This is an important and sophisticated example of the finest Classical style in the late 2nd quarter of the 19th Century. This is where marquetry is now being introduced in a European baroque fashion. In America, the last period wherein contrasting inalys were applied was during the early 19th century by artistens such as Thomas Seymour in Boston, with the use of grand eagle inlays and paterae bordered by stringed inlay along edges (see inlay work on our Federal tambour desk here ). ...
sw04000 - $22,000
A wing chair without wings: it’s a rare form, and we have handled another of this form. It’s of a Rhode Island origin and of a desirable small scale. The upholstery is quite new, although not original. Height: 44 in. Width: 26 1/2 in. Depth: 21 in.
sw02122 - $18,500
This is a very fine small and delicate mirror. A related example is illustrated in The Mirror Book, American and English by Herbert F. Schiffer. (See scan below.) Note the beautiful scrollwork carving that arches the bird, which is further introduced into the lower section of its carved elements. Also note the crimped corners at the edge of each mirror, and these are the details that show the fine work of an inspired artisan. The mirror is original and it’s a little gem. Height:...
sw02069 - $6,500
This is a fine smaller scale mirror, of a form that’s generally considered a New York form. It is original in all its parts and makes an elegant statement in a home with Federal early furniture. Provenance: C.L. Prickett, Yardley, Pennsylvania Height: 51 in. Width: 21 in. Depth: 21 1/4 in.
sw02077 - $8,500
This is the finest form of the Chippendale swan’s neck (or scrolled) mirror. This is not a matched pair, but a true pair, as each of the Phoenix birds face each other when hung and make a dramatic statement together. Note the swan’s neck carving, with the leafage embellishments. Also, the carved scrollwork flanking the mirrored glass. It is the best and worthy of, for example, the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, etc. This came out of a fine New York Collection.
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The temperature tube is operational, however, the mercury tube is not filled. We find these excellent for decorative purposes for small vertical spaces, and in that regard, this is a fine example with all its parts.
sw02100 - $3,500
While non-period furniture is something we rarely, if ever, offer, this kneehole desk is an exception. It is hand made and, quality-wise, is as fine as a period example. Note the magnificent shell on the tombstone door. The claw and ball feet are fully developed with beautiful shells. The mahogany is quite heavy and the best. It is unusual with the second row of top drawers that give it a height closer to a bureau.
sw02101 - $9,500
This chair is among the finest Chippendale chairs available. It is are a carved masterpiece with large-scale fully commodious seats and the added embellishment of a serpentine shaped seat rail, further enhanced with brass tacks. If you study the splat detail image with a high resolution device, you will see the intricacy of the carving that is created out of the solid block of mahogany. For those who appreciate surface, look again at where the hand has used the piece. All rests on...
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Bird’s eye maple and satinwood inlaid case attributed to John or Thomas Seymour Provenance: Trinity Church, Boston Note: The attached letter from Kirtland Crump was written upon his examination of this clock. Height:103 in. Width:19 in.
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Referenced: Yale University Art Gallery, Rhode Island Furniture Archive #RIF5835 Newport/Providence produced some of the most desirable tall case clocks in the Colonies, hallmarked by their stylistic block and beautifully carved shell. This clock is especially desirable because of the engraved silver dial worked by Caleb Wheaton, a famous clockmaker of that period. Most dials were purchased outside the shop, however Wheaton was also an engraver and here he engraves his famous...
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Illustrated: Burt, Owen H.: Walter H. Durfee and His Curtis Girandole Clocks , The NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin , Feb. 2011, p.8 (See scanned pages below.) Referenced: Yale University Art Gallery Rhode Island Furniture Archive #RIF3407 Height: 45 in.
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The reverse painting of this clock is signed "D.J. Steele" in the sea. Out Durfee Girandole is similarly signed at the base of the throat glass. D.J. Steele was a well-respected Boston artist of Durfee's time, considered to be the best artist doing this kind of work. Height: 40 in. Length: 10 in. Depth: 4 in.
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Identification by Kirtland crump conjects that the tablet is an original period one that had putty added to the frames many years ago. The dial has an outstanding signature and is correct to this piece. Signed lyre clocks are rare and this is a fine example. Height: 38 1/2 in.
