If you have a painted antique chest in your Preston home it might be worth more than you think – as a lift-top antique chest attributed to a local craftsman realised $63,000 in a recent New Hampshire sale.
The Summer Americana sale, held in the New England town of Manchester on 4th August, included a number of painted folk art pieces, one of which – a lift-top antique chest attributed to Mahantongo Valley cabinetmaker Johannes Mayer – realised $63,000 against an estimate of $35,000 – $50,000. The artwork, which depicted two praying children, was attributed to the Reverend Isaac Stiehly (1800 – 1869), who was related to Mayer (1794 – 1883) by marriage.
The Mahantongo Valley is known for its distinctive aesthetic furniture, which was produced there during the late 18th and early 19th Century. Five antique chests featuring the praying children design are known to exist.
The chest was one of 74 lots in the Rick and Terry Ciccotelli Folk Art collection, which included a number of painted furniture pieces. Another antique chest, attributed to Jacob Barb, sold for $58,000 against an upper estimate of $50,000, while a vibrant orange slide-lid box, attributed to John Drissel, realised an impressive $71,000 (est. $25,000 – $35,000). One object even had a nominal link to Lancashire – an antique dining chair , circa 1790 – 1810, listed as a ‘Windsor side chair, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’.
As with English auctions, the Arts & Crafts Furniture in the New Hampshire sale would have incurred heavy buyer’s premiums. Whether you want a rustic antique chest or a refined Victorian balloon backed dining chair , a Preston antique dealer will be able to help.