Auction of Estate Antiques

The Goodwin Building

611 U.S. Route One

York, Maine

SOLD Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

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Offering a diverse selection of antique and decorative furnishings from numerous New England estates, private households and collections, including that from the estate of York’s Harriet Griffiths Simonds. Also offered this day is the personal collection of professional and scientific papers of Robert Simpson Woodward, second President of The Carnegie Institution, and important ancient pottery given to him by renowned archaeologist Esther Boise Van Deman.

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EARLIER FURNITURENorth Shore Massachusetts mahogany tapered leg card table with cut corners and inlaid paneling. Pad foot 29 in. round tilt top tea table with urn standard. 39 1⁄2 in. mahogany slant lid desk on bracket base with original oval brasses. 39 X 26 in. rope leg mahogany Pembroke table with distinctive double scalloped drop leaves, indistinctly pencil-signed. 39 1⁄2 in. Sheraton mahogany deck top chest with orig. repousse brasses.  Empire poplar chest of 2 over 3 tiger maple drawers. 90 X 49 in. English pewter cupboard on shoe feet. 18th c. English paneled oak two section chest of four drawers. 47 in. 18th c. pine fireside bench on trestle base. M. Davis signed paint decorated thumb-back side chair. Early 19th c. two drawer pine blanket chest. Interesting 18th and 19th c. rockers of differing styles. Early blanket, storage and document boxes. 36 ½ in. early 19th c. gentleman’s turned leg mahogany dressing table and another smaller English oak example. Distinctive second period 65 in. rope leg drop leaf dining table. 46 X 25 in. Empire gilded split column mirror. Empire and Victorian dressing and wall mirrors. Numerous mahogany and other one and two drwr. stands and occasional furniture. Various style hanging cupboards, racks and shelves.

VICTORIAN FURNITURE: Quaint Furniture Co. mission oak 42 X 28 in. library table, two rockers and armchair. Unmarked 46 X 28 in. four drwr. mission oak library table and chair. Tall glazed door and open walnut and oak bookcases. 19th c. compartmented exotic wood oriental curio cabinet. Walnut, oak and mahogany chests of drawers. Numerous drop leaf and occasional tables of different periods. 50 in. oak rolltop desk. Round oak dining table on reeded legs.  Upholstered settee and matching gent’s chair. Deep-carved oriental rosewood stands. Carved camphorwood and other storage chests. Children’s furniture.

ANCIENT POTTERY: Fourth century, B.C., 15 1⁄2 in. South Italian bail-amphorra, authenticated (1970 MFA–Boston curatorial letter to purchaser) as the work of the Whiteface painter, found by Esther Boise Van Deman (1862-1937), first female Roman field archaeologist (1901) and Carnegie Institution Fellow. The piece descended in the family of Robert Simpson Woodward, Second President of the Carnegie Institution and acquaintance of Miss Van Deman. Also from Miss Van Deman’s collection, a 12 3⁄4 in. Etruscan pottery ewer, retaining some of the original dentil decoration at the neck, apparently dug by her in Rome. A third piece, from another source, a 6 1⁄2 in. decorated Greek ewer.

AMERICAN ART POTTERY6 in. square floral tile attrib. to Grueby Faience Co. Other pottery descending in the family of a worker at Marblehead Pottery, including a 6 inch  tile depicting cats on a fence under a full moon, marked in the glaze en verso with the initials N.I.B., no MP mark (more detailed views).  Another 6 inch tile from the same family, depicting a large tree in the midst of thinner trees, having the MP mark, cracked and home-glued along a firing crack. Other marked Marblehead and other pottery, most from that family and some having chips.

ESTATE CHINA AND GLASSWARE13 in. Hu-form Chinese vase with dragon decorated famille rose panels. Sacred bird and butterfly and other Export china. 13 in. scalloped Imari charger. Pairs of oriental form porcelain table lamps. Enameled sweetmeat chargers. 16 in. footed Laurel center bowl. Good Staffordshire animals, figures and  groups. Flow blue and deep blue transferware. Napoleon and other commemorative and advertising china. 13 in. Art Nouveau vase, painted and signed by the artist, Sara F. Son, 1902. Brown transferware. Sheep and floral Limoges dinnerware. Majolica, Bennington, Capodimonte, decorated salt glaze, decorated stoneware. Children’s dishes. Much 19th c. decorated china and glassware. Substantial single owner collection of HEISEY glass, to be sold in approximately seventeen lots and including unusual forms of serving and individual pieces. Lalique art glass birds. Other desirable glassware, including Sandwich, Frosted Lion, earlier and later blown, blue opalescent, decorated cranberry, Vaseline, Red Block, Candlewick, Cobalt, Carnival and more.

