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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Matthew Weigman
                                                                                                Kristin Gelder
                                                                                                 Lauren Gioia
                                                                                                (212) 606-7176

      AMERICANA WEEK AT SOTHEBY’S
            JANUARY 19-21, 2007




          FEATURING TWO SINGLE-OWNER SALES:
     DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN FURNITURE AND FOLK ART:
      THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. MARK LARACY AND
          THE AMERICANA COLLECTION OF MARC AND
                  LAURIE KRASNY BROWN
                      EXHIBITION OPENS JANUARY 13TH
New York, New York - This January, Sotheby’s is pleased to offer two important single-owner collections
during Americana Week – Distinguished American Furniture and Folk Art: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Laracy
and The Americana Collection of Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown (separate releases are available for both sales).
Additionally, Sotheby’s sale of Important Americana from various-owners will feature a number of single-
owner sequences, including Property Approved for Deaccession from Historic Deerfield, Inc., Property of a
Midwestern Collection and Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Earls. The week will
begin on January 19th with Important Americana, including Silver and Prints. January 20th will feature Important
Americana, including American Furniture and Folk Art, in the morning, followed by Distinguished American Furniture
and Folk Art: The Collection of Susan and Mark Laracy. The following day The Americana Collection of Marc and
Laurie Krasny Brown will open January 21st, and Important Americana, including American Furniture and Folk Art, will
continue that afternoon.


Important Americana, including Silver and Prints – January 19, 2007
Sotheby’s will open Americana Week 2007 with an offering of 26 lots of Tiffany Chrysanthemum pattern
                                   silver, including flatware services, platters, entrée dishes, tea sets,
                                   candelabra, tazza, centerpiece bowls, sauceboats and pitchers, among
                                   others, and highlighting this section is a pair of massive nine-arm
                                   candelabra, circa 1895 (est. $50/70,000) and a seven-piece tea set and
                                   tray, circa 1895 (est. $40/60,000). Another feature of the January sale is
                                   John Quincy Adam’s gold-mounted carnelian fob seal and gold pair-
                                   case watch, circa 1816 (est. $70/90,000). A selection of 18th century silver
                                   including tankards, porringers and teapots, will be featured, including an
                                   American silver creamer, Paul Revere, Jr., Boston, circa 1790 (est.
                                   $15/20,000), a rare American silver chased teapot, Ephraim Brasher,
New York, circa 1775 (est. $10/20,000) and an American silver teapot, Thomas Hammersley, New York,
circa 1765 (est. $12/18,000).


The sale will also feature a wonderful selection of Audubon prints, including some of the most desirable birds
and memorable images depicted by the artist and engraved by Robert Havell. Audubon’s commitment to
rendering the birds life-size is most certainly seen best in these larger format prints which allow for more
graphic and dynamic composition. The meticulous hand-coloring by the Havell colorists is also very evident
in this assemblage of particularly vibrant impressions. The Snowy Heron or White Egret, 1835, is a
particularly beautiful impression of this spectacular print, previously owned by the City of New York and to
be sold with a Certificate of Provenance signed by former Mayor of New York, Edward Koch (est.
$80/100,000). Other prints on offer include Carolina Parrot, c. 1829 (est. $70/100,000), Great White
Heron, 1835 (est. $50/70,000) and Long-Billed Curlew, 1834 (est. $30/50,000).
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Important Americana, including American Furniture and Folk Art – January 20, 2007
Highlighting the various-owners sale of Important Americana is the Gilbert DeBlois Family Important
Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Desk-and-Bookcase, with carving attributed to John
Welch (1711-1789), Boston, circa 1756 (pictured on page 1). Exceptionally carved, meticulously constructed
and retaining its hardware, this monumental desk-and-bookcase is a tour de force of Boston craftsmanship as
well as an important document of American furniture, as its carver has been identified. It was commissioned
by Gilbert DeBlois (1725-1791), a member of the merchant aristocracy of Boston who achieved considerable
wealth before the Revolution selling imports from Europe. He
was also a strong Loyalist who served on the jury for the Boston
Massacre trial of his friend, British Captain Thomas Preston. His
staunch loyalism forced him to flee to England for the duration of
the war, leaving his family and possessions in Boston, and his
name appears listed on the Banishment Act of the State of
Massachusetts, dated September 1778. It was during his stay in
England that he commissioned a portrait from John Singleton
Copley. It appears listed in the 1791 inventory of his estate at the
value of 9 Great Britain pounds. Remarkably, the desk has
remained in his family ever since, for nearly 215 years, and has never been published or exhibited. It is
estimated to sell for $2/5 million. Another cornerstone of the various-owners offering of American Furniture
is a Rowe Family Chippendale Carved and Figured Mahogany Bombe Slant Front Desk, Boston,
Massachusetts, circa 1760, which appears to retain its original finish and its original hardware (pictured
here, est. $800,000/1.2 million). One of eight bombé desks known today, this desk represents the most
expensive type of furniture made in 18th century Boston and was no doubt a rarity even in its own time. It
served as conspicuous proof to the prosperity of its original owner, John Rowe, a member of the merchant
aristocracy, a conservative Whig and diarist. It remained in his family until 2004. Also on offer is an
                                          Important Pilgrim Century Joined Oak, Walnut, Juniper,
                                          Citarella, Maple, Mahogany and Cedar Chest of Drawers,
                                          probably by James Symonds, Salem, Massachusetts, circa
                                          1685 (est. $200/500,000).


