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Shaker Auction with Willis Henry Auctions

September 7, 2013 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Cupboard over Case of Drawers, Pine, Red Stain, 75 3/8” h, 47 3/4” w, 19 1/2” w  See Shaker Design, June Sprigg, Item 3, Page 28, Exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1986

Cupboard over Case of Drawers,
Pine, Red Stain, 75 3/8” h, 47 3/4” w, 19 1/2” w
See Shaker Design, June Sprigg, Item 3, Page 28,
Exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1986

SESSION ONE: McCue Collection, Part II: Original Shaker Furniture and Accessories, many pieces were exhibited at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Institution, & The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Exceptional provenance from Dr. McCue’s journal documenting purchases from the Andrews, and the Shaker Sisters at Hancock, MA; Canterbury, NH; Sabbathday Lake, ME; and New Lebanon, NY. Cupboard Over Drawers in original cherry red painted finish; original chrome yellow Blanket Chest (purchased from Eldress Emma King at Canterbury); Rare Trustee’s Desk (ex. Mrs. Benjamin Moore), originally from Union Village, OH; Sister’s Sewing Desk from the Jordan Collection; Tailoring Counter; Cupboard Over Drawers; Writing Desk; Rocking and Side Chairs; Storage Boxes; Blanket Chests; Trestle Tables; Stove and Tools; Oval Boxes; many Books; Textiles, etc.

Immediately followed by:

SESSION TWO: Shaker from Estates and Collections: Many pieces in original painted finishes, and featuring an 18th c., John Winkley, Canterbury Shelf Clock; Shaker from Ed Clerk’s collection including rare red bench, tin candle sconce and Ohio rocker; fine sewing items from the James Bissland estate and much more; and other important collections including Enfield, NH chairs, tiger maple stands, tables, cupboards, oval boxes, baskets, ephemera, and manuscripts. 

Auction Previews will be held on:

Thursday, September 5th, 2pm to 5pm

Friday, September 6th, 11am to 5pm

Saturday, September 7th, 9am to 10:30am

Selected Items from both Sessions

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  • Cupboard (Session 1, Lot 9)

    9_1Yellow stain with varnish, used in the Kitchen of Hancock Trustees Office, signed on bottom of right hand drawer, purchased from the Hancock Shakers.

    7′ 3.5″ h, 40.25″ w, 13.25″ d.

  • Blanket Chest (Session 1, Lot 16)

    16_1Original chrome yellow painted finish, purchased from the Canterbury Shakers in 1949; illustrated in Religion in Wood, Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith, 1971, p. 72; exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1964.

    28.5″ h, 42.5″ w 18.75″ d.

  • Tailoring Counter (Session 1, Lot 30)

    30_1Original bittersweet orange stained finish, New Lebanon, NY, purchased from A. Hamilton in 1951.

    31.5″ h (to counter), 35.75″ h (to top of splash board), 6′ 6.5″ l, 26.5″ d.

  • Very Rare Shelf Clock (Session 2, Lot 35)

    35_1Pine and cherry, traces of red, signed “John Winkley, Canterbury, c. 1795.

    23″ h, 9″ w, 4.5″ d.

  • Rare Large Oval Carrier (Session 2, Lot 42)

    42_1Maple and pine, original chrome yellow painted finish, original yellow interior and bottom.

    4″ h (to rim), 8.5″ h (to handle), 14.5″ l, 10 7/8″ d.

  • Group image (Session 2, Lots 1, 3, 6, 7 and 30)

    New Postcard July 9 (web)Work Table (Lot 30) butternut and pine, original red stained finish, c. 1820-1840. 28″ hl, 29.75″ l, 17″ w.

    Sister’s Shoes (Lot 3) “ultramarine” blue cotton cloth, initialed in blue ink “G.D” (Grace Dahm), Hancock, MA. 8″ l.

    Spit Box (Lot 1) original mustard patina, signed in pencil “Anna Lane”, 3 1/8″ h, 8 3/4″ diameter.

    Two Oval Boxes (Lots 6 & 7) Sabbathday Lake, ME, original apple green painted finish, 3.75″ h x 8.75″ l; original heavy brick red painted finish, 2.75″ h, 7.5″ l.