December 12th, 2022, Auction Starting at 5:30
A highly desirable English ‘Necessaire de voyage’ vanity box by Jenner & Knewstub is just one of the exceptional items from an extraordinary New England estate, and other fine homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts that will be sold by Winter Associates on December 12th at their central Connecticut gallery. Also included will be a variety of fine jewelry, coins, stamps, paintings, prints, miniature portraits, sculpture, antique and bench made furniture, Oriental rugs and books.
The vanity box is rare in its completeness, with each of the original gilt sterling fittings and toiletries present and all with London 1884 hallmarks and matching raised monogram. The case of exotic and now extinct coromandel wood unfolds with an ingenious design by George Betjemann & Sons and showcases two of their sought-after inventions including the ‘Angle Wing Mechanism’ which enables the box to cantilever out and open into six compartmented tiers, including two secret jewelry drawers with concealed spring-loaded buttons. The set is in excellent condition. For more information on Jenner & Knewstub firm a great deal of information is available at www.antiqueboxguide.org/jenner-and-knewstub/.
An 18K guilloche enameled snuff box with a finely executed miniature portrait of Napoleon on its cover, is from the same New England estate, it is hallmarked with the letter “R” with crown above it, believed to be for Jean Georges Remond & Co., Geneva. There are over 40 other miniatures in the sale. Two other Continental treasures from the same home are automaton enamel and gilt musical boxes with singing birds, both German, early 20th C., with cases by Emil Brenk and movements likely by Karl Griesbaum.
Many unusual and high-quality pieces of jewelry range from an antique rock crystal, enamel and 18K locket with miniature of King George II to a very heavy 18K yellow gold contemporary 18K diamond ‘zipper’ necklace. Plique-à-jour works include two butterflies and a dragonfly that are mounted in 18K yellow gold with emeralds, opals, rubies and diamonds. A magnificent 14K diamond and ruby enameled bangle bracelet is set with 6 carats tw of diamonds and over one hundred and forty natural rubies. Another impressive 18k piece is an eagle form necklace set with ninety-one round brilliant cut diamonds and weighing 130 grams. Also offered will be two 22K yellow gold necklaces, one with matching earrings; a platinum and diamond bangle; an 18K enameled, diamond, and ruby bird bath pendant with chain; Jadeite pendant and earrings with diamonds; and a 14K enameled serpent bracelet with diamonds and rubies.
For those who prefer to hang their beautiful things on the wall there is a variety of artwork including those with a strong New England flavor from an assortment of Connecticut and Massachusetts homes: a vibrant watercolor of two fisherman in rowboat by John Whorf, a native of Massachusetts and descendant of Cape Cod sea captains; an oil on canvas of cows in pasture by Charles Morris Young; a typical landscape with pond by Henry Pember Smith “View of Mill Pond, Lyme, CT”; a forest scene by Chauncey Foster Ryder; two studio etchings by Armin Landeck; and a 19th C. folk art portrait of a little girl with doll in the manner of Joseph Goodhue Chandler. There is a charming bronze titled “Bedtime” by Bessie Potter Vonnoh of a sleepy child. Artwork featured of more Continental taste includes an early 19th C. Italian landscape in the manner of Michele Felice Corne, two bronze sculptures after Jean de Bologne, a few Italian school oils on wood panel, and large number of drypoint etchings, aquatints, lithographs, etc. by Théophile Steinlen, Paul Helleu, Jean Francois Raffaelli, Louis Legrand, Jacques Villon, Manuel Robbe, Edgar Chahine, Rene Genis, etc.
Collectors of Coins and currency, Stamps and Books will have a good assortment to choose from with nineteen coin lots including US Gold Type, a Series 1985 $20 Foldover Error note, and a 1922 $100 gold certificate. An important collection of American stamps including complete set 1893 Colombian Expo (most mint without hinges), zeppelins, etc. will cross the block. Also not to be missed are eleven lots of better books including Kipling; ten volumes by George Trevelyan, “The American Revolution.” NY, 1909; “Works of William H. Prescott”, Philadelphia, 1875, and many others which will be sold to benefit a Connecticut non-profit institution
This sale will be live at the Plainville CT gallery starting at 5:30pm on December 12th. Winter Associates’ auction catalog is available online at www.AuctionsAppraisers.com as of Friday, December 2nd. Winter Associates, Inc. is located in central Connecticut at 21 Cooke Street in Plainville, CT. Previews are Friday, December 9th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; and on Monday, December 12th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Previewers are welcome at other times, please call to schedule an appointment. (860) 793-0288.
Absentee bids can be submitted prior to the sale and bidders are welcome to actively bid during the sale online or by phone bid. Pickup will be by appointment only, please call the office and we will do our best to accommodate you.