                                          The offering of American Folk Art includes an Eider Decoy,
                                          Attributed to Gus Wilson (pictured here, est. $100/150,000) and
an Impressive and Rare Molded Copper and Zinc Cow Weathervane, American, probably New York,
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third quarter 19th century, which once graced the top of a dairy barn in Cooperstown (est. $30/40,000).
Rounding out the sale is a Fine and Rare Silk Embroidered Goddess of Liberty Picture, Betsey Cheney,
Middlebury, Vermont, circa 1860, depicting a beautifully stitched and painted image of the Goddess of
Liberty holding a large American standard. In what appears to be the original mat in a giltwood frame, the
reverse with original pine strainer and paper backing inscribed in an early 19th century hand reads: Mr. Joseph
Sargent, Middlebury, VT. Care of Chapman Gold Leaf. Done by Betsey Cheney - when a girl who married Dr. Jonathan
Adams Allen... grandparents of Hariet Warren Allen Goddard. Inherited from Hariet Warren Allen Goddard by her
granddaughter Catherine Goddard Allen (est. $30/50,000).


Distinguished American Furniture and Folk Art: The Collection of Susan and Mark Laracy - January
20, 2007
On January 20th, 2007, Sotheby’s will offer Distinguished American Furniture and Folk Art: The Collection of Susan
and Mark Laracy during Americana Week 2007. The exceptional collection, comprised of approximately 225
pieces of American furniture and folk art, was carefully assembled with an appreciation for form, proportion
and overall beauty. The property comes from the Laracy’s home, which sits on nine scenic acres in New
Canaan, Connecticut. The single-owner sale is expected to bring $3/6 million. Separate release available.


The Collection includes several masterpieces from the major colonial cabinetmaking centers in New England,
including Middletown, Connecticut; Newport,
Rhode Island; and Boston, Massachusetts, as well
as important folk art portraits, needlework
samplers and scrimshaw. The cornerstone of the
sale is an important Queen Anne Carved and
Figured Parcel-Gilt Mahogany Bonnet-Top
Desk-and-Bookcase,           Hartford        County,
probably     Middletown,       Connecticut      (est.
$300/500,000). Made between 1770 and 1790,
the desk is a tour de force of Queen Anne design with soaring vertical proportions, an elaborately fitted
bookcase and writing section. Retaining its original finish, gilt wood spiral-twisted finials and cast brass
hardware, this extravagant desk-and-bookcase is an important survival and supreme masterpiece of
Connecticut River Valley craftsmanship. An important Chippendale Block-and-Shell Carved Mahogany
Slant-Front Desk, attributed to the acclaimed Newport cabinetmaker John Townsend, one of the most
gifted and celebrated craftsmen in colonial America, is another highlight. Made between 1760 and 1790, this
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example is one of the finest surviving examples of its type and exhibits exceptional workmanship, a refined
design, supreme carving, high quality materials and broad proportions. It is estimated to bring $200/300,000.


