May 11-12, 2013
Beacon Hill Collection of Miniature Furniture
39 Pieces Federal and Georgian style furniture, many with fine inlay handcrafted brass hardware and remarkable Chinoiserie decoration, American, 1930s: including Sheraton style sofa table, mahogany with line inlaid top, diamond satinwood inlay, two dovetailed drawers, two drop leaves, fine brass mounts including working casters, Beacon Hill label No. 22, in catalog, 6-7/8 x 14-1/4 x 6-1/8 in., three legs with old repairs, minor surface abrasions, otherwise good condition; Philadelphia Hepplewhite style inlaid mahogany games table, serpentine front with canted corners, line and diamond satinwood inlay throughout, folding with one swing leg, Beacon Hill label No. 17, in catalog, 7-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 in. (closed), minor surface abrasions, otherwise excellent condition; Philadelphia Chippendale style mahogany games table, folding top with swing leg, turret corners above finely carved legs with ball-and-claw feet, dovetailed drawer with fine brass mounts, Beacon Hill label, handwritten No. 20, in catalog, 7 x 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 in. (closed), drawer with minor molding losses, minor surface scratches and smudges, otherwise excellent condition; English Chippendale style upholstered armchair, reeded and beaded front legs and arm supports, stretcher base, Beacon Hill label, No. 42 or 46, in catalog, 10 x 6-5/8 x 7 in., two rear legs with old repairs; three-tier revolving Chippendale style mahogany English dumbwaiter, two lower tiers with scalloped molding over reeded pedestal with tapered and reeded post above an urn, tripod base with carved knees and feet, 11-1/4 x 5-1/2 in., top tier lacking scalloped molding, other molding losses, one foot and top portion of post repaired, (fragile, three-piece construction, central pin loose); American Chippendale style camel-back sofa, mahogany with scrolled arms, four shell-carved cabriole front legs with ball-and-claw feet, upholstered in fine green silk(?), No. 55, in catalog, 9-1/4 x 21 x 7-1/4 in., one rear leg possibly restored, minor surface losses to feet; Sheraton style inlaid mahogany commode, three graduated dovetailed bow-front drawers flanked by curved doors opening to three dovetailed drawers, tapered legs with spade feet, fine handmade brass pulls, Beacon Hill label, No. 61, in catalog, 9 x 13-1/2 x 6-1/8 in., excellent condition; Hepplewhite style mahogany china cabinet/bookcase, broken-arch pediment over central six-paned door and flanked by reeded pilasters, base with Greek key molding over three dovetailed drawers and paneled doors, fine brass hardware throughout, blue-painted interior, three miniature painted wood books, door with individually glazed panes, Beacon Hill label, similar to No. 91 in catalog, 19-1/2 x 12 x 3-3/4 in., minor surface abrasions, possibly lacking urn finial, otherwise excellent condition; Chippendale style mahogany breakfront bookcase, four wire-grille doors below gilt Greek-key decorated molding, interior of top portion painted dark green, removable shelves with plate lips, three dovetailed drawers flanked by doors with fine brass hardware and extensive gilt lacquer decoration in the Chinese taste, shelves with secured boxes and books, Beacon Hill label, No. 90 in catalog, 19-3/4 x 16-3/8 x 4-1/4 in., generally good condition, very minor molding losses and slight abrasions to gilt highlights; two-pedestal Duncan Phyffe style mahogany dining table, finely carved urn pedestal with four saber legs, fine brass working casters, finely crafted maple undercarriage, No. 96 in catalog, 7-1/2 x 12-1/8 in., extends to 41 in., includes one leaf, excellent condition, with minor smudges and abrasions; pair Chippendale style mahogany and upholstered side chairs, backs with fine scrolled and reeded carving, front legs with reeded corners, stretcher bases, Beacon Hill label, No. 75 in Beacon Hill catalog, 9-1/2 x 5-1/8 x 4-7/8 in., upholstery with minor stains, one with unrepaired break at top, otherwise good condition; Philadelphia Hepplewhite style mahogany tall-post bed with canopy, tapered and reeded posts with fine urn carvings, swags and tassels, spade feet, finely crafted arched canopy with urn finials above insertion pins, fine tatted lace cover, with foam mattress, dust ruffle, bed cover and pillow with printed fabric, No. 135 in Beacon Hill catalog, 19-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 21-1/2 in., frame with one slightly loose joint; pair Hepplewhite style side chairs, crest rails with fine satinwood inlay above lattice backs, stretcher bases with tapered and reeded legs, upholstered, Beacon Hill label, No. 26 in catalog, 9-1/2 x 5-5/8 x 5 in., top corner of one back with old restoration, fabric with minor stains; English chinoisserie dressing table, mirrored fold-up center section over fitted interior with peach-colored paint flanked by two canted-corner sides above curved doors, one dovetailed drawer below faux drawer front with brass pulls, extensive and fine chinoisserie, gilt and painted lacquer decoration, Beacon Hill label, No. 163 in catalog, 8 x 9 x 4-1/4 in., lacking two interior dividers, small break at edge of faux drawer front, otherwise good condition; English Hepplewhite style Pembroke table, mahogany with tulipwood inlay, single bow-front dovetailed drawer with banded inlay and brass pull below line-inlaid oval top with two fold-up leaves, tapered legs with inlaid cuffs, Beacon Hill label, similar to No. 190 in catalog, 6-3/4 x 4-1/4 x 5 in., excellent condition; set of six Chippendale style gothic dining room chairs, mahogany with stretcher bases, splats with gothic style openwork carving below conforming carved crest