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Wood Sculptor, Sculptor / Carver, b. 1757 - d. 1811

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        • Exceptional Federal Carved Mahogany Upholstered Side Chair
          May. 20, 2023

          Exceptional Federal Carved Mahogany Upholstered Side Chair

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1795, carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757-1811), shield back centering three finely carved rosette and bellflower chain slats, above a carved leafy lunette, carving with punchwork ground, serpentine front seat rail with striped silk upholstery, tapered legs carved with rosettes issuing bellflower chain carved in relief, 38-1/2 x 21-1/2 x 20 in., seat height 17 in. Note: This fine chair is nearly identical to a set of four chairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and may be from the same set. See Robert Bishop, The American Chair: Three Centuries of Style, pg. 243, no. 359. Another chair from this set is illustrated full page in Dean Lahikainen, Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style, pg. 167, fig. 4-151. Provenance: Lee Keno Antiques, purchased January 2003 (accompanied by original invoice and write up with condition report); Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow

          Brunk Auctions
        • Samuel McIntire Room Miniature Room Box Scene
          Mar. 21, 2019

          Samuel McIntire Room Miniature Room Box Scene

          Est: $300 - $500

          Scale: 1"=1'. This room was dedicated to furniture maker and carver Samuel McIntire of Salem, Massachusetts around 1800. The room has a carved and molded cornice with a carved fireplace mantel and overmantle. the carvings above the door and fireplace jam are depicted works of McIntire. The furniture is Federal period with the Sheraton sofa being attributed to McIntire. The room also contains artwork, a Persian rug, and other accessories. The room was framed and recessed into a wall for display. 13"h x 28"w x 24"d. This room is part of a 15 piece miniature collection that was created and designed by Frederick Hicks (1895-1985) of Brookline Massachusetts from 1936-1942. The rooms were later donated by Mr. Hicks to The Long Island Museum in 1965 where they were displayed from 1974-2014.

          Alderfer Auction
        • ARCHITECTURAL FINIAL BY SAMUEL McINTIRE (SALEM, MA, 1757-1811)
          Feb. 11, 2017

          ARCHITECTURAL FINIAL BY SAMUEL McINTIRE (SALEM, MA, 1757-1811)

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          ARCHITECTURAL FINIAL BY SAMUEL McINTIRE (SALEM, MA, 1757-1811) Carved and Painted Softwood Architectural Finial, Federal Period, in Classical Draped Urn form, with flame top, from Oak Hill Estate, Peabody, MA. Oak Hill was built by Sea Captain Nathaniel West in 1800 to McIntire''s designs, as a summer residence. 20" tall x 6" urn. 25" tall, 6- 1/2" square overall, including the remnant of the post. The building was razed in 1955 to make way for the North Shore Shopping Center. PROVENANCE: From the Jean and Howard Lipman Collection.

          Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
        • Miniature Carved Classical Chest of Drawers
          Jan. 22, 2013

          Miniature Carved Classical Chest of Drawers

          Est: $3,000 - $6,000

          McIntire School, Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1810 H. 19 ½ in.; W. 16 ¾ in.; D. 9 ¼ in. Carving and punch work decoration of fruit and basket motif characteristic of the Samuel McIntire (1757-1811) school. The carving on this miniature chest is attributed to the Samuel McIntire School, best known for their signature ornaments featuring baskets of fruits and flowers. No two McIntire baskets are identical, suggesting each was conceived along with the furniture design. Despite its small scale, the carving evokes the texture and three-dimensionality of a real basket and maintains the symmetry characteristic of McIntire carvings. The central carving is most similar to that on a Salem card table of an unidentified maker with carvings attributed to Samuel Field McIntire, son of Samuel McIntire. The stylized flowers are nearly identical to those on the base molding of the Derby chest-on-chest IV, Salem, 1806-09, in the MFA Boston. Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000 It is an honor and pleasure for Keno Auctions to offer for sale the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isbell. People collect for a variety of reasons; the Isbells assembled a fabulous Americana collection because of their passion for each piece. Over three decades they sought out the best examples of high quality Colonial American furniture and folk art using the criteria of quality, rarity, condition and provenance as their guide

          Keno Auctions
        • A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA
          Jan. 20, 2012

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1795-1810 36½ in. high, 77 in. long, 29 in. deep

          Christie's
        • A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY WINDOW SEAT
          Jan. 20, 2012

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY WINDOW SEAT

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY WINDOW SEAT ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800 28½ in. high, 41¼ in. wide, 16 in. deep

          Christie's
        • Federal Mahogany Card Table
          Jan. 17, 2012

          Federal Mahogany Card Table

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          Federal Mahogany Card TableThe carving attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, 1805-1810This card table is nearly identical to a mahogany card table with carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757-1811) in the collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley that is illustrated in Samuel McIntire: Carving an American Style by Dean Lahikainen. Representing his work after 1805, both tables prominently display centered on the rail a lavishly-carved and oversized basket of fruit and flowers, McIntire's signature ornament, which he rendered with a ribbed melon as the most prominent piece of fruit and bunches of grapes at the sides. Following his common practice, he elongated the basket to fit the table rail and oriented it tilting toward the viewer, who would have been looking at it from above. McIntire was carving baskets of this type up until the end of his life, as indicated by a September 21, 1810 receipt charging the cabinetmaker William Hook $4 for ""4 baskets."" McIntire also ornamented these tables with carved edges of the top, acanthus carved rounded corners, and delicate reeded legs. They are further finished with carefully selected vibrantly figured veneers on the rail. A third virtually identical table from a private collection is illustrated as a ""Masterpiece"" in The New Fine Points of Furniture by Albert Sack. ________________________________________________ Published by the Peabody Essex Museum and distributed by the University Press of New England, 2007, figs. 4-115 and 4-116, pp. 152-3. Ibid, p. 153. See Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture, New York, 1993, p. 292.

