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The Weaver Collection of Americana and Folk Art

Mark Sisco | July 27th, 2013

This 36" high painted lift-top blanket chest proved to be the auction’s biggest draw. With two false upper drawer fronts on a simple cutout base, it was missing the pulls on the two lower drawers, but bidders loved the faded, dry but original blue paint. It started easily at $2000, and six phone bidders helped to chase it to $6900, where one of them finally landed it.

How appropriate that Paul and Lynne Weaver would have been attracted to this 21" x 29" double-sided “Weavers Guild” sign with black lettering, yellow pinstriping, and a painted depiction of a woman working at a loom—all on a pea green background. It fetched $3105.

Hap Moore Antiques Auctions, York, Maine

It was short and sweet, only 239 lots long. Hap Moore’s July 27 auction in York, Maine, consisted entirely of items from the 30-year private collection of Paul and Lynne Weaver of Wenham, Massachusetts, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. According to Moore, the Weavers were moving to Washington state and liquidating some of the contents of their homes in the East. “Lynne was a collector while Paul was off being an attorney for a major U. S. corporation,” he explained. “They bought from the best people, and they kept the stuff that they really loved.”

From October 2009 through mid-January 2010, items from the Weavers’ collection were featured in an exhibit at the Wenham (Massachusetts) Museum, Whirligigs and Whimmydiddles. Paul Weaver described the presentation, saying, “We’re basically Americana and folk art collectors. We’re not necessarily looking for early American country craft, but we’re looking at the form, the colors, and the indigenous influences.”

Moore was confident that the lead lot in the sale would be an early 18th-century blanket chest in blue paint, and he was right. “With six people on the phone for the blanket chest, it’s going to do OK,” he predicted. “Probably 1805, 1810…It’s got cat’s paw hinges. It’s got original backboards. The base, instead of glue blocks, is dovetailed into the rest of the chest. Just no problems.” One of the phone bidders won it at $6900 (including buyer’s premium).

The sale was heavy with folk art hooked rugs and other textiles, many of which featured depictions of rabbits, apparently one of Lynne’s favorite subjects, but the best “bunny lot” was a cutout sheet-iron weathervane with a silhouette of an alert rabbit standing up on its haunches. The hare won the race at $891.25.

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Compartmented lift-top grain bin in old red wash paint, with three wooden-knobbed drawers, 73" long x 34" high, $2990.

A brilliant mustard yellow coat of original paint catapulted this otherwise ordinary 30" x 34" dry sink with a single wide plank door and wooden latch up to $2185.

Simple, primitive artistic merits were all it took to drive this unsigned oil on board of an unnamed American three-masted sailing vessel with about eight crewmen lining the deck to $2300.

A well-worn first coat of blue-green paint and the delicately turned arms and legs on this sack-back Windsor armchair combined to attract a $1725 selling price.

The big draw on this stepback cupboard in reddish brown paint with a blue-gray-painted interior was its small size. Just 5½' tall and with glass doors above and a single breadboard door below, it sold for $2300 to a phone bidder.

This 33" x 71" hooked rug with a honeycombed kaleidoscope of multicolored geometric shapes sold for $862.50.

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

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