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An Exceptional Americana Auction- featuring items from the estate of John Davis Williams early Boston settlers

  • An Exceptional Americana Auction- featuring items from the estate of John Davis Williams early Boston settlers
    Portraits of John Davis Williams and his wife Hannah, ca 1800
  • An Exceptional Americana Auction- featuring items from the estate of John Davis Williams early Boston settlers
    Federal stand Boston, likely the workshop of John and Thomas Seymour
  • An Exceptional Americana Auction- featuring items from the estate of John Davis Williams early Boston settlers
    Set of 12 English Georgian silver plates, ca 1794
  • An Exceptional Americana Auction- featuring items from the estate of John Davis Williams early Boston settlers
    Presidential document signed James Madison 1812, appointing David Porter captain

We have been commissioned by family of John Davis Williams, whose ancestors were 18th C. settlers of the Boston area, to sell at public auction heirlooms that have been passed down through the family for generations. This is the first time these pieces will be offered for sale to the public. We have combined them with items from other NH estates including those from the Robert Raley Estate, to create an inviting sale for all. Robert curated an expansive family collection and donated pieces to many museums, including the Currier.

In Part: A fine Federal 2 part Portsmouth NH drop panel secretary, highly decorated with flame birch panels attrib. to the workshop of Judkins and Center ca. 1805; another smaller NH Federal flame birch inlaid ladies secretary; rare Boston Federal mahogany tilt top candle stand with alternating radiate inlays of flame birch and mahogany, attrib. Thomas Seymour; Federal Boston sideboard mahogany with birdseye maple veneers attrib. to the Seymour workshop; choice Federal bow front chest with an oval inlaid apron attrib. to Spooner and Fitts Athol MA; other fine inlaid Federal bow fronts; CT Queen Anne cherry bonnet top highboy with double fan carvings; 2 tiger maple Q.A. flat top highboys, ca 1760-1780; Chippendale maple RI or coastal CT 2 part secretary, with Levy Prov.: Phil. Chippendale walnut lowboy, shell and vine carvings Krohn estate; Q.A. cherry lowboy, Litchfield CT area; 2 part Federal walnut set back PA cupboard; Federal cherry 2 part corner cupboard; Q.A. tiger maple 5 drawer chest; 18h C. walnut stretcher base 3 dr. tavern table; Boston oxbow front Chippendale slant lid desk; 2 good inlaid CT candle stands; Federal card table workshop of William Lloyd Springfield MA, other card tables including Daniel Webster; 18th C. Spanish foot William and Mary chair; good pr. of PA Chippendale side chairs; fine pr. of Federal inlaid shield back chairs original finish; 2 period Federal wing chairs; set 6 Spanish foot dining chairs; set of 6 Boston Classical carved chairs, Williams family; pr. of Federal inlaid card Boston card tables, Williams family; Southern walnut ogee foot Chippendale chest; early Southern Federal sugar chest; early red painted set back floor cupboard; several early paint decorated blanket chest and boxes; 2 early country hutch tables; long country deacons bench; short paint decorated deacons bench; long 3 drawer country work bench; early Windsor chairs; good selection of early light stands some in tiger maple; and much more.

Custom cherry 2 part Eldred Wheeler highboy; quality 2 cushion brown leather sofa; pair of brown leather club chairs; Ralph Lauren leather sofa; small brown leather loveseat; English Chippendale secretary; English Regency drum or rent table; English Regency whatnot; Horner birdseye maple lock side chest; Italian 17th C. baroque chest and corner cabinet; early Italian cassone; Anglo Indian Regency rosewood sofa; 19th C. Gillows wine cellaret; 3 part Anglo Export rosewood cabinet; set of 12 period Hepplewhite dining chairs; triple pedestal dining table with leaves; custom farm table with tiger maple top; several custom made tiger maple end tables; set of 6 bow back Windsor style chairs; and  much more.  

