Garth’s Marks the Symbolic End of Summer with Annual Labor Day Sale

. August 20, 2014

On Saturday, September 6th, Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers will celebrate the symbolic end of summer with their annual Labor Day auction of Country Americana: Painted Furniture, Folk Art, Pottery and Lighting. The one day sale will include 650 lots of early lighting, pottery, painted furniture and accessories, Native American items and Ohio stoneware from the collection of Bob Treichler, author of A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware. As our country annually honors the American labor movement, it is appropo that Garth’s has cultivated a sale that highlights the extraordinary objects made by those very same exemplary laborers. CEO Jeff Jeffers commented, “As an auction house, we are in the business of preservation and conservation and it is our privilege to share the breadth of painted furniture, folk art and Native American items found throughout this sale. Garth’s Labor Day Auction showcases our country’s culture, its laboring tradespeople and their talent for artistry.”

Folk Art Eagle Plaque by Peter Libbey, (Maine, B. 1944). Estimate $2,500-4,500

Folk Art Eagle Plaque by Peter Libbey, (Maine, B. 1944). Estimate $2,500-4,500

Garth’s will lead off this all American sale with an early 19th century Painted Corner Cupboard. The cupboard is attributed to the Ralph family from Sussex County, Delaware. The early pine one-piece cupboard features an upper section with two eight-pane doors and a lower section with a single diamond-paneled door; the entire piece is detailed in an elaborate molded and carved decoration. (Estimate: $2,500-5,000). An American Decorated Parcheesi Gameboard with original paint in primary colors is sure to catch bidder’s eyes and has a presale estimate of $500-1,000. A mid 19th century Decorated Pie Safe Cupboard, found near McConnelsville, Ohio retains its’ aged blue and white paint and is expected to sell for $1,500-2,500. An eye-catching bright green and orange 19th century Bucket Bench, ex. Sally Schell (Illinois), will cross the block with a presale estimate of $800-1,500. A pine and poplar Pie Safe with a single tin-paneled door and distressed white paint carries an estimate of $1,000-2,000. Another one-piece Corner Cupboard with alligatored cream paint over green is sure to draw bidder’s attention. (Estimate: $1,000-2,000). The auction also includes a strong selection of blanket chest including a Decorated Blanket Chest, which is probably Soap Hallow and dated 1860. The striking piece retains its’ original red and black paint with elaborate decoration. Ex. Skip Sheppheard (Pennsylvania). While this chest adheres to the standard Soap Hollow blanket chest form in terms of case style and construction, the stenciled decoration represents a significant departure from the norm. This could indicate that it was made in another western Pennsylvania Mennonite community, or possibly one of the communities in northern Indiana or southern Michigan to which some residents and cabinetmakers of Soap Hollow migrated. (Estimate: $2,000-4,000). Another example of a Decorated Blanket Chest featured in the sale is dated 1855 and also retains its’ original red and green paint with stencil decoration including, “Noah B 1855.” The bird on tree stenciled motif on the chest is by Jacob Knagy and also appears on furniture made in northern Indiana and of course, Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania. (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500). Painted furniture and accessories will continue to add color throughout the auction and will include additional pieces of furniture, sugar buckets, firkins, pantry boxes and treenware.

Fine Art featured in the sale will be highlighted by a paper on pencil titled, The Property of Peter Yoder, Wadsworth TP. Medina Co. Ohio, 1882 by Ferdinand Brader (swiss/American, born 1833). The Ferdinand Brader drawing is from the original family and tells an unusual story due to its’ commemorative date. The date reflects not the date is was drawn but the the date the farmer died, 7 years before it was drawn. This Brader carries a presale estimate of $6,000-9,000. Garth’s Auctions is proud to support The scope of Mr. Brader’s lifetime of work during the upcoming exhibit, The Legacy Of Ferdinand A. Brader, at Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio scheduled December 4, 2014 thru March 15, 2015. Collaborative exhibits at the McKinley Museum / Stark County Historical Society and at the Little Art Gallery at the North Canton Ohio will substantially add to the number of drawings on display at the same time. Among the sale’s fine selection of portraits are a striking pair presenting Mr. and Mrs. David Weld by William Doyle, (Massachusetts, 1769-1828). The pastels on paper are signed and dated 1808. The skilfully rendered portraits depict a lady in an embroidered cap and her husband wearing a blue coat. Boston born William Doyle established himself as an artist in the area and is known for silhouettes and miniatures as well as pastel portraits. The sitters are identified on the reverse as David Weld (1734-1821) and Sarah Weld (1737-1817), married in 1756. Research located Weld as a lifelong Roxbury, Suffolk County resident and Sarah’s maiden name as Davis. (Estimate: $3,000-6,000). Fine art will continue to draw attention over the course of the day with offerings for experienced collectors and novice buyers alike. Bidders will see folksy portraits, several landscapes and two lots by David Ellinger to name a few.

