Exceptional Early American Antiques

Black painted Queen Anne Tilt top Birdcage Tea Table 500x574 Exceptional Early American Antiques

As one of the world's leading auction houses Skinner offers collectors the chance to bid on many rare and desirable pieces.  Skinner Auctions sells some of the most interesting and attractive antiques.  Here are a few from their selections that I find most attractive.

Black-painted Queen Anne Tilt-top Birdcage Tea Table, possibly Southington, Connecticut, early 18th century, early surface of black paint over earlier red, (imperfections),  A label affixed to the top of the birdcage reads "This table belonged to Josiah Beardsley-Born 1807 and son of Eli Beardsley/ Born 1779/Josiah Beardsley married Rebecca Ann Mallory in 1828 (great, great, great Aunt and Uncle to Larry , Betty Lou, Wayne and Gary Emmon."  The following Genealogical information was taken from the Genealogical History of the Beardsley-lee Family in America, by Isaac Haight Beardsley, Colorado, and the Sherman, Connecticut Vital Records 1802-1850, from the Barbour Collection and transcribed by Coralynn Brown:  Josiah Beardsley the original owner of the table, was born in 1807 the second child of six born to Eli and Lucy (Glover)Beardsley.  Interestingly Eli was a blacksmith, Episcopalian, and Legislative Representative from Sherman, Connecticut, for three years and a state Senator for two years.  Josiah married Rebecca Mallory (or possibly Osborn) September 22, 1828.  He later married Mary Word in 1857.- Skinner Auctions

Queen Anne Black painted Carved Maple High Chest of Drawers Exceptional Early American Antiques

Queen Anne Black-painted Carved Maple High Chest of Drawers, attributed to Peter Bartlett, Salisbury, New Hampshire, late 18th century, the top section with five thumb-molded graduated drawers set into lower section on long drawer over three drawers, the center one with fan carving, on cabriole legs continuing to pad feet on platforms, joined by a valanced serpentine-carved skirt, and two turned drop pendants, old replaced brasses, old black paint over earlier red, (imperfections), ht. 75 1/4, case wd. 38 1/4, case dp. 19 in. Provenance: Oncethe property of John Page, who was Governor of New Hampshire from 1839 to 1841. Estimate $30,000-50,000 
Sold for $35,550  Skinner Auctions
Yellow painted Wooden Measure and Bucket Exceptional Early American Antiques
Yellow-painted Wooden Measure and Bucket, America, late 19th/early 20th century, the lapped-seam measure marked E.B. FRYE MANUFACTURER Estimate
$300-$500 Sold For $425    
Tiger Maple Tall Chest Exceptional Early American Antiques                                        
Tiger Maple Tall Chest, probably Rhode Island, late 18th century, six graduated drawers, the top and bottommost with two-drawer facades, replaced brasses, refinished, ht. 61 1/2, case wd. 36, dp. 18 in. Estimate $3,000-5,000  Sold for $4,740  Skinner Auctions
Classical Blue painted Birch Bureau New England Exceptional Early American Antiques

Classical Blue-painted Birch Bureau, New England, c. 1825, old turned wooden pulls, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 37 1/4, case wd. 38 1/4, dp. 16 1/2 in.
Estimate $800-1,200 Sold for $7,110 Skinner Auctions      

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