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Eight-day brass weight powered timepiece movement with outstanding original tablets and nice old finish. Minor imperfections. John Sawin was apprenticed to Aaron Willard, Jr. and was frequently employed by Simon Willard, Jr. He worked alone at 33 Cornhill in Boston from 1829-1863. Height: 43 in.
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Movement attributed to John Sawin. Case Attributed to John & Thomas Seymour or Circle. Provenance: Collection of Mark Shanaberger Illustrated: Distin & Bishop, American Clocks, p.124 Please see the three following images: A study of our clock by Kirtland H. ...
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Provenance: Kirtland H. Crump Shown below is an identification and appraisal of this clock by Kirtland H. Crump. This clock retains its original paper iron dial labeled by Curtis & Dunning Height: 38 in.
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The movement is stamped “A.D. Wilson / Prov, R.I.” who worked (1874-1927, see attached). He probably made this for Walter Durfee, who made the best time pieces at that time. An engraved panel inside the door indicates ownership through two Providence banks (see attached), and the painting on the dial is probably a Newport coastal scene. The craftsmanship of the case is superb. The variegated inlay offsets the mahogany case, which is of the solid. The modeling is very close...
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This small scale foot stool is elaborately developed around a theme that is illustrated in American Antique Furniture , Edgar Miller, Jr., illustration 1706. This example, however, is highly embellished with bold rosettes, all of which terminate with inwardly curved, scrolled feet. Height: 17 in. Width: 17 in.
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The shaped headrest with rolled crest and flanking cornucopiae, over a rectangular frame with bowed footrest with rope-carved decoration and applied anthemia. Height: 33 in. Depth: 22 in. Length: 86 in.
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Exhibited: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1923) Illustrated: Lockwood, Luke Vincent. Colonial Furniture in America , vol. II, fig. 660 Provenance: R.T. Haines Halsey, Francis P. Garvan, Bernard & S. Dean Levy This important crest rail is composed of three large ...
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One stool appears period, the other probably made sometime after, as it appears to have had less wear. They have historic horsehair fabric. Height: 8 in. Width: 13 in.
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There are many iterations of this sofa, and this is the very best of its type. The carving on the crest is as complex as it gets and carved to absolute perfection. The arm supports are beautifully defined with reeding almost vanishing to the top of the arm, and finished as if it were jewelry. Note the top of each of the reeded legs with the compressed serrated donut; this feature, although seemingly small is one of the nuances that makes for “the best of the form”. In his book, ...
sw01983 - Inquire for Price
This elegant sofa has fine stylized lines with a bowed seat making for a commodious and comfortable sofa. The arms are carefully scrolled and restrained as is the arching of the back which complements the seat. The legs are Hepplewhite in style with spade feet, which are reinforced with their original stretchers. Note the nice arch to the rear legs, which form a continuous line with the upholstered back. (See side view.) The fabric that is on it is a silk, as we received it. The...
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Found locally in Rhode Island, It is rare to find a complete potty stool of this period in original first surface. The secondary chestnut is secured to the case with original rosehead nails. While this stool served a utilitarian function, its form with shaped apron and feet give this compact form a strong pleasing visual image, and, in its own right, a notable form. Referenced: Yale University Art Gallery Rhode Island Furniture Archive #RIF4316 Height: 19 in. Width: 18 ½ in.
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This elegant sofa, which is great for use at the end of a bed, is illustrated in Richard Randall, American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston , cat.no.193. (see scan below). Length: 34 1/4 in.
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We have handled perhaps a half dozen of these models and in the three we can illustrate, one can see stylistically, the arch of the back is rather flat, in comparison to the other two. Also, note the development in the panels above the front legs, and compare the other models. Also, the treatment in the panel at the base of the sofa. See also: A related Sofa, in the Stanley Weiss Collection ( sw01135 ) A related Sofa, with Chinese Chippendale Feet ( sw00817 ) - Now Sold. So, if...
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This table was acquired ...
sw00769 - $12,000
This is a tall bed and makes an impressive statement, no doubt, for a large scale Philadelphia house. Slightly taller than most of this type, it has earlier square tapered legs, and not the usual fluted kind that would mimic the top of the tall post. Consequently, it is earlier, and leans closer toward a Chippendale form. The carvings are beautifully done and this bed has been enlarged (to accommodate a queen sized mattress*) by Joseph Kindig, who was one of the major dealers and...
sw01777 - $32,000
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