Our upcoming January 21, 2017 auction at our Knoxville gallery will include all bidding types (live, phone, absentee and online) and will feature art and antiques from several prominent Nashville and Knoxville collections and estates, including the collections of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell and Charles and Ann Wells of Nashville, TN, the estate of Peter Fyfe of Nashville, and property of the Regional Arts Center of Cannon County, TN.
William Edmondson (American/Tennessee,1874-1951) carved limestone sculpture, titled “Nurse Supervisor”. Exhibited and featured in Miracles: The Sculptures of William Edmondson, Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1995. Plate #20, page 45. Circa 1940. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. More information in the coming weeks.
Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) large oil on canvas of Manhattan (NYC), titled “Around Henry Street”. Signed and dated, “Jos. Delaney 1978″ lower right corner. Housed in a contemporary metal strap frame. 49 3/4″ x 72”. Estate of Joseph Delaney, collection of the artist. More information in the coming weeks.
Gilbert Gaul (New York/Tennessee/New Jersey, 1855-1919) oil on canvas painting titled “Indian Camp” depicting the silhouette of a lone figure and two Native American teepees in the dim light of the setting sun. Signed “Gaul” lower left. Cumberland Art Conservation, Nashville, TN label, en verso. Later giltwood frame with beaded rabbet edge. Sight – 17 1/2″ H x 23 1/2″ W. Framed – 23 1/2″ H x 29 3/8″ W. Late 19th century. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
Fred Green Carpenter (Tennessee/Missouri, 1882-1965) oil on canvas, titled and likely signed en verso of canvas: “Portrait of Miss K by Fred Green Carpenter”, depicting an auburn-haired young woman wearing a white lace mantilla and dress, and holding a shawl full of flowers. Additional inscription in pen en verso of frame: ” ‘Young Woman’ by Fred Green Carpenter / Loaned by St. Louis Artists Guild.” Gold colored metal tag affixed to front of frame reads ” ‘ Young Woman’ Fred Green Carpenter 1882-1965″. Whitewashed Rococo style carved frame with beige linen liner. 39 1/2″ x 32 sight, 45″ x 38″ framed.
Carroll Cloar acrylic on board landscape painting titled “The Watering Detail” en verso. Signed “Carroll Cloar” lower left, titled and dated 4-88 en verso. Silver-gilt molded frame. 23″ x 34″; framed 31″ x 42″. Accompanying the painting is a Cloar promotional postcard, on which the artist has written a note regarding the painting: ” I have used the word “detail” in the old Army sense. In our army you were detailed to do a certain job, or were on a detail. My show opens at Schmidt Bingham Gallery in New York May 24. – Carroll Cloar “. Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection.
Edwin Dickinson oil on canvas titled, “Bulkhead Brace”, signed upper right corner and dated “14”. Circa 1914.Note: This painting is listed as Number 19 in the Edwin Dickinson Catalogue Raisonne by Helen Dickinson Baldwin. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. More information in the coming weeks.
Jozsef Koszta (Hungary, 1861-1949) oil on canvas portrait of a young woman. Signed lower right corner, “Koszta”. More information in the coming weeks.
Edith Barretto Parsons (American, 1878-1956) bronze sculpture titled ‘Joy” depicting a nude woman laughing and playfully holding a young child in her outstretched arms; both are standing on a rocky base. Signed on base E. B. Parsons. 17″H x 4″W x 8″D. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
Marcel Duchamp “Sink Stopper” bronze. Middle Tennessee collection. More information in the coming weeks.
Important Maury County, Tennessee needlework sampler, silk on linen, signed Margaret A. Reaves and dated 1830. Sampler features a floral border enclosing 3 alphabets and 1 row of numbers, over a double tombstone panel center. At left are stitched figures of a man and woman in fine clothing, in profile on either side a tree with bird perched in its branches. At right is an urn of flowers. Below is a stitched verse, “Here orange trees with blooms and pendants shine / and vernal honours to their autum join / exceed their promise in the ripend store / yet in the rising blossoms promise more / State of Tennessee Maury County / Margaret A. Reaves sampler 1830 “. Sampler has been stitched to a tan mat and framed under glass. Sampler: 13″ x 10 1/4″; later giltwood frame: 16 1/2″ x 14”. Sampler has been documented by the Tennessee Sampler Survey, which noted “This elaborate sampler is unique among Tennessee samplers for its mastery of difficult stitches and unusual couple and tree motif. Margaret’s expert stitching included cross, cross over one, bullion knot, buttonhole wheel, eyelet, four-sided, hem, pattern darning, queen, rice, satin, and stem.” A genealogy report accompanies the sampler, and additional genealogy information is included on the back of the frame. Exhibited, “Middle Tennessee Samplers: This My Name Shall Ever Have,” Polk Presidential Hall, Dec. 17-April 10, 2011.
Montgomery, Tennessee needlework sampler, silk on linen, signed Martha E. Edmondson and dated 1828. Sampler features a zigzag border enclosing four rows of alphabets and 1 row of numbers, over a verse, “Folly of Envy / Can you discern another’s mind? Why is’t you envy? Envy’s blind. Tell envy, when she would annoy/ that thousands want what you enjoy / Martha E. Edmonson’s Work Born Nov. 10 1816 Montgomery Cty Tennessee.” Below the verse is a decorative guilloche motif stitched band, a band of floral decoration, and additional date and lettering “August 1st 1828 S. E. N.E.” Framed under non-glare glass. Sampler: 14″ x 10 1/2″. Frame simulating wormy chestnut: 18″ x 14 1/2″.
Chinese export silver tea service including coffee and tea pot, open sugar and creamer, all with raised bird and prunus blossom and other floral designs, bamboo form handles. Marks underside for Wang Hing, working Hong Kong, late 19th-early 20th century. More information in coming weeks.
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose porcelain jardinieres, round form with tapering sides, finely enameled with decorations of flowering peach or plum branches, chrysanthemums and other flowers, and bats, all on a white ground. Unmarked. 10 1/8″ H x 15 5/8″ dia. Qing Dynasty, 19th century. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
Large Chinese Famille Rose export porcelain fish bowl, the exterior with painted enameled vignettes depicting figures in outdoor court scenes and the interior with painted enameled lotus blossom and crane decoration. 18″ H x 21″ W. 53.9 lbs. Late Qing/early Republic Period. Knoxville, Tennessee private collection.
Large famille verte palace vase, rouleau form, depicting various vignettes with figures. Double ring mark to underside of base. Late 19th/Early 20th century.
19th century American gilt eagle weathervane. Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee. More information in the coming weeks.
Kentucky Federal tambour-door sideboard, crotch walnut and cherry with maple and applewood inlay, poplar secondary wood; serpentine facade with central long drawer above a tambour door section, flanked by veneered panels with line inlay and two short drawers over two doors. All drawers veneered and dovetailed, decorated with string inlay having cut corner design and mounted with original oval brass pulls in an acorn/oak leaf design; doors have flame grained veneer and fan inlaid corners, with crossbanded edges and shield shaped escutcheons. Edge of top and facade below feature cross banded veneers and lighter wood inlaid edges; lower edge of case features a band of lunette inlay running below the doors and extending to the top of the front legs at each side. The four front square tapered legs and two rear legs all feature line inlay and band of lunette molding at feet. Label inside left drawer has MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) documentation label dated 9/12/82 ref. # 11603. Interior of central drawer has note from previous owner. Published, The Magazine Antiques, Vol. C No. 3 Sept. 1971, p. 440 “Living with Antiques: The Nashville Home of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Jr.” 39″H x 66″W x 18 3/4″D. First quarter 19th century. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
East Tennessee desk and bookcase or secretary, cherry with poplar secondary wood. Bookcase section with molded cornice over a plain frieze and two single paneled doors, flanked by chamfered corners; 3 interior shelves with plate grooves. Desk section with fall front opening to fitted interor with central plain prospect door, flanked by two vertical document drawers with molded edges, and two drawers over three cubbyholes on each side. Plain writing surface over four graduated drawers and a serpentine skirt, raised on tall flaring french feet. Brasses appear original and are stamped with images of cottom bales and the caduceus (medical) symbol. Interior of top drawer has MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) label dated 9/12/82 ref. #11604. Exhibited, Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, illustrated exhibit catalog p. 62 fig. 28. Also illustrated, Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture by Nathan Harsh and Derita Coleman Williams, ed. Tracey Parks, p. 103, fig. 60, and exhibited Cheekwood, 1970s. 94″H x 42″ W x 21 1/2″D. Attributed to Knox County, circa 1810. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
Diminitive Southern Pembroke dropleaf table, possibly Petersburg, Virginia. Mahogany and yellow pine secondary wood, rectangular top with two hinged leaves over a single scratchbeaded and finely dovetailed drawer with Chippendale brass pull, four legs with chamfered corners terminating in elongated square feet. Drawer side is inscribed with a compass rose in circle. 26 5/8″H x 19 1/2″ wide (30 1/2″ with leaves extended) x 22 3/4″ deep. Late 18th century. Provenance: The living estate of Dr. Benjamin H. and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee Jackson Press, attr. Davidson County, walnut with poplar secondary, the top section having a slanted cornice over a figured walnut or mahogany frieze, two glazed doors with total of 16 panes opening to three shelves, and a lower section with paneled sides and two drawers having dovetailed sides and round knobs over two doors with figured wood panels, atop short turned legs. Right side drawer has penciled initials MV on the back. 93″ H x 48 1/2″ W x 19 1/4″ D. Provenance: descended in the Nashville family which owned historic Dozier Farm, situated off River Road. The farm’s Greek Revival mansion is a National Historic Register property.
Middle Tennessee decorated stoneware jar, attributed to the Hedgecough pottery. More information in the coming weeks.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) ceramics to be offered in the January 21st auction.
Large Serge Yourievitch (Russia/France, 1876-1969) bronze, “La Danseuse Nattova”. 30″ H. Nashville, TN collection. More information in the coming weeks.
Charles Henry Demuth, (Pennsylvania/New York, 1883-1935),”Two Women,” watercolor and pencil on Japan paper, depicting two women in hats and long dresses standing on a shoreline. One holds a handbag and a parasol. Birds, likely seagulls, rendered in pencil, fly overhead. The painting is signed “C. Demuth” and dated ’12 at lower left. “The Downtown Gallery, New York” label en verso with title information and stated dimensions 8 1/4″ x 5″. Housed in a molded giltwood frame with acanthus corner decoration and an ivory silk mat. Sight: 8″ x 4 5/8″. Framed: 15 5/8″ x 12 3/8″. Provenance: Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee.
Everett Shinn (New York/Pennsylvania, 1876-1953) watercolor and pencil on paper, Southern landscape titled at lower edge in pencil “Memory sketch from a train to Florida” (note label en verso states the title as “Georgian Shack from a Train to Florida”). The painting, possibly a study, depicts a run-down shack or cabin with palm tree at one side and sugar kettle at the other. Passing in front are multiple ghostly, pencil-drawn figures, including an adult and child. Painting is unsigned. James Graham & Sons, Madison Ave. New York gallery label en verso states the artist is Everett Shinn and the painting is from the estate of Everett Shinn, no. 15769, and states dimensions as 4 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. Second label en verso for Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts 67/52 and red inscription “J. Graham Sons 1995″. Sight: 4 3/8″ x 6 1/2″. Matted and framed in a stained hardwood frame with gilt rabbet edge: 10″ x 14”. Note: Everett Shinn was an American realist and member of the Ashcan School. Provenance: Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee.
John Melish, 1815 Map of the United States. Part of an extensive collection of Southern maps and books from the Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee. More information in coming weeks.
First edition map of Kentucky and Tennessee by H.S. Tanner and published in his “New American Atlas” from 1823. There are nine new counties with boundaries shown but unnamed in western Tennessee. Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee. More information in the coming weeks.
“The State of Kentucky with Adjoining Territories” Map, by John Payne, engraved by John Scoles, published by John Low, New York, 1800. From “A New and Complete System of Universal Geography” by John Payne. Copper plate engraving of Kentucky and the surrounding areas including the “Northwestern Territory” of Illinois and Virginia and the “Southwestern Territory” including the “Tennessee Government”, parts of Georgia and South Carolina depicting towns and roads, county lines, names of counties, rivers, mountains, and forts. Title, lower left. “Long W from Phila.”, top right above map, “West from London”, lower left below map. Map surrounded by scale notations and line border. Image – 7 3/8″ H x 8 1/2″ W. Sheet – 8 1/2″ H x 10 1/2″ W. Collection of Charles and Ann Wells, Nashville, Tennessee.