The Laracy Collection also boasts an extraordinarily discerning offering of American folk art, including a
wonderful group of folk portraits. Most notable are four works by the itinerant artist, John Brewster, Jr.
Highlighting the group is a pair of large-scale portraits of Major David Coffin and Elizabeth Stone Coffin
of Newburyport, Massachusetts. After traveling extensively in Maine in the early part of 1801 to paint a
series of portraits of the Prince family, by the summer Brewster was in Newburyport, Massachusetts to paint
the Coffins. The same artistic assurance, clarity, directness and intensity of vision are present in the Coffin
portraits as are in Brewster’s previous masterpieces. These rare and early works, which are both signed and
dated, represent a major commission for the artist and are estimated to sell for $150/300,000. A brilliant pair
of Sheldon Peck portraits of Mr. and Mrs. John Calhoun, powerful representations of early settlers of
Chicago and its neighboring farmland, will also be on offer (est. $250/500,000). The portraits, which feature
an intense, fresh presentation of the sitters, are filled with Peck’s marvelous, idiosyncratic trademarks, and
pictured here is Mr. Calhoun dressed in a fine, dark topcoat, seated on a painted and decorated chair, holding
a newspaper marked “Chicago” and dated 1838. In the background, a wonderful rural landscape representing
the newly forged frontier may be seen through an opening at the left of the canvas. Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun are
quintessential examples of Peck’s work as he achieved a compelling and powerful mature style. They are
stunning works of art, and uniquely Peck.


The Americana Collection of Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown – January 21, 2007
                                     Sotheby’s January 2007 series of Americana Week sales in New York
                                     will feature The Collection of Marc and Laurie Krasny Brown. Comprising
                                     superlative examples of folk art, painted furniture, portraits, watercolors,
                                     game boards, portraits of children and other decorative items, the
                                     collection was beautifully presented in the couple’s fully-restored 1840s
                                     home in Hingham, Massachusetts. Mr. Brown, who is the creator of the
                                     beloved PBS cartoon aardvark Arthur, has also generously donated 30
                                     original watercolors which will be sold to benefit Children’s Cancer Care
                                     at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. The offering is estimated to
                                     bring more than $1 million. Separate release available.



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Highlighting the sale is an Important Federal Paint Decorated Tall Case Clock with Works by Riley
Whiting, Winchester, CT, a wonderful example of the American Fancy esthetic in early 19th century
America. With its swirling grain paint decoration repeated in the wire scroll work of the bonnet, this clock
stands as one of the masterpieces of American painted decoration. It is estimated to sell for $80/120,000.
Another outstanding highlight is a rare example of early 18th eighteenth century Rhode Island furniture, a
William and Mary Black Painted Rhode Island Tavern Table. Estimated at $20/40,000, the delicate legs
with asymmetrical baluster and ring turnings provide a wonderful sense of balance to the table’s overall form.


Important Americana, including American Furniture and Folk Art – January 21, 2007
Highlighting the Sunday sale of Important Americana is a Chippendale Mahogany Carved Block-and-
Shell Slant-Front Desk, Goddard-Townsend School, Newport,
Rhode Island, circa 1760. The refined execution of the cabinetwork,
use of high quality dense mahogany and exceptional carving of the
shells rank this desk among the finest products of the Townsend and
Goddard craft tradition, and it carries the additional importance as one
of four Newport desks with fall-front block-and-shell exteriors in
existence today (est. $300/800,000). Other features of the sale are an
Important Johnson Family Queen Anne Carved and Highly
Figured Dressing Table, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attributed to William Savery, circa 1765, a
distinguished carving and fine construction of highly-figured maple (est. $300/600,000), and a Chippendale
Plum-Pudding Mahogany Reverse-Serpentine Chest of Drawers, attributed to John Chippman,
                                                Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1780 (est. $50/100,000).


                                                From the various-owners offering of American Folk Art is
                                                Edward Hicks’ The Grave of William Penn, painted in
                                                1847, which is estimated to sell for $100/150,000 (pictured
                                                here), and a Pair of Portraits of Charles Coffin, Esq. and
                                                His Wife, Mary Davenport, of Buxton, Maine, dated
                                                Nov. 1808, by John Brewster Jr. (est. $40/60,000).


*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium

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