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Skinner is among the world's foremost authorities on American furniture and decorative arts, and our Americana auctions offer American formal and country furniture and decorative arts, including folk art, naive portraiture, marine arts, pottery, fine clocks, Shaker artifacts, American textiles and needlework, American silver, Chinese export items, trade signs, and early glass. For more information on how to consign your property for auction, contact the Americana department at 508-970-3200, or


SKINNERAmerican Furniture & Decorative ArtsSale 2524B November 7, 2010 Boston

American Furniture & Decorative Artsspecialists in charge

Stephen Fletcher Department Director 508.970.3228

Martha Hamilton 508.970.3290

LaGina Austin 508.970.3225

Chris Barber 508.970.3227

Karen Langberg 508.970.3281

American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department - 508.970.3200 General Inquiries:

auction 2524B Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 11 a.m. 63 Park Plaza Boston, Massachusetts previewWednesday, November 3, 2010 Thursday, November 4, 2010 Friday, November 5, 2010 Saturday, November 6, 2010 Sunday, November 7, 2010 12 to 5 p.m. 12 to 8 p.m. 12 to 8 p.m. 12 to 5 p.m. 8 to 10 a.m.

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Auction & Specialist Information Web Site & Online Bidding Event Information Provenance Lots 1-890 Conditions of Sale Absentee Bid Form Company Directors & Specialty Departments Administrative Staff & Client Services Map & Driving Directions Parking & Accommodations Dining Catalogue Subscription Form

Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale. Please refer to page 174 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

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2011 exhibiTorsAmerican Primitive Gallery Artemis Gallery Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques Joan R. Brownstein Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC Cherry Gallery Charles & Rebekah Clark Daltons American Decorative Arts Colette Donovan Peter Eaton Antiques M. Finkel & Daughter Roberto Freitas American Antiques and Decorative Arts Galerie St. Etienne Gemini Antiques Ltd. Leah Gordon Carl Hammer Gallery Otto & Susan Hart Antiques Harvey Art & Antiques The Herrs Antiques Samuel Herrup Antiques Hill Gallery Just Folk Allan Katz Americana Greg K. Kramer & Co. Leatherwood Antiques Judith & James Milne, Inc. John Molloy Gallery Lillian Nassau, LLC Jeff and Holly Noordsy Antiques Steven S. Powers Raccoon Creek Antiques at Oley Forge, LLC Ricco/Maresca Gallery Stella Rubin Russack & Loto Books, LLC John Keith Russell Antiques, Inc. Stephen Score Inc. Spencer Marks Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc. Clifford A. WallachList in formation

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ProvenanceChinese Export Porcelain from the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts Property of Historic New England, Proceeds to Benefit the Collections Acquisition Endowment The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York Arthur Beane, Jr., Duxbury, Massachusetts Collection of Jim and Bernice Miller, Appleton, Wisconsin Descendants of a South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Whaling Family A Connecticut Antiquarian The Roma W. Leland Trust, Washington Court House, Ohio Descendants of the Greenough Family, Boston Property from Collectors in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Virginia, and Wisconsin

Upcoming AuctionAmerican Furniture & Decorative Arts March 6, 2011 Boston, MA



Arthur E. Beane, Jr. I have known Beanie for only 20 years, a small fraction of his 92 years. Most of these have been dedicated in part to collecting New England antiques. Arthur began attending auctions in the Boston area in early 1930s with his father and mentor, Judge Arthur Beane, who instilled in him an interest in American antiques, stamps and Massachusetts stampless covers. Arthur inherited his parents collection and along with it, his fathers love of American history and his unique collecting sensibility and appreciation of old surface and colora rarity in itself for the time. When he married Mary Mimi Elizabeth Clarke, daughter of Herman Frederick Clarke, noted expert on silver, he found the perfect partner with whom he could share his love of New England culture. Over the years, Arthur and Mimi honed their collection to keep only what they most loved at the William Sever House in Kingston, Massachusetts and later, their homes in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Arthur was a longtime colleague and friend of the auctioneer W. Torrey Little of Marshfield, Massachusetts. I am fortunate to know Arthur Beanea true gentleman, a man of his word and deed, a fellow collector, and of course, a snappy dresser and die-hard Boston sports fan. Stephen Fletcher

1. Painted Maple and Pine Tavern Table with Drawer, probably southeastern Massachusetts, early 18th century, old surface of red paint over earlier gray paint, (minor imperfections), ht. 26, wd. 42 3/4, dp. 25 1/4 in. Provenance: William Sever House, Kingston, Massachusetts, where it was used on the porch for many years. $8,000-12,000 2. Polychrome Carved Gesso Mirror, northern Europe, late 18th century, with floral, fruit, and bird decorations, original surface, (minor imperfections), ht. 19, wd. 9 3/4 in. $400-600

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3. Polychrome Carved Gesso and Gilt Mirror, northern Europe, late 18th century, with floral and fruit decoration, original surface, (minor imperfections), ht. 20, wd. 10 in. Literature: The Magazine Antiques, June 1966, Northern European Export Mirrors: The Evidence and Some Suggestions, by Judith Coolidge Hughes, this mirror is illustrated and discussed, p. 857, figure 4. The author discusses the origin of the term Cape Cod mirror, the type associated with the return voyages of American seamen. $400-600

4. Vermilion-painted and Carved Gesso Mirror, northern Europe, late 18th century, original surface, (imperfections), ht. 19 1/2, wd. 10 in. $400-600 5. Small Maple and Pine Table, probably Massachusetts, early 18th century, with bulbous vase and ring turnings, old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht. 21, wd. 31 1/2, dp. 21 3/4 in. $800-1,200




6. Cherry and Ash Turned Slat-back Side Chair, probably Bergen County, New Jersey, early 19th century, the turned stiles with urnturned finials joining three shaped slats, on yellow-painted seat and turned legs joined by double stretchers, ht. 38 1/2, seat ht. 16 in. $200-300

7. Queen Anne Maple Red-painted Tray-top Splay-leg Tea Table, probably Massachusetts, mid-18th century, the rectangular overhanging top on four block, vase, and ring-turned tapering legs ending in pad feet, joined by canted cutout skirt, old surface, (minor imperfections), ht. 25 3/4, wd. 30 3/4, dp. 21 in. $8,000-12,000

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8. Green-painted Bow-back Windsor Armchair, Massachusetts, c. 1790, of fine proportions with high crest rail, old surface of green paint over earlier red, (minor crack in seat), ht. 42 3/4, seat ht. 17 1/2 in. $1,000-1,500

9. Windsor Bow-back Armchair with Comb, late 18th century, old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht. 46, seat ht. 16 1/2 in. $800-1,200

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10. Red-painted and Carved Fan-back Windsor Side Chair, probably Massachusetts, c. 1790,