ESSEX STREET
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Shaker One Door Cupboard, c. 1830
    Pine retaining an original dry dark stained surface
    27 ¼ x 21 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches (69.21 x 53.98 x 27.31 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon Bishopric, Watervliet, New York
    Having a single flat panel door with a turned articulating knob activating a carved locking piece.  Original diamond shaped metal escutcheon.
  • Shaker One Door Cupboard, c. 1830
    Pine retaining an original dry dark stained surface
    27 ¼ x 21 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches (69.21 x 53.98 x 27.31 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon Bishopric, Watervliet, New York
    Having a single flat panel door with a turned articulating knob activating a carved locking piece.  Original diamond shaped metal escutcheon.
  • Shaker Apple Peeler, c. 1850
    Pine birch and maple
    17 x 12 x 9 ½ inches (43.18 x 30.48 x 24.13 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon, New York
    Stamped “JS”
  • Shaker Triple Hanger, c. 1860
    Pine with the cross pieces secured to the upright by means of copper rivets with an old or original dry oxidized surface
    14 x 14 inches (35.56 x 35.56 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon, New York
    A rare form made to hold multiple garmets and be hung on a pegrail.
  • Shaker Production Two Slat Low Back Chair, c. 1880
    Maple and pine retaining an original brown stain and varnish finish and trademark decal
    28 ¼  x 17 ½  inches (71.76 x 44.45 cm)
    Seat height: 17 ½ inches (44.45 cm)
    Mount Lebanon, New York
    A design based on earlier low back dining chairs made at New Lebanon. In 1860-1880, these production chairs were produced at the Mount Lebanon, New York chair shop for use by the world as work or dressing room chairs, known as “boudoir chairs.”
  • Shaker Production Two Slat Low Back Chair, c. 1880
    Maple and pine retaining an original brown stain and varnish finish and trademark decal
    28 ¼  x 17 ½  inches (71.76 x 44.45 cm)
    Seat height: 17 ½ inches (44.45 cm)
    Mount Lebanon, New York
    A design based on earlier low back dining chairs made at New Lebanon. In 1860-1880, these production chairs were produced at the Mount Lebanon, New York chair shop for use by the world as work or dressing room chairs, known as “boudoir chairs.”
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • #3 Shaker Early Production Rocking Arm Chair, c. 1870
    Maple and pine retaining an original stained and varnished finish 
    40 x 19 ¼ x 23 ¼ inches (101.6 x 48.9 x 59.06 cm)
    A rare 4 slat example with heavily turned mushroom cap hand holds. Stamped with size 3 of the standard sizes 0-7 on back.
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Helen Mirra
    May, April, 2017/2019 
    Linen, silk, wool, in two parts
    Each: 22 ¼ x 10 inches (55.5 x 25.5 cm)
  • Shaker Trestle Table, c. 1840
    Maple and pine retaining an old stain and varnish surface
    28 x 90 ¼ x 33 inches (71.2 x 229.2 x 83.8 cm)
    Likely Watervliet, New York. 
    A rare example of a classic Shaker trestle table having a two board top above two beveled tapering cleats supported by carved standards mortised into an arched footed base. There is a history of use of this table at Canterbury, New Hampshire though many attribute the form to Watervliet, New York.
  • Shaker Trestle Table, c. 1840
    Maple and pine retaining an old stain and varnish surface
    28 x 90 ¼ x 33 inches (71.2 x 229.2 x 83.8 cm)
    Likely Watervliet, New York. 
    A rare example of a classic Shaker trestle table having a two board top above two beveled tapering cleats supported by carved standards mortised into an arched footed base. There is a history of use of this table at Canterbury, New Hampshire though many attribute the form to Watervliet, New York.
  • #0 Shaker Production Rocking Chair, c. 1880
    Maple and pine retaining an original stained and varnished finish and trademarked decal on rocker
    23 ¼ x 14 ¼ x 17 ¼  inches (59.06 x 36.2 x 43.82 cm)
    Seat height: 8 ½ inches (21.59 cm)
    Mount Lebanon, New York
    The smallest size produced at the chair shop at Mount Lebanon, New York. Outstanding condition. The customary trademark decal can be found on the interior of the right rocker blade.
  • Shaker Freestanding Tall Chest of Drawers, c. 1840
    Pine retaining an original red stain and varnish surface
    72 5/8 x 41 ¼  x 18 ¾ inches (184.4 x 104.8 x 47.6 cm)
    Canterbury, New Hampshire. 
    A significant Shaker artifact in original and undisturbed condition. Having a molded cornice above seven non-graduated dovetailed drawers, flush base with applied molding. Retaining the original distinctive three ring Canterbury knobs.
    Provenance:  The Collection of Erhart Muller, Harvard, Massachusetts. Acquired directly from the Shakers at Canterbury.
  • Shaker Dining Chair, c. 1832
    Birch and pine retaining an original red painted surface
    25 x 13 ½ x 12 5/8 inches (63.5 x 34.29 x 32.07 cm)
    Seat height: 17 inches (43.18 cm)
    Canterbury, New Hampshire
    In 1832 Brother Macijah Tucker made these dining chairs for the Shaker Community at Canterbury, New Hampshire. They are of a unique design for the period with plank seats and abbreviated spindle backs. While comfortable, this practical design allowed them to be pushed under the trestle tables in the dining room when not in use. This allowed for easier preparation and cleaning at mealtimes.
  • Shaker Tub, c. 1860
    Wooden staves and base with a painted blue exterior and white interior, riveted iron bands, and a single remaining handle
    12 1/8 x 20 1/2 inches (30.8 x 52.07 cm)
    Enfield, New Hampshire
  • Shaker Tub, c. 1860
    Wooden staves and base with a painted blue exterior and white interior, riveted iron bands, and a single remaining handle
    12 1/8 x 20 1/2 inches (30.8 x 52.07 cm)
    Enfield, New Hampshire
  • Shaker Rug Whips, c. 1900
    Maple, bentwood fixed with metal holders, turned handles, paper labeled "Shaker Rug whip, Patented, Oct 25, 1898"
    24 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (62.23 x 19.05 cm)
  • Shaker T-Square, c. 1840
    Maple, secured by a patterned group of small screws. 
    33 x 11 3/4 inches (83.82 x 29.85 cm)
    Stamped "OH"
  • #7 Shaker Early Production Rocking Arm Chair, c. 1870
    Maple and pine retaining an old or original stain and varnish finish
    43 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches (110.49 x 61.6 x 67.31 cm)
    Seat height: 14 1/2 inches (36.83 cm)
    Mount Lebanon, New York
    A fine example of a transitional chair. Combines elements of early community chairs including the arms and front posts, with elements of later production chairs including the back posts and non-graduated slats. A “7” stamp can be found on the back of the uppermost slat. 
  • stanley brouwn
    Steps of Pedestrians on Paper, 1963
    Footprints on paper
    9 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches (24.5 x 32 cm) 
  • stanley brouwn
    Steps of Pedestrians on Paper, 1963
    Footprints on paper
    9 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches (24.5 x 32 cm) 
  • Shaker Stretcher-based One Drawer Table, c. 1850
    Cherry one-board top above a mortise and tenon base with 4 square tapering legs and a medial stretcher, with single shallow dovetailed drawer
    26 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 19 7/16 inches (67.95 x 50.17 x 49.37 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    Originally the top was square, but as wood shrinks across the grain, over the centuries the proportions shifted.
  • Shaker Stretcher-based One Drawