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Americana Sold at Garth’s

A Hepplewhite sugar chest was the top lot during the Americana sale held by Garth’s Auctions of Columbus, Ohio, on March 19, selling for $11,250 (includes buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $3000/5000. Dating to the first quarter of the 19th century and likely of Kentucky origin, the piece was walnut with inlay that included two tulips in a flowerpot. The front part of the chest and a lower drawer had line inlay, while the shaped skirt had an inlaid fan. On square tapered legs, the chest stood 33½" high x 25" wide and was refinished.

Other furniture highlights included a pie safe with 12 tins having a punched design of a spread-wing eagle on a sphere flanked by stars. It sold for $4687.50 (est. $600/1200). Dating to the mid-19th century, the pie safe was in poplar and pine with old, worn brown repaint, while the tins had old tan paint. On square tapered legs, it measured 47" high x 42" wide. One tin was inverted.

Among the painted smalls was a decorated double-sided game board that brought the second-highest price of the auction, selling for $5312.50 (est. $300/600). From the late 19th century, it was made of a single board, with one side having a checkerboard in yellow and black paint and the other side featuring a Parcheesi playing surface in red, white, and blue. Both sides had additional pinstriping and scrolled designs. The board, measuring 30¾" x 18½", had an added gallery edge.

The best of the folk art included six circus sideshow banners and a decorated tent opening, all made of painted canvas. Leading the way was a “Leopard Man / Alive” banner, picturing a man wearing a loincloth, his bare body covered in dark spots, signed by David C. “Snap” Wyatt (1905-1984), measuring 6'8" x 6'11", that sold for $3437.50 (est. $300/600). The entryway promoted “Crystal Maze” and depicted characters from Pinocchio. Marked for the O. Henry Tent & Awning Co. of Chicago and dating to the second quarter of the 20th century, the piece was massive, measuring 14'4" x 29'4" with an opening of 6'4" x 9'4". It sold for $2375 (est. $1500/2000).

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Originally published in the June 2021 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2021 Maine Antique Digest -

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