SOLD ITEM ARCHIVE
English Mahogany Inlaid Slant-front Desk
Item #: AF1317
Description: Slant-front bureau desk with banded and inlaid top. Battened lid with inlaid urn design falls forward onto 2 pull-out support slides. Interior well with drawers and pigeonholes and having a central locker. Straight front with 4 cock beaded, full-length drawers having banding and fan inlays at the corners and inlaid key escutcheons. Plain skirt with bracket feet. Dovetailed, pegged and nailed construction.
Materials: Mahogany. Various exotic inlay woods. Oak secondary. Brass hardware.
Dimensions: Height: 42-1/4". Width: 40". Depth: 20".
Locality and Period: England. c.1800-25.
Comments: Intricate inlay work in beautiful woods. Some veneered inlay loss.
American Empire Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Item #: AF1348
Description: 2-piece secretary with impressive, overhanging pediment. Upper section: 2-door cupboard bookcase, each door with 6 panes of glass separated by wooden mutins. Below cupboard, 2 half-length drawers with turned "mushroom" pulls. Lower section: protruding with fold-out writing flap that rests on 2 narrow pull-out slides. 3 full-length drawers, top ogee drawer overhanging and flanked by "S" curl pillars, terminating in "C" scroll feet. Heavy, vase turned back feet. Molded front skirt and plain sides. Nailed and glued construction with hand dovetailed drawers.
Materials: Mahogany and mahogany veneer. Pine secondary wood.
Dimensions: Height: 80". Width: 45". Depth: 23".
Locality and Period: New England west to Ohio and throughout South. c.1830-40.
Comments: Desirable smaller, more delicate proportions in excellent condition.
Scottish Mahogany High Chest
Item #: AF0971
Description: Striking tall Victorian mahogany Scottish chest of drawers having 2 slightly overhanging drawers with unusual shaped double frieze fronts. The lower section has 4 graduating lined drawers with original turned mother of pearl inlaid handles. The chest of drawers has beautiful turned column supports and stands on four chunky turned bun feet. The front is strikingly figured flamed mahogany and the piece is a rich medium mahogany color with a striking grain, good patina. Fine hand dovetail construction.
Materials: Mahogany solids and veneers. Pine secondary.
Dimensions: Height: 70-1/2". Width: 49-1/2". Depth: 22-1/2".
Locality and Period: Scotland. c. 1860.
Comments: Very good condition beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
French Louis XV Style Paint Decorated Dressing Table
Item #: AF1562
Description: Dressing table: upper section having bombe compartment with hinged door opening to velvet lined interior and drawer. Painted door depicting cherubs. Upper shelves. Leather insert work surface (replaced). Cabriolet legs with ormolu mounts at the knees and feet.
Materials: Various painted woods. Brass ormolu mounts. Floral hand painted decorative designs throughout.
Dimensions: Height: 51-1/2". Width: 38-1/2". Depth: 20-1/2".
Locality and Period: French. Late 19th Century.
Comments: Beautiful example of French Louis style with finely executed painted surfaces and decoration.
Federal Grained Mahogany Finish 2 Drawer Work Table
Item #: AF1545
Description: Plain edge overhanging top over 2 drawers having brass ring pulls. Plain sides mortised into legs. Upper leg ring and sausage turned, middle leg tapered, lower leg terminating in rind, vase & ball feet.
Materials: Grain finished pine and hardwood. Pine secondary. Brass pulls.
Dimensions: Height: 28-3/4". Width: 18-1/2". Depth: 17".
Locality and Period: Eastern U.S. c.1810.
Comments: Delicate proportions and turnings popular during the American Federal Hepplewhite period. Fine grained mahogany finish. Work tables work as end, lamp and bedside tables.
Napoleon III Ebonized Marble Top Stand with Gilt Ormolu Decoration c.1852-1871
Item #: AF1527
Description: Tall ebonized stand with round marble top. Round, trumpet shaped upper pedestal continuing with fluted mid-section. Lower section having tripod feet terminating on shaped base. Gilt ormolu mounts, lion's faces and floral decoration throughout. Hanging pendants depicting "Hercules with Nemean Lion" plaques.
Materials: Ebonized hardwoods. Fire gilt ormolu & pendants. White with grey veined marble top.
Dimensions: Height: 43-5/8". Width: 17". Depth: 17". 12-1/2" round marble top.
Locality and Period: France. c.1852-1871
Comments: The Napoleon III style (1852-1871) was a highly eclectic style of architecture and decorative arts which used elements of many different historical influences. It flourished during the reign of Napoleon III in France and had an important influence in the rest of Europe and the United States. A fine example of the style with some lost ormolu mounts and a pendant.
