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Nearly 400 examples of fine Americana coming to auction block Jan. 13

Two 18th century painted chests are among the array of fine Americana items set to cross the auction block Jan. 13, during Pook & Pook Inc.'s Americana auction.
Painted Americana poplar chest

Fulton County, Pa. painted poplar diminutive dower chest, attributed to Joel Palmer. (All photos courtesy Pook & Pook)

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — On January 13th, 2017, Pook & Pook, Inc. presents a small yet important auction of fine Americana. The sale includes a little under four hundred pieces and begins at 6 p.m.

Bidding options include in-house, phone and absentee, as well as internet bidding facilitated by

Fine art is particularly well-represented in this winter fine Americana auction. First is a Harry Leith-Ross winter scene entitled “Sledding.” The painting is one of the finest examples of Leith-Ross’s work on the market. It features a group of children pulling their sleds down a country road past a farmhouse and barn. Other highlights include James Peale, Sr. and John Frederick Peto still life pieces with provenance from Kennedy Galleries and a Jamie Wyeth watercolor titled “The Rain Barrel,” a piece coming to Pook & Pook, Inc. from a private Radnor, Pennsylvania collection. Eugene Speicher’s portrait of a “Woman with a Fur Collar and Green Sash” is another strong addition. As is an Alexander Stuart portrait of a racing yacht at full sail. Along with multiple pieces from Martha Walter, Carl C. Weber and William Lester Stevens.

Pook & Pook, Inc. will also offer a Winslow Homer gouache, pen, and ink on paper sketch titled “Defense of the Baggage Train.” The piece has provenance from Gavin Spanierman and Gerald Peters Gallery and is included in a catalog of Homer’s work by Gerdts and Goodrich.

Painted Chests Lead Off Furniture Portion of Americana Sale

From fine art to exceptional furniture, the January 13th fine Americana auction is packed full of

Peale Sr. still life fruit painting

James Peale, Sr. (American 1749-1831), oil on panel still life with fruit.

quality pieces. A Berks County, Pennsylvania painted pine blanket chest, attributed to Jacob Blatt, is a highlight. This noteworthy piece boasts an original vibrant salmon fan and circle decoration. A Fulton County painted poplar diminutive chest is also one to watch. It is attributed to Joel Palmer and retains a bright red surface with central flower urns and flanking tulips, making it one of the finest Palmer chests extant.

Another highlight is a Pennsylvania walnut two-part Dutch cupboard with a boldly-molded cornice and base. This circa 1790 piece is from the collection of Harry Hartman and most recently, a private Douglassville collection. Pook & Pook, Inc.’s January auction also features several tall case clocks, including one by renowned maker Benjamin Chandlee, Jr. Complete with its blind fretwork-carved sarcophagus bonnet, this is a lovely example of Chandlee’s work.

Decorative Arts Add to Auction

Other fine Americana decorative arts highlights include folk art standouts, such as a decorative Montgomery County sgrafitto redware charger, and unique items such as a Montgomery County Schwenkfelder wool townscape, dated 1855 and wrought by Mary Ann Heebner. Those interested should also keep an eye on a New Jersey or New York chip-carved gumwood spoon rack with a lollipop finial and allover pinwheel decoration and a Philadelphia silver coffee pot, circa 1755, bearing the touch of Elias Boudinot and the elaborately engraved coat of arms of the Clay family.

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