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Winter Americana & International auction set for Jan. 27

Extensive collections of coin-operated slot machines and trade stimulators, and Oriental rugs, as well as stoneware and redware, are among the headlining objects in Pook & Pook's Jan. 27 auction.

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — Pook & Pook, Inc. is presenting its Winter Americana & International auction Saturday, January 27th 2018 starting at 10 a.m. Nearly 450 items will cross the auction block.

The selection includes a variety of Americana standards featuring a large collection of blue decorated stoneware. In addition, an assortment of redware with slip, and fine Pennsylvania-made furniture is on offer. These items join an assortment of international objects, such Chinese Canton porcelain, and Swiss music boxes. Additionally, a group of sixty Oriental rugs will cross the auction block.

Bidding options include in-person at the Pook & Pook, Inc. gallery, telephone, absentee, and online through

Coin-Ops Leading Off Winter Americana Auction

Kicking off the sale is a collection of 46 coin-op slot machines and trade stimulators. Within the collection are 39 machines by prolific 19th and 20th century coin-op manufacturer, O.D. Jennings & Co. A 74-inch carved Native American Indian Chief machine represent some of the lots on offer. 

Thirty-six oil paintings will follow in sale, beginning with a thoughtful landscape attributed to George Inness ($2,000-$3,000). Furthermore, two Antonio Jacobsen maritime oil paintings ($3,000-$6,000) and William Sydney Mount’s costal scene, Along the Noth Shore, Long Island ($4,000-$6,000) will come before bidders. Works on canvas include contributions by Henri Matisse, Marcel Dyf, and a 43 ½” x 53” painting of Bacchus and Ariadne, after Titian ($5,000-$7,000). The offering of oil on canvas paintings culminates with an Eastman Johnson interior scene. It's dated ’68, retaines its original gilt frame inscribed with the artist’s name ($12,000-$18,000). If Eastman Johnson’s name is familiar, it is because his name appears above the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, owing to his status as co-founder.

Antique Cello Brings Celebrated Provenance

Also up for bid is an American maple cello. It bears a label with the inscription “Johann Antes me

Antes maple cello

American maple cello produced (All photos courtesy of Pook & Pook)

fecit in Bethlehem 1763” ($5,000-$10,000).Antesan 18th century Montgomery Country resident, is credited as the first bowed string instrument maker in America, with few examples of his work still surviving. Furthermore, this Antes cello may very well be the earliest remaining American-made cello.

A myriad of tavern tables, cupboards, Windsor chairs, dower chests and chests of drawers present many opportunities for buyers. An 18th century painted poplar hanging cupboard is making its second appearance in just over a decade at Pook & Pook. The piece may bring $5,000 to $10,000. Additionally, the sale features a selection of antique and vintage clocks. Among the highlights is a George Eby dwarf clock ($20,000-$30,000), a Daniel Pratt painted wall clock ($1,000-$2000), a George II bracket clock ($3,000-$5,000), and several tall case clocks.

In addition, eye-catching examples of early American silver tureen featuring the artistic touch of Samuel Kirk, may bring $3,000 to $5,000. Other items of note include various examples of fraktur, a collection of carpet balls, and a compilation of early New England silhouettes with identified locations and sitters. Wrapping up the sale will be a collection of more than sixty Oriental rugs, featuring a fine room-sized Serapi example.

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