Renaissance Revival Music or Magazine Stand (possibly Herter Bros.)
Item #: AF1457
Description: 3 section music or magazine rack with gilt and ebinized decoration. Upper section having a carved and shaped crest with a medallion center. Fold down panel with inlaid musical motif cartouche. Middle section: molded shelf with finials and drops on the corners (one missing drop). Lower section: Shelf with finials at the corners and 3 section compartment flanked by "wagon wheel" gilt and ebonized ends. Carved skirt with ebonized and gilt designs. Turned feet.
Materials: Walnut. Gilt and ebonized designs. Various inlaid wood cartouche.
Dimensions: Height: 47-1/2". Width: 23". Depth: 15-1/2".
Locality and Period: Possibly Herter Bros. N.Y. c.1870.
Comments: High style ebonized and gilt decoration by or in the style of Herter Brothers. One missing drop finial on middle shelf.
American Empire Cherry "Hairy Paw" Sewing Cabinet
Item #: AF1447
Description: Unique sewing cabinet having a slightly over-hanging top with carved, molded edges. Heavily carved and turned gallery featuring a rotating pin cushion cylinder that locks into a shaped back splash. Turned and carved side rails and carved "tulip" corner finials. 3 full length graduated, hand dovetailed, locking (key included) drawers with bowed fronts and turned "mushroom" pulls, top drawer with divided interior. Copiously carved half columns flank drawers, column base having carved initials "S.W.H." (probably of the carving artisan). Tripod base exquisitiley carved with acanthus leaf center pedestal and turned lower cylinder. Three carved legs mortised into pedestal with carved acanthus knees terminating in hairy paw feet.
Materials: Cherry. Cherry, and "ply panel" (replaced back and lower drawer bottom) secondary.
Dimensions: Height: 45-3/4" total, 36" case. Width: 25-3/4". Depth: 14".
Locality and Period: Probably New York or Philadelphia. c.1830.
Comments: A most unique and finely executed cabinet with the rotating and locking pin cushion cylinder (the only example we have ever seen) used to protect valuable pins and needles of the period. Expert carving of gallery, half columns and base with clue of the craftsman's carved "S.W.H." initials in the column bases. Replaced back panel and lower drawer bottom. Key included for working drawer and pin cushion cylinder locks.
English Regency Mahogany & Brass Wine Cellarette
Item #: AF1367
Description: Octagon shaped, zinc lined wine cooler with hinged lid having brass banding and central cartouche. Turned center pedestal with 4 cabriole legs having brass lion's paw feet.
Materials: Mahogany. Brass inlay, banding & hardware. Zinc cooler lining.
Dimensions: Height: 34-3/4". Width: 19-1/4". Depth: 19-1/4".
Locality and Period: England. c.1825.
Comments: Rare example wine cooler.
Queen Anne Chest on Stand Highboy
Item #: AF0724
Description: 2-piece chest with flat, overhanging, molded top and cornice. Upper section: 5 tiers of graduated drawers. Lower section: 1 full-length drawer over 3 smaller drawers. Molding joins 2 sections. Scalloped skirt. Cabriole legs with unique pointed feet. Dovetailed construction.
Materials: Cherry. Pine secondary. Brass pulls & escutcheons.
Dimensions: Height: 74". Width: 38". Depth: 20".
Locality and Period: New England. c. 1740-50.
Comments: The highboy first appeared in America during the William and Mary period (1690-1725). The flat-top Queen Anne style closely resembling earlier examples replacing graceful cabriole legs instead of the trumpet turned legs.
American Walnut Davenport Desk
Item #: AF0694
Description: Carved and burled walnut, the top with a molded and slanted lid with leather writing insert over an interior fitted with five pigeon holes. The sides installed with three working drawers and three opposing faux drawers with fruit carved pulls. Burl paneled front with upper and lower carved bracket supports. Molded and carved gallery on top with center rondel flanked by raised burl panels.
Materials: Walnut and burled walnut solids and veneers. Secondary wood pine. Pulls: Carved wood fruit handles.
Dimensions: Height: 38". Width: 25". Depth: 21".
Locality and Period: Cincinnati, Ohio (labeled). c. 1860
Comments: Most Davenports of the period were English making this American example desirable and rare to collectors. This is not one of those Davenport desks of the mid-19th century period that were quite common and mass-produced, i.e. without any hand-carving and vibrant crotch grain panels. This example has fine dovetailed drawers, not machined, and finely carved details. It is stencil labeled "Holabird Moore & Marcy, Cincinnati Ohio" inside the top drawer and is obviously made at the standard of fine furniture.
