Largest Sale In History Of Pook & Pook Loaded For Oct. 5, 6, And 7

American Stoneware, Fraktur, Needlework, Period Furniture Just A Few Strong Categories Represented

September 23, 2022

Over three days on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 5, 6, and 7, Pook & Pook will present its largest ever Americana and International sale. The outstanding quality and quantity of antiques and artwork that has come through the auction house’s doors this year continues to amaze. It was difficult to limit the sale to just over 1,400 lots, which feature nine private collections and estates among further consignments.
Session one begins with the collection of Max and Polly DeHart, who had a farm in Milton, Pa. They were once guided by their friend Bill Koch, the legendary dealer and collector from Milton, who helped them discover many fine Central Pennsylvania antiques. Among the treasures are three fine Pennsylvania Dutch cupboards: a 19th-century Northumberland County poplar two-part cupboard retaining its original red surface, originally found in the Rissers Mill Homestead; a walnut two-part cupboard, ca. 1810, with chamfered corners, the base with shell carved doors and French feet, which came from Koch; and a painted poplar two-part cupboard, retaining its original red wash surface, also from Koch. Also of note is a watercolor scherenschnitte, dated 1759, signed Hanz George Petry; a pair of Jacob Maentel (1763-1863) bust-length portraits of a husband and wife; an excellent William Otto fraktur birth certificate for Lidia Otto, b. 1843, ex. Hattie Brunner (1961); and three Francis Portzline, Union County fraktur birth certificates.
Some exceptional fraktur is in the sale. One example with bold spread wing eagle, potted flowers, and angel heads, ex. John Gordon, and another, Centre County, with profusely decorated bird trees emanating from hearts, ex. David Wheatcroft.
The estate of Elaine B. Buck of West Chester, Pa., will include 200 lots with painted furniture, burl bowls, bird trees and a full bodied copper cow weathervane, 19th century, with cast zinc head, retaining an old verdigris surface with traces of gilt.
For the voyagers at heart, there is a collection of boats by Frank G. Griffin of Saginaw (1863-1936), Michigan, a tinsmith and sheet metal worker. In 1924, he was the first prize winner in a nationwide contest conducted by Popular Science to discover the most unique personal hobby. Griffin created intricate ship models after lengthy research, working from blueprints with no dimensions. Ending the first session are 85 lots of Historical Blue Staffordshire.
Session two begins with fine art. Artwork includes work by Charles Henry Demuth (1883-1935), a Lancaster, Pa., painter whose academic credentials include Drexel University, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Academie Colarossi, and Academie Julian. According to the Demuth Museum, Demuth began spending his summers in the New Hope artist enclave during his PAFA years of 1908-11. A watercolor view of Lambertville, N.J., bears a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Water Club, 10th Annual Philadelphia Water Color Exhibition 1912 label verso. Other notable art lots include a profile portrait by Jacob Eichholtz; a profile portrait by Jacob Maentel; two oil-on-canvas landscapes by Hermann Ottomar Herzog; a Thomas Birch coastal scene with rowboats and sailboats; a David Brumbach watercolor of the Star Barn, a Gothic Revival landmark; and fine early oil-on-canvas renditions of Gilbert Stuart’s iconic Lansdowne portrait of George Washington and Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” From a Carlisle, Pa., collection comes a special Corinne Mitchell (1914-93) abstract oil-on-burlap landscape titled “West Virginia,” signed and dated ’75. Corinne Mitchell has the honor of being the first African American to have a solo exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Also from this collection comes a Hattie Klapp Brunner cabin scene. Among the marquee artworks in the sale is an oil-on-canvas by Indonesian artist Affandi, who is one of Southeast Asia’s most important 20th century painters.
The Michael and Susan Hudson collection is a good assortment of mostly 18th-century furniture and decorative items from their historic 1739 home, the Philip Rogers House, in Warwick Township, Pa. One highlight is an exquisite Chester County Queen Anne walnut spice chest-on-frame, ca. 1740, with two tombstone panel doors enclosing a fifteen-drawer interior, resting on a three-drawer base, supported by graceful cabriole legs terminating in Spanish feet. A Massachusetts Queen Anne mahogany wing chair, ca. 1765, has an elegant arched back and outward scrolling arms, over cabriole legs ending in pad feet joined by stretchers, and a 1770 Chester County Queen Anne tiger maple tea table has a Joe Kindig and Dr. Donald Shelley provenance.
Important redware includes a Pennsylvania redware charger with yellow slip bird on branch decoration and George Horace Lorimer provenance and a Pennsylvania Snow Hill Nunnery redware bowl.
The collection of Dr. Robert P. Shack, of Short Hills, N.J., is a selection of American art and antiques, including a Massachusetts Chippendale mahogany tall case clock, late 18th century; a Philadelphia Queen Anne walnut tall case clock, ca. 1760; and a Johann Berthelsen (1883-1972) New York City winter landscape, “Metropolitan Opera House Looking Towards Times Square,” 1965.
Like opening the big 120-count box of Crayola crayons, the sales room is a blaze of color with stacks upon stacks of 19th-century firkins and bentwood pantry boxes in every shade of the rainbow, from mellow to vibrant.
From the estate of Peter Tillou comes a Berks County, Pa., swivel barrel long rifle, approximately .50 caliber, attributed to Adam Angstadt (1740-1812), with a boldly figured maple stock. Another highlight is his 1999 Bentley Azure convertible. When new, it commanded $399,000.
There is a Mahantongo Valley painted pine dower chest dated 1813, inscribed Christina Rebbuck, together with a printed and hand-colored fraktur birth certificate for Christina, illustrated and discussed in Reed’s “Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley.” Also, a Berks County painted pine blanket chest, attributed to Jacob Blatt (1801-78), retaining its original vibrant salmon decoration, illustrated in Fales’ “American Painted Furniture,” will be sold.
Session three begins with a fine 40-piece collection of mostly early New York stoneware consigned from a Michigan collection. Among them are pieces by Clarkson Crolius, John Remmey III, Paul Cushman, Warne & Letts, and four pieces by Thomas Commeraw.
The top lot of stoneware may be an outstanding Chester County, Pa., two-gallon watercooler with a bold cobalt spread wing eagle clutching an olive branch, with a banner inscribed “J.P.M. Grier’s Stoneware Pottery M. Jordan – All Kinds of Stoneware Constantly on hand,” and a single flower with swag verso. This is a scarce form by this potter and probably his finest work extant. The Mount Jordan Pottery was operated by the Grier family from 1828 until 1910. The cooler was purchased at an onsite auction for the estate of Ralph J. Grier II in Oxford, Pa., in 1994.
Important silver lots include both Georg Jensen six-piece and four-piece sterling silver tea and coffee services and an American silver teapot made by Joseph Shoemaker (Philadelphia, 1793-1829). The top expected silver lot is a pair of Paul Revere Jr. coin silver tablespoons, Boston, Mass., ca. 1789, monogrammed “JHB.”
The gallery exhibition will start on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. Rounding out the month will be three additional sales, Coins and Jewelry on Wednesday, Oct. 26; The Barry and Nancy Yodis Country Primitives sale on Thursday, Oct. 27; and an Online Only Decorative Arts sale on Friday, Oct. 28.
To learn more, call 610-269-4040 or visit www.pookandpook.com.

 

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