Pair of English Regency tole-painted chestnut urns with removable lids with urn finials, hand-painted decoration of black ground with yellow, cream, bronze and gilt floral spray decoration, lion head mask side handles with rope rings, oval stepped molded bases, 13 1/4" H x 7" W x 4" D overall. Circa 1820. Provenance: the estate of Martha Dodge, Hendersonville, TN; the estate of Marvin Dodge (brother to Mrs. Dodge's late husband, Robert), Palm Beach, Florida; the estate of Clarence Mack, Palm Beach, Florida. Marvin Dodge was the caretaker/companion of noted American architect Clarence Mack, and inherited several antiques (now in this auction) from him. A photograph showing these urns on the mantel of Mack's home in Palm Beach is included with lot 72. Biography: Clarence Mack, known for designing Georgian Revival homes in Ohio's prestigious Shaker Heights and Lakewood areas, and later in Palm Beach, was born in 1888 and grew up on Cleveland's west side and in Lakewood. Mack's houses were all apparently built for speculation; he is said to have bought the property, designed each house and acted as contractor, furnished the houses with antiques purchased from his European travels, and lived in many of them before selling them. His business slowed with the advent of the Stock Market crash of 1929. He spent 5 years traveling around the world before settling in Palm Beach, Florida in 1935. He continued to design and build there until his retirement in 1962, his name becoming synonymous with the "Palm Beach Regency Style." Never married, Mack died in Palm Beach in 1982. (sources: The Lakewood Historical Society and the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.) CONDITION: Scattered losses to paint decoration, mostly to top of lids and on bases. Some wear to gilt on lion masks.
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