Gilt "Green Man" Stand
Item #: AF0606
Dimensions: Height: 29". Width: 16". Depth:16" .
Locality and Period: X
Early 1800's Painted Pine Grain or Feed Bin
Item #: AF0731
Description: Large grain or feed bin with overhanging lift top. Interior separated into two large storage bins with three small bins in the center. Front and sides have scalloped skirts. Bracket feet are extensions of front and end boards. Nailed and some screw (possibly later) construction.
Materials: Yellow Pine. Paint decorated front, sides and top in blue over reddish-brown.
Dimensions: Height: 37". Width: 49". Depth: 25-1/2".
Locality and Period: Likely southern. c. 1825-35.
Comments: Many practical uses such as clothes hamper, blanket chest, pet food storage, wood or wood pellet storage, recycle bin or garden storage.
Victorian Gothic Revival Carved Side Chair
Item #: AF0740
Description: Side chair with back in intricate grape, vine and leaf carving inter-woven with flat scroll design. Stiles elaborately turned, topped with finials. Seat straight-sided and curved front. Front legs tapered toward bottom and turned in columnar design; rear legs plain and curving back to feet.
Materials: Walnut. Unknown seat frame. Modern upholstery, iron-spring construction.
Dimensions: Height: 40-1/2"; 16" to seat. Width: 18". Depth: 20".
Locality and Period: Eastern United States. c. 1850.
1579 Geneva "breeches" Bible Item#: H1841
Title: Holie Bible (Holy Bible)
Description: Containing the Olde and New Testaments
Publisher: Christopher Barker
Date: London 1579
Comments: Geneva Bible, also called Breeches Bible, new translation of the Bible published in Geneva (New Testament, 1557; Old Testament, 1560) by a colony of Protestant scholars in exile from England who worked under the general direction of Miles Coverdale and John Knox and under the influence of John Calvin. The English churchmen had fled London during the repressive reign of the Roman Catholic Mary I, which had halted the publication of Bibles there. The work acquired the sobriquet “Breeches Bible” because it described Adam and Eve as having made “breeches” to cover their nakedness (Genesis 3:7), instead of “aprons” or “loincloths.”
Art Deco Cast Iron Nude Figural Blue Slag Glass Shade Lamp
Item #: G4747
Description: Cast iron lamp in a figural nude design with blue slag glass shade. Single bulb light fixture.
Materials: Cast iron. Slag glass shade. Brass light fixture.
Dimensions: Height: 9". Width: 6". Depth: 4-1/2".
Locality and Period: American. c.1930.
Comments: Dramatic nude figural pose backed by a stunning blue slag glass shade.
Bradley & Hubbard Figural "Putti" Kerosene Lamp
Item #: G4358
Description: Tall kerosene burner lamp having figural putti supporting central alabaster column. Frosted and etched glass globe shade. Original marked "B&H" font and burner.
Materials: Cast metal. Alabaster column. Glass shade.
Dimensions: Height: 28-1/4". Width: 11". Depth: 6-3/4".
Locality and Period: American. c.1896.
Comments: Very beautiful figural lamp in original condition.
Art Nouveau Figural Newel Post Lamp
Item #: G4155
Description: Large cast metal figural lamp featuring a robed godlike male statue standing over a stag base. 3 curved stems with leaves terminating in floral bulb fixtures. Turned wooden plinth.
Materials: Cast metal figures. Wooden base.
Dimensions: Height: 32". Width: 15". Depth: 7".
Locality and Period: Based marked "Germany". c.1920.
Comments: Originally used as a newel post lamp, it has been wired through the base to be a table lamp.
Cherub Battling Demon Banquet Lamp with Hand Painted & Signed Rose Shade
Item #: G3750
Description: Tall electrified banquet lamp with metal work featuring cherubs fighting demons with masks and scrolls on base. Center column with marble and onyx sections. Hand-painted shade with roses and foliage, signed "Ticky"
Materials: Glass shade. Metal & stone base and center column.
Dimensions: Height: 29". Width: 9". Depth: 9".
Locality and Period: American. c.1900.
Comments: Newly re-wired. Very possibly an unmarked Bradley & Hubbard lamp.
Centennial George Washington Trivet
Item #: G3662
Description: Cast brass trivet depicting President George Washington. Back coping casting on reverse side with tall triangle shaped legs. Pierced handle with curled end.
Dimensions: Height: 1-5/8" (including legs). Width: 4-3/8". Length: 9-3/8" (handle to tip).
