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
Sold for $35,550 Skinner Auctions
$300-$500 Sold For $425
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