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Sept. 27, 2008 Auction Highlights

Highlights from the September 27th, 2008 Southern Antiques Auction in Knoxville are listed below:

(prices realized include a 12.5% buyer’s premium)

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Lot 1 – “The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and Its Makers Through 1850” by Derita Coleman Williams & Nathan Harsh. Condition – original book jacket. Very good condition. Est. $350-$450. Realized $478.


Lot 3 – Early Tennessee book, “The Botanic Physician, or Family Medical Adviser” book by J. E. Carter, written by A. H. Mathes. Published by B. Parker & Co., 1837, Madisonville, Ten. Title continues, “Being An Improved System, Founded On Correct Physiological Principals. Comprising A Brief View Of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Hygieine, Or Art Of Preserving Health: A Materia Medica, Exclusively Botanical, Containing A Description Of More Than Two Hundred And Thirty Of The Most Valuable Vegetable Remedies: To Which Is Added A Dispensatory, Embracing More Than Two Hundred Recipes For Preparing And Administering Medicine. The Diseases Of The United States, Wuith Their Symptoms, Causes, Cures, And Means Of Prevention. Likewise A Treatise On The Diseases Peculiar To Women And Children.” Condition – overall very good condition for age with some wear to leather cover, expected foxing and toning to pages. Circa 1837. Est. $400-$600. Realized $788.

4_2.jpg Lot 4 – Williamson Co., Tennessee side chair, attributed to Richard Poyner school of chair makers. Consisting of arched slats, mule ear back stiles with single peg at the top of back stiles. Refer to Rick Warrick’s Williamson Co., TN book for similar examples. Richard Poyner was a slave who purchased his freedom in the 1850s and prolific chair maker in Williamson County, TN. Very good condition, appears to retain the original seat. 33″ H x 17 1/2″ W x 13 1/2″ D. 19th century. Est. $150-$250. Realized $281.

Lot 5 – Middle Tennessee one-drawer stand with tapering turned legs, on ball and spike feet, probably Davidson Co. Poplar secondary wood. Dovetailed drawer with original round wood pull. Condition: some fading to top, scattered small chips and wear. Old refinish. 30 1/8″ height x 27 1/2″ width x 21 3/4″. Circa 1820. Provenance: Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $400-$500. Realized $618.


Lot 6 – Middle Tennessee one-drawer cherry stand with spiral twist legs. Dovetailed drawer with cockbeaded edges and brass escutcheon, ball and spike feet. Poplar secondary wood. Unusually sturdy interior construction and a compass star mark on the side of one drawer, both of which relate to a dressing stand from Glen Leven Plantation sold by this auction house Sept. 15, 2007. Condition: old refinish with later lock, scattered abrasions and wear. 29 3/4″ height x 24″ width x 20 1/8″. Circa 1840. Provenance: Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $400-$500. Realized $900.

7_1.jpg Lot 7 – Tall Case Clock with Nashville, Tennessee history. Cherry and poplar case with enameled wood dial marked Read and Watson, Cincinnati. Broken arch pediment hood with turned wooden finials, four free standing columns with sidelights. Painted face with floral and gilt spandrels. Waist with scratch beaded door, base resting on dovetailed bracket feet with spur returns. Condition – small right hand corner section of wood dial has been cut out, modified to run on electricity, but original 30 hr wooden works retained. Weights absent. A couple of small patches near base. 95 1/2″ height x 17″ x 10″. Circa 1815. Provenance: Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $3000-$5000. Realized $3,937.
9_2.jpg Lot 9 – Middle Tennessee banquet table end. Cherry with poplar secondary wood. Kidney shaped front with rectangular fold-down leaf, apron with finely figured flamed cherry veneer, and five ring-turned and tapered legs ending in ball and spike feet. Fifth leg swings out to support the leaf. Condition: old refinish, replaced hinges, some staining and shrinkage cracking to top, scattered scratches and chips to legs, some areas of dry, cracked veneer, old patches where hinges have been moved. 29 3/4″ height x 46″ width x 45″ depth. Circa 1825. Provenance: Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $500-$700. Realized $1,012.

Lot 13 – Late Sheraton / Classical cherry chest attributed to Tennessee with shaped splash board and dovetailed gallery sides. Larger top drawer overhanging three smaller drawers, all with round wood pulls, scratch beaded edges and brass escutcheons, flanked by urn and spiral twist pilasters, on double-ball turned feet. Paneled sides and double paneled back. Secondary wood: poplar. Condition: older refinish; small area of loss to side of back splash, scattered small losses and area of loose molding, drawer sides built up, overall good condition. 55 1/2″ height x 43 1/4″ x 24″. Probably Tennessee, circa 1840. Provenance: Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $500-$700. Realized $844.