A wide range of native items will dot the landscape of the sale including a Tobacconist’s figure (cigar store Indian) from an Illinois grocer. The original base in inscribed “Terry and Nobiling” and appears to be signed “In. A. Clong Ptr.” In Kiner, History of Henry County, Illinois, a grocery store is identified as being owned by F.E. Terry and L.E. Nobiling. In Craig, Sketches of Wethersfield Township [Henry County], he details the history of lot 64, which was a barber shop until purchased by Fred E. Terry in 1901, who later sold it to Verne Nobiling. The American Indian maiden stands 80.5” high and has old polychrome paint. (Estimate: $4,000-$8,000). Other notable highlights include a Hopi Pottery Vessel seed jar marked for Preston Duwyenie (New Mexico. (Estimate: $1,000-$1,500). An American figure riding a horse knows as The Apache by George Phippen, (American, 1915-1966), is signed and numbered “32/50” and has a presale estimate of $1,000-3,000. Another signed bronze, The Blackfeet Ritual by Oreland C. Joe SR. (America/Mexico, B. 1958). The Native American is shown in an elaborate headdress and is expected to sell for $1,000-2,000. Several native rugs will cross the block including a Navajo Yei rug made by Daisy Mae Begay with a presale estimate of $600-900. A bronze, The Healer Of The Ancients, by Dan Garrett (American, B. 1948), is signed, dated and numbered “93, 14/50; the bronze depicts a Native American figure wearing an elaborate animal skull shaped headdress and is expected to sell for $1,000-2,000. An Acoma Pottery Vessel signed, “Marie Z. Chino”, (New Mexico, 1907-1992), has a polychrome grid design and is expected to bring $1,000-2,500. Other notable native items selling over the course of the day will include additional pottery vessels and bowls, a large Hopi Katsina Doll, basketries and paintings.

An eclectic array of Folk Art will certainly ganner a vast amount of enthusiasm among the day’s bidders. The cover lot of the sale, a Folk Art Owl by Ernest “Popeye” Reed, (Ohio, 1919-1985), is made of sandstone, Popeye’s signature material. The owl is signed and dated “1974” and carries a presale estimate of $300-500. An Indian Maiden also created by Popeye Reed and carved from stone is quite impressive at almost 30” in height and is expected to sell for $800-$1,200. Two Folk Art Portraits by John “Jack” Savitsky (Pennsylvania 1910-1991), will sell in two consecutive lots midday. The two portraits are signed and dated 1981 and both carry a presale estimate of $200-400. An ornamental Folksy Birdhouse in old yellow paint is sure to appeal to bird lovers and gardeners alike with an estimate of $200-400. If a larger animal is more your style, check out the Folk Art Carving of a Horse with layers of alligatored white and grey paint. The typed sticker on the underside notes, “ Ned Jurran Jr. Arabian Saddle Horse, Peter Giba.” (Estimate: $300-600). A focal point of the Folk Art selection being offered is certain to be a Folk Art Eagle Plaque by Peter Libbey, (Maine, B. 1944). The eagle is signed on the back, “P. Libbey, Westbrook, Me. (Estimate: $2,500-4,500).

The auction also features a range of Ohio Stoneware and Redware including a late 19th century Ohio Stoneware Crock by Hormell & Smyth, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. The four-gallon crock shows a rare extensive script description that reads, “Hormell + Smyth Manufacturers of Stoneware Newport Tuscarawas Co. Ohio.” (Estimate: $400-800). A Redware Flower Pot attributed to John Bell (Waynesboro, Pennsylvania), features two slip tulips and a rope twist handles. (Ex. Clark Garrett Collection, Estimate: $2,000-3,000). Additional highlights of the sale include an American Barn Vent, dated 1935 with a stamped date and decoration with a presale estimate of $500-1,000. A Betty Lamp by John Long, (Pennsylvania, 1787-1856) is made from wrought iron with a distinct copper bird final and has an estimate of $600-1,200. A Sewertile Figural Chimney Cap featuring a bust of a WW1 aviator is signed “By E. Thomson.” (Estimate: $600-1,000). An American or German, late 19th century Velocipede depicts a horse with a wooden carriage, velvet seat, iron springs, spoke wheels and leather tacks. The charismatic piece shows its’ old red and black paint and includes a hide covering and a horsehair mane and tail. The lot includes a postcard showing a child seated in either this or the same velocipede. (Estimate: $1,500-2,500.

Preview hours will be available September 2nd thru September 6th or by special appointment. Previews are free and open to the public and will be held in Garth’s main gallery located at 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio. For a copy of the illustrated catalog accompanying this sale, to leave bids or request condition reports, please contact Garth’s at 740-362-4771 or via email at info@garths.com. The digital format of this catalog may be viewed at www.garths.com. Garth’s website enables users to view every lot in the auction and bid live, in real-time, through http://www.garthslive.com.

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