rail, upholstered, Beacon Hill label, No. 221, two armchairs, four side chairs, 9 x 5 x 4-1/2 in., three with old repairs to feet, one lacking stretcher with break in existing stretcher, one with stained upholstery; tapestry-upholstered Hepplewhite style armchair, mahogany frame with reeded and tapered legs below carved and shaped arms and arm supports, Beacon Hill label, No. 69 in catalog, 9-1/4 x 6 x 5-1/4 in., minor abrasions to fabric, otherwise excellent condition 18. Pair inlaid mahogany two-drawer work tables, extensive inlay, each with two dovetailed drawers with inlaid borders matching canted-corner top, tapered legs with extensive line inlay, Beacon Hill label, No. 119, 7-1/4 x 5 x 4-1/8 in., generally good condition, one drawer with split in side rail, minor repaired loss to inlay on one cuff; Connecticut Hepplewhite style sideboard, mahogany, central drawer with inlaid urn flanked by line and canted corner inlay, three dovetailed drawers, two bottle drawers, central two-door bay flanked by curved doors above tapered legs with extensive burlwood inlay, six hand-wrought brass pulls, Beacon Hill label, No. 99 in catalog, 10 x 17-3/4 x 5-3/4 in., excellent condition, minor surface abrasions; American Chippendale style mahogany tea table (after Goddard Townsend, Rhode Island), molded and shaped top with conforming base, finely carved cabriole legs with ball-and-claw feet, Beacon Hill label, No. 32 in catalog, 7 x 8 x 5-5/8 in., losses to carved top molding, otherwise good condition; rotating Hepplewhite style drum table outfitted as a book stand, mahogany with circular top above urn pedestal, four spade feet, top with chinoisserie and faux book painted decoration, legs with housed dovetailed joint, Beacon Hill label, No. 37 in catalog, 6-3/4 x 5 in., good condition, minor surface abrasions; George III style mahogany bureau bookcase, top with two glazed doors each with 13 individually glazed panes, three shelves with finely painted faux books above a fall front opening to a fitted interior with two drawers and three painted faux books, finely figured and matched fallboard and drawer fronts, four graduated dovetailed drawers below with beaded molding and fine hand-wrought brass pulls, bracket feet, Beacon Hill label, No. 78 in catalog, 18 x 7-1/2 x 4-7/8 in., excellent condition; Chinoisserie library table, serpentine tooled leather top over gilt and chinoisserie-decorated rails, serpentine sides, canted corners with conforming legs, Beacon Hill label, No. 57 in catalog, 4-5/8 x 7-5/8 x 5-1/8 in., good condition, very minor surface losses; Sheraton style work table, tooled leather top flanked by two hemispheric compartments with matching lift-out leather covers, single dovetailed drawer, turned legs with fine hand-tooled working casters, Beacon Hill label, No. 171 in catalog, 6-1/8 x 6-1/8 x 3-1/4 in., leather with very minor losses, good condition, with two pull-out candle slides (1-1/2 in. square, one with Beacon Hill label, No. 175); near pair Chippendale style tripod stands, each mahogany with carved urn pedestal below tapered post, modified square tops with carved and raised molding, both marked by hand "No. 115" (no room for a Beacon Hill label), 9 in. and 9-1/2 in., taller with old base repair; Hepplewhite style mahogany armchair, back with three carved vertical stiles, leather seat with tack border, stretcher base, Beacon Hill label, No. 66, 9-1/8 x 5-3/4 x 5-1/2 in., good condition; upholstered mahogany Chippendale style wing chair, rolled arms, stretcher base, Beacon Hill label, No. 34, 9-1/4 x 6-5/8 x 6-1/4 in., upholstery with minor stains, otherwise good condition; upholstered English Hepplewhite style upholstered mahogany stool, black-painted frame with lavender upholstery, Beacon Hill label, No. 128, 4-1/4 x 4-5/8 in., possibly repainted, otherwise good condition; inlaid pedestal-base stand, oval top with fine inlaid bellflower decoration on walnut burlwood, turned pedestal with four shaped feet (not part of Beacon Hill collection), 4-3/8 x 6-1/8 x 5-1/8 in., good condition, to with some separation and old glue residue;
Lot Notes: In the 1930s, the Kaplan Furniture Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts, introduced a prestigious line of hand-crafted Federal and Georgian style furniture known as the Beacon Hill Collection. Concurrent with this production, miniature examples were constructed to accompany the exhibitions of the full-size pieces, and to provide needed work for the craftsmen in the lean Depression years. In 1972, the Kaplan brothers, David and Leon, decided to sell the collection of miniatures and offered it in an ad in [Antiques Magazine]. The miniatures were purchased by a collector in Salisbury, North Carolina, who later sold the collection to George and Lena Haire. These remarkable pieces, constructed on a quarter scale (three inches equals one foot), are of the highest quality and are in all ways faithful to the period pieces. All elements including hand dovetailing, fine inlays, brass hardware, tooled leather panels, and upholstery are executed with astonishing skill. The period pieces they emulate are held by many major museums. In 1980, Foster Tracy, an appraiser and historian of miniature furniture, stated that this was the “largest and finest collection of quarter-scale miniatures in the country”. We agree with this sentiment and are honored to offer this exceptional collection. The lot is accompanied by a Beacon Hill catalog, photos of craftsmen building the miniatures (two are named), inventories, newspaper articles, photos of Lena Haire with the Kaplan brothers, and related ephemera.
Estate of Lena Haire, Mocksville, North Carolina
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000