|By Susan Emerson Nutter
DELAWARE, Ohio — Since the days of Tom Porter, Garth’s Auctioneers & Appraisers has not only been a proponent of the excellent antiques Ohio offers up, it has become a wonderful venue to find those special Ohio pieces. Jeff Jeffers and company; the Garth’s of present day, continue this tradition every May. Garth’s May 12 event included early American pieces featuring regional items of the Ohio Valley, as well as approximately 115 lots of fine and vintage jewelry and timepieces.
Of the Ohio-related pieces presented, an oil on artist board self-portrait by the ever popular Youngstown, Ohio, artist, Clyde Singer (Ohio, 1908-1999) did well selling for $2,880. Prices include a 20 percent (25 percent online) buyer’s premium. It was titled on the back “Self #5 June 1932” and measured 17 inches high by 12 inches wide.
Several Zoar pieces were also presented for bids with a folksy candlestand having a two-tier oval design in green paint over its original salmon color bringing $1,200. Made by Jacob Ackerman (1839-1901), the stand was 31 inches high.
Other Ohio furniture selling this day included a mid-19th century decorated blanket chest attributed to Ravenna, Ohio. Uniquely constructed, the chest featured cruciform panels on the front and sides with each corner of the chest being cut from a single piece of wood. Its original paint consisted of faux bird’s-eye maple in the cruciform and a dark reddish-brown ground. The front had “Israel Morton... Garth’s genealogical research did locate an Israel Morton, born in Mahoning County about 1848. This chest realized $1,125.
A circa 1850-1860, Ross County, Ohio, one-piece corner cupboard in walnut with poplar as its secondary wood made $1,440. It had double doors above with 16 glass panes and paneled double doors below. Standing 88 inches high, it had been made by a cabinetmaker named Huddle as a wedding gift for Simpson Jones according to Garth’s.
“There is a continued interest in Ohio pieces,” Jeff Jeffers of Garth’s said. “ But this interest is keeping collections tight, with many collectors not wanting to sell what they have. Regionalism continues to have a marketplace, though, which is great.”
Of the early American items offered, cookie boards and brown furniture made a decent showing. “The cookie boards came from a Brooklyn, N.Y, collection of a longtime client of Garth’s,” Jeffers said. A mid-19th century pine example featuring a compass with star designs and a handle did well making $2,250. It was 19¼ inches high by 11½ inches wide. A late 19th-century walnut board with a man on horseback and impressed “JY Watkins, NY” at 10¾ inches square saw $1,680, and another walnut example this possibly by John Conger of New York featuring a well-detailed couple in an oval border selling for $1,560. It was 11½ inches high by 7½ inches wide. “These boards had wonderful shapes and images,” Jeffers added.
American furniture of various eras that sold strong included a mid-18th century American Queen Anne high chest (a marriage) in maple and pine at 76 inches high which sold for $4,200, while an American Chippendale chest of cherry and pine at 36½ inches high bringing $2,280.
A lovely maple and pine New England tavern table with a stretcher base having turned leg and single board top, breadboard ends, and dovetailed drawer went to $1,320, while an American Sheraton sugar chest on frame in walnut and poplar realized $3,120. In two pieces, the 36 inch high chest had a dovetailed case with two interior bins on a base with turned legs and two dovetailed drawers.
American Indian pottery from a Galena, Ill., collection was also well-represented. An early 20th century Acoma bowl with polychrome slip decoration in geometric panels at 10½ inches high by 16½ inches in diameter made $8,750, while an early 20th century Zia Pueblo bowl with polychrome slip decoration around the rim at 10 inches high by 18 inches in diameter sold for $5,640.
The auction finished out with more than 115 lots of fine jewelry and timepieces. Of the jewelry offered, an 18 karat gold and gemset panther brooch/pendant was killer selling for $4,320. The piece was pave set with round diamonds and sapphires and was just over 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. A 14 karat handmade yellow gold ring bezel set with three round brilliant diamonds reached $5,938, and a 1 karat white gold ring featuring a center cushion cut tanzanite with a double border of round diamonds, as well as intricate diamond work on the gallery and shoulders realized $5,700.
“May is always a busy time,” Jeffers said. “The weather gets warmer. School is letting out and graduations are taking place. Our in-house crowd was as expected taking these factors into account. Still, it was a great group that came and many headed home with some wonderful country things. The auction saw strong in or above estimates being obtained, so we were very happy with the sale.”
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