Our pick this week is Lot 360, an oil on canvas portrait of the race horse Elis to celebrate the 181st anniversary of his win at the classic St Leger Stakes in September 1836. Elis belonged to Lord George Bentinck, and is pictured here with his jockey, John Barham Day, and his trainer, John Doe. The St Leger Stakes were instituted in 1776 and still continue today, interrupted only once in 1939 with the outbreak of World War II. This portrait is dated 1838, after he retired from his two-year racing career, which boasted eleven wins out fifteen, finishing second in all four defeats. The canvas is monogrammed on the lower right by painter Abraham Cooper, a groom turned self-taught artist who later studied with animal painter Benjamin Marshall. This wonderful memoriam is estimated between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars and will be offered in our October Americana and International sale on October 7th at 9am EDT.
This week we would like to highlight Lot 272, a charming example of the work of Wilhelm Schimmel, a German immigrant who came to the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania in the 1860s. As he travelled around the valley, Schimmel repaid the hospitality of families who provided him with food and lodging by carving and painting pine animals as gifts. This glaring eaglet retains its original polychrome decorated surface, stands at only five inches high, and is estimated between 4,000 and 6,000 dollars. Wilhelm Schimmel’s eaglet will cross the auction block on October 7th at our highly anticipated Americana and International sale.
Featured in our Americana & International auction is Lot 236, an important Chippendale walnut tall case clock from Reading, Pennsylvania. Dating from 1795 and signed George Fix, this is one of the finest Reading clocks known and is in remarkable condition. The clock stands at an impressive 93 inches high, and boasts a broken arch bonnet highly adorned with carved floral vines, an eight day works, and a case with floral and diaper carved quarter columns and tall ogee bracket feet. Estimated between 15,000 and 20,000 dollars, this masterfully carved piece will be offered on October 7th.
Don’t miss this festive town-in-a-box, decked out for the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden to Princess Louise of Prussia! The entire German town is carefully and skillfully constructed of lithographed card stock, including buildings, bridges, rivers, trees, and people. Beaded pin and garland decorations festoon the streets, and each building bears an individual name. Lot 348 in our September Antique Toy Auction is this amazing world in miniature, housed in a period glass and wood case with a hinged lid. It is estimated between $3,000 and $5,000.
Our pick this week is one of a number of Bil Baird stick puppets offered in our September 15th Antique Toy Auction. William Britton “Bil” Baird was a renowned puppeteer of the 20th century, and is well-remembered for the Sound of Music’s “The Lonely Goatherd” puppet scene, which he produced and performed. This smiling gentleman here wears his original zoot suit and carries a tommy gun is lot 392 in the upcoming auction and is estimated at $300 to $400.
This week our pick is Lot 47, among the selection of pieces from the estate of George “Frolic” Weymouth at Big Bend. Frolic had a passion for nature and the arts, and founded the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. The marriage of these two interests is embodied in his enthusiastic collection of turtle decorations, which is represented in this sale by Lot 47, a leather turtle foot rest from the early 20th century. Coming in at 22 inches long, this stately reptile would be a handsome addition to any study or library. Lot 47 is estimated at $100 – $200, and will be available in our upcoming July 14th special auction.
Our pick this week comes out of the collection of George “Frolic” Weymouth. Lot 87 is a Southern landscape painted by Clifford Warren Ashley and is in untouched original condition, retaining its original frame. Ashley studied alongside N.C. Wyeth and later under Howard Pyle in Wilmington, DE. Ashley was also a respected knot expert, and is the author of the expansive Ashley Book of Knots. This excellent example of Ashley’s work will be offered in our July 14th special auction and is estimated at $4,000 – $6,000.
We are excited to offer pieces from Big Bend, the period home and farm of George “Frolic” Weymouth in our upcoming July 14th special auction. Frolic was passionate about art, both as the founder of the Brandywine River Museum and as an artist himself. Our pick of the week is Lot 79, Frolic’s personal easel made by Winsor & Newton, the esteemed British manufacturer of quality artist supplies. The company was established as a partnership between an artist and a scientist, and since 1832 have been pioneers of the highest standards in art materials, including the first screw cap mechanism for collapsible metal tubes, and Queen Victoria’s favored Series 7 kolinsky sable water color brush. Lot 79 is estimated at $300 – $500.