Packed Crowd Produces Strong Prices At JSEA Americana Sale

Pair Of Sturtevant Hamblin Portraits Brings $64,350

November 29, 2019

The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Americana Auction held Nov. 15 and 16 was a highly successful event and produced robust prices, along with a few surprises, in multiple categories. The two-day format consisted of 1,734 lots, much of which was fresh to the market and, in a number of cases, had descended directly in the families of the original owners. Bidding was intense throughout each day, with thousands of registered bidders from numerous countries participating online in competition with a standing-room-only gallery crowd eager to acquire something rare and desirable.
Session one featured an excellent selection of 18th- and 19th-century glass, lighting, and ceramics, including rare blown three-mold articles, early lighting devices, colored candlesticks and vases, rare pressed lacy glass, flint EAPG, and an extensive selection of Staffordshire transferware including many rare American historical views. The top lot was a cut-glass presentation compote with finely engraved steam train, ca. 1860, probably made by C. Dorflinger. The striking object with crossover appeal drew much pre-sale interest and went to private collector from Philadelphia on the phone for $9,360. All prices reported include a 17-percent buyer’s premium.
Other noteworthy results from the first day included a free-blown whale oil stand lamp with rare cobalt blue saucer base at $6,435; an important “J. & C. Ritchie” lacy glass window pane selling for $4,095; and an English Black Americana transfer-printed ceramic pitcher at $3,276.
Session two consisted of the firm’s usual diverse selection of Americana and fine antiques, highlighted by important American and Georgian silver from the estate of Commander Buryl and Nelwyn Kay; an exciting group of American folk art from the collection of Jean and Robert Vogel, featuring fraktur, painted furniture, textiles, and ceramics; and an excellent selection of American needlework from the collection of Helen Sutton. Saturday’s offerings included a diverse range of rare 18th- and 19th-century objects that generated tremendous presale excitement. The top lot for day two, selling for $64,350, was an important pair of Sturtevant Hamblin folk art portraits of a brother and sister from a Bath, Maine, family. A fine early example of the artist’s work, the pair went to a determined collector on the phone. Other noteworthy results included a recently discovered Stirewalt family paint-decorated yellow pine box at $38,025; a Native American Plains Indian beaded pipe bag at $23,400; and a rare Myer Myers silver sauceboat, which realized $16,380.
A recent discovery, a fine Charles Burton profile portrait of a girl, sold for $22,230. Furniture offerings produced strong results overall, demonstrating some signs of vigor in what is an unpredictable segment of the market. Top performers in this category of the sale were a Jacob Fry (Woodstock, Va.) inlaid cherry tall-case clock at $14,040; an extremely rare Shenandoah Co., Virginia, inlaid walnut hanging spice box at $12,870; and a desirable Valley of Virginia punched-tin-paneled walnut sideboard safe selling for $9,360.
After the sale, company president and auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “We were very pleased with the strong interest across the board in this auction. The gallery was packed for session two on Saturday, resulting in a level of robust, sustained bidding that produced very strong results across all categories of the sale. A key part of that success was the fresh nature of most of the material offered. It was an honor to work with the Vogel collection and the Sutton collection, for instance, and we certainly hope to continue to attract more like consignments as they come to market.” Evans added, “Our multi-session June 2020 Americana Auction will feature several important collections of early glass, a fine group of material from a California collection, and several choice selections from collectors and estates across the country, so we are looking forward to another exciting sale.”
For complete auction results, a schedule of 2020 sales, or more information, visit, email, or call 540-434-3939.


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