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Forty M.A.D. Years: Folk Art Lots over $500,000 Sold at Auction since 2004

Lita Solis-Cohen | October 13th, 2013

Folk Art Lots over $500,000 Sold at Auction since 2004

Johannes Spitler hanging cupboard, $962,500, a record for American painted furniture, to David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles. Green Valley Auction Company, Mt. Crawford, Virginia, November 13, 2004.

John Haley Bellamy monumental-size eagle with “God Is Our Refuge and Strength” on the banner, $666,000 to DR Fine Arts. Northeast Auctions, August 21, 2005.

Pennsylvania slide-lid candle box, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 1790-1810, $744,825 to David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles. Freeman’s, November 22, 2005.

Goddess of Liberty painted and gilded copper and sheet-iron weathervane, $1,080,000 to Boston dealer Stephen Score. Christie’s, January 20, 2006.

Edward Hicks (1780-1849), The Peaceable Kingdom, 1846-47, oil on canvas, 25" x 32½", stretchers inscribed in Hicks’s hand, “Peaceable Kingdom/ Painted by Edward Hicks in the 66th year of his age,” $3,152,000 to C.L. Prickett. Sotheby’s, January 21, 2006.

Steam locomotive weathervane, circa 1882, $1,216,000 to C.L. Prickett. Northeast Auctions, August 5, 2006.

Life-size Indian chief molded copper weathervane, attributed to the J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York and Chicago, circa 1900, $5,840,000 to collector Jerry Lauren. Sotheby’s, October 6, 2006.

Indian chief copper weathervane with chrome paint on its copper verdigris surface, attributed to J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, 47" tall, $716,000 to C.L. Prickett. Sotheby’s, October 6, 2006.

Black-bellied plover with spring plumage in a feeding position by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Massachusetts, $830,000. Guyette & Schmidt, Easton, Maryland, November 8, 2006.

Edward Hicks’s last Peaceable Kingdom, with a tired old lion and regally stretched-out leopard, $6,176,000 to Harry Hartman. Christie’s, January 19, 2007.

Edward Hicks, Penn’s Treaty (with the Indians), oil on canvas laid down on board, $3,600,000 to Marguerite Riordan. Christie’s, January 19, 2007.

Ammi Phillips, Portrait of a Young Girl and her Cat, $1,248,000 to Allan and Kendra Daniel. Christie’s, January 19, 2007.

Red-breasted merganser by Lothrop Holmes (1824-1899), Kingston, Massachusetts, $856,000 on the phone. Christie’s and Guyette & Schmidt, January 19, 2007.

Large Canada goose, one of three known, $553,600 to collector Jerry Lauren. Christie’s and Guyette & Schmidt, January 19, 2007.

Hollow-molded gilt copper grasshopper weathervane, circa 1883, $520,000 to Stephen Score for a client. Christie’s, January 19, 2007.

John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854), portraits of Major Daniel Coffin (1763-1838) and Elizabeth Stone Coffin (1767-1811) of Newbury, Massachusetts, oil on canvas, dated 1801, $801,600 to David Wheatcroft. Sotheby’s, January 20, 2007.

Painted Berks County blanket chest, dated 1803, $561,600 to David Wheatcroft. Pook & Pook, April  21, 2007.

Jack Tar painted wooden figure, probably from the New York workshop of Samuel Robb and most probably used as a ship chandler’s sign, $541,000 to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Christie’s, October 3, 2007.

Carved wood and painted Punch figure attributed to William Demuth & Co., $542,400 to Martha Fleischman. Philip Weiss, Oceanside, New York,  October 21, 2007.

Molded copper car with driver weathervane by W.A. Snow Iron Works, Boston, circa 1910, $941,000 to collector Jerry Lauren. Skinner, November 4, 2007.

Unsigned portrait of a boy, oil on panel, original frame, now attributed to the Wilkinson Limner, $886,000 to David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles. Skinner, November 4, 2007.

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity, 1846-48, $9,673,000 to a collector. From the collection of Ralph Esmerian, it was sold to satisfy a debt to Sotheby’s. The buyer did not pay for the painting, and it was later sold privately by Sotheby’s to a collector for $7 million. Sotheby’s, May 22, 2008.

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom with Quakers Bearing Banners, 1829-30, $1,314,500 to a phone bidder. Sotheby’s, September 26, 2008.

Canada goose by A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Cape Cod, 1910-12, $661,250 to a collector. Copley Fine Art Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 15, 2009.

Preening pintail drake by A. Elmer Crowell, Cape Cod, original paint with warm patina, commissioned by Harry V. Long, 1900-10, $546,250 to a collector. Copley Fine Art Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 15, 2009.

Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), double portrait of Theron Simpson Ludington (1850-1922) and his older sister Virginia Ludington (1846-1865) with a cat and a shaggy dog,circa 1852, oil on canvas, $782,500 to Deanne Levison. Christie’s, January 22, 2010.

Portrait of Annetje Kool (cataloged as Anna Brodhead Oliver), attributed to Pieter Vanderlyn (1687-1778), Ulster County, New York, circa 1740, $1,118,600 to David Schorsch and Eileen Smiles. Keno Auctions, May 2, 2010.

Berks County sponge-painted schrank, inscribed with the name Philip Detu[r]k and the date 1775, $818,500 to Grace and Elliott Snyder on the phone. Pook & Pook, October 30, 2010.

Anonymous, circa 1786 oil on canvas portrait of Abigail Rose (b. 1772), North Branford, Connecticut, $1,271,000 to Stephen Score. Skinner, November 5, 2011.

Overmantel or fireboard with a view of the John Hancock house, its outbuildings, and the 18th-century beacon at the top of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1780, $614,500 to Bill Samaha. Sotheby’s, January 21, 2012.

Burlington County, New Jersey, needlework with the name “Mary Antrim” and the date 1807, $1,070,500 to David Schorsch. Sotheby’s, January 22, 2012.

Edward Hicks (1780-1849), Penn’s Treaty (with the Indians), oil on canvas, with “Penn’s Treaty”in gold on the mahogany frame, $2,546,500 to Philip Bradley. Christie’s, January 25, 2013.

Ammi Phillips, portrait of identical twins Jacob Wessel and William Henry Ten Broeck, 1834, $880,000 to David Schorsch. Skinner, March 3, 2013.

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Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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