The Collection Of Mark And Marjorie Allen Set For June 30 And July 1

Delftware Among Strong Categories Of Special Two-Day Sale

June 17, 2022

On Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1, Pook & Pook will present the collection of Mark and Marjorie Allen of New Hampshire. Well-known for English and Dutch delftware of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Allens had a large and comprehensive delftware inventory. The also collected and dealt in brass of the 17th and 18th centuries, pre-Federal American and country furniture, paintings, and export porcelain.
The rich diversity of goods available is reflected in the 625 lots of furniture, landscape and portrait paintings, delftware, brass, and other decorative arts to be sold over two days.
The sale opens with one of Mark Allen’s personal favorites, an important Chippendale walnut slant front desk, ca. 1760, attributed to the workshop of Thomas White, Perquimans County, N.C. Pictured in an article from “American Furniture” by John Bivins, edited by Luke Beckerdite, lot 1 will be a main attraction. Overall, the Allen furniture encompasses at least eight of the colonies and Canada, featuring many New England William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, and country examples.
Of particular note is the wide assortment of 18th-century tavern tables. There are Queen Anne and Windsor chairs to choose from and, perfect for displaying Delftware and brass candlesticks, a variety of hanging shelves and cupboards, wall cupboards, and a Pennsylvania walnut pewter cupboard. Tables include three New England examples, a William and Mary gateleg table, ca. 1740, a William and Mary flame birch gateleg table, and a cherry butterfly table. Other tables include a slight Delaware Valley Queen Anne walnut dressing table, ca. 1760, with squared cabriole legs and unusual Spanish feet. William and Mary furniture includes a large walnut gateleg dining table, ca. 1740, also with Spanish feet, and a large Hudson Valley William and Mary mahogany and gumwood gateleg table, ca. 1740. Fine case pieces include four from New England, a Queen Anne cherry chest-on-chest, ca. 1765, a Queen Anne cherry high chest, a Chippendale maple chest of drawers with elaborate scalloped apron and feet, and a Chippendale mahogany serpentine chest of drawers.
Painted furniture includes a New England pine barrel-back corner cupboard, and a Maine Sheraton chest of drawers, ca. 1815, retaining a swirl decorated surface with yellow and green striping. Another highlight is a finely detailed Bergen County, N.J., painted cupboard, ca. 1810, retaining an old red surface. Chests include a Massachusetts joined oak blanket chest, late 17th century, a China Trade camphorwood chest, and New England and Pennsylvania miniature blanket chests.
Over 50 lots of candlesticks include many English Queen Anne brass, English bell metal, English brass six shell, English Georgian, Dutch Heemskirk, Spanish brass, and a pair of engraved brass Huguenot candlesticks.
Delftware steals the show with lot 487, a rare Dutch Delft five-piece garniture set, mid-18th century, decorated in the Imari palette. An early Dutch majolica blue dash small charger, ca. 1625, depicts an urn of tulips, while a Dutch Delft Adam and Eve charger is from later in the 17th century.
Other 17th century wares include chargers and plates possibly from the Pickelherring Factory. A polychrome Delft vase ca. 1700 is initialed by Adrin Pynacher, and a ca. 1700 plaque is marked by Jacobus Pljnocker. Dutch blue and white Delft tobacco jars stand alongside polychrome jars, a pair of which is initialed “BP” for the De Blompot workshop. Urns, apothecary jars, posset pots, and pitchers form a colorful display of polychrome, blue and white, and chinoiserie. A rare Dutch Delft Dore sauce boat and undertray, ca. 1730, is signed by Zacharias Dextra, and a Dutch polychrome Delft horse and rider, made at the De Roos factory, has a fine form. English Delft includes blue dash Adam and Eve chargers, a late 17th-century London Delft blue dash tulip charger, a Bristol Delft King George portrait charger, and a blue and white William and Mary portrait plate. Worth saving for is a rare English blue and white Delft double money bank, ca. 1700.
English polychrome punch bowls, blue and white posset pots ca. 1700, apothecary jars, and vases are a few examples of the broad collection. There is also a large assortment of 18th-century Delft tiles.
The collection of Mark and Marjorie Allen will be exhibited for preview beginning on Saturday, June 25, at 9 a.m. For details, call Pook & Pook at 610-269-4040. For additional photos or information, email Pook & Pook is located at 463 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, Pa.


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