ESTATE JEWELRY:  Fine English silver chatelaine, having 18th c. ornaments. 14K Victorian slide with seed pearl tassels. Fine 14K  citrine and seed pearl necklace. Stylish 14K and citrine bracelet. C. 1930’s Georg Jensen circular fish brooch. More good Victorian and later gold, silver and costume jewelry and pocket watches. Masonic jewel. Assorted military, fraternal and sports medals. TIFFANY SILVER flatware service for twelve in the Clinton pattern, with serving utensils. Gorham flatware service for twelve. Towle Craftsman  flatware service for ten. Other partial sets. Tiffany, Gorham and other utensils as singles or in good lots. 12 in. shallow Tiffany footed canapé. Teaspoons by Abijah Northey, Salem, MA (1775). Several sterling candelabra. Sterling and better plated serving pieces.  Good bureau silver and selection of small sterling and enameled boxes.

Good lots of OLD DESK ACCESSORIES: 14 in. Jarvie candlestick with 7 1⁄4 in. base. Interesting collection of antique inkstands and inkwells, including fancy gilt metal, cast iron, figural and Tiffany (No. 844). Good doorstops and bookends. Old tin firemarks. Oriental figural bronze candle holders.

ANTIQUE HOUSEHOLD ACCESSORIES: Decorated toleware. Early iron and wooden kitchen accessories. Good baskets, boxes and woodenware. Old sewing accessories. Chest of machinist’s tools. Assorted other tools. Old bicycle accessories. Old games. Marbles. Figural glass Christmas ornaments. Chelsea Ship’s Bell and shelf clocks. C. 1910 Halloween decorations and masks. B&MRR Conductor’s cap. Graphic and colorful stained glass windows. Early 20th c. leopard pelt rug.

OLD LIGHTINGTiffany No. 271 table lamp with L.C.T. shade. Early tin hand lamps. Sandwich and other whale oils. Victorian stained glass, cloisonné, marble and pairs of figural oriental porcelain table lamps. Hanging stained glass fixture. Gilt bronze candelabra with putti. B&M signal lamp. OLD DOLLS:  30 in. Handwerck “Bebe Cosmopolite” in orig. box. 21 in. and 28 in. Handwerck dolls and other dolls. China head doll and “Ruth” head. Miniature, primitive cloth  and folk dolls. Some doll clothing.

FOLK ART49 inch iron silhouette ship weathervane from the Eric Sloane Collection (with letter of prov.). Gilded copper eagle on ball and arrow with 23 in. wingspan. 35 in. gilded iron horse silhouette vane figure. 27 in. silhouette whale ornament. Selection of duck and goose decoys, shorebirds and carved miniatures.

ESTATE RUGS AND TEXTILES: Selection of large and small oriental rugs, including Caucasian, Sarouk and Shirvan. Prayer rugs. 7’4 X 5’8 19th c. colorful landscape needlework tapestry. Geometric and figural hooked rugs, including cow, rabbit, lion and Maine’s “Dirigo” figures.

ESTATE BOOKS: Cased red leather pair of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass (1927) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1928). Andy Warhol’s Index (1967). Dubois & Bernard’s La Cuisine Classique, 1886 (2 vols.). Roycrofters Joaquin Miller (Hubbard). 1818 Evangelier Och Epistlar. Studer’s 1881 Birds of North America. E.E. Willoughby’s The Making of the King James Bible. A. Rutledge’s (signed) God’s Children. W. Crane’s Mr. Michael Mouse… Signed 1938 ed. of Helen Keller’s The World I Live In. Large collection of early to late 20th c. auto, marine, motorcycle and diesel engine repair and owner’s manuals. Audel’s various craftsman series. Variety of estate books from which individuals may make their own lots.