16_1.jpg Lot 16 – Exceptional East Tennessee cherry two drawer table with reeded legs, Greene or Jefferson Co., TN. Figured cherry drawer fronts with dovetailed drawers, brass pulls, poplar secondary. Older refinish. Overall very good condition for age, rear leg broken at ring turning near stile, reset in the past. 28 3/4″ H x 23 3/8″ W x 18 1/2″ D. Circa 1830. Note – the ball and spike turned foot on this table is typical for Greene Co. but the reeded legs have been observed on Jefferson and Grainger Co. pieces. Est. $400-$600. Realized $562.
22_1.jpg Lot 22 – Southern two drawer table with spiral legs, acanthus leaf carving at the top of stiles. Walnut primary with dovetailed drawers and wooden knobs, applied cockbeading to drawers. Older surface, found in East TN. Condition – very good condition for age with expected wear to top and legs. 28 3/4″ H x 20 3/4 W x 19 1/4″ D. Circa 1830. Est. $400-$600. Realized $1,462.

Lot 23 – East Tennessee rocking chair highly figured wood for arms and stiles, probably tiger maple. Sullivan or Hawkins Co. TN. Arched slats with finials, turned lozenges on front stiles. Contemporary split oak seat. 38 1/2 H x 22″ W x 31 1/2 D. Old dry surface. Very good condition with breaks to contemporary split oak seat. Circa 1860. Est. $200-$300. Realized $365.


Lot 24 – Early Cumberland County, Tennessee blanket chest, Crab Orchard area. Walnut paneled chest with delicately turned feet, interior till. Yellow pine secondary wood. Applied molding on top appears to retain the original hinges. Condition – molding on left side is missing, top for interior till split. Acquired from the estate of Mrs. Nellie T. Beeson who was a descendant of the Baker family, one of the earliest settlers of Crab Orchard. 26″ H x 48″ W x 18 1/2″ D . Second quarter of 19th century. Est. $800-$1200. Realized $1,238.


Lot 28 – Victorian Stained Glass Window #1 from the historic Elliston-Buford Mansion, Nashville, Tennessee. Multi-colored slag and textured leaded glass in a floral and scroll design with colored jewels, in oxidized hardwood frame. The Elliston-Buford Mansion was built on Elliston Place circa 1860-1880 and was the home of was the home of Lizinka Elliston Buford and husband Edward L. Buford, a Nashville businessman and Confederate War veteran. Lizinka’s grandfather was Nashville Mayor and silversmith Joseph Thorpe Elliston (1814-1817). Around 1928, the five-acre Elliston Place site (which included another mansion, Burlington) became part of the original Father Ryan High School campus. This window was removed when the mansion was renovated in the 1970s. The home was destroyed by fire in 1992. Overall very good condition. 59 1/2″ x 40 1/4″. Circa 1881. Est $300-$500. Realized $844.


Lot 35 – Wythe County, Virginia walnut table with elaborate carved skirt on turned Sheraton feet, old surface. This table relates to a group of similar tables from Wythe Co. attributed to cabinetmaker, James Seagle. Overall very good condition with a couple of screws to underside of top missing, expected wear for age. .28 3/4″ H x 20 1/4″ wide x 20 1/4″ deep. Mid 19th century. Est. $700-$1000. Realized $1,237.

36_1.jpg Lot 36 – Wythe County, Virginia painted meetinghouse bench in old blue green paint with traces of red paint underneath. Scrolled arms and spindle back. Very good condition for age, old split to seat. 34 1/2″ H x 72 1/2″ W x 19 1/2 D. Second quarter of 19th century. Est. $400-$600. Realized $1,012.

Lot 38 – Piedmont North Carolina table, possibly Catawba Valley. Primary wood appears to be maple, two board top joined with tongue and groove joint. Ring and ball turned legs, terminating in a spike. Original surface. Condition – overall excellent condition with expected scratching and staining to top surface. 31″H x 305/8 W x 22 3/4 D. Circa 1825. Est. $400-$800. Realized $675.

