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Forty M.A.D. Years: Million-Dollar Americana Lots Sold at Auction since 2004

Lita Solis-Cohen | October 13th, 2013

Million-Dollar Americana Lots Sold at Auction since 2004

Tall-case clock made by Peter Stretch, Philadelphia, 1740, in a mahogany case, $1,688,000 to Winterthur. A record for an American clock at auction. Sotheby’s, October 28, 2004.

Japanned high chest, 1735-39, signed by Rob Davis, $1,876,000 to a dealer on the phone. A record for a highboy, for any piece of japanned furniture, and for any piece of American furniture sold in New England. Skinner, November 7, 2004.

Cortelyou family marble-top pier table, 1750-70, $1,696,000 to a phone bidder. A record for any piece of New York furniture and any marble-top table. Christie’s, January 20, 2005.

Philadelphia easy chair frame, $1,584,000 to Baltimore dealer Milly McGehee. Christie’s, January 20, 2005.

Nicholas Brown carved mahogany scalloped-top tea table attributed to John Goddard, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1760, $8,416,000 to Albert Sack for a client. Sotheby’s, January 22, 2005.

Two Rhode Island roundabout chairs attributed to John Goddard, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1760, $1,584,000 and $1,696,000 to dealer Leigh Keno for a client. Sotheby’s, January 22, 2005.

Philadelphia mahogany high chest made for Benjamin Marshall, 1755-65, probably in the shop of Henry Clifton and Thomas Carteret, $1,808,000 to Leigh Keno, a record for a high chest at auction. Christie’s, May 19, 2005.

William and Mary paint-decorated pine chest of drawers, dated 1729 and  signed “Taun Ton/ R.C.” for maker Robert Crosman, $2,928,000 to Bill Samaha. Christie’s, January 21, 2006.

The Johnson family set of six Queen Anne figured maple rush-seat side chairs, Philadelphia, attributed to William Savery, circa 1760, $2,144,000 to Todd Prickett. A record for a set of American chairs. Sotheby’s, January 22, 2006.

Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut armchair, circa 1755, $2,256,000 to Todd Prickett. A record for a Queen Anne armchair. Sotheby’s, October 7, 2006.

Mahogany desk-and-bookcase, with carving attributed to John Welch, Boston, Massachusetts, 1756, $3,288,000 to a phone bidder. Sotheby’s, January 20, 2007.

The Rowe family mahogany bombé slant-front desk, circa 1750, $1,608,000 to Albert Sack. Sotheby’s, January 20 , 2007.

The Johnson family figured maple dressing table attributed to William Savery, Philadelphia, circa 1765, $4,408,000 to Todd Prickett. Sotheby’s, January 21, 2007.

Philadelphia tea table, $6,761,000 to Todd Prickett. A record for a piecrust tilt-top tea table and for Philadelphia furniture. Christie’s, October 3, 2007.

Philadelphia open armchair made for Governor John Penn, $1,049,000 to Todd Prickett. Christie’s October 3, 2007.

Andrew family mahogany high chest of drawers made in Boston, 1760-80, $1,049,000 to Todd Prickett. Christie’s, January 18, 2008.

Stevenson family mahogany scalloped-top tea table attributed to Thomas Affleck (1740-1795), carving attributed to Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez, $5,417,000 to Bill Samaha. Christie’s, January 18, 2008.

McMichael-Tilghman family Philadelphia mahogany piecrust tea table, the carving attributed to the Garvan carver, circa 1755, $1,833,000 to a private collector. Sotheby’s, January 19, 2008.

Biddle-Drinker family Philadelphia high chest of drawers attributed to the shop of Henry Clifton and Thomas Carteret, the carving attributed to Nicholas Bernard, Philadelphia, circa 1760, $1,082,500 to Todd Prickett. Christie’s, September 25, 2008.

Walnut compass-seat Philadelphia stool, $5,234,500 to Albert Sack. Sotheby’s, September 26, 2008.

Van Pelt-Robb Philadelphia mahogany dressing table attributed to the shop of Henry Clifton and Thomas Carteret, carving by Nicholas Bernard, circa 1760, $1,142,500 to Albert Sack. Sotheby’s, September 26, 2008.

Captain Edward Allen’s carved and figured mahogany bombé chest-on-chest, probably Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1780, $1,762,500 to Todd Prickett. Sotheby’s, January 24, 2009.

James Beekman’s New York chest of drawers by Thomas Brookman, $1,428,000 to John and Marjorie McGraw. Keno Auctions, Stamford, Connecticut, May 1, 2010.

Mahogany Philadelphia easy chair, possibly from the shop of Benjamin Randolph, $1,022,500 to Bill Samaha. Christie’s, September 29, 2010.

Three-shell kneehole bureau made by cabinetmaker John Goddard, Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1765, $5,682,500 to Todd Prickett. A record for the form. Christie’s, January 21, 2011.

Diminutive shell-carved blockfront document cabinet signed “John Townsend, Newport,” $3,442,500 to Bill Samaha. Christie’s, January 20, 2012.

Captain Anthony Low Queen Anne mahogany marble slab table documented by a 1755 bill from John Goddard, $2,098,500 to Bill Samaha. Christie’s, January 20, 2012.

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Arnold shell-carved figured mahogany high chest of drawers, made by John Townsend, Newport, Rhode Island, dated 1756, $3,554,500 to Bill Samaha. Sotheby’s, January 21, 2012.

Philadelphia mahogany easy chair, carving attributed to the Garvan carver, Philadelphia 1760-65, $1,166,500 to Todd Prickett. Christie’s, September 24, 2012.

Carved mahogany bureau table from the shop of John Townsend, Newport, Rhode Island, signed by his younger brother Jonathan Townsend, circa 1770, $2,210,500 on the phone. Christie’s, January 25, 2013.

Samuel Talcott’s Chippendale blockfront desk-and-bookcase, 1765-75, $1,082,500 to Leigh Keno. Sotheby’s, January 26, 2013.

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

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