Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates is pleased to announce its 38th Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction to be held June 26 & 27, 2020. The two-day event features historic property from estates and collections in California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio, plus museum deaccessions. With nearly 1,200 lots of high-quality material, the sale is sure to generate excitement in the collecting community, providing a gauge for the current market across multiple categories.
Day One, beginning at 9:30 am EST on Friday, June 26, 2020 will kick the weekend off with a special single-owner session of a fine upstate New York private collection. The diverse offerings, assembled over the past 50 years, include a wide range of American furniture, fraktur, folk and fine art, Shaker material, pottery, textiles, advertising and country store, toys, early ceramics, plus much more. Noteworthy items include a fine labeled Ernst Vogt (Philadelphia) Regulation Infantry rope-tension snare drum; a Western Apache basket with pictorial decoration; a “VOTES FOR WOMEN” parade sash; a diminutive Shaker contrasting-wood berry pail, probably made at Mt. Lebanon, NY after a fire; and a Prior-Hamblin portrait of a man, ex-Chrysler Collection. Day One will include additional offerings of folk pottery, Native American material, baskets, metals, and country accessories.
Day Two, beginning at 9:30 am EST on Saturday, June 27, 2020, will feature property from the private collection of Dr. James and Sheri Swinehart, Cincinnati, OH; the Russell and Doris Evitt estate collection, Jackson, CA; the private collection of Margie and Gordon Barlow, Augusta Co., VA; the collection of Lynne and the late Philip Blaker, Austin, TX; the collection of Theodore and the late Alvina Breckel, Oley, PA and Winnetka, IL; selections from the estate of Commander Buryl and Nelwyn Kay, McLean, VA; property deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Mount Vernon, VA; and property deaccessioned by the Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA to benefit collections care, preservation, and future acquisitions; plus many others. The day’s offerings include a fine selection of rare Virginia & other Southern material; 18th & 19th century formal and country furniture; American folk, fine, & decorative arts; textiles including samplers and other needlework, outstanding quilts, &c.; Shenandoah Valley and other long rifles; additional 17th-19th century firearms, edge weapons, and accoutrements; 19th century coin silver; early ceramics including American historical transfer-printed Staffordshire; pieces by contemporary artists including John Heatwole and John Wesley Chumley; plus more. Noteworthy objects include an important group of eight newly discovered Brock Family (Madison Co., VA) folk art watercolor profile portraits (c.1810), descended directly in the family; an important George Henry Burgess (British-American, 1831-1905) watercolor view of San Francisco, dated 1869; a Thomas Hill (British-American, 1829-1908) oil on canvas Yosemite view of impressive size, featuring Half Dome and the Merced River at twilight; a fine Vorhees Rig Canada Goose standing field decoy with cast-iron head and excellent original surface; a rare Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926) “Reflection” drypoint, pencil signed; a James Peale (American, 1749-1831) miniature portrait of a girl, signed and dated “1791”; an 18th-century Boston “Fishing Lady” needlework picture; a John Fisher (York, PA) carved cherry tall-case clock, one of six from the Swinehart Collection; and much more.