Carl Lawless (1894-1964, Connecticut/PA) large oil on canvas of a winter landscape with village lower right, large mountain in the background. Appears to retain the original gilt carved frame. Sight – 29 1/2″ H x 29 1/2″ W. Framed – 39 1/2″ H x 39 1/2″ W. Knoxville, Tennessee collection.
Paul Jenkins (1923-2012, New York/France), titled “Phenomena Heather Paris 1962”. Signed lower right in white paint, “Paul Jenkins”. 23 3/4″ H x 28 3/4″ W sight, 26″ H x 31″ W frame. Middle Tennessee Collection.
Marc Chagall (French/Russian, 1887-1985) lithograph printed in colors, “Jacob’s Vision” (M.625), signed in pencil lower right, “Marc Chagall” and numbered lower left, “40/50″ on Arches wove paper. 30 1/4″ H x 20 1/2″ W sight, 41″ H x 30 3/4” W framed. Circa 1971. Middle Tennessee collection.
Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983) in colors on Rives BFK paper, “Le Vendengeur d’Oranges” (M. 596), signed in pencil lower right “Miro” and lower left, “74/75”. Sight – 33 3/8″ H x 23 5/8″ W. Framed – 39 1/2″ H x 29 1/2″ W. Circa 1969. Middle Tennessee collection.
Tiffany & Co. tall case clock with elaborate Renaissance Revival style carved oak case including caryatids flanking the waist door, moon dial with silvered arch and brass filigree spandrels and center. Walter Durfee movement with Westminster tube chimes, three graduated brass cased weights. Late 19th century. Knoxville, TN collection. More information in the coming weeks.
Middle Tennessee Federal Case and Bottles, also known as a Cellarette; walnut and ash with poplar and walnut secondary woods, rectangular dovetailed case with molded hinged top having cleated ends, kite shaped inlaid escutcheon, interior with no evidence of previous dividers. Lower section with single long dovetailed drawer with bead molded edges; old, likely original brass pulls, kite shaped inlaid escutcheon, square tapered legs are extensions of stiles. Included are twelve glass bottles, not original. 41″H x 27″W x 15 3/4’D. Attributed to Davidson County, Tennessee, circa 1815-1825. Illustrated, Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture by Nathan Harsh and Derita Coleman Williams, ed. Tracey Parks, p. 149 fig. 163. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN.
Scarce East Tennessee slab or huntboard, found in Hawkins County, possibly Burgner school. Two dovetailed drawers, tall ring turned and tapered legs ending in tapered spiked feet. Cherry primary, yellow pine secondary. More information in the coming weeks.
Tennessee oil on canvas portrait of a young girl, attributed to William Stamms Shackleford (Kentucky/Tennessee, 1814-1878). Painting depicts a young girl standing with one hand resting on a white marble table beside a vase of white flowers; below her feet is a green carpet with red accented blocks. She is attired in a white lace dress with blue accents, blue ribbon sash, and a coral bead necklace. Ornate gilt carved frame. Murfreesboro, Tennessee estate history.
Very large East Tennessee still life oil on canvas titled, “1815” by Mayme A. Freeman (Knoxville, TN, b. 1884). This work was exhibited in the Appalachian Exposition of 1910 held in Knoxville, Tennessee and retains the exhibition number in the lower left corner, “278”. The still life depicts a cabin’s mantel with a full stock, flintlock long rifle, powder horn, and leather pouch. The mantel also has a large stoneware jug resting on it and an almanac, Webster’s letter book. A key, iron skimmer, and dried peppers hang on the wall below the rifle. Housed in a dark wooden frame with mounted wooden plaque listing title and artist. This work is listed in the “Catalogue Fine Arts Section Appalachian Exposition”, p. 69. Note: Mayme A. Freeman was listed in a Knoxville, TN 1904 U. S. City Directory under Artists. She was the niece of the famous Knoxville, TN artist Enoch Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1853-1925). Her mother was Susan E. Freeman (Branson) daughter of Enoch Branson, sister of Enoch Lloyd Branson. Provenance: Descendant of Branson family. More information in the coming weeks.
