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One of only five known silver drum-form tea pots by Paul Revere Jr. is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at Christie’s sales of Important Americana this week.
One of only five known silver drum-form tea pots by Paul Revere Jr. is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000 at Christie’s sales of Important Americana this week.

Boston silver and furniture are among the top offerings being auctioned in the upcoming Americana Week in New York.

A rare circa 1782 drum-form silver tea pot with the mark of Paul Revere Jr. and engraved with the monogram “CC” is expected to be the top selling silver at Christie’s auction of Important American Silver, Furniture, and Folk Art Thursday and Friday. It is expected to bring $150,000-$250,000.

There are only four other known drum-form tea pots by Revere, three of them in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.


Two Boston tea tables, a Boston chest-of-drawers, and a New Hampshire armchair are expected to be among the top selling furniture

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The 1740-60 Queen Anne mahogany tea table with slides, described as “an exceptionally rare survival of the most highly developed form of Queen Anne tea tables made in 18th-century Boston” has a $600,000-$800,000 estimate, while the 1730-50 Queen Anne tray-top tea table with drawer has a $250,000-$350,000 estimate.

The circa 1740 Queen Anne japanned bonnet-top high chest-of-drawers has a $100,000-$200,000 estimate and the 1735-43 Queen Anne carved maple armchair attributed to John Gaines III (1704-43) of Portsmouth, N.H., has a $200,000-$300,000 estimate.

Topping all the furniture in the sale is a recently discovered Newport masterpiece, a circa 1770 Chippendale carved mahogany block-and-shell bureau table signed by John Townsend (1733-1809), arguably America’s greatest Colonial cabinetmaker. It is expected to bring $700,000-$900,000.

Topping the folk art is “Penn’s Treaty” ($600,000-$900,000), Edwards Hicks’s depiction of the iconic American legend of William Penn’s treaty with the Delaware tribal chiefs. Hicks (1780-1849), a Bucks County, Pa., native who worked as a sign painter and coach maker before becoming a Quaker minister, is said to have taught the gospel with his paint brush.


The Americana auction continues on Jan. 28 with the sale of English pottery and Chinese export art.

Included in the pottery offerings is a collection formed in the 1920s and ’30s by William Burton Goodwin (1864-1940), a Biddeford, Maine, native and New York lawyer, and which was on loan to the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art from 1983 to 2012.

The Chinese export porcelain is highlighted by the “Lady Washington States China” dish ($30,000-$40,000) presented to Martha Washington in 1796 by Andreas van Braam Houckgeest, a director of the Dutch East India Company.

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A circa 1755 Boston Queen Anne tea table with candle slides and a circa 1770 Boston Chippendale bonnet-top block-front chest-on-chest are among the expected top selling furniture at Sotheby’s auction of Important Americana Friday and Saturday.


The Queen Anne table ($500,000-
$1 million), according to family history, was owned originally by Sarah Bradlee Fulton (1740-1836) and her husband, John (1733-90), a cousin of steamboat inventor Robert Fulton. It was possibly purchased following their marriage in 1762 for their home in Medford. Sarah, who grew up in Boston in a family of patriots, was a leader of the Daughters of Liberty, caring for the wounded at Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War and delivering dispatches behind enemy lines to General George Washington, who later honored her with a visit to her Medford home. The Chippendale chest-on-chest attributed to the Charlestown cabinetmaker Benjamin Frothingham (1774-1809) is expected to bring $150,000-$300,000. It is from the collection of 18th- and early-19th-century furniture of Dr. Larry McCallister, which includes three pairs and four single chairs attributed to the Boston Federal father and son cabinetmakers John and Thomas Seymour.

Topping the group is a pair of circa 1804-10 flame -birch veneered and carved mahogany sabre leg side chairs ($60,000-$120,000), followed by a similar pair of chairs but with replacements ($30,000-$60,000), one of which has a plaque inscribed “George Washington’s Headquarters, Craigie House, Cambridge.” The other chairs have variations in their design and estimates ranging from $30,000-$50,000 to $10,000-$20,000.

The auction’s expected top selling furniture is a circa 1755 carved mahogany easy chair ($800,000-$1.2 million) described as representing “both the costliest form and highest achievement of Philadelphia chairmaking.”

Topping the more than 150 lots of silver is a soup tureen, cover, and stand ($200,000-$300,000) made in London in 1799 by Paul Storr and engraved with the seal of the Bank of the United States and the arms of Thomas Willing, the president of the bank who was presented the tureen by the stockholders.

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Headlining Copley Fine Art Auctions’ third annual Winter Sale in New York Monday is a preening eider drake by Augustus Aaron Wilson (1864-1950) of South Portland, Maine’s premier decoy carver. The auction starts at 11 a.m. at Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, on Park Avenue.

Described by Stephen P. O’Brien Jr., chairman of the Newbury Street auction company, as “one of the finest traditional Maine decoys to ever be offered at public auction,’’ the sea duck has a $150,000-$250,000 estimate.

Other important decoys include a circa 1900 turning bluebill drake ($50,000-$70,000) by Ira D. Hudson (1876-1949) 0f Chincoteague, Va.; a circa 1910 dowitcher ($40,000-$50,000) by A. Elmer Crowell of East Harwich (1862-1952); a 1936 broadbill drake ($30,000-$50,000) by the Ward Brothers, Lemuel T. (1896-1983) and Stephen (1895-1976), of Crisfield, Md.; and a circa 1850 hollow Eskimo curlew ($30,000-$50,000) by William Folger (1820-95) of Nantucket.

Headlining the more than 50 paintings in the sale is “October Hunting” by Philip R. Goodwin (1882-1935), the Norwich, Conn.-born painter and illustrator known for his hunting, fishing, and wildlife scenes. The 25-by-36-inch oil, which depicts two men in a canoe returning from a successful hunt, was the frontispiece for Scribner’s October 1911 issue. The estimate is $125,000-

Among the other important works are Ansel Adams’s 1942 print “Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming” ($40,000-$60,000), Percival Leonard Rosseau’s 1918 oil “Irish Setters on Point” ($30,000-$40,000), and Aiden Lassell Ripley’s watercolor “Black Ducks Coming In” ($25,000-$35,000).

Virginia Bohlin can be reached at globe