06-06-2004 06-06-2004
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2242 Boston
June 6, 2004 11:00AMCalender
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Attributed to Joseph Whiting Stock (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, 1855) Pair of Portraits of the Thayer Twins

$18,800$16,000
Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2242 Location: Boston Date / Time: June 06, 2004 11:00AM

Description:

Attributed to Joseph Whiting Stock (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, 1855)

Pair of Portraits of the Thayer Twins, c. 1846. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, both views of the seated young women include red drapery, blue dress trimmed with lace, a glimpse of a river with landscape details, a scrolled figured maple sofa arm, and a red and gilt book; Miss Thayer (A), probably Irene Elizabeth, holds one red rose and is twenty-four years old, while Miss Thayer (B) probably Adeline Maria, twenty-two, holds two red roses, 30 x 25 in., in replaced grain painted frames. Condition: Good, unlined, revarnished, minor craquelure, and very minor paint loss.

Provenance: An attached note reads: "The family consisted of the following five girls: Irene Elizabeth 1822, in 1846 24; Adeline Maria 1824, in 1846 22; Suriah Howe 1827, in 1846 19; Eliza Ann 1829, in 1846 17; Mary 1832, in 1846 14.

Literature: Both portraits are pictured in The Paintings and The Journal of Joseph Whiting Stock, edited by Juliette Tomlinson, Middletown, Connecticut, 1976, and are also listed on p. 73 as "Miss Thayer, late 1840s and Miss Thayer's twin, also known only as Miss Thayer is listed below. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Deming." The owners listed in this book are the consignors.

Exhibitions: Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts.
Estimate $30,000-50,000

Keywords

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Thayer, Joseph Whiting Stock, Irene Elizabeth, Adeline Maria, Rhode Island, Eliza Ann, The Paintings and The Journal, Middletown, Juliette Tomlinson, Oliver Deming, Northampton, Smith College, Smith College Museum of Art