48_1.jpg Lot 48 – Pair of early carved butter prints, one with a rooster design and the other with cow design. Found in Southwest Virginia. Overall excellent condition. Rooster print 4 1/2″ H x 4 1/2″ W x 3 1/8″ D. Cow print 4 1/4″ H x 4 1/4 W x 2 7/8″ D. 19th century. Est.$300-$350. Realized $675.
52_1.jpg Lot 52 – Rare and early North Carolina small carrying basket with old brown paint surface. Condition – excellent, no breaks or losses. 7″ to top of handle x 6-3/4 D x 7-1/4 W. 19th century. Found in Cameron, NC. 19th century. Est. $400-$600. Realized $535.

Lot 57 – East Tennessee house and alphabet sampler by Minerva E. Carmack, 1845. Alphabet with house design. Wear to the middle of sample where it may have been folded. Small hole, approx. 1/4″ to center. Some wear to outer middle margins. Sampler has been glued down on paper board. Sight 11″x 14″, framed 18 5/8″ H x 15 5/8″ W. Circa 1845. This sampler was recently documented by Jennifer Core and Janet Hasson of the Tennessee Sampler Survey, Nashville, TN. Minerva Carmack was born February 15, 1828 in Hawkins County and died February 16, 1906 and was buried at the Watterson Cemetery, Stanley Valley Road, Hawkins Co., TN. Minerva married Edward Watterson about 1846 (no record found) and had ten children. They resided in the Stoney Point area of Hawkins County. Minerva may have been the third child of Cornelius Carmack, a founder of Hawkins Co. Of the thirty East Tennessee samplers documented in the Tennessee Sampler Survey, five are from Hawkins County. Of these five Hawkins Co. samplers, four have houses in the design. Est. $1,000-$1,200. Realized $6,300.


Lot 58 – Pair of East Tennessee applique cotton quilts, similar to a Hawaiian quilt pattern. 1st quilt – red geometric snowflake design on white background, Sullivan Co., TN. Bright red applique with minor staining, some fading to red. 71″ H x 78 1/2″ L. 2nd quilt – red geometric snowflake design on white background, Greene Co. TN. 73 1/2″ H x 77″ length. Faded red applique with some slight staining. One quilt made a few years later than the other. These quilts were made by Margaret Elizabeth Dale Riley of Kingsport, TN. Mid 20th century. Est. $350-$450. Realized $956.

63_1.jpg Lot 63 – Tennessee stoneware jar by William Grindstaff, stamped “Knoxville, TN” on the shoulder of the jar. This half crescent mark is a known Grindstaff mark. Overall very good condition with one old, shallow rim chip. 7 5/8″ H. Late 19th century. Est. $150-$250. Realized $1,237.
64_1.jpg Lot 64 – Exceptional glazed and stamped redware jar by J. A. Lowe (John Alexander Lowe, 1833-1902), Greene County, Tennessee. A pottery site attributed to him has been located and excavated near the Harmon Cemetery. Hundreds of sherds were recovered from the site bearing the name J. A. Lowe. The 1860 census for Greene County shows Lowe as living nearby with Blue Springs as the Post Office. Lowe enlisted in the Confederate Army two days after Christopher Alexander Haun was hung by Confederate forces on December 11, 1861. Haun was a Union sympathizer who took part in burning the Lick Creek railroad bridge during the Civil War. This important event in East Tennessee’s Civil War history was initiated with a campaign by Union loyalists to burn 9 bridges. It was led by William B. Carter and strongly supported and encouraged by President Abraham Lincoln. Several potters from the Pottertown area were among the men who conspired and succeeded in burning the bridge. However, the Union loyalists allowed the guards to go free based upon their solemn promises to not reveal their identities. Union troops did not materialize as promised, and the Confederates were able to pursue and capture some of the perpetrators. The Confederate guards, who were allowed to live, were the very ones who served as witnesses to implicate the five men who were hung, four of them potters. Among those sentenced to hang was the potter Christopher Alexander Haun. His pots clearly speak for his having been a master potter. In a letter which Haun wrote to his wife in his last hours he said “have Bohanan, Hinshaw or Low to finish off that ware and do the best you can with it for your support.” It is highly probable that Haun was referring to J. A . Lowe in this letter. This decorated J. A. Lowe jar has very similar characteristics to known C. A. Haun jars. The general form of the jar, the appearance of the extruded handles with the decoration at the handle attachments and the stamp design around the shoulder of the jar with the name of the potter are all similar to marked C. A. Haun jars. J. A. Lowe was almost 29 years of age when Haun was hung. Whether Lowe apprenticed under C. A. Haun is not known at this time. Lowe’s Confederate Certificate of Disability for Discharge dated February 21, 1862 (Courtesy of Donahue Bible) records his occupation as potter. It is also not known if Lowe ever potted again after being discharged from the military. He and his family were living in Indiana by 1865. They had moved to Arkansas by 1880. He died in Arkansas. At this time this jar is the only known example of J. A. Lowe’s work. Condition – overall very good condition with a few old chips to the rim. Height 13 5/8″, circa 1860 (research and description assistance courtesy of Carole Wahler). Est.$14,000-$18,000. Realized $63,000.
65_1.jpg Lot 65 – Unusual Southwest Virginia or East Tennessee redware bottle. Lead glaze and possible traces of copper oxide glaze, sine wave incising around shoulder. Bottle is flattened on two sides, glazed on the bottom. Very good condition. 5 1/2″ height. 19th century. Note – the sine wave incising, rim, glaze voids, and footed base of this bottle is very similar to redware associated with the Cain pottery of Sullivan Co., TN. However, the presence of copper oxide in the glaze and the glazed bottom is more atypical for Cain forms. Sine wave redware forms with similar glaze void issues are also attributed to Jesse Henkel of Botetourt Co., VA. Est. $500-$700. Realized $1,238.
66_1.jpg Lot 66 – East Tennessee redware jug, lead glazed with manganese decoration. Found in Sullivan County, TN, attributed to the Cain pottery of Sullivan County. Condition – handle missing, chip to rim of jug. 10 3/4″ height. 19th century. Est. $500-$800. Realized $1,012.

