Collections of antique American furniture, along with folk art and decorative arts are to be auctioned by Skinner Inc. on 27th October. The American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction is expected to draw a lot of interest, as two single-owner collections will be included.
One of the ranges, An Ohio Collection of American Folk Art, contains pieces which have been gathered over 40 years by a couple from the Midwest. The items in the collection are relatively unknown, never having been discussed or seen until this auction. A wood carving of a Boston bull terrier is just one of the pieces, carved by Augustus (Gus) Wilson who is recognised for his work as a bird carver. The rare item has an estimated value of $125,000 to $175,000 (£77,000 to £109,000).
A painting from the same collection depicts a town close to the Canadian border, valued between $15,000 and $25,000 (£9,500 to £15,500). Antique furniture is also included in the range, such as a Tiger Maple Tea Table with an estimated value up to $75,000 (£46,000). Interesting items of antique furniture can also be discovered in the collection of the Estate of Charles P. Fisher, including an antique desk worth up to $150,000 (£93,000). The rare desk is a Thomas Seymour and is believed to one of only a few known to exist.
In the UK, fine antique furniture can also be found, although a collector would probably pay less at reputable dealers than at auction, due to the buyer’s premium.
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