On The Square

An Auction Series that Traverses the Atlantic

By Derek Koffi-ZIter

Jan 02,2023 | 11:00 EST

On January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2023, Pook & Pook Inc. will conduct auctions featuring over one thousand lots of antiques and art. This event will showcase several major collections spanning early colonial Americana to European antiques, and will feature items from numerous estates, museums, and individuals.

Wednesday, January 18th will be dedicated to the Collection of Margaret Berwind Schiffer, the largest known private collection of Chester County, Pennsylvania furniture. This collection comprises a wide range of rare and noteworthy pieces, including an important Harrisburg silk on gauze needlework sampler dated 1807 and a Collection of Charles II stumpwork featuring a silk embroidered casket in its original case. The collection also boasts nearly all examples of early Chester County furniture styles, including a rare inlaid Queen Anne walnut cupboard dating from ca. 1750. In addition, the auction will feature a vast collection of weathervanes, including a full-bodied copper gilt stag and a full-bodied copper horse and rider, as well as eighty lots of English and Dutch Delftware headlined by four English plates of Chester County interest dated 1738 and initialed WG for William Gregg.

Thursday, January 19th will feature the continuation of one of the most prestigious private collections of American pewter in history, the Collection of Drs. Donald and Patricia Herr, as well as the Collection of the Packwood House Museum of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The Herr Collection is highlighted by a number of rare Philadelphia pewter pieces, including a pewter flagon attributed to Johann Philip Alberti and engraved with the name Georg Kirchen, 1763, as well as works by renowned Philadelphia pewterer and patriot William Will and a rare late 18th century teapot potentially bearing the only known example of the Love touch mark. The Packwood House Museum collection encompasses a diverse range of items from Southeast Asia to Central Pennsylvania, including a 1790 vellum deed for land in Louisborough, a gunsmith's journal, a percussion combination gun, and various stoneware pieces. The museum is also known for its extensive collection of Pennsylvania quilts, fifty-one of which are featured in the sale. 


On January 20th, Pook and Pook will commence the final day of their three-day auction event with The Collection of F.R. "Bud" Lear III, a highly regarded assemblage of fifty-five lots of copper-alloy candlesticks manufactured prior to 1700. This collection offers a unique opportunity to examine the history and interrelationships between various European forms through exceptional and one-of-a-kind examples. Among the highlights is an extremely rare brass candlestick in the form of a standing Martin Luther, likely from Nuremberg and dating to the first half of the 17th century, which is the only known example of its kind. Other noteworthy items include two charming lion form candlesticks from 13th/14th century Europe attributed to the northwest, with designs derived from lion aquamaniles, and an early Tudor Chalice and Paten candlestick from mid-16th century England, which is an excellent example of both design and execution. The collection also includes a rare late 16th/early 17th century English Trumpet candlestick, one of only two surviving examples known, as well as a 15th century English double-socket arm candlestick and a small 15th century candlestick with two castellated sockets on Gothic pierced arms. To conclude the event, a Brougham undercut carriage manufactured by Brewster & Co. of Long Island, New York in the late 19th century will also be up for auction. This carriage has a notable provenance, having been originally made for Frederick Bourne, President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and later owned by the Strassburger Estate in Normandy Farms, Pennsylvania. This auction series, featuring a range of Americana and European antiques, will be live on Bidsquare.com and is not to be missed by collectors. Make sure to register to bid.

Derek Koffi-Ziter | Social Media and Content Manager at Bidsquare

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