Lot 72 – Rare Maysville, Kentucky stoneware churn, stamped “J & E Wood” “5” in cobalt, “Maysville, KY” in blue. Cobalt highlights on handles. Hairline crack to rim, extends into the inside of the jar below handle. Chip to edge of one handle. 17″ H x 8-3/4″ D. Late 19th century. Est. $400-$600. Realized $5,175.

73_1.jpg Lot 73 – North Carolina green alkaline glazed double handle jug, impressed “5” near rim, denoting gallon capacity. Probably Catawba Valley, NC. Condition – one rim chip, otherwise excellent. 17″ height. 19th century. Est. $250-$350. Realized $478.

Lot 74 – Small Southern jug with a yellow-brown alkaline glaze, pulled handle. Excellent condition. 5″ height. Circa 1850. Est. $300-$500. Realized $844.


Lot 75 – Southwest Virginia stoneware jar, signed in script across jar, ” James Vestal “. Later painting of bird on the jar. 9 1/4” height. Excellent condition. 19th century. Note – This jar was exhibited at the Great Road Style exhibit, William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, VA and is illustrated in the Legacy in Clay: Pottery of Washington County, Virginia catalog. James (b. 1858) was the son of potter, Jessee Vestal. At the time of the 2005 exhibit, this jar was one of only two known pieces signed by James Vestal. Est. $500-$1000. Realized $1,800.


Lot 78 – Wythe County, Virginia jar with sine waves around upper shoulder area, handles with flared edge (handles similar to two Wythe Co. examples sold in the April 19, 2008 auction). Overall very good condition with old small chips to underside of rim, wear to handles and base. 11 1/2″ height. 19th century. Est. $250-$350. Realized $844.


Lot 79 – East Tennessee oil on canvas of the Sam Houston school house by Eleanor McAdoo Wiley (Knoxville, Tennessee, 1876-1977), signed lower right corner. Titled on verso, “Sam Houston school house / back view.” on verso. Original frame. Very good condition. 18″ x 24″ canvas, 21 3/4″ H x 27 3/4″ W frame. 20th century. Est. $700-$1000. Realized $2,588.


Lot 80 – East Tennessee portrait of a girl in dress, oil on canvas in gilt frame. Provenance – Gagg estate Knoxville. Depicts a girl in white dress with blue sash holding flowers on black background. Condition – small hole and paint loss to lower left arm. Minor paint loss to bottom edge of canvas next to frame. Black background has loss of paint next to right shoulder, old stain under right eye, probably the result of water dripping on the canvas. Canvas measures 24-1/2″ H x 20″ W. Framed 29″ H x 24-1/2″ W. 19th century. Est. $500-$1000. Realized $1,800.

