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Folk Art and Shaker Collections Highlight August 1–3 Sale in Manchester, N.H.


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One of the pieces of furniture from the Drs John R. Ribic and Carla M. Kingsley Shaker collection is this Shaker infirmary washstand, South Family, New Lebanon, N.Y., circa 1830.

From The Schnall collection, a rare Albany County, N.Y., blue painted and decorated miniature blanket chest, circa 1830.

Relaxing in the Northeast Auctions’ warehouse among the many pieces of furniture, paintings, ceramics, pottery and decorative objects to be sold August 1–3 are Ron Bourgeault, president and chief auctioneer, right, and John Newcomer, consultant in the Americana Department. —R. Scudder Smith photo

A rare Massachusetts Pilgrim Century oak and pine blanket chest with drawer, 1650–1700, measuring 30½ inches high, 42½ inches wide and 20¾ inches deep. The provenance lists ex-collection Mary M. Sampson, Boston.

New Jersey Queen Anne carved walnut dressing table with thumb-molded edge and notched corners over a conforming case with chamfered fluted corners. It has cabriole legs with shell-carved knees and terminating in stocking feet.

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Rare British pearlware mocha ware presentation cup, Bristol, circa 1819, banded in dark brown and inscribed on the front in black “W. Rogers Boiler maker Moorfields Bristol.” It is 7¼ inches high.

Portrait of Samuel Phillips by John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815), oil on canvas measuring 49½ by 39 inches. It is signed “J.S. Copley Pinx 1764” and is in the original frame.


A corner of a full warehouse, here showing many pieces in The Schnall collection to be sold August 2. —R. Scudder Smith photo

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Northeast Auctions’ Americana auction will kick-off Antiques Week in New Hampshire for the 23rd year. As always, it promises to introduce the collections that will make it “the auction” of the summer season. The sale will start on Friday, August 1, at 11 am featuring mocha ware from the collection of Jonathan Rickard, Bennington, delft, slipware, stoneware and Staffordshire pottery, colorful and whimsical folk art including signs, carnival decorations, game boards, iron doorstops and stacks of painted boxes from a Vermont collector and other assorted folk art. The evening ends at 7 pm with an informative lecture by noted Shaker scholar and dealer Tom Queen titled “To Last a Thousand Years: The Shaker Legacy.”

The Saturday session begins at 10 am with the 150-lot Shaker collection of Drs John R. Ribic and Carla M. Kingsley. To form their collection, the doctors looked for perfection and their criteria included condition, original surface and provenance. The fully illustrated catalog documents the makers, original owners and the collectors who pioneered the preservation of the pieces that are so important in the history of American material culture and will prove to be a major reference work.

Many important pieces are from the original collection of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews and illustrated in their 1937 landmark publication Shaker Furniture: The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect. The sale includes four rare Shaker clocks; the dwarf clock is from the Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little collection, as is a small drop leaf table.

Immediately following the Shaker collection will be the folk art collection of Michael Schnall. Color, form and painted surfaces were his criteria. Included are a Schoharie County corner cupboard, an Albany County blanket box, a similar miniature example and a collection of painted boxes. A highly visual favorite of many is the box painted in yellow and red with stylized lotus blossoms. This box has been twice sold through David Schorsch. In addition to the painted furniture, the 425-lot catalog includes theorems, mocha ware, spatterware, stoneware, Bennington, English ceramics, American glass and textiles. The highlight of the textiles is a Connecticut wool embroidered bed rug.

The Sunday session starts at 10 am and will feature pewter from the descendants of Ledlie Laughlin. Most of the major pieces were illustrated in his pioneering book Pewter in America, Its Makers & Their Marks and are being offered for the first time in more than 50 years. The Sunday session also includes American decorative arts and important paintings. The apothecary chest, originally from the Nina Fletcher Little collection, is sure to be a favorite.

An old friend to many is the painted overmantel and chimney breast from the Tyler Harrison House in Northford, Conn. It was sold by the Maison Auction Company, exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art and then sold by Leigh Keno to a private collector who is now moving to a smaller home.

A large horse and sulky weathervane, recently removed from the roof of a home in Lake Forest, Ill., is the highlight of a group of over 20 weathervanes. Northeast Auctions has always been known for American colonial portraiture and this auction will feature an important John Singleton Copley portrait of Samuel Phillips Savage of Boston.

An important collection of Philadelphia and New Jersey furniture will feature decorations, prints and paintings from the estate of S. Robert Teitelman. A selection of New England Pilgrim Century pieces inherited from Mary Sampson of Boston includes an important Massachusetts oak and pine blanket chest. A single owner section of the catalog is devoted to the Pilgrim Century Collection of Henry and Lorene Purcell Cone of Springfield, Penn.

Many dealers, collectors and, most importantly, appraisers eagerly attend Northeast Auctions sales to price catalogs. To quote a noted appraiser, they are “One of the best reference tools for appraising American antiques.” Ron Bourgeault and his staff invite you to meet friends, both old and new, and attend this important three-day event to kick-off Antiques Week in New Hampshire.

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