chinese celadon shaped charger, a Chinese Qing dynasty bowl, a large Chinese Junyao tripod censer, a Chinese flambé glaze vase, a Chinese Mei Ping vase, and many other wares. Asian furniture lots include a Korean elm brass mounted chest.

 French country and formal furniture lots include a 19th century French directoire marble top commode with brass gallery, as well as provincial cupboards and chests and several lots of French marquetry inlaid furniture. Also on offer are a painted Continental armoire and a decorated Continental dower chest, both late 18th century, as well as a carved Italianate hall chair and two Scottish mahogany hall chairs.

Fine Massachusetts Serpentine Chest
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 Two fine American Federal period banjo clocks have been consigned by a Long Island estate, a Simon Willard example with eglomise tablets and an Aaron Willard presentation banjo with classical themed throat and base tablets. Both dials are signed by the makers.

 Other clocks include an American Southern Federal mantle clock by Barber Davis, Savannah Georgia, and three English tall case clocks - a fine George III carved mahogany tall case clock, circa 1800, with silvered dial marked "Samuel Liddell, Old Swinford", having an arched bonnet with fluted columns, a shaped door flanked by fluted quarter columns above a stepped hexagonal paneled base; an inlaid Hepplewhite tall clock, and a Polish 18th century clock movement with  brass repousse and engraved dial marked "Michael Wagner Breslaw" (now Wroclaw), in a later burl walnut case with veneered door and burl veneered bombe base on bun feet.

 Other fine English furniture will cross the block, most notably a fine Georgian carved mahogany slab table with shell carved apron and carved dog feet, circa 1775, a pair of Queen Anne walnut and walnut veneer balloon seat side chairs with shell carved knees and claw and ball feet, circa 1760-65, and a wonderful Regency rosewood brass inlaid tea caddy with all original fittings, circa 1810. A recent arrival is a 17th century Jacobean carved cane chair with Spanish feet, formerly in the collection of the noted furniture scholar and author Luke Vincent Lockwood. The chair was most recently purchased in a Channel 13 benefit auction many years ago.

China Trade Painting, Port of Macao
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 Formal American furniture lots include a fine Massachusetts inlaid mahogany serpentine chest, circa 1790, a labeled Michael Allison mahogany pembroke table, a Federal inlaid mahogany chest attributed to the Allison family of cabinetmakers, a Newport or Stonington removable leg tiger maple highboy base, a Delaware valley Queen Anne walnut tall chest, a Connecticut chippendale cherry desk with fan carved interior, and a Queen Anne walnut and maple veneered New England chest. Country Americana pieces include a maple and pine rectangular harvest table, several chests, stands and tap tables, a Southern as well as fine windsor chairs including a Philadelphia signed Trumbull knuckle arm windsor in brown paint, fresh from a Cooperstown New York estate.

 Fine jewelry lots include a unique gentleman's platinum, ruby, emerald & diamond ring, stamped "950 plat", with one natural rectangular step cut ruby approximately 2.00 carat total weight, twelve square step cut natural emeralds, medium dark green transparent, approximately 1.8  carat total weight; and eight brilliant cut natural diamonds, VS (2) SI (1) approximately .06 carat total weight. The total weight of ring is 1.155 troy oz.  An official IGI appraisal report, dated 2/11/2014, accompanies the ring with estimated retail replacement value of $14,005.

 Other fine jewelry offered include a 14K gold emerald and diamond ring, a 14K gold ruby and diamond bracelet, an unmounted pear shaped .79 carat natural diamond, a 14K gold tanzanite and diamond ring, and a 14K yellow gold and sapphire bangle bracelet.

 The sale also features many fine art lots including a China Trade oil on canvas port scene of Macao, two old master style framed oils on canvas, an Italian School trompe L'oeil still life, and a framed oil on canvas Axel Birkhammer (Danish 1874-1936), "Summer in Himmelbjerget". Several Italian school works include an unsigned Italian school 18th century oil on cradled panel “Architectural Rendering”; a large 18th century Italian school oil on canvas depicting “Ruins”; a Continental school 19th century oil on canvas "Baptismal Scene"; a Continental school 18th century ink and watercolor "Tavern Scene"; a fine oil on canvas after Peter Paul Rubens, (Flemish, 1570-1640) "St. John the Apostle, signed lower right possibly F. Trevisani; and an oil on canvas in the manner of Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto) (Venetian 1697-1768) "View of Venice". Also up for bid is a fine Chinese school 19th century oil on canvas of "Women in a Pavilion". Numerous prints, etchings, lithographs and other fine arts will be sold, including Mark Chagall, French, 1887-1985, original lithograph, "Jeunesse" 1985, with Atelier de Marc Chagall blind stamp and in pencil 15/50 lower left, ink stamped signature lower right.

 Perhaps the most unique fine art lot is an unframed oil on canvas painting of Father Divine, signed and dated “1938 Joseph Earl Schrock”. Father Divine was an African American spiritual leader from 1907 until his death in1965. His self-given name was reverend Major Jealous Devine. He founded The International Peace Mission movement, formulated its doctrine and oversaw its growth from a small black congregation into a multiracial international church. Joseph Earl Schrock was an author and illustrator who wrote “The Curse of Tramp Life by A - No. 1, The King of Hoboes".  

 A rare bronze American eagle by Pennsylvania artist Gilroy Roberts (1905-1991) was recently consigned by a New Jersey collector. Gilroy Roberts was a sculptor and gemstone carver, and was the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint between 1948 and 1964. He was the son of a sculptor, and is most noted as being the designer of the bust of John F. Kennedy which was used on the “Kennedy” half dollar.

 A Connecticut estate yielded over twenty lots of unusual and esoteric Mid-Eastern and Indo-Persian antique firearms, swords, sabers and other edged weapons. A New Jersey source has provided a large collection of almost fifty violin bows and violins.

Other esoteric lots include two Portugese Santos cage dolls, and two European early 18th century carved and gilt tabernacle doors.

 The sale also includes a fine Shirvan prayer rug and over twenty five other estate oriental carpets including Persian, Caucasian and Turkoman room and scatter sized rugs, and other regional Asian rugs of varying sizes.

 The catalog for the sale is viewable at Internet, absentee and phone bidding are available for this live gallery auction by visiting the Woodbury Auction website. The sale will be broadcast live through Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, Auction Zip and Proxibid/The Finest.  For information please call Woodbury Auction at 203-266-0323. 

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