81_1.jpg Lot 81 –  Framed oil on board landscape depicting bridge over stream, signed Thomas Campbell (Tennessee, 1834 – 1914) lower right. Depicting woman on bridge with man fishing in stream, house in the background. Original gilt carved frame. Excellent condition. Framed 17 1/2″ H x 21 1/4″ W; unframed 8 1/2″ H x 12 3/8″ W. 19th century. Note – consignor’s grandfather of this Campbell was a friend of Thomas Campbell when he lived in North Knoxville. Est. $1000-$2000. Realized $2,135.
84_1.jpg Lot 84 – Rare and important watercolor on paper of James H. Lowrey, dated May 28, 1836, original frame. History – James H. Lowrey, a prominent citizen of Riceville, Tennessee was born in Washington County, VA on December 18, 1814, the eldest of 9 children of John and Elizabeth(Henry). He attended the Emory and Henry College of Washington County, Virginia. He taught school in Virginia for twenty years, the latter portion of which he was engaged in farming. ln 1856 he moved to McMinn County, TN. He settled on Mouse Creek, two miles from Riceville, where he established a drug house and was appointed postmaster. He was later elected County Trustee and served a two year term. Condition – overall excellent conserved condition. Professionally cleaned, flattened and restored in 1995 (all documents available to successful bidder, last photo shows watercolor before conservation). Sight 12″ H x 9 7/8″ W. Framed 14 1/16″ H x 12 1/16″ W. Circa 1836. Exhibited Great Road Style: Decorative Arts of Southwest Virginia at William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon, Virginia. Est. $4000-$4500. Realized $8,325.

Lot 85 – East Tennessee landscape by L. E. Jones (Louis Edward Jones, Tennessee, 1878-1958), oil on artist board, signed lower left corner, “L. E. Jones 1953” and titled on back, “Autumn Days in the Smokies”. Very good condition with scuff line to bottom margin near center. 12″H x 13 7/8″W sight and 13 3/4″H x 15 3/4″ W framed. Circa 1953. Est. $800-$1,100. Realized $1,668.


Lot 91 – Tennessee coin silver tablespoon, fiddle back design, marked “E. Wiggers” (Ernest Wiggers, Nashville, Tennessee – Davidson County). This mark is illustrated in Dr. Benjamin Caldwell’s book, “Tennessee Silversmiths”, p. 168, illustration 131a. Caldwell notes that much of Wiggers work appears to be hand made and he may have been working prior to 1860. The fiddle back design of this spoon appears to date from the 1850 period. Excellent condition. No monogram. 8″ length. Circa 1855. Est. $100-$125. Realized $225.

97_1.jpg Lot 97 – Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Silver Flatware Service, 163 pcs. Mahogany cased partial flatware service in the Francis I pattern (introduced 1907). Comprised of 24 knives with stainless blades (7 at 9 1/2″, 14 at 9in, 3 at 8 3/4″); 24 forks (8 at 7 3/4″, 16 at 7 1/4″); 27 teaspoons; 24 iced tea spoons; 4 tablespoons, 12 hollow handle butter spreaders, 1 flat handle butter spreader, 2 master butter knives, 3 pierced tablespoons, 2 large salad or vegetable serving spoons (9 1/2″), 2 pierced cold meat serving forks (8″), 2 strawberry forks, 2 pierced tomato servers, 2 gravy ladles (6 1/2″), 1 cream ladle, 2 pierced nut spoons, 2 sugar shells, 2 oyster forks, 1 cheese/jelly knife. Silverware is in very good to excellent overall condition; case with scratching and dings. Combined weight approximately 280.86 oz troy. Est. $3000-$5000. Realized $4,500.

Lot 100 – Heavy Tiffany sterling silver water pitcher. Art Nouveau style organic form with strap-like leaves that lap over the edge of the base, on four pod-like feet. Marked 6 pints, Tiffany & Co., 11349D Makers 6105, 925-1000 “M” (Mark used 1907-1938). Complimentary to many flatware services of the period including Lap Over Edge, Faneuil, Gramercy, Hamilton. Condition: minor scratches consistent with age, overall excellent condition. 6 pint capacity, 8 5/8″ height, 45 oz troy. Circa 1910. Est. $1200-$2200. Realized $2,250.

105_12.jpg Lot 105 – Six pieces of German silver set with knight monogram. Marked FOEHR (Eduard Foehr, Stuttgart), 800 and German hallmarks of imperial eagle and crown. Attributed to German maker, Bruckmann and Sohne. Warming kettle 16 1/2″ H (from base to tip of handle) x 10″ W; 66.9 oz troy; tea pot 7 3/4″ H x 9 1/4″ W, 21.195 oz troy; coffee pot 10 3/4″ H x 7 1/2′ W, 22.11 oz troy; waste bowl 3 1/2″ H x 5 1/4″ W, 8.535 oz troy; 2 creamers 4 1/8″ H x 4 7/8″ W, 6.33 oz troy and 5 3/8″ H x 5 3/4″ W , 8.67 oz troy (all measured from tip of spout to back of handle). 133.74 oz troy total silver weight. Very good condition. Est. $1500-$2000. Realized $2,025.