OLD PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHY:  The professional and scientific papers, including notes, calculations and published work of Dr. Robert Simpson Woodward, Second President of The Carnegie Institution, removed recently from the attic of his grandson and to be sold as a single lot.  Printed invitations to his professional meetings, dinners and receptions, which included important people such as Alexander Graham Bell. 1905 R.S. Woodward testimonial dinner menu signed by important guests. An engraved invitation to the Bal Pare a Versailles Pour le Mariage de Mnsgr. Le Dauphin, 24 Fevrier, 1745. R.S. Woodward’s life photos. Ephemera relating to the celebration of the 1909 Darwin Centenary. 1909 Wm. H. Taft Inaugural Souvenir and Reception ribbon. Carnegie Inst. reports and ephemera.  Twenty-five Civil War letters, written by Col. John Murray Atwood (69th and 63rd NY) between Sept., 1860 and April, 1864, mentioning battles, skirmishes and impressions of generals and the war. Download synopsis and letter highlights. 1864 handwritten roster of 3rd NH Volunteers. Blank Confederate Call Certificate. 1817-1934 Record of No. Parish Ministerial Fund, Berwick, ME. Collection of 77 artfully illustrated envelopes, many with their contents, executed during the 1920’s and early 1950’s by Frances Griffiths, Sauquoit, NY. 1853 pictorial linen broadside depicting religious chronology from earliest times, pub’d. by J. Cummings, Concord, NH. J.H. Eiler’s 19th c. linen Sunday School maps of Palestine, Journeys of St. Paul, etc. Walt Kuhn’s  unused self-designed greetings cards. Advertising paper and novelties. American and European travel paper. Postcards and tradecards. Interesting old scrapbooks. Scouting ephemera. PHOTOGRAPHY:  Important  gilt-framed hand-colored 1/2 plate ambrotype of Utica, NY fireman, Thomas J. Griffiths. Framed 28 X 38 in. black and white photo of The Temple of Hera in Phaestrum, believed to be an image taken by early Roman field archaeologist, Esther Boise Van Deman. Civil War  and misc. occupational, family and other 19th c. photography.

OLD PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND SCULPTURE:  Carl Robiczek 13 1⁄2 X 10 1⁄2 in. o/c of girl by a window (detail close-up). Nicholas Charlet 8 1⁄2 X 6 1⁄4 in. w/c of man petting his dog. 19th c. 17 X 13 in. o/c of lady holding a book. Miniature portrait, signed Sara F. Son, of a young girl. Others  of a young military officer, a young woman in black dress, a watercolor silhouette of a young officer and one of Napoleon. L. Sanguinetti w/c of sailboats. 19 1⁄2 X 23 1⁄2 in. J. Kadanec New Orleans street scene o/c. Framed genre Dutch tile, sgd. A. Neuhuijs (close-up detail). Spillman caricature of Euginee Bankhead. Sara Son/Griffiths oval oil family portraits. 15 1⁄2 X 18 1⁄2 in. Michael Palmer w/c of children on coastal rocks. Parker Hall oil of dory at rest. Loring Coleman 12 X 16 in. landscape o/b. Japanese paintings on silk of fish. O. (Olive) E. Adams sgd. 18 X 25 in. folky o/b of Adams Pt., Newington, NH (close-up detail), with gundalow and Doe Cottage. Sir David Wilkie’s etching, The Sedan Chair. Sixteen prints, sold separately, by early artists of The Boston Printmakers. Lot of early 20th c. original fashion illustrations.  Kunisada, Hiroshige and other Japanese woodblock prints. Selection of early print images of Thos. Jefferson. Unusual unsigned 16 X 16 in. bronze sculpture of dog with pointed tongue. Large giltwood landscape frame with 22 1⁄2 X 31 1⁄2 in. opening and other good frames. Many more decorative art works and prints of quality.

TERMS OF SALE: Cash or check approved by auctioneer. Mastercard and Visa accepted. Twelve percent Buyer’s Premium. Five percent ME Sales tax applies to all purchases without a copy of a current resale exemption certificate. Written or oral descriptions subject to error or omission. Sale catered.

DIRECTIONSFrom I-95, take Exit 7 (The Yorks) and follow to U.S. Rte. One. Take left on U.S. Rte. One and follow 2/10 mi. to the Goodwin Building on the right at the corner of Raydon Rd. SEE MAP


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