Cassilly Adams (American, 1843-1921) Civil War watercolor on paper depiction of the U.S.S. Osage patrolling the Mississippi River, hills and trees in the background. Figures and cannons are visible on deck, along with an American flag. Titled beneath the image and dated 1864. Signed C Adams lower right. Ivory mat and stained molded frame with silver-gilt rabbet edge. 13 3/8″ x 5 5/8″ sight, 16″ x 23″ framed. Note: artist and illustrator Cassily Adams (alternate spelling) served on the U.S.S. Osage as an ensign and was wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg. Prior to the war, Adams studied under Thomas S. Noble at the Cincinnati Art School and at the Boston School of Art. After the war, in the 1870s, Adams moved to Missouri where he secured work as an artist and an engraver and for a time had a studio with Matt Hastings, a well-known St. Louis artist. He is best known for his post-Civil War images of the Old West. Also included with this painting is a framed Civil War order for G.M. Rogers to detach from the USS Osage and report to the USS Ouichita. The order is dated Dec. 2, 1864 and signed by Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, commander of the Mississippi Squadron, and co-signed by Adams as Acting Ensign. Note: “The Osage, a sternwheel single-turret monitor, was the first naval vessel ever to us a periscope to aim a weapon in time of war. This occurred up the Red River at Blair’s Landing in Red River Parish, and resulted in the death of Confederate General Tom Greene and a lot of his men. The Osage was 180 feet long by 45 feet wide, and drew 4.5 feet of water. She was armed with two 11-inch smooth bores and one 12-pounder rifle. She was sunk by a mine in Alabama late in 1865, but later raised and operated as a merchant vessel after the War. ” – source: www.fortderussy.org . Provenance: private Nashville collection, ex-Williams Fine Art.
Rare signed Tennessee brass sundial, the round dial plate engraved with a chapter ring of Roman numerals enclosing a central steel triangular gnomon and just below it, the signature HENRY EICHBAUM, MAKER, NASHVILLE TEN. 3 1/4″ H, 7 5/8″ diameter. Note: This object was exhibited and illustrated in “Made in Tennessee: An Exhibition of Early Arts and Crafts”, Tennessee Fine Arts Center at Cheekwood, Nashville 1971, illustration 104, page 41. Provenance: The living estate of Dr. Benjamin H. and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee.
Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1861-1925) watercolor of a panoramic landscape scene with a creek in the foreground winding around a bank with trees, a house is depicted in the background. Signed and dated lower right “Copyright L Branson 1896”. 16″ H x 29″ W frame.
Rare black and white memorial picture attributed to the school of Mary Balch, Providence, Rhode Island; silk thread and ink on silk. The scene, likely worked by a schoolgirl mourning her parents, depicts a graveyard with weeping willow overlooking tombstones and a central urn set against a marbelized obelisk, the plinth base embroidered in fine silk thread “Consecrated to the remains of Mr. James Carpenter, who died Oct. 20th, 1812, in the 46 year of his age / And / Mrs. Lucy Carpenter, his wife, who died Sept. 21st, 1817 in the 49th year of her age.” Eglomise mat with gold lettering “Lucy Carpenter.” 15″ x 21 1/2″ sight, 20″ x 26″ in molded giltwood frame. En verso is a label for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and apparent accession number 49.841. Note: another needlework picture attributed to Lucy Carpenter memorializing her father and two sisters, apparently worked prior to this piece and to the death of her mother, is in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village and may be viewed on their website. (That work has a label of “Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturers Peter Grinnel & Son of Providence). The Sturbridge entry references this work and its prior sale in January, 1974 as part of the Garlusch Sale #3595, lot 131, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York. For a similar example from the Mary Balch School, ref. the Andrews Family Mourning Piece c. 1810, exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum, “White on White And a Little Gray,” March 28-Sept. 17, 2006. http://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/white-on-white-and-a-little-gray . Provenance: Lucy Carpenter was born 1794 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, to Lucy Bliss Carpenter and James Carpenter, who descended from the town’s earliest settlers. Private Nashville collection.
Tim Lewis (Kentucky, b. 1952) painted and carved limestone folk of sculpture depicting the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Signed and dated “T. Lewis 98″, back of base. 24″ H x 10″ W x 7” D. 115.3 lbs. Property of the Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, Tenn.