Lot 106 – Elaborate Frank Smith Co.sterling silver basket with rococo style, openwork handle and borders, scrolls and bellflower decoration, swing handle with footed base. Marked ” Bigelow Kennard & Co. ” and “2218 Sterling” and hallmark for the Frank W. Smith Silver Company. Monogrammed “K” in center of basket. Excellent condition. 12 6/8″ L x 10 1/2″ H to handle x 10 1/4″ W. 34.42 oz. troy. Est. $700-$1000. Realized $2,025.

109_1.jpg Lot 109 – 8 sterling silver goblets, Gorham and Wallace. Four goblets stamped Gorham Sterling #272. 6 1/2″ H x 3 1/2″ W. 23.86 oz troy total weight. Four goblets stamped Wallace #14. 6 6/8″ H x 3 1/2″ W, 25.08 oz troy total weight. All in very good condition. Total 48.94 oz troy. Early to Mid 20th century. Est. $350-$450. Realized $788.
111_1.jpg Lot 111 – J. E. Caldwell sterling silver candlesticks with fluted columns and Corinthian capitals. Marked J.E. Caldwell & Co. with Sterling and Gorham hallmarks. Appears to be weighted. Excellent condition. 7 1/2″ H x 3 1/4″ W. Est. $300-$400. Realized $450.

Lot 121 – Monumental Wilmurt gilt carved frame with mirror. Frame is labeled ” T. A. Wilmurt & Son, Mirror & Picture Frames, 54th E. 13th Street, New York.” Wilmurt & Son served as the framers for several major artists including John Singer Sargent and Jasper Cropsey. Condition – old regilding, some gilt loss to outer top edge of frame, other minor losses to edges. Frame 46-1/2″ H x 69-1/4″ W x 4″ D, mirror dimension 33 1/4″H x 56″ W. Circa 1900. Note – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has at least two Wilmurt frames in their permanent collection. Est. $1000-$1200. Realized $2,025.

129_1.jpg Lot 129 – American stamped copper tea kettle / teapot, ” W. Heyser Chambersburg PA”. Gooseneck spout, dovetailed bottom. Condition – some dents and replaced finial. 10″ H to top of handle x 11″ W of spout x 8 1/4″ D. Early 19th century. Est. $300-$600. Realized $1,215.
139_1.jpg Lot 139 – 18th century rare and significant panoramic French Revolution engraving, titled “IX Thermidor”. This engraving depicts July 27, 1794, the final stages of the reign of terror from the French Revolution. The classical figures are depicted in the Hall of Liberty in Paris. Right lower left margin reads, ” Compose et dessine par Lethiere ” and lower right margin reads, “Grave par Coqueret Lar G. 1798”. Overall very good condition with center crease, folds to upper right and left corner margins, crease through extreme right edge of image. 35″ length x 12 3/4″ H. Circa 1798. France. Margaret Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $300-$500. Realized $619.

Rare colored stippled engraving titled, “A Cudgelling Match between English & French Negroes in Dominica”, A. Brunias (Agostino Brunias, 1728-96). Brunias was a painter born in Italy in 1730. In 1764, Brunias travelled to the West Indies and primarily resided in Dominica, painting West Indian scenes and slave life. Note – Margaret Lindsley Warden notes in her typed inventory this engraving was purchased by Dr. John Berrien Lindsley of Nashville during a European tour of the 1850s. These engravings were shown at an art exhibition in June 1945 at 1806 E. Belmont Circle. Several of Margaret’s engravings were later exhibited at the Parthenon Gallery in 1954, but it is unknown if this engraving was part of this exhibit. Condition – overall very good condition with one old stain to reverse that is visible in the reverse side of the print, hinge mounted. Sheet size 11-1/2″ H x 14-3/8″ W. Framed 16-1/4″ H x 19-3/4″ W. Late 18th century.Est. $500-$1000. Realized $1,462.


