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Garth's Americana Auction

Don Johnson | January 3rd, 2014

English spatter plate, paneled yellow border with a red-outlined tulip, second quarter of the 19th century, 8½" diameter, repaired outer edge, $4920.

English rainbow spatter pitcher in five colors with shell spout, second quarter of the 19th century, 9" high, with a 3" to 4" line in the body, a spout flake, and a crow’s foot on the underside, and the bottom joint of the handle likely glued, $5700.

German Noah’s ark with figures and animals, early 20th century, painted pine, ark 7" high x 17" long, with minor imperfections and eight animals with losses or repairs, $4305.

Chandelier with turned wooden shaft with wire scroll arms and tin candle sockets, in original black paint, late 18th or early 19th century, found in Hudson, New York, 9½" high x 42" diameter, some imperfections, $4305.

Full-body copper weathervane of Hambletonian with a zinc head and old gold paint, late 19th century, 25" high x 27½" long, with dents, minor seam splits, and some flaking paint, $4440.

Delaware, Ohio

Photos courtesy Garth’s

Spatterware and furniture brought the strongest bidding during Garth’s sale of American furniture and decorative arts on January 3 and 4 in Delaware, Ohio. However, the usual host of characters, from folk art to original paint, also fared well.

While Americana was the focus, English spatterware clearly stood out. The top lot of the sale’s second day at $5700 was a rainbow spatter pitcher in five colors—blue, red, yellow, green, and black. Dating to the second quarter of the 19th century and having a shell spout, the 9" high pitcher had some damage. The price fell within the $4500/6500 estimate.

Interest in the pitcher wasn’t a fluke. Also selling within estimate was a spatter paneled plate, 8½" diameter, with a red-outlined tulip at the center and a wide yellow border. It was also English and from the second quarter of the 19th century and realized $4920. It had a repaired outer edge.

The importance of the spatterware wasn’t lost on the auction house, which featured the ceramics on the front and back covers of the catalog for the January 4 sale. (A separate catalog covered the January 3 session.)

Generally the spatterware fell within estimates, although there were a few bumps along the way. The one prime lot that went unsold was a soup bowl decorated with a red thistle in the center and a yellow border that was estimated at $2500/4500.

Brown furniture continued what appeared to be a march of improvement, led by a Queen Anne tall chest, probably of Rhode Island origin, dated 1761. From the collection of Ray and Mary Ann Meisberger of Stephentown, New York, which was offered during the January 3 session, the maple chest had a simple, clean form with six graduated drawers and bracket feet. At 54½" high and in an old finish, it sold above estimate for $6120.

Painted furniture from the Meisberger collection included an 18th-century one-piece cupboard attributed to Deerfield, Massachusetts. In pine with old blue and white paint over the original faux graining, the cupboard had a single door with nine panes at the top and vertical panels at the bottom. At 79½" high x 35½" wide and with some repairs, it sold within estimate at $4800.

There were some surprises along the way, one of the biggest being a dome-top box in pine with the floral and swag paint decoration reminiscent of toleware. It sold for $4797 against a $200/300 estimate. The mid-19th-century paper-lined box was 5" high x 12" wide and attributed to Massachusetts.

Americana ranged from a full-body copper weathervane of Hambletonian with a zinc head and old gold paint, from the late 19th century and 25" high, that realized $4440 to a chandelier having a wooden shaft with six wire scroll arms ending in tin candle sockets, dating to the late 18th or early 19th century and found in Hudson, New York, that sold for $4305. The chandelier was part of a selection of lighting offered.

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Open-top one-piece cupboard in pine with old blue paint over earlier green over earlier red, first half of the 19th century, 63½" high x 36½" wide, $4200.

Queen Anne tall chest in maple, probably Rhode Island, dated 1761, 54½" high x 38½" wide, old finish, $6120.

Two-piece poplar corner cupboard in original grain paint, Ohio or Pennsylvania, 1820-40, 86½" high x 55" wide, $4200.

William and Mary gate-leg maple and chestnut table with one drawer, New England, early 18th century, leaves missing, converted to a console table by nailing the one remaining gate leg to the frame, other imperfections, found in Newburyport, Massachusetts, $4080.

Dome-top box in pine with original painted flowers and swags, resembling toleware, with paper-lined interior, attributed to Massachusetts, mid-19th century, 5" high x 12" wide, $4797.

Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest

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