Win­ter in New York

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sive, at £9,525, was a brow­nand-yel­low slip puz­zle tyg dated 1689 and with three knopped han­dles, one of which was a drink­ing straw to the bot­tom of the bowl. At £4,064, there was a dark-trea­cle-glazed dou­ble-loop two-han­dled tyg or pos­set pot dated 1676 and ini­tialled by the pot­ter John Ifield (Fig 1).

Dur­ing the third quar­ter of the 17th cen­tury, there was a small in­dus­try in Ja­maica pro­duc­ing tor­toise­shell­cased wig combs. The only known maker is Paul Ben­nett at Port Royal from 1655 and ex­am­ples are dated be­tween 1671 and 1692. The last one at auc­tion, as far as I know, made £10,112 (COUN­TRY LIFE, April 24, 2013). Here, there were two lots, a sin­gle comb in a sil­ver-mounted case dated 1688 and with the Ja­maican coat of arms and orig­i­nal motto, In­dus uterque servi­etum, which sold for £10,160 (Fig 6), and two combs in a scratch-en­graved case, which raised £7,620.

An­other 17th-cen­tury cu­rios­ity, at £699, was a pair of green breeches mea­sur­ing 12¼in from waist to hem, which sup­pos­edly be­longed to Queen Hen­ri­etta Maria’s cel­e­brated dwarf Sir Jef­frey Hud­son (1619–about 1682) (Fig 7).

Wa­ter­colour stud­ies of shells by François Jean-bap­tiste Mé­nard de la Groye (1775–1855), ‘the un­sung hero of nat­u­ral his­tory’, did well, but were out­shone here by three stud­ies of a tur­tle, tur­tle shell and oc­to­pus by the Aus­trian Franz An­ton von Schiedel (1731–1801) (Figs 2–4), which reached

£13,970. Two of Lon­don’s top fur­ni­ture dealers will have ex­cep­tion­ally fine of­fer­ings for visi­tors to the New York Win­ter An­tiques Show, which has its pre­view at the Park Av­enue Ar­mory on Jan­uary 19 and runs to the 29th. Ron­ald Phillips will not only have a pair from the set of ‘Gains­bor­ough’ arm­chairs made for Glemham Hall, Suf­folk, in the 1750s, which are in the Chip­pen­dale man­ner and cov­ered in the orig­i­nal needle­work by Lady Bar­bara North (£1 mil­lion-plus), but a pair of demi-lune sat­in­wood and pur­ple­heart com­modes (one of which be­low) prob­a­bly by Chip­pen­dale (£500,000-plus). They last ap­peared in COUN­TRY LIFE in an ad­ver­tise­ment on Au­gust 7, 1975.

The best of the 19th cen­tury will be found with Blair­man, where the stand will fo­cus on ‘art fur­ni­ture’ de­signed by Bruce Tal­bert (1838–81). Among the man­u­fac­tur­ers who used him were Cox & Sons for fur­ni­ture and met­al­work and Gil­low and Hol­land & Sons for fur­ni­ture. Like Chip­pen­dale, Tal­bert spread his in­flu­ence through pub­li­ca­tions and his fur­ni­ture shown at World Fairs put his mark on the Amer­i­can ‘Mod­ern Gothic’ taste.

Here, the dis­play con­sists of a side­board (above), clock case, sec­re­taire­cab­i­net, six draw­ing-room and two fold­ing chairs and a writ­ing ta­ble.

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