Clocks: Fine English grandfather clock, dial signed Holmes London, working, other tall clock; 2 early 19th C. banjo clocks including Willard Pat.: Tiffany and Co. crystal regulator shelf clock, others

Early Accessories: Early convex wall mirror with eagle; selection of period Chippendale and Federal wall mirrors; Portsmouth NH wall mirror; early burl bowl; early English strong box; English brass ships bell; country sign, “W. Holden and Company”; horse head hitching post; period brass fireplace andirons and related; iron “baseball player” andirons; Indian andirons; 18th C. English brass chandelier; early barometers; hand knot sailor made baskets; painted sailor floor cloth; sailors sea chest with eagle carving; early painted boxes; fabric pen wipes; Federal watch hutch; early tea caddies; Friesian carved box; 19th c. milliners heads; early silhouettes; early parade hat; painted wood fraternal quiver; period child’s size Federal sideboard; child’s size chests; NH ironworks rooster weathervane; Dressage horse sign; servants call box ca 1890; 18th C. framed scenic needlework; pr. of 8’ columns; early iron; hooked rugs; Mohawk tools works brass plaque; goose and duck decoys; Liberty Bell double  student lamp; pair of Baccarat lamps; early cut overlay lamps; Asian lamps; great carved Federal mantle; HC Evans Chicago gaming wheel, ca 1890; horse drawn cutter sleigh, fully restored; collection of 30 Staffordshire hens on nests, Krohn collection; several 18th C. English pearlware toby jugs; selection of blue and white spongeware; historical blue Staffordshire; Chinese export; Bohemian cut overlay and other; early 19th c. lead crystal vaseline garniture set; early colored glass; and more.

Early Art: Fine pair of oil on board portraits of John Davis Williams and his wife Hannah Weld, Boston married 1807, signed J. Johnston 1811; folk portrait of young woman, Raley est. exhibited Currier Museum; several American school portrait paintings; various early miniature portrait paintings; primitive paintings of homing pigeons, one signed A. Wallis 1906; folk art painting of Rangeley Lake ME; folk art painted verse, “The Choice’, Salem MA, Edna Greenwood Prov.; w/c by EL Henry view of Paulus Hook; oil on canvas signed JB Hance; oil landscape Geo. Drew; w/c Old Lyme by Harry Hoffman; w/c White Mountains; oil by Saml. Griggs; oil Illustration James Calvert Smith; oil of cows signed Emile van Marcke; oil paddle wheeler “Whitehall”, Albert Nemethy; Ship painting T. Baily; landscape oil CD Hunt; 3 early European Old master style paintings; and more.

Silver:  The John Davis Williams 3 piece silver tea service made by Thomas Knox Emery, Boston, ca 1814; 3 piece Federal tea set by John Sayre; 6 pc sterling tea and coffee service with matching tray by Tiffany and Co.; other tea sets; several sets of sterling flatware including Tiffany and Co; silver cake baskets by Ball Tomkins and Black and Gale Wood and Hughes; pr. of gravy boats by Marquand; set of 12 English plates, dated 1794, Williams family; various early American silver objects; selection of sterling serving pieces; and much more.   

Fine Art: Important oil on canvas of Rigolette in Gustave Flaubert novel “Madam Bovery”, painted in 1846 by Joseph Desire Court for the Hon. S.G. Goodrich, American Counsel in Paris, sold at auction in Boston 1849, purchased by G.H. Lodge (William’s family); 2 w/c’s by Paul Sample; 9 oil paintings signed Omar Lassonde; oil sailing ship signed Frank Vining Smith, 30”x 36”; 2 Frank Benson etchings; Whistler etching; several Historical etchings by Am. artist; a collection of Japanese woodcuts, unframed; old maps; Documents- Signed James Madison military appointment dated 1812; William Penn signature; Civil War letter John Taylor; etc.

Estate Jewelry: Pair of 2.5 ct each diamond stud earrings; other diamond earrings; 1.4 ct. emerald cut diamond ring; 1.39 ct. round diamond ring with matching band; various 1 ct. diamond rings; stunning diamond and sapphire bracelet; other diamond bracelets; antique emerald and diamond ring; sapphire and diamond ring with similar earrings; antique 3 stone diamond ring; antique diamond pins; approx.. 5 ctw emerald cut diamond eternity band; antique coral and jade jewelry; selection of gold bracelets and necklaces including at 64” 18k gold example; several antique ladies watches in gold and platinum, ladies watches by Tiffany and Hermes; men’s cuff links and stud sets; men’s diamond rings; Davis Yurman gold earrings; Tiffany gold earrings and pins; Tiffany aquamarine necklace; early cameos; coral necklace and several quality pearl necklaces; antique pearl and diamond bracelet; gold cross pendants some with diamonds; and  much more, approx. 100 lots of jewelry, all guaranteed as represented

WHEN: Saturday, February 29
from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

PREVIEW: Wednesday - Friday from 12-5 pm and 8:30 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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