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Auction August 11 & 12, 2012 in Marlborough Skinner is among the world's foremost authorities on American antique furniture and decorative arts, and set a world record for the sale of a folk art portrait in November 2011. On August 11, 2012, Skinner will offer The Shaker Collection of Jean Brown, Tyringham, Massachusetts at auction along with maritime art and Chinese export porcelain. The sale will continue on August 12, 2012 with the Private New Hampshire Collection of Cheryl and Paul Scott, which features fine weathervanes, folk carvings, and Jess Blackstone bird carvings, and the Americana collection of William Hubbard, Sunderland, Massachusetts. Important American needlework and folk portraiture will also be featured. For more information on an American antiques appraisal or consigning to auction, contact us at 508-970-3200 or


  • SKINNERAmerican Furniture & Decorative Artsfeaturing The Shaker Collection of Jean Brown, Tyringham, Massachusetts

    Sale 2608M August 11 & 12, 2012 Marlborough

  • auction 2608M


    Thursday, August 9, 2012 12 to 5 p.m.Friday, August 10, 2012 12 to 8 p.m.

    Scott Collection & Session II only Saturday, August 11, 2012 12 to 5 p.m.Sunday, August 12, 2012 8 to 10 a.m.

    Tel: 508.970.3208Fax: 508.970.3100


    general inquiries508.970.3000

    cover: 87 (detail); frontispiece: 1172 (detail); back cover: 1090

    absentee bidding

    Session I - Lots 1436Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10 a.m.

    Session II - Lots 8811406, immediately following the Scott CollectionSunday, August 12, 2012

    274 Cedar Hill StreetMarlborough, Massachusetts

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    American Furniture & Decorative Arts

    specialists in charge

    Chris BarberDeputy Director508.970.3227

    Karen Langberg508.970.3281

    Stephen FletcherDepartment Director508.970.3228

    American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department - 508.970.3200General Inquiries:

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  • table of contents

    1 Auction & Specialist Information

    2 Web Site & Online Bidding

    4-6 Event Announcements

    7-8 Provenance

    9 Lots 1436, sold Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m

    81 Lots 8811406, sold Sunday, August 12, following the Scott Collection

    198 Conditions of Sale

    199 Absentee Bid Form

    200 Company Directors & Specialty Departments

    201 Administrative Staff & Client Services

    202 Map & Driving Directions

    203 Dining

    205 Accommodations

    207 Catalogue Subscription Form

    Please Note: All lots sold subject to our Conditions of Sale.

    Please refer to page 198 of this catalogue for the full terms and conditions governing your purchase.

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    274 Cedar Hill StreetMarlborough, MA


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  • 7Provenance

    The Shaker Collection of Jean Brown, Tyringham, Massachusetts Lots 3-43, 64-66, and 70-86

    The Shaker Collection of Jean Brown, As Remembered by Her Son, Jonathan

    In 1967, my parents, Jean and Leonard Brown, purchased what is called the Shaker Seed House. The house had originally been part of the Shaker Settlement of Tyringham, Massachusetts, and was used to produce seeds, a thriving business which helped to sustain the community At some point in the 1930s, the house was lifted from its foundations and moved across the valley, which entailed small modifications of the structure.

    Until they purchased the Seed House, my parents had had no interest in the history of the Shakers. However, they were passionate collectors of 20th century art, and at first centered their interests in contemporary painting. When they were priced out of the market, they turned their attention to some of the marginal movements, especially Dada and Surrealism, amassing an important collection of documents and works on paper, which were subsequently sold the Getty Research Institute After my fathers death in 1970, my mother got in touch with a then-obscure group of contemporary artists who banded together under the rubric of Fluxus. As it happened, Yoko Ono was a Fluxus artist and on one occasion, accompanied by her husband, John Lennon, they paid a visit to the Seed House. I suspect no other Shaker building has these names registered in the guest book.

    Once they had settled into their Shaker house, and being passionate, discriminating collectors by nature, they began to study the people who had built the structure that shielded them from the elements. My father in particular caught the Shaker bug, and he and my mother soon began to stalk Shaker pieces in Berkshire County and beyond. As I was teaching at Princeton University, I witnessed the rapid expansion of their acquisitions. My parents arrived on the scene just before the market for Shakers took off. Some pieces were discovered in the classified section of the Berkshire Penny Saver. More often, they went to the handful of dealers who offered Shaker furniture and furnishings. Over time, through the experience of research and buying, they became quite expert in a major problem of all Shaker collectors, namely the date, place of origin, and ultimately the authenticity of the pieces.

