Results: Sotheby’s 2017 Americana Week achieved $19.4 million across six blockbuster auctions. This unforgettable series of sales are testament to collectors' continued interest in the finest works of American furniture, folk art, silver, letters and manuscripts.
Auction Details: On Friday, 20 January and Saturday, 21 January Sotheby’s will offer Important Americana including Property from the Collection of Joan Oestreich Kend. The sale features American Folk Art, Furniture, Silver, Prints and Chinese Export Porcelain. Highlights from the Collection of Joan Oestreich Kend include an important Goddess of Liberty Gilt Copper Weathervane and paintings by William Matthew Prior, Charles Hofmann and Sheldon Peck. Other highlights of the sale include property from the collections of Kenneth and Joyce Volk, Bruce Westcott, George and Alma Staehle and property from a du Pont Collection.
The Colonial silver highlights include a rare, early silver tankard by Koenraet Ten Eyck of Albany, NY, circa 1710 that exemplifies the distinctive New York decorative elements of the time, and a pair of silver sugar tongs by Paul Revere, Boston, circa 1790. Also of great importance is a silver and mixed metal three-handled cup by Tiffany & Co. that serves as a historical record of the unknown craftsmen employed at Tiffany & Co. at the turn of the century. The cup was presented to workman Frederick Duesberg upon his retirement in 1901 and includes the names of fifty of his colleagues.
In addition to a selection of John James Audubon prints such as the Night Heron, Sotheby’s Americana auctions will include a full George Catlin portfolio of 25 hand-colored lithographs of American Indians and a set of 6 images of Niagara Falls, hand-colored aquatints after James Pattison Cockburn.
Including a selection of over 50 lots of Chinese Export porcelain, including European-subject wares, armorial plates, a service with faux marbré border and most notably an important punch bowl with two jugs en suite, made for the American shipbuilder Henry Eckford in the early 19th century and descended in the family.