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The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana

Multi generational family heirlooms including items from the Chellis Family Meriden NH

  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    The Chellis Farm Meriden NH
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Boston Seymour school sideboard
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Portraits Erastus Field
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Good country Americana
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Good collection of samplers
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Stoneware and early lighting
  • The French House Auction of Wonderful Country Americana
    Good folk art from a VT collector

For our summer Americana French house sale we have selected a great array of country American furniture, folk art and accessories from the Old Chellis Homestead Meriden NH.  The Chellis family of Chellis Hill owned and operated the local telephone company via a switch board in a side room on the farm until 1973.  Combined with an estate from an old Ringe NH family and many others. Over 400 lots, with no reserves and no internet bidding, held under large tents, in picturesque Plainfield, what else can one ask for!

Brief overview: Small Hepplewhite mahogany sideboard with an old finish and lunette inlays, attrib. to the Seymour workshop of Boston, Chellis family; several inlaid Federal chests of drawers Chellis family; birdseye maple 4 drawer Sheraton chest and NH cookie corner stand old finish Chellis family; Chippendale maple 5 drawer tall chest; small maple Chippendale desk with good interior; several good floor cupboards including 18th C. New England 2 part set back open top with raised panel doors, H hinges; early small size barrel back corner cupboard scalloped shelves, other small size floor cupboards some in paint; many one and 2 drawer blanket chest Q.A and Chippendale period in old paint including a paint decorated VT example; sea chest in old paint; several 18th C. ladder back arm chairs; several early Windsor chairs in paint; several early bannister back chairs; various Shaker chairs; Shaker bottle leg work table in old red; other tavern tables in old paint; early dry sink in old paint; Shaker maple candle stand; early curved high back settle bench; NH birch card table with drawer; country Chippendale maple corner chairs; Chippendale maple slant top desk, prov. Gov. Morris of NJ; various 18th C great style chairs in maple; Wm and Mary tavern table in oak; Baltimore card table old finish other card tables; small sugar chest in old paint;  


Clocks: Fine NH grandfather clock, inlaid cherry case, NH works, Chellis family; 2 wooden works tall case clocks one with a grain painted case; early Banjo clock, Hull tablet; other early clocks; pillar and scroll clock; early barometers including Timby’s pat.;  


Folk Art: several early American portrait paintings including children and pair; primitive landscape paintings; still life oil by Abby Chellis; w/c sheep Chas. Storer; good theorem on velvet of a beehive; a large selection of samplers all from estates many good examples; early pictorial hooked rugs including 19th C. horse; patriotic needlework eagle; weathervane fighting cock other vanes; whirly gig; good painted folk art biplane; carved and painted wooden train; early game box; good treenware painted mortar and pestle Marvin Hatch prov.; early carved figural walking sticks; faux marble lemon tree; old signs; teddy bear and figural pin cushions; folk art birdhouses;     


Accessories: paint decorated wall and pipe boxes; cool birch bark lantern; a good selection of early iron including lighting; early hearth related; iron meat rack; early decorated splint baskets; old wall paper boxes; pantry boxes and bowls in old paint; good butter stamp, West Hill Farm, Chellis Family; mirrored tin wall sconces; early brass lighting including Dutch chandelier; early Q.A mirror in black paint other early mirrors; collection of early blue and white Delft; good collection of early pewter; good selection of decorated stoneware including Bennington; blue and white Canton; early air twist wines other early glass; early red ware slip decorated; whales end and other wall shelves; blue and red painted firkins; horse hitching post; early cast iron doorstops; butter churn in blue paint; small garden urns; 2 antique violins and more    


Litho. “Spanish Merino Sheep”, property of Henry T Cutts Orwell Addison Co. VT; old prints of Geo. Washington, Lincoln and Webster; M. Parrish prints Chellis family; oil view of the Holmes House 1802 S. Berwick ME., plus much more  


Misc.: Small map of NH, Geo. White; many old Oriental rugs in room size and scatters, old estate rugs need cleaning; 6’ painted totem pole; several antique Navajo rugs; misc. early furniture parts and pieces.









WHEN: Friday, July 27
from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

PREVIEW: Thursday the 26th from 12-5pm and 8:30am morning of the sale

WHERE: W.A. Smith Auction Gallery in Plainfield, NH

Exit 20 off I-89, proceed south on Rte. 12-A from the West Lebanon Plaza for 7 miles. From I-91, take the Ascutney-Windsor, VT Exit 8, cross the Connecticut River and take Rte. 12-A north for approx. 10 miles. Across from the Plainfield Historical Society. (Click here for maps)

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