Lot 141 – Audubon Havell edition, Plate CCXXXVII, Great Esquimaux Curlew, from John James Audubon’s original edition of The Birds of America produced by hand-colored engraving on wove paper. Marked upper left corner with No. 48, and upper right Plate CCXXXVII; Audubon credit lower left – Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S., and lower right – Engraved, Printed and Coloured by R. Havell, London 1835. Bird’s name centered below image Great Esquimaux Curlew. J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark 183(?illeg). Condition – toning to image, minor foxing to side margin edges, side margins folded back approx. 2 1/2″ but intact, some old tears to side margins. sheet size 25 1/4″ x 37 3/4″. Circa 1835. Thompson family of Glen Leven Plantation, Nashville. Est. $1000-$1200. Realized $2,363.


Lot 145 – Exceptional complete set of Audubon Octavo Birds and Quadrupeds (total 10 volumes). Includes the 7 volume – The Birds of America, from Drawings made in the United States and their Territories. New York: V. G. Audubon, Roe Lockwood & Son, 1860. The set also includes the 3 volume – The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856. This complete 10 volume set contains a total of 655 hand colored lithographed plates – 500 plates for the Birds of America volumes, 155 plates for the Quadrupeds of North America. Bird plate size 10 3/8″ x 6 5/8″. Quadruped plate size 10 1/2″ x 6 5/8″. Each volume with the inscription, “From Library of Hardy Bryan Aug 1860” and the later inscription, “To Hardy Bryan Branner from His Mother Magnolia Bryan Branner May 2nd 1897 with love”. Hardy Bryan Branner was mayor of Knoxville in 1880, a graduate under Robert E. Lee at Washington College, and co-founder of Standard Knitting Mills. He is buried in Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville. Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville was named after his mother. Condition – plates with vibrant colors and generally clean with no creases or tears. All 655 plates present. Very occasional minor foxing or spotting, a few plates just slightly discolored at margins, a few plates with slight toning. Some tissue guards with foxing/browning and less than four tissue guards missing on the entire set. Foxing to text pages of Bird volumes, less so with the Quadrupeds text. Brown embossed morocco covers, marbled endpapers, spines with gilt lettering, scuffs to edges. Est. $30000-$40000. Realized $36,000.

172_1.jpg Lot 172 – 1st item – colored stippled engraving after Angelica Kauffman and Bartoloni, titled “Griselda”. Lower margin reads, “a Paris, chez Efnauts et Rapilly No. 250.” Condition – five to six brown spots to margins, old crease or mended tear to lower right margin. 11 1/4″ x 15″. Matted and hinge mounted. Late 18th century. 2nd engraving – Colored stipple engraving after Angelica Kauffman and M. Barolozzi, titled “Nymphs Sacrificing to Love”. Lower margin reads, “London Pub.d May 9 1785 by I. Burchall No. 473 Strand, & G Durand No 8 Catherine Street.” Condition – scattered foxing and browning from age, upper right margin edge torn, lower right margin edge folded. Matted and hinge mounted. 11 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ margins. Matted and hinge mounted. Circa 1785. Note – Margaret Lindsley Warden notes in her typed inventory this engraving was purchased by Dr. John Berrien Lindsley of Nashville during a European tour of the 1850s. These engravings were shown at an art exhibition in June 1945 at 1806 E. Belmont Circle. Several of Margaret’s engravings were later exhibited at the Parthenon Gallery in 1954, but it is unknown if this engraving was part of this exhibit. Lindsley Warden estate. Est. $150-$300. Realized $365.

Lot 215 – French Louis XV style gilt decorated armchair with carved floral crest. Older upholstery. Condition – overall very good condition with wear to old upholstery, fraying on the front edge of seat and upholstered armrests. 37″ H x 25″W x 21 1/4′ D. Early 20th century. Est. $300-$400. Realized $478.


Lot 217 – Pair of French inlaid lingerie chests. Each fitted with interior drawers. Very good condition with scuffs and minor patch repair to sides. 33 3/4″ H x 13 3/4″ W x 13 3/4″ D. 20th century. Est. $300-$500. Realized $618.


Pair of French brass floral candelabras, originally for church altar (most likely Roman Catholic or Episcopal). This ornate metalwork shows sheaves of wheat, bunches of grapes, and lilies. The sheaves of wheat and bunches of grapes symbolize the blessed bread and wine of the sacrament of the Eucharist. The lily is a symbol of purity. The candelabra bases contain angel figures and the supports are dolphin feet designs. Overall very good condition with minor losses interior of lilies. 40 1/2″ height. France, 19th Century. Est. $400-$800. Realized $956.

