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American School, 19th Century Four Sheaff Family Portraits.

Auction:
2608M
Lot:
1388
Sold for:
$3,555$3,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2608M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 12, 2012 10:00AM

Description:

American School, 19th Century

Four Sheaff Family Portraits. Unsigned, the subjects identified in inscriptions applied to or written on the backing panels. Watercolor on paper, the first a pair of portraits, painted c. 1838, one depicting William John Sheaff (1813-1849), the other depicting William's wife Eugenia F. (Heister) Sheaff, and their two daughters Katherine E. (1834-1871) and Ellen F. (1837-1915), 10 3/4 x 9, in matching period molded walnut frames with gilt liners; the next is a pair of portrait miniatures, unsigned, depicting George Sheaff and his wife Katherine Muhlenberg, sight size 3 x 2 1/4 in., mounted in a later single gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Toning, minor foxing, the second pair not examined out of frame.

Note: According to inscriptions on the backs of the paintings, Eugenia F. Heister was the granddaughter of both Joseph F. Heister (1752-1832), the Governor of Pennsylvania in 1820, and Frederick Muhlenberg (1750-1801), who was speaker of the first American Congress.
Estimate $300-500

Keywords

American School, George Sheaff, William John Sheaff, Katherine Muhlenberg, Eugenia F. (Heister) Sheaff, Eugenia F. Heister, Frederick Muhlenberg, American Congress, Joseph F. Heister, speaker, Pennsylvania

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