Greg Ridley (Tennessee, 1925-2004 ) oil on canvas, still life with Greek comedy and drama theater masks, fruit, and vase of flowers. Signed and dated verso “Ridley ’91” . Article on the artist is taped to back. 20″ x 16″, unframed. Provenance: Private Nashville collection. Biography: Greg Ridley was born in Smyrna, TN, and moved with his family to Nashville, TN in 1936. After his service in the US Navy during WWII, he earned a degree in art education from Tennessee State University, and went on to become the first African American to receive a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Louisville. Ridley also attended Fisk University (where he later worked), and where he studied under Aaron Douglas, the Harlem renaissance painter and muralist, who remained a close friend and mentor until his death in 1979. Ridley taught at various Southern universities as well as the City University of New York. One of his last and best known works was the creation of 80 copper panels for the Grand Reading Room of the Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee.
Beauford Delaney (American, 1901-1979) oil on board acrylic and mixed media abstract composition signed and dated lower left “Beauford Delaney 1976″, additionally signed and dated en verso. Housed in a contemporary painted wood frame. Sight – 13 7/8″ H x 19 5/8″ W. Framed – 19 5/8″ H x 25 5/8” W. Provenance: Private South Carolina collection, originally purchased from the Tree Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, born 1919) oil on canvas painting depicting a group of workers harvesting a cotton field in the foreground with a horse and wagon with cotton supplies. Signed lower right. Museum accession tag en verso. Housed in a contemporary wooden frame. Sight – 17 3/4″ H x 29 3/4″ W. 23 7/8″ H x 35 7/8″ W. Late 20th century. Property of the Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, Tenn.
Chicago painted trade sign reading “North British Mercantile Insurance Co., Capital $10,000,000. Assets in United States $1,600,000.” and signed “F. R. Grout, Chicago”. Note: A F. R. Grout was listed in the 1872 The Monthly Business Directory of Chicago under “Painting–Ornamental, House and Signs” and is also listed in an 1899 Chicago, Illinois City Directory under advertisements for “Signs”. An additional 1890 Chicago voter registration record shows his birthplace as Vermont. 32″ H x 22 1/4″ W. Also included with this sign is a framed Edward Lovejoy and Henry C. Foster stereoview of a Chicago street scene labeled en verso “Madison Street, West from State”, circa 1880’s. A similar period sign can be seen on the building facades on the right. 7″ H x 8 3/4″ W.
Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815 w/ Atlas by Arsene Lacarriere Latour. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. More information in the coming weeks.
Signed copy of “Profiles in Courage” by Senator John F. Kennedy. Harper & Brothers New York. 1955, 1956. Collection of Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude S. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. More information in the coming weeks.
First Edition book “Art Work of Chattanooga, Tenn. Published in Nine Parts” printed in Chicago by The Gravure Illustration Company, 1906. 10 pages, 69 leaves of photogravure views depicting various pictorial, architectural, and landscape scenes of Chattanooga, Tennessee at the turn of the 20th century. All 9 sections present. More information in the coming weeks.
Meeks Marble Top Center Table. More information in the coming weeks.
East Tennessee walnut pie safe, Hawkins County. Consisting of dovetailed drawers with wooden pulls over two doors with large inset tins having punched inset tin sides with double pitcher and cup design, shaped dovetailed gallery and shaped tapering bracket front feet. Poplar secondary, two interior shelves. 56 1/2″ H x 56 1/2″ W x 22 1/2″ D. Circa 1840 – 1860. Note: This safe is featured in the book “Art & Furniture of East Tennessee” by Namuni Hale Young, on page 39, illustration #70.
East Tennessee chest of drawers with carved pediment gallery, attributed to the Burgner school of cabinetmaking. More information in the coming weeks.
18k yellow gold and pave diamond necklace. Total diamond weight – 14.2 carats. Total weight of necklace – 74.2 grams.
14K yellow gold Patek Philippe pocket watch manufactured for retailers J. J. Freeman & Company of Toledo, Ohio, patent date of January 13, 1891. Hand engraved on the outer panel with “ELW” and hand engraved on the inner panel to commerorate a 21st birthday, “Presented to Edward Langden Walbridge – By his mother – January twenty nine – 1887 – 1908”. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals and secondary dial. Case made by A.W.C. Company and numbered “172902”. Watch movement by Patek Philippe et Cie, Geneve, Suisse and numbered “141598”. 1 13/16″ W. Total weight: 80 grams.
Winchester Model 1873, 44-40 caliber. Manufactured 1891. More information in coming weeks.
Winchester Model 1885. More information in coming weeks.