228_1.jpg Lot 228 – Pair of pearl necklaces. 1st necklace – cultured pearls, knotted with white 14K marked gold filigree clasp. Excellent condition. 16 1/4″ length. 2nd necklace – Double strand of cultured pearls. Silver hasp. Excellent condition. 20″ length. Est. $150-$250. Realized $478.

Lot 236 – An exceptional Revolutionary War period scrimshaw decorated powder horn in an old patina. The powder horn is engraved, “John Hoffman August 16th 1773″ and contains an engraved bird and tulip and associated geometric and floral engraving. Dome wooden plug with concentric incised rings and carved gadrooning. Horn and plug with old patina. Remnants of leather strap. The wooden plug has turning characteristics of the Philadelphia area and the tulip and bird decoration is reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch designs from the Southeastern PA area. Condition – overall very good condition, inspection reveals all nail brads present, a couple of old chips near cap, small horn crack (stable) to backside(approx. length 2″), expected wear to engraving on underside. Length of horn – 10 3/4″ length, plug diameter 2 1/2”. Circa 1773. Note – there are several John Hoffmans that served in the Revolutionary War, including ones from the state of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Est. $3500-$4500. Realized $3,600.

241_11.jpg Lot 241 – Colt 1849 pocket revolver with case and accouterments. Model 1849 pocket pistol, .31 caliber, 5 shot, octagonal barrel of 4″, serial# 141563 with all numbers matching (wedge pin not verified. Cylinder retains stage coach scene engraving. Barrel stamped “Address SAML COLT NEW YORK CITY” and left side of frame is marked “COLT PATENT”. Original case contains an eagle and stars flask with an old surface, a bullet mold marked “COLTS PATENT”, a can of Eley Bros London primers, assorted lead bullets, and wooden case. Provenance – descended from the original 19th century owner, Homer Metcalf of New York. Note – escutcheon for case retained but not shown. Est. $1400-$1800. Realized $3,262.

Lot 245 – Civil War Naval sword, Ames Model 1860 Navy Cutless. Blade marked with anchor hallmark and letters P G G and smaller letters T R with numbers below these letters, mostly illegible. Guard marked 14M 181. Total length is 31 1/2″ length. Blade 26″. Hilt 6″. Condition – blade has been re-plated with a nickel finish, hilt guard with expected tarnishing and wear for age. Circa 1860. Est. $200-$300. Realized $365.


Lot 261 – Royal Crown Derby Red Aves pattern soup tureen with underplate, red bird pattern on white background with scrolled handles, trimmed in gold. Excellent condition. Tureen 7 1/2″ height x 12″ diameter; underplate 14″ diameter. England, circa 1970. Est. $300-$400. Realized $731.


Lot 276 – Pair of fine decorated Chinese vases. Red marks on underside are similar to the Ching Dynasty mark but likely after the Ching period. Both vases depict a standing female facing a sitting male, designs with Chinese letters between the figures. Overall excellent condition. 8″ H x 4 1/2″ D. Early 20th century. Est. $200-$300. Realized $450.

277_1.jpg Lot 277 – Minton Hollins & Co Stokes on Trent tile ceramic tile of moon and child with pinecones and bat, framed. Stamped Minton Hollins & Co., Stoke On Trent. Excellent condition. 6 5/8″ H x 6 5/8″ W. Early 20th century. Est. $100-$125. Realized $450.

Lot 289 – Three Tennessee trophy cups, from Knoxville TN schools, early 20th century. (1) Handled cup engraved with 1910 Knox Prep School Baseball Championship. Silverplated. Condition – tarnishing, handles slightly bent. 9 1/2″ H x 8 3/4″ W. (2) 1915 Central High School Horn handled cup. Silverplate with foliate designed rim and base, three horns for handles. Expected tarnishing. 10″ H x 9″ W. (3) Sterling trophy engraved for 1921 Knoxville High School 4th Corps Area Rifle Championship. Marked Bailey, Banks & Biddle. Sterling. Condition – tarnishing, handles bent. 17.175 oz. troy. 10 3/4″ H x 8″ W. Est. $150-$200. Realized $394.

316_1.jpg Lot 316 – Chinese carved ivory puzzle ball on stand, concentric carved balls depicting dragons with ebony eyes, the pedestal with a small puzzle ball supported on a pierced carved base depicting dragons. Overall excellent condition, no breaks detected. 14 1/2″ height. Note – International shipping is not available for this lot. This lot will only be shipped within the United States. This item was legally imported into the United States. Est. $350-$550. Realized $1,238.