Exceptional American Empire mahogany sofa, circa 1830. Bold shell carved arms ends and paw feet. The frame is in excellent original condition, and the upholstery is intact but shows some light discolorations. From an important East Haddam CT riverfront estate. Measures 88 inches wide, 32.5 inches high to the back, 30 inches high to the arms, 18 inches high to the seat, and 23 inches deep.This sofa is similar to a sofa in a sketch by Anthony Quervelle (1789-1856) at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. See the ad by Sumpter Priddy lll of Alexandria Virginia in the January issue of the Maine Digest showing a children's example of a similar sofa for $12,500... This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
18th century American black cherry linen press, either CT or NJ in origin. Raised panels, stop-fluted sides, original brasses including the H hinges, high ogee molded feet. Excellent condition. Measures 50.5 inches wide at the cornice, 43.5 inches wide at the case, 49 inches at the knees, 46 inches wide at the base, 79.5 inches tall and 19 inches deep. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Original 2004 Sol LeWitt lithograph and aquatint published by Landfall Press, Inc., Santa Fe, NM. Edition size 30, Edition XXII/xxx, signed and numbered in pencil. Measures 36 x 36 inches. Framed by the Chester Gallery, Chester, CT, which was Sol's favorite gallery (he had a home in Chester). Excellent condition. Original Chester Gallery receipt enclosed. Sol LeWitt was born in Hartford, CT, to a family of Jewish immigrants from Russia. His mother took him to art classes at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. After receiving a BFA from Syracuse University in 1949, LeWitt traveled to Europe where he was exposed to Old Master painting. Shortly thereafter, he served in the Korean War, first in California, then Japan, and finally Korea. LeWitt moved to New York City in 1953 and set up a studio on the Lower East Side, in the old Ashkenazi Jewish settlement on Hester Street. During this time he studied at the School of Visual Arts while also pursuing his interest in design at Seventeen Magazine, where he did paste-ups, mechanicals, and photostats. In 1955, he was a graphic designer in the office of architect I.M. Pei for a year. Around that time, LeWitt also discovered the work of the late 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose studies in sequence and locomotion were an early influence. These experiences, combined with an entry-level job as a night receptionist and clerk he took in 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, would influence LeWitt's later work. To learn more about the artist go to http://SolLewittCollection.com
Antique French Empire period mahogany center table, circa 1825. Original gray marble top with natural white striation and inset groove; tripod pedestal base ending in gold leaf paw feet. Measures 27.75 inches high x 31.75 inches across. Excellent condition. See a similar example Sothebys Auctions estimated 7-9K. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. Open Daily 10am-4pm www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com
Vintage English mahogany Chippendale style partner's desk. Richly figured burl mahogany veneers on top and all sides, ball and claw feet. Made in Brighton, England, by Selecta circa 1950. It measures 6 feet wide by 4 feet deep by 32 inches high. The knee clearance is 19.5 inches wide by 23.5 inches high. Five working drawers and five faux drawers at front and back. Excellent condition with enhanced original finish.