The Clairman Estate Collection


Saturday June 14, 2008                  Beginning at 10AM


Preview Friday June 13th from 4PM until 8PM




Sale day June 14th from 8AM


To be held at the Town Recreation Centre at 62 McCaul St. in Port Hope Ontario.


I have been asked by the family of the late Alan Clairman of Toronto Ontario, to sell his personal collection of antiques by public auction. The collection, accumulated over the past 35 plus years, represents a window in time, giving us a glimpse of 19th century North America through the eyes of a passionate collector whose focus was on quality antiques and folk art in their original finishes.

Alan’s philosophy of saving the original finish was evident in his painstaking removal of coats of over paint while still protecting the integrity of the original finish, but most of all he had a desire to acquire pieces in their original dry condition, which are well represented in his collection.  


Features of the sale are a selection of Canadian watercolours and oils to include a view of Quebec from the southern shore, several marine paintings, Indian scenes to include two watercolours by Alfred Worsley Holdstock, portraits, etc. The furniture in the collection is sparse but wonderful and includes a mid 19th century carved and painted chest of drawers in its original finish, made in Quebec by Marcel Beaumont of St. Pierre du Montmagny who was married in 1822 (see Canadian Country Furniture 1675-1950, Michael S. Bird, plate number 208), a Waterloo County corner cupboard in its outstanding original false grained finish complete with butterfly shelves and cut out spoon racks (see page 63 of "The Early Furniture of Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces" by Henry and Barbara Dobson.), a Waterloo County Alsatian Table with distinctive French foot and lap drawer in its original red painted finish, a Quebec “V” box in its original green painted finish, a birch sewing table with two birdseye maple drawers on tapered legs in its original varnish finish, three painted fireplace mantels including a large example from a Niagara Peninsula 1805 home, in the Adams style with carved fans in profusion and reeded pillars and blocks, (See plate #249 of Canadian Country Furniture by Michael Bird), a Waterloo county peg top worktable with turned legs and two side by side lap drawers in its original red finish, a rare Masonic lodge master’s armchair in its original condition, featuring carved details on the crest rail and back splat and all in its original painted glory, C1820, an early 19th century slant front writing desk from Quebec in its original painted finish (see “The Early Furniture of French Canada” by Jean Palardy, plate #453), miniature chests of drawers including two in their original finishes dating from the first ¼ of the 19th century, a small selection of both Ontario, Quebec and American duck decoys, ship dioramas, crooked knives, two outstanding burl bowls plus other wooden ware in burl, tiger and birdseye maple, folk art to include three examples by the master Quebec carver John- Baptise Cote including a carved figure of a habitant gentleman in great detail and original crackled varnish finish and two newspaper wall racks with carved and polychromed scenes of a farm yard and Huron Indians in winter C1860, plus many other carvings by various 19th and 20th century makers, games boards in original paint, several 20th century totem poles in both natural and painted finishes, a small collection of painted and figured wood mortars and pestles dating from the early 19th century, textiles to include quilts, hand woven coverlets and hooked rugs, a feature in the collection is a quantity of cast iron including banks (both still and mechanical), wall plaques, door stops, door knockers, toys, trivets, etc., a small but fine selection of fireplace iron and brass to include a late 18th century pair of andirons in brass with chased decoration and vase finials, a early 19th century pair of turned brass andirons and an exceptional pair of cast iron andirons in the form of owls C1860, etc., several outstanding carved and painted wall and clock shelves, native baskets from most parts of Canada including some with coloured highlights, wooden and tole letter and deed boxes, leather covered chests, bead work, Inuit stone carvings in abundance, wood and iron hanging candle chandelier from Nova Scotia dating from the early 19th century shown in “A Provincial Elegance” by Henry and Barbra Dobson, plate #74 and a pair of Quebec candelabra from the same period (ex collection Emily LeBaron), two great framed sailors woollies showing both British and American ships, an outstanding tobacco cutter in bronze and wrought iron with a beaver on the handle etc.


This is a partial listing of a very fine collection of mainly small items, the caliber of which most of us aspire to own in a lifetime of collecting.

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Gallery 1 - Decoys

Gallery 2 - Folk Art

Gallery 3 - Furniture,Deed Boxes & Shelves

Gallery 4 - Misc.

Gallery 5 - Inuit and Native

Gallery 6 - Paintings and Prints

Gallery 7 - Textiles

Gallery 8 - Wooden Ware

Gallery 9 - Textiles



Auctioneers note: Catalogues for this sale will be available at the sale for a cost of $35.00.


Terms: Cash, cheque with two forms of ID, Visa, MasterCard and Interac.

            A 10% buyer’s premium will be applied to the hammer price


Auctioneers: Tim Potter and Brad Snider.


Tim Potter Auction Services

RR2 Odessa Ont. K0H 2H0

(613) 386-3635