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This April’s major Americana Online auction will feature nearly 900 lots gathered in Marlborough from New England estates, discerning private collectors and families, and venerable institutions such as Historic Deerfield.
Two lifelong collections from Connecticut built over decades give the sale a decidedly rural and 18th century streak – the Judi & Cy Stellmach Americana Collection, and Property from the Collection of Donald Ballou Reid. From other consignors come Windsor chairs, a painted high chest, burl bowls and woodenware, and paintings of rural landscapes and settings, including works by Frank Shapleigh.
There are more formal urban and “high country” objects as well – a Massachusetts Chippendale block-front chest with carved hairy paw feet, a newly discovered Vermont half-sideboard by early 19th century cabinetmaker Rufus Norton, a tall clock by scarce maker Samuel Rogers of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and an engraved silver tablespoon by Paul Revere. There is a small component of Chinese Export Porcelain, some good American needleworks, and an eye-catching collection of early 19th century slip- and mocha-decorated wares.