    After my fathers death, my mother more or less stopped enlarging the collection. However, she installed the pieces in a novel wayshe displayed the Shaker furniture together with the most far-out works of contemporary art. After the initial shock wore off, it all began to make sense. Both the Shakers and the most avant-garde artists were people who lived and worked on the margins of their societies. The Shakers, to be sure, were far better craftspeople and much more organized than the artists, but both groups carved out their own lifestyles irrespective of the prevailing norms of conduct.

    The Shaker pieces being sold today have had an afterlife unlike any other.

    A Shaker Collector Lots 44-46, 49-51, 53-63, and 67-69

    The Collection of William Hubbard Lots 881-1025

    I first met Bill Hubbard decades ago when Bob Skinner and I went to an auction at Amherst Auction Gallery, and through later visits to his antique shop in Sunderland, MA. Bill was an articulate and commanding figure, a veteran of World War II, a community leader, co-founder of the Sunderland Historical Society, a teacher, lecturer, author, and a memorable auctioneer. His love of Americana and American history, particularly of material from the Connecticut River Valley is reflected in his collection.

    Bill was a long-time supporter of Historic Deerfield and other local educational institutions. His knowledge, wit, and writings were highly regarded. He was a wonderful letter writer and I have saved all of the correspondence he sent me over the years: a beautiful collection of thoroughly engaging letters in his elegant hand. His anecdotes and observations on the auction world and antique trade are now a part of history; youll see excerpts interspersed throughout the lot descriptions in this catalogue. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. Stephen Fletcher

  • 8Provenance

    Property of Historic New England, Proceeds to Benefit the Collections Acquisition Endowment

    The Collection of Anne and Robert Baker, Westport, Massachusetts

    And Property from: Deaccessioned from the Litchfield Historical Society to benefit the Collections Fund A Nantucket Collection A Florida Folk Art Collection The Collection of Michael Howard, Brooklyn, New York

    Collections in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico

    The Westminster Historical Society, to benefit the restoration of the Upton School Building

    The Collection of the Connecticut Historical Society

    The Decorative Arts Collection of Martha Miles Wilbur, Virginia

  • 9online bidding at

    1.1969 Mercedes Benz 280SL Coupe Roadster, VIN #006366, odometer reads at time of cataloging 64,175 miles, dark olive exterior, cognac interior, manual transmission, 4-speed floor shift, hard and soft tops, (condition is good, this car was garaged and well maintained, small fuel leak at fuel pump and some paint peeling at hood louver). $28,000-30,000


  • 2.White-Painted Summer House Building, probably Massachusetts, early 20th century, the one-room structure with central front door flanked by two pairs of hinged ten-light windows above panels all divided by Doric pilasters, the sides with three pairs of similar windows and decoration, the interior with hardwood floor, the interior walls and vaulted beadboard ceiling with natural finish.

    Note: This lot is being sold in Skinners Marlborough saleroom on August 11, 2012, but is not available for preview at Skinner. The summer house is located behind the Westminster Historical Society, at 110 Main Street in Westminster, Massachusetts. Responsibility for any and all inspection of the property prior to the auction is solely the bidders. Once Skinner has received payment, the buyer is responsible for the cost and arrangements regarding its prompt removal from the site. $8,000-12,000

    The Brown Collection Lots 3-43, 64-66, and 70-86

    3.Shaker Red-washed Bench, Mt. Lebanon, New York, or Hancock, Massachusetts, c. 1850-60, lg. 10 ft. $800-1,200

    10 additional information and photos at

    2, with interior view

  • 4.Shaker Cherry Covered Work Box with Ash Handle, New Lebanon, New York, 1830-50, dovetail-constructed box with upright handle, one side of the hinged cover lifts up, ht. 12, wd. 10 1/2, lg. 14 1/2 in.

    Provenance: Acquired from Ed and Celeste Koster, Old Chatham, New York, in 1969. $800-1,200

    5.Shaker Pine and Maple Red-washed Work Table, Mt. Lebanon, New York, c. 1820, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 29 1/2, lg. 11 ft., wd. 29 in.

    Provenance: Acquired in 1969. $3,000-5,000

    11online bidding at

    Lots 3-8

  • 6.Nine Shaker Farm and Household Implements, 19th/early 20th century, a hand-hewn maple shovel, an ash and iron pitchfork, and an ash rake with maple handle, lg. 55 1/2, 57 1/2, 71 1/2, respectively; a cast iron apple peeler mounted on a board, a lapped-seam ash and woven horsehair sieve, a maple sieve with applied Meredith Village, New Hampshire, paper label, a hand-hewn pine scoop with integral handle, and two tin canisters with covers and handles, dia. 12 1/2-27 1/4 in. $300-500

    7.Shaker Pine One-drawer File Box, Mt. Lebanon, New York, or Hancock, Massachusetts, c. 1840-50, molded top on case with dovetail-constructed drawer, tur...