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Estates auction offers up redware collection

An extensive selection of early American redware and stoneware, from the collection of a East Coast antique dealer, is among the headlining items in the March 29 auction at Willis Henry Auctions.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. – Willis Henry Auctions announces another estates auction, which will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth, Mass., on March 29, 2014, beginning at 11 a.m. The auction, a continuation of the sale of antique dealer Ed Clerk’s estate, offers Tiffany lamps and other lamps of the period, and some interesting paintings by artists such as Jimmy Ernst, whose work, “Tin Roof Blues” (1946), is offered in this sale.


Collection of redware offered at Willis Henry Auctions’ March 29 estates auction.Photo courtesy Willis Henry Auctions

Clerk’s taste ran in many directions, including a small collection of three Tiffany lamps, a Wilkinson table lamp with a fine shade, a Bellova desk lamp with a green watermelon shade and other lamps of that period. His interests ran from early 20th century antiques to fine early Americana (mostly sold in Willis Henry’s Nov. 16, 2013, sale), and, of course, his specialty: Shaker furniture and accessories, which will be sold on Sept. 6, 2014, at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass.

Another interesting estate up for auction includes a wide range of antiques: Chippendale chests, five Governor Winthrop desks, a long Harvest table with a set of painted chairs, several painted blanket chests, Asian art, Staffordshire, needlework, ironstone, a horse weathervane, 18th and 19th century tea and card tables, candlestands, chairs, looking glasses, Tiffany Studios bronze “Zodiak” desk sets, antique Oriental rugs, hunting and Audubon prints and a John F. Carlson painting of the harbor scene of Gloucester, Mass., originally purchased from Robert Vose of Vose Galleries, (early label Grand Central Art Gallery, N.Y.). Also offered is an extensive amount of fine sterling silver holloware and flatware, including Tiffany and Gorham and antique whale’s teeth, decorated with old and new scrimshaw.

Another estate offers a selection of early American redware and stoneware, as well as a collection of baskets, painted woodenware, an outstanding tin chandelier and country furniture and original patents.

18th century chest of drawers

Rare 18th c. Boston block front chest of drawers, mahogany, shaped and molded top, four graduated drawers with original Christmas tree brasses, bracket base with central drop pendant, old repair label pasted twice inside top drawer and on back inside “E.A. Husbener & Co., Dorchester, repaired & polished Feb 6 1901″. (Photo courtesy Willis Henry Auctions)

A small, 33-inch wide Boston block front chest of drawers made of Santo Domingan mahogany, and a rare, 25-inch high child’s 18th century Governor Winthrop desk are among the historical furniture selection. A historical ephemera collection relating to Hingham, Mass., will be auctioned as well. It includes Daniel Cushing’s will dated 1700; a booklet “Early Settlers of Hingham, New England”; and pamphlets and reports concerning the history of Derby Academy in Hingham.

An online catalog is available at For further information, call 781-834-7774 or email


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