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Estates auction offers 18th century furnishings

Willis Henry Auctions is bringing to auction several selections of 18th century furniture and decor items, as well as jewelry and fine art, during a multi-estate auction scheduled for March 28.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Willis Henry Auctions, Inc. is holding a fine estates and antiques auction March 28 at the Radisson Hotel in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts.

An exceptional group of antique furniture and accessories from several collections will be offered including the estate of Priscilla Alden (Crocker) Archibald of Powder Point, Duxbury, Massachusetts (world traveler, artist, and active in garden clubs); the estate of

Tiger maple desk

18th century Queen Anne tiger maple desk on frame (Photo courtesy Willis Henry Auctions)

Bill Moore of Milton, Massachusetts (taught at Milton Academy for 30 years, collected New Hampshire landscapes and assorted antiques from St. Johnsbury, Vermont); as well as several private collections.

Some of the items to be auctioned include an 18th century desk on frame in maple, tiger maple and chestnut with an old red stain crackle finish, which has been passed down from the Solomon Lincoln family of Hingham, Massachusetts; an early 19th century Federal two-piece secretary in mahogany with glazed doors on the top; an 18th century Queen Anne tiptop tea table with snake legs; an early 18th century maple and ash armchair with tall turned finials; an 18th century maple and pine corner chair with brown/red stain; a Sheraton diminutive drop leaf table on wheels; two Chippendale tall chests with six graduated drawers; several Chippendale four-drawer chests; a set of six 19th century birdcage Windsor armchairs; a set of six 19th century Pennsylvania plank seat side chairs; three 18th century Governor Winthrop desks; and several other desks, chests, chairs, and blanket chests.

Important accessories include approximately 65 lots of jewelry from the estate of Priscilla Archibald (diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, turquoise as necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins). Four pieces appraised by EGL USA at $20,000 to $30,000, and four pieces appraised by EGL USA at $2,000 to $3,000.

Many fine paintings, prints and watercolors from artists such as Joseph Lindon Smith, Benjamin Champney, Ralph Blakelock, William Preston Phelps, F. Stewart Greene, W.H. Titcomb, James Lechay; a collection of books also from the estate of Priscilla Archibald; Native American pottery, Hawaiian bowls, stoneware and crocks; country store regulator clock; mirrors; lamps; Oriental rugs; Asian items including Japanese tsuba, Chinese pottery, a large fan with cranes and blossoms, and Chinese calligraphy.

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