DOWNINGTON, Pa. — Pook & Pook, Inc. will start 2015 with an Americana Auction taking place on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 10AM.
The auction begins with an exciting find from the studio of neoclassical sculptor Hiram
Powers. Powers, born in Vermont in 1805, studied sculpting as a young man and moved to Italy in his 30’s to have access to better materials, including marble, and better exposure to techniques that would further his art. The piece being offered at Pook & Pook is a carved marble bust of Proserpine, the goddess of springtime, nestled in a corsage of leaves.
The auction continues with dozens of pieces of fine art including four pieces by Richard Evett Bishop (American 1887-1975).Bishop, who is probably best known for his detailed oil paintings of birds in flight, was also an accomplished landscape artist. Two of the four pieces being offered are his “Canal Near New Hope” and “Landscape Near New Hope”. An oil on canvas landscape by Fern Isabel Coppedge (American 1883-1951), titled “Golden Screen”, is expected to bring $5,000-10,000. Ten paintings by Antonio Pietro Martino (American 1902-1988) are set to cross the block including a wonderful piece titled “September Regatta” ($1,500-2,500) picturing a crowd of sailboats eagerly trying to pass one another.
Two paintings by romanticist painter Ralph Albert Blakelock (American 1847-1919) are sure to catch the eye of several interested buyers. Blakelock led a tragic life. His inability to support his wife and nine children led to depression and him spending decades in a mental institution. Unfortunately, it was only after he was institutionalized that his work began to become valuable and noticed. Even more unfortunate is that his doctors thought his belief that he had become a famous painter was one of his delusions and they continued to keep him in the asylum. Blakelock continued to paint on cardboard using his own hair. He was eventually released and continued to paint until his death in 1919.
Pook & Pook is offering two landscapes by Blakelock, each estimated at $2,000-3,000. Nine pieces by Seymour Remenick (American 1923-1999) are being offered. The works offered range from still lifes to landscapes to coastal scenes. Two pieces by Aldro Thompson Hibbard (American 1886-1972) will be sold. Hibbard is a prominent plein air American painter who is best known for his Vermont scenes. One of the pieces being offered at auction is his “October Day Vermont”, which is estimated to bring $3,000-5,000. A Thomas Birch (American 1779-1851) oil on canvas, titled “Fairmount Park”, is expected to bring $5,000-10,000. A detailed bucolic landscape by Francis Daniel Devlan (American 1835-1870) is anticipated to fetch $4,000-8,000.
An unusual collection of pieces by Franklin Chenault Watkins (American 1894-1972) are also being offered. Watkins art ranges from delightful floral still lifes to the darker side of the art world. The eleven pieces offered lean more towards his darker work, with nudes cowering in corners and eyes painted all black. An exciting find amongst the fine art is an incredible portrait of Abraham Lincoln painted by George Henry Story (American 1835-1923). Lincoln sat for Story on several occasions. Story used his sketches from these sittings to paint multiple portraits of the 16th president. Several other artists have pieces featured in this sale. Visit www.pookandpook.com to see them all.
Decorative accessories are spattered throughout the rest of the auction including stoneware, redware, weathervanes, gameboards, porcelain, a utensil box, hooked rugs, quilts, coverlets, baskets, a canteen, a fat lamp, a sketchbook, samplers, carpets, a mirror, portraits, an engraving, toleware, fraktur, folk art, chalkware, metalware, andirons, decoys, a trunk, a bird spit, a doll house, candlesticks, walking sticks, silver, puzzle jugs, burl bowls, door knockers, etc.
Over fifty lots of stoneware are scheduled to sell. A fun scrimshaw decorated panbone whale plaque depicting the ship Desdemona flanked by scenes of her crew harpooning is expected to fetch $1,500-2,500. Several beautiful weathervanes are sprinkled throughout the sale including a stunning sheet copper butterfly weathervane, late 19th
c., which is attributed to J. W. Fiske & Co., N.Y. and is expected to bring $4,000-8,000. A copper and zinc galloping horse and jockey weathervane, ca. 1890, is expected to bring $4,000-7,000. A fabulous swell-bodied copper rooster weathervane retains an old untouched verdigris surface reflected in its $8,000-12,000 estimate. A carved and painted folk art kangaroo, 19th c., still retains its original red and black spotted decoration. This particular piece is estimated at $5,000-10,000.
One of the most exciting lots coming up for auction is a 1912 Ford Model T Torpedo. The automobile has been deaccessioned from the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland and is estimated at $10,000-15,000. Also exciting for all toy collectors is a German Noah’s Ark, late 19th c., which includes Noah, his wife, sixty-two animals, and the ark, and should bring $1,500-2,500.
A range of beautiful furniture is for sale. Examples include bucket benches, dining chairs, cupboards, a pier table, a secretary, blanket chests, tall case clocks, a daybed, a slant front desk, sideboards, a card table, drysinks, a valuables cabinet, a wall cupboard, chests of drawers, dressing tables, Windsor armchairs, tavern tables, dower chests, etc. An outstanding painted Pennsylvania or Southern painted poplar dower chest, ca. 1800, is expected to bring $8,000-12,000. The dower chest is decorated with tulips, birds, and hearts. A Queen Anne walnut tall chest, ca. 1760, from Chester County, Pennsylvania, is predicted to bring $6,000-9,000 with its raised panel sides and ogee bracket feet.
Possibly the most impressive piece of furniture in the entire auction is a Lancaster, Pennsylvania Federal mahogany musical tall case clock from 1815. The eleven bells in this magnificent clock play seven different tunes and the clock was purportedly made for Martin Schreiner’s personal use and descended directly in the family until it was purchased by the consignor. This important Lancaster clockmaker’s piece is estimated at $50,000-70,000.
In the upcoming sale, over fifty lots are from the Judson family collection of Philadelphia
Tucker porcelain. These pieces are likely to be the last large lot sold by a descendant of Francis and Henrietta Judson. The Judsons amassed one of the most comprehensive private collections of Tucker porcelain in the United States.
Pook & Pook is also proud to offer sixty lots from the Estate of Fred L. & Doris M. Leas of East Berlin, Pennsylvania. Fred and Doris Leas were both born in the East Berlin, Pennsylvania. After their marriage in 1946, they settled in the same area where they lived and worked their entire lives. In the late 1960’s, Fred and Doris began what became a shared hobby of “collecting,” which started with old bottles. Some of these bottles were dug from dumping areas around their farm, while others were purchased at various estate and auction sales in the Adams County area. Their love of bottle collecting led to the collection of other various antique pieces collected throughout Adams and other nearby Pennsylvania counties.
By the early 1970’s, Fred and Doris decided it was time to scale down their farming operation and focus more of their time on the hobby they had come to mutually enjoy: antiquing. Fred and Doris operated a small shop which they appropriately called “Bottles and Old Stuff” to sell their ever-growing collection of treasures both large and small. The Leas family hopes their antiques will bring as much joy to a new family or collector as they did to the Leas family.
To see all of the lots in this auction, go to www.pookandpook.com. The gallery exhibition will begin on January 10th. Online bidding is available on Bidsquare at www.bidsquare.com.