          Keno Auctions
        • THE SILSBEE FAMILY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA
          Sep. 28, 2011

          THE SILSBEE FAMILY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          THE SILSBEE FAMILY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS,1790-1810 retains an old and possibly original finish, center rear legs of a later date 38½ in. high, 76 in. wide, 25 in. deep

          Christie's
        • THE ELIAS HASKET DERBY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR
          Jan. 21, 2011

          THE ELIAS HASKET DERBY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          THE ELIAS HASKET DERBY FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1790-1798 retains an old and possibly original finish 39¼ in. high

          Christie's
        • A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA
          Jan. 21, 2011

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          A FEDERAL CARVED MAHOGANY SOFA CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL MCINTIRE (1757-1811), SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1795-1810 36½ in. high, 77 in. long, 29 in. deep

          Christie's
        • Federal carved mahogany side chair attributed
          Apr. 14, 2008

          Federal carved mahogany side chair attributed

          Est: $600 - $900

          Federal carved mahogany side chair attributed samuel mcintire (1757-1811) or samuel field mcintire (1780-1819) The arched crest with central panel carved with basket of fruit, over pierced back, upholstered shaped seat on square tapering legs.

          Freeman's
        • A FEDERAL INLAID-MAHOGANY TAMBOUR DESK, SIGNED BY ELIJAH SANDERSON, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS CIRC
          Jan. 19, 2002

          A FEDERAL INLAID-MAHOGANY TAMBOUR DESK, SIGNED BY ELIJAH SANDERSON, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS CIRC

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          legs repaired at juncture with case. The attribution of this desk to the Salem cabinetmaker Elijah Sanderson (1752-1825) is based on the initials E S branded on the backboard of the lower case. On an 1803 invoice, Elijah Sanderson noted that ``...my furniture is all marked with a brand ES on the back of each piece," (Mabel Swan, Samuel McIntire, Carver, and The Sandersons, Early Salem Cabinet Makers, 1934, p. 9). This brand is known on a mahogany card table and commode, both in private collections (William Ketchum, American Cabinetmakers, p. 294). Born in Watertown, Sanderson moved to Salem by 1779 and operated, with his brother Jacob, (1757-1810) Federal Salem's largest cabinetmaking establishment. They directed a furniture cooperative with Nehemiah Adams (1769-1840), Edmond Johnson (working 1793-1811) and William Appleton (1765-1822), using a piecework system, with each cabinetmaker making particular components. Together, the cabinetmakers produced furniture for export and sold their wares around the globe, including at ports in Brazil, West Indies, Africa, and Calcutta, India (Margaret Burke Clunie, ``Salem Federal Furniture,'' M.A. Thesis, University of Delaware, 1976). Literature: Decorative Arts Photographic Collection, Winterthur Museum, February 1970

          Sotheby's
        • Rare Federal Carved and Figured Mahogany Veneer Chamber Table, the carving attributed to Samuel
          Oct. 24, 1999

          Rare Federal Carved and Figured Mahogany Veneer Chamber Table, the carving attributed to Samuel

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          McIntire, Salem, Massachusetts, c 1793-1806, mahogany veneer on white pine, serpentine front and sides, ovolo front corners with turned discs over two long drawers, the lower having a central arched blind tambour flanked by delicate carved grape clusters and leaves on a punchwork decorated ground above ringturned reeded and tapering legs ending in turned feet; the brass appears original, old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht 35, wd 36 5/8, dp 18 1/8 in. McIntire, Salem, Massachusetts, c 1793-1806, mahogany veneer on white pine, serpentine front and sides, ovolo front corners with turned discs over two long drawers, the lower having a central arched blind tambour flanked by delicate carved grape clusters and leaves on a punchwork decorated ground above ringturned reeded and tapering legs ending in turned feet; the brass appears original, old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht 35, wd 36 5/8, dp 18 1/8 in Although this form of furniture is most often called a small sideboard or serving table, early 19th century price books identify it as a chamber table It was used as a woman's dressing table Samuel McIntire (1757-1811) was the most prominent craftsman working in Salem in the Federal period He was an architect and carver of extraordinary ability His work was in great demand His working career (17801811) coincided with Salem's era of greatest prosperity McIntire served as the architect for Salem's wealthy sea captains and merchants He provided elegant houses for them on Essex Street, Federal Street, and Washington Square, carved their interior woodwork and furniture, and decorated their ships (Ward, Gerald WR, "Samuel McIntire" in Banham, J ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERIOR DESIGN, Vol 2, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997, pp 755-56) According to his biographer, Fiskc Kimball, in his middle period (1793-1806) McIntire shifted to an elegant, refined, Adamsesque mode using carved motifs now identified with his work, - cornucopia, baskets of fruit and clusters of grapes McIntire's two highlights of this period were created for Elias Hasket Derby (1739-1799), Salem's greatest shipping merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Crowninshield Derby (1736-1799): a magnificent mansion said to be the most ambitious house constructed in 18th century America and an elaborately carved mahogany chest-on-chest c 1796, now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Hipkiss, Edwin J, EIGHTEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN ARTS, THE M AND M KAROLIK COLLECTION, Harvard University Press, 1941, plate 41, pp 74-75) Lot 110 is nearly identical to the chamber table which is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in the bedchamber preserved from Oak Hill, the home of Elizabeth Derby West (1762-1814), eldest daughter of Elias Hasket Derby, ibid (plate 49, pp 90-91) Oak Hill built in 1800-01, is thought to be the work of McIntire Provenance: This piece was purchased by a Boston collector and has remained in the same family.

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