On July 31st 2019, as the rest of the auction world prepares for the Fall Auction season, Pook & Pook, Inc. will be bidding goodbye to the summer season by hosting yet another one of their ever-popular Online Only Decorative Arts Auctions, through Bidsquare.com. Bidding for the auction will begin at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 31st with over 800 lots selling throughout the day. From excellent silver flatware, to interesting Oriental rugs, to fine timepieces, this sale showcases the exceptional variety and plentiful offerings that Pook & Pook is known for.
Wednesday’s sale will begin with an assortment of country Americana, with a focus on various pieces of pottery. A large selection of redware and stoneware lots will be on offer, alongside various pieces of Staffordshire, spongeware and chalkware. One lot sure to attract the attention of collectors is a Breininger redware standing dog figure ($200-$300), which features a jaunty dog with a playful monkey smoking a pipe riding on his back. Studio pottery from the 20th century will also feature in the sale, with an elegant covered jar by Harrison McIntosh (American 1914-2016) carrying a pre-sale estimate of $1,500-$2,000. Other collectibles in the sale include a group of quilts, a large assortment of painted wooden decoys, and a massive grouping of Russian lacquer boxes.
A number of interesting collections from all over the country have made their way into the sale, with one special group from an Ohio collector featuring various dentistry related material. One unusual lot from this collection is a large assortment of Civil War era cased dental tools, in their original brass bound walnut box, complete with various iron, ebony, and bone handled tools ($600-$800). Other items from the same collection include a late 19th century American Cabinet Company mahogany dental roll top work bench ($400-$600), a large group of colorless labeled apothecary bottles ($300-$500), and a Humphrey’s medicine cabinet, with original samples ($140-$240). Some other unique items for sale include a Bradley & Hubbard painted cast iron blinking eye dog clock ($400-$800), a Thomas Mercer Marine Chronometer ($400-$800), and a hollowed-out trunk barrel, inscribed 1863 Brady Gettysburg, PA ($200-$400).
Excellent American furniture in Pook’s July sale includes a bench made tiger maple two-part corner cupboard ($400-$700), a 19th c. Pennsylvania painted poplar farm table, retaining an old red surface ($400-$600), a Chinese red lacquer stand and cabinet ($140-$240), and a ladderback weaver’s chair, attributed to the Ware chairmaking family of southern New Jersey ($200-$400).
A large assortment of artwork will also cross the auction block, with excellent oil paintings, samplers, and painted trade signs offered alongside various botanical prints, cutwork silhouettes, and silk on linen embroidery. Items worthy of mention include a David Y. Ellinger painted pressboard eagle weathervane ($300-$400), and a pair of Alexander Calder lithographs ($300-$400).
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