Henry Rankin Poore (Pennsylvania/Connecticut, 1859-1940) Winchester Rifle advertising sign, lithography on board, rectangular form, depicting four “bear-hunting dogs”. Signed “H. R. Poore Philadelphia” in the stone, lower left. Housed in a Winchester Rifle wooden frame. Image – 24 7/8″ H x 34 3/8″ W. Framed – 31 3/4″ H x 41 1/2″ W. American, early 20th century.
Godfrey Douglas Giles (British, 1857-1941) oil on canvas horse portrait of Sceptre, signed and dated lower left “Sceptre / G.D. Giles 1911.” Painting depicts the legendary horse standing against a wooded landscape background. Original giltwood and composition Rococo style frame with title additionally painted at center “Scepter 1911 G.D. Giles.” Paper label en verso of frame for The Rowley Gallery Frame Makers. 19 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ sight, 26″ x 30″ framed.
John Frederick Herring Jr. (British, 1815-1907) oil on canvas landscape, depicting five horses, several chickens and pigs inside a fenced barnyard, while several fox hunters depart on horseback in the background. Signed lower left of center, J.F. Herring. Later parcel gilt molded frame. 13 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ sight, 19″ x 26″ framed. Note: John Frederick Herring Sr. (1795-1865) and his sons, John Frederick Herring Jr. (1815-1907) and Charles and Benjamin were painters, known for their hunting and barnyard scenes. We have attributed this work to J.F. Herring the younger based on the apparent age of the canvas. It should also be noted that J.F. Herring Jr. and his brothers were known to have collaborated on canvases.
Ingot and archive originally belonging to Fred Dennett, 32nd Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1908-1913. 1st item: South Dakota “Nigger Hill” tin ingot with Stephen F. Molitor, assayer mark, Deadwood, Dakota Territory. 1″ H x 2″ W x 1″ D. 108.9 grams. Late 19th century. Note: The ingot inscription refers to a mining area in the Black Hills of South Dakota, discovered on land belonging to African Americans. Also known as “Tinton,” it was found to have the largest deposit of tin in North America. The area was also known for placer gold mining. The origin of the name of the Consolidated Nigger Hill Tin Mines is explained in Hyman Palais’ article “Black Hills Miners’ Folklore” in California Folklore Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3. (July, 1945), pp. 256, where he states: “Another story tells how a group of Negroes from Montana came to the Hills in the early days of the gold rush and asked some miners where they should go to work. The miners jokingly advised them to try the top of a near-by hill, the least likely spot they could think of. Much to the surprise of everyone, luck crowned their efforts, and these Negroes found more gold in this out-of-the-way place… than many of the gulch miners had discovered below.” Stephen Molitor came from a family of assayers. He went into business with his father around 1858 in San Francisco and then worked as a traveling assayer, arriving in South Dakota by 1885, where he joined with others to form the American Tin Mining Company (for which he served as assayer). Among other items in this lot is a United States General Land Office 1912 cast bronze medal, depicting an eagle, obverse, with “CENTENNIAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE 1812-1912”, reverse. Housed in a black leather case with purple satin and velvet interior lining. Stamped “Jos. K. Davidson’s Sons, Philadelphia” in gilt lettering, inside of case, stamped “Hon. Fred Dennett” in gilt lettering, lid of case. Medal – 2″ dia. Case – 7/8″ H x 3″ W x 3″ D. Early 20th century, an ambrotype depicting a seated man, possibly Reverend D. Richard Dennett, father of Fred Dennett, 32nd Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1908-1913. Housed in a black leather case with metal hardware and red velvet interior lining. Image – 2 1/8″ H x 1 1/4″ W. Case – 3″ H x 2 1/2″ W x 5/8″ D. Mid/late 19th century.
Set of 10 repousse sterling goblets, marked “S. Kirk & Son Inc, Sterling 401 Handcrafted” and “925/1000”. 6″ H . 57.835 total troy ounces.
S. Kirk & Son sterling repousse tea service having allover floral repousse decoration, marked “S. Kirk & Son Inc, 925/1000, Sterling 74”. Set includes coffeepot with matching teapot, creamer, covered sugar and waste bowl. All monogrammed on the base. Set also includes an Ellis Barker Sheffield plate tray, monogrammed on top with menorah stamp to base. 84.05 oz. total troy ounces, excluding tray.