Auction  January 23, 2019

Highlights from Americana Week Auctions

Last week Christie's and Sotheby's held their Americana Week auctions, featuring a range of folk art, fine furniture, decorative arts, and other treasures. Featured below are highlights of these sales.

Grey Hound, J. Howard & Co., circa 1860, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, molded copper and cast-zinc weathervane
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Grey Hound, J. Howard & Co., circa 1860, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, molded copper and cast-zinc weathervane

Sotheby's The History Of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection Of David Teiger, January 20
Lot 1201

Estimate: $25,000 - $50,000
Sold: $125,000

Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949), Goat, Camel, Lion and Figures, circa 1939
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Bill Traylor (circa 1853-1949), Goat, Camel, Lion and Figures, circa 1939, graphite on repurposed card

Christie's Outsider and Vernacular Art, January 18
Lot 1011

Estimate: $75,000 - $100,000
Sold: $125,000

Long-billed Curlew
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Long-billed Curlew, American School, circa 1880-1890, Salem, Massachusetts area, polychromed wood decoy with wax eye

Sotheby's The History Of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection Of David Teiger, January 20
Lot 1255

Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000
Sold: $350,000

Dr. Andrew Aitkin (1757-1809), Mrs. Andrew Aitkin (Elizabeth Aiken, 1761-1811) and her daughter, Eliza Aitkin (1798-1885),
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Joshua Johnson (1765 -1865), Dr. Andrew Aitkin (1757-1809), Mrs. Andrew Aitkin (Elizabeth Aiken, 1761-1811) and her daughter, Eliza Aitkin (1798-1885), Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1805, oil on canvas

Sold together with an embroidered needlework sampler by the hand of the daughter Eliza, inscribed "Eliza Aitken is my name and with my needle I work the same And By This Work you may plainly see The Care my parents took of me / Baltimore November the19 1804 Aged 6 years"

Sotheby's Important Americana, January 17 & 20
Lot 1521

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
Sold: $675,000

Scott Family Chippendale Mahogany Dressing Table, Philadelphia, c. 1770
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Scott Family Chippendale Mahogany Dressing Table, Cabinetwork Possibly by Thomas Affleck (1740-1795), Carving Attributed to James Reynolds (c. 1736-1794), Philadelphia, c. 1770

Sotheby's Important Americana, January 17 & 20
Lot 1434

Estimate: $500,000 - $800,000
Sold: $375,000

A Large Native American Red-Painted Burlwood Open-Handled Bowl, American, Possibly Northeastern Woodlands, Late 17th/Early 18th Century
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A Large Native American Red-Painted Burlwood Open-Handled Bowl, American, Possibly Northeastern Woodlands, Late 17th/Early 18th Century

Christie's Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, January 17 & 18

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold: $137,500

Henry Darger work
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Henry Darger (1892-1973), 148 At Jennie Richee During fury of storm are unsuccessfully attached [sic] by Glandelinians / 149 At Jennie Richee narrowly escape capture but Blengins come to rescue (double sided)

Christie's Outsider and Vernacular Art, January 18
Lot 1006

Estimate: $250,000 - $500,000
Sold: $684,500

Francois-Joseph Bourgoin (active 1762-1817), Family Group in a New York Interior, 1807
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Francois-Joseph Bourgoin (active 1762-1817), Family Group in a New York Interior, 1807, oil on canvas

Christie's Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, January 17 & 18

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold: $93,750

Flying Horse, American School, circa 1860, Boston, Massachusetts, molded and sheet copper weathervane
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Flying Horse, American School, circa 1860, Boston, Massachusetts, molded and sheet copper weathervane

Sotheby's The History Of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection Of David Teiger, January 20
Lot 1244

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold: $62,500

An American Silver-Mounted 18-Karat Gold Three-Piece Tea Set, Mark of Ubaldo Vitali, Maplewood, New Jersey, Late 20th Century
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An American Silver-Mounted 18-Karat Gold Three-Piece Tea Set, Mark of Ubaldo Vitali, Maplewood, New Jersey, Late 20th Century

Christie's Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Prints, January 17 & 18

Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000
Sold: $62,500

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