The first day of the Important Americana sale is led by exceptional examples of American silver, including the Joseph Jefferson Cup: A Massive American Silver Presentation Cup, Modeled by W. Clark Noble, Cast by Gorham MFG. Co., Providence, RI, 1895-96. Another highlight of the silver on offer is an American Silver, Copper, and "German Silver" Scale Model of Independence Hall, John Dean Benton, Philadelphia, 1875, commissioned by Philadelphia self-made financier, railroad and shipping magnate Edward Collings Knight. Also being offered is the Ptarmigan Vase: A Monumental Copper, Silver and Gold Mokume Vase,circa 1900-05 made for the Tiffany & Co. designer Paulding Farnham.
In addition to the strong group of works by John James Audubon on offer, the prints in the first day of the sale are led by The Bloody Massacre (Brigham Plate 14) by Paul Revere. The day's offerings also include approximately 40 lots of Chinese export porcelain, featuring a Rare Blue Enameled and Gilt 'Fitzhugh' Pattern Part Tea Service and a good group of blue and white Kangxi period porcelains.
The second day of the sale begins with American stoneware assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hochberg. The Important Americana exhibition marks the first time in over 20 years that the 103 pieces have been on public view. The works are led by An Important Salt-Glazed Stoneware Four-Gallon Jug Decorated with a Standing Horse with Fences, J & E Norton, Bennington Vermont, 1850-59. Another highlight is an Important Salt-Glazed Stoneware Cobalt-Blue Incised Heart-Shaped Inkwell, New York, 1728-65.
The sale continues with American furniture, led by the Important Searls Family Chippendale Chest of Drawers, Attributed to Nathan Lombard, Sutton, Massachusetts, circa 1800. Few other comparable American chests are known with a shaped front and ambitious inlaid decoration of this exceptional quality. The furniture on offer features an unusually large group of bonnet-top and flat-top high chests of drawers from both New England and Philadelphia, as well as a remarkable selection of chests and tables. The high chests are led by The Winslow Family Queen Anne Bonnet-Top High Chest of Drawers, attributed to Benjamin Frothingham, Charlestown, Massachusetts, circa 1770. Another furniture highlight is An Important Chippendale Five-Leg Serpentine-Front Games Table, New York, circa 1760. The hinged top opens to reveal a yellow damask playing surface fitted with candle reserves and wells. A Very Fine and Rare Chippendale Slant-Front Desk, possibly New Hampshire, circa 1790 is a rare example of block-front shell-carved furniture from New England.
American folk art in the sale is led by Ammi Phillips's Portrait of a Rosy Cheeked Young Girl in a Pink Dress painted circa 1832. Additional highlights of the American folk art on offer include the earliest known image of President James Madison's House, 'Montpelier,' Orange, Virginia. A rare and important Fishing Lady/Shepherdess and Piper Canvaswork Picture, done by Polly Burns, Boston, circa 1768 is one of the earliest and most extravagantly worked schoolgirl embroideries done in the mid-18th century in pre-Colonial Boston by the daughters of Massachusetts's most prestigious families..