Revere Teapot, Martha Washington’s China Highlight Christie’s Americana Week
This teapot, crafted by Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere, is one of only five known Revere drum-form teapots known to exist and only one of two not currently housed in museum collections. It will be available for auction on Jan. 24 as part of a Christie’s Americana Week event.
NEW YORK — A series of American antiques sales, featuring offerings of silver, furniture, folk art, prints, pottery and Chinese export art is set to unveil a host of rare and historic pieces, some never seen previously at auction.
The series of one-day sales, dubbed Americana Week and presented by Christie’s, will feature more than 400 lots of rare works primarily from the 18th and 19th century.
On Jan. 24, the auction house will commence with its sale of Important American Silver. Highlights include a teapot crafted by silversmith Paul Revere (circa 1782). This drum-form teapot is typical of the early Federal period and one of Revere’s pieces fashioned after his return from the American Revolutionary War. Currently, only four other Revere drum-form teapots exist, with three currently housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Fine Arts, Boston and Yale University Art Gallery. Its presale estimate is set at between $150,000 and $250,000.
The event’s second sale, featuring American furniture, folk art and prints, will begin Jan. 24. Spotlight items include a Chippendale mahogany block-and-shell bureau table signed by John Townsend, circa 1770, valued at $700,000 to $900,000. The item is one of fewer than 10 known similar existing pieces to currently survive.
The third and final day of the series, Jan. 28, will feature two sales. The first, covering English pottery, will hold more than 50 lots, including a selection of early English saltglazed stoneware, redware and creamware formed by William Burton Goodwin. Collected mainly in the 1920s and 1930s, these rare works were on loan to the Portland Museum of Art from 1983 to 2012.
This plate, designed personally by Dutch East India Company director by Andreas van Braam Houckgeest for Martha Washington, was a gift from Van Braam to the first lady in 1796. It will come to sale at Christie’s Americana Week’s finale on Jan. 28.
Highlights include a rare Staffordshire saltglazed stoneware enameled “Littler’s” blue puzzle-jug, circa 1755-1760. It is the only example of this form and type to exist, and its estimated value lists at $10,000 to $15,000.
In addition, the pottery sale will include a unique London delft polychrome dish, circa 1660, painted with the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, and a pair of English delft shoes dated 1727, made in London or Bristol. They carry estimated values of $50,000 to $70,000 and $15,000 to $20,000, respectively.
The final sale, also occurring on Jan. 28, spotlights Chinese export art, with 110 works of Chinese porcelain and works of art made to order for American and European traders in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The leading piece of the auction is a very rare “Lady Washington States China” dish, circa 1795, which was presented to Martha Washington by Andreas van Braam Houckgeest in 1796. Van Braam (1739-1801) was a successful director of the Dutch East India Company and designed the china himself as an appropriate introductory gift for the First Lady. It holds an estimated value of $20,000 to $40,000.
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