Benson, Frank Weston – American Artist

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862 to 1951)

Frank Weston Benson was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1862. He studied at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston and the Academie Julian in Paris. Benson was a hunter and often depicted sporting scenes of birds in his artwork. The landscape around his studio on North Haven Island, Maine provided inspiration for his etchings and paintings. Benson taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [...] Click here to continue reading.


McKenney & Hall-Native American Works on Paper

McKenney & Hall

Thomas Loraine McKenney (1785 to 1857) and James Hall worked together to compile a volume of portfolios that represented Indian life, lore and custom.

As Superintendent of Indian Trade under Presidents Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson, McKenney had the interest and opportunity to learn first hand the customs and beliefs of many Native American Tribes. He championed the fight to preserve some of the details of the Indian culture, which [...] Click here to continue reading.


June Ide Ellison Estate – Provenance – Brunk 3-15-2014

June Ide Ellison Estate

The Collection of June Ide Ellison includes a rich archive of letters, journals, photographs, and paintings from the Bunker and Ide families of Massachusetts. Other family names included in the collection are Macy, Starbucks and Coffin of Nantucket as well as Worth, Baxter, Draper and Goddard. Most of the primarily 19th century material relates to family members who resided in the coastal town of Nantucket but includes other areas of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent – Brunk Provenance Note 8-2013

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (1920 to 2012)

An American heiress and philanthropist, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great-granddaughter of tobacco industrialist and Duke University benefactor Washington Duke. She was born Mary Duke Biddle on February 21, 1920 to Mary Lillian Duke and Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr. Her father was the former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Spain.

Semans was raised in Manhattan, where she attended the Hewitt School in New [...] Click here to continue reading.


Maverick, Peter

Peter Rushton & Peter Maverick

Originally from an English family of engravers, Peter Rushton Maverick (1755 to 1807), began as a silversmith in New York City and became an accomplished and celebrated engraver and designer, primarily of bookplates. He was the teacher of his son, Peter Maverick 91780 to 1831), who became well known as an engraver of book illustrations. Father and son were both prominent engravers, artisans and businessmen in the New York [...] Click here to continue reading.


Callender, Joseph

Joseph Callender

Joseph Callender (6 May 1751 to 10 Nov 1821) A Boston engraver and die-sinker, Joseph Callender (6 May 1751 to 10 Nov 1821) apprenticed with Paul Revere before opening his own State Street die shop, where he worked for the Massachusetts mint and designed seals for Bowdoin College (1798) and other clients. He also designed and engraved numerous bookplates and illustrations for Federal era magazines. In addition to his professional work, Callender [...] Click here to continue reading.


El Roy and Helene Master Collection -Provenance- Pook & Pook, 6-19-09

The Collection of El Roy and Helene Master

The offering of the antiques and collectables of El Roy P. and Helene Livingood Master comes with some degree of sadness. This collection has remained intact for five generations and it is hoped that others can now appreciate its beauty and fine craftsmanship.

Helen, Harry and Minnie Janssen

This legacy started with the arrival of Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun from Germany at the turn [...] Click here to continue reading.


Mosby, John Singleton (1833 to 1916)

John Singleton Mosby (1833 to 1916)

John Singleton Mosby (1833 to 1916) enlisted in a Virginia cavalry unit at the outbreak of the Civil War. He and one other in his unit were ready to re-enlist at the end of their year of service. He was head of his regiment for only two months, but long enough to get the attention of J.E.B. Stuart. Stuart invited him to serve as a scout, and throughout [...] Click here to continue reading.


Stickley, Gustav – American Arts & Crafts designer – New York

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)

Gustav Stickley is credited with creating the first distinctly American style of furniture known as Craftsman. He was born on March 9, 1858 in Osceola, Wisconsin to German immigrant parents. As the eldest of six children he went to work as a stonemason at the age of twelve when his father deserted the family in 1870. In 1875, Gustav (originally spelled with an “e”), Charles, and Albert Stickley learned basic furniture [...] Click here to continue reading.


Columbus, Georgia; View on Historical Staffordshire

View of Columbus, Georgia on Historical Staffordshire

The Magazine Antiques, November 1939, page 244, ‘New Studies in Old Staffordshire: Enoch Wood & Sons, Celtic China Series: Columbus, Georgia’ by Julia D. Sophronia Snow

‘This unmarked cup plate has recently been the subject of much speculation and controversy. The following should help to settle the dispute. A few years ago, a collector showed me a specimen that had been tentatively identified as Governor Wright’s mansion [...] Click here to continue reading.


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