Rare early sideboard (no. 961) with copper strap hardware, Eastwood, NY, ca. 1902-03; Early red decal; 49 1/2" x 70" x 25 1/4"; Provenance: Collection of Anton Otto Fischer and Mary Ellen Sigsbee, Woodstock, NY; Descended in the family; Anton Otto Fischer was a noted painter of seascapes, ships, and sailors who illustrated numerous books including Moby Dick and Treasure Island. Mary Ellen Sigsbee, one of four daughters of famed naval captain Charles D. Sigsbee, was a noted political cartoonist for suffrage, and worked with several of the leading figures in the suffrage movement. She and Anton bought their home in Woodstock, NY in the 1930s and among the many furnishings they purchased was this sideboard.
Sale Price: $18,750
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Overall good vintage condition and good original patina, a nice early example that has been in the same private collection since the 1930s. Light to moderate wear, some stains, and some areas of minor fading/finish loss to top. One seam separation to each door and a few minor seam separations to top. Normal darkened dents, nicks, and scratches throughout. Light edge wear and nicks. Replaced pull to one door. Light cleaning and moderate scratches to original patina on hardware and straps. Small area of deeper scratches/dents to inner edge of left door. Small paint stain professionally removed from top left back edge near plate rack, finish touched-up in just that small area (remnant of paint drip visible on interior back of left side).