Locality and Period: U.S.A. c.1876
Comments: This trivet is an original circa 1876 Centennial piece showing several characteristics proving such: no signature, leg length, shape of legs, evidence of wear, open handle, Washington's pigtail, back coping and overall size. All of these features are not evident in the multitude of reproduction castings.
Cast Iron "Jocko" Lawn Jockey Statue
Item #: G3732
Description: Hollow cast iron hitching post statue on pedestal base (missing the hitching ring).
Materials: Cast iron.
Dimensions: Height: 36". Width: 11-1/2". Depth: 14-1/2".
Locality and Period: Better foundries throughout the United States. c. 1925-45.
Comments: According to the River Road African American Museum the figure originated in commemoration of heroic dedication to duty: "It is said that the 'lawn jockey' actually has it's roots in the tale of one Jocko Graves, an African American youth who served with General George Washington at the time he crossed the Delaware to carry out his surprise attack on British forces in Trenton, NJ. The General thought him too young to take along on such a dangerous attack, so left him on the Pennsylvania side to tend the horses and keep a light on the bank for their return. So the story goes, the boy, faithful to his post and orders, froze to death on the river bank during the night, the lantern still in his hand. The General was so moved by the boy's devotion to his duty that he had a statue sculpted and cast of him, holding the lantern, and had it installed at his Mount Vernon estate. He called the sculpture "The Faithful Groomsman".
Folk Art Carved Wooden Cigar Store Indian signed by Ralph Gallagher
Item #: G3531
Description: Hand carved wooden cigar store Indian Chief with polychromatic paint. Signed on right leg "R. Gallagher".
Materials: Painted aspen wood.
Dimensions: Height: 30-3/4" (inc. base), 26" (Indian figure). Width: 8". Depth: 7-1/2".
Locality and Period: Arizona or Colorado. c.1970-90.
Comments: Ralph Gallagher, father of contemporary carver Frank Gallagher, passed away in 2000.
George Washington 1732-1932 Bicentennial Plaster Bust
Item #: G3552
Description: Limited edition copy of an original bust created by French neoclassical sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon. This bust of the first President of the United States, George Washington is made of white plaster. Washington is portrayed in a toga type drape, gazing upwards and to the left with his hair swept to the rear of his head in a pony tail. On the rear of the bust's base an inscription reads "1732-1932 George Washington Bicentennial Commission".
Materials: White plaster.
Dimensions: Height: 25". Width: 18". Depth: 12-1/2".
Locality and Period: American. c.1932.
Comments: The original bust was sculpted by Houdon in 1785 at Washington's Mount Vernon home. This bust was used as the primary image of George Washington for the Bicentennial Celebration of the first president's birthday in 1732.
"Lansdowne Portrait" Engraving of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart
Item #: WA215
Description: Large engraving by Henry S. Sadd of Gilbert Stuart's "Lansdowne Portrait" of George Washington on paper. Titled "George Washington", "Published at the Albion Office New York" under image in margin. In original beveled walnut frame and under glass.
Materials: Engraving on paper. Walnut frame with glass.
Dimensions: Height: Frame 35-3/8", Print 30-1/2", Image 26-1/4". Width: Frame 28", Print 23", Image 20-1/4".
Locality and Period: New York. c.1844.
Comments: Original painting by Gilbert Stuart (American 1755-1828) commissioned in 1796 while Washington was sitting President. Engraved by Henry S. Sadd (1810-1893) in New York circa 1844.
Maurice (Morris) Thomas, Carnarvon Mahogany Tall Case Clock
Item #: AF1212
Description: Tall case clock with weight driven brass 8 day movement that strikes on the hour. Engraved brass dial with Roman and Arabic numerals, engraved seconds and calendar dials. Original, matching hands. Hood having finely crafted cyma curve pediment having carved gilt roses, dentil moldings, cross-hatched cartouche and cobalt blue glass panels. Fluted columns flank glass case door. Locking lower case with molded door having wavy top and ivory key escutcheon flaked by fluted quarter-columns. Cross-hatched band above door. Base having molded front panel and corner "quoin" tiles at the corners. Plain bracket feet.
Materials: Mahogany case with pine secondary. Brass works, dials and hands. Cast iron weights.
Dimensions: Height: 90-1/2". Width: 23-1/4". Depth: 12".
Locality and Period: Great Britain. c.1790.
Comments: Maurice Thomas was also known as "Morris" and engraved his town name "Carnarvon" for what we now call Caernarfon. He worked in Booth Street and was a prolific maker of high quality longcase clocks with brass dials, tidal dials, moon dials and special astronomical dials. Fine cases also of high quality in oak and mahogany. Running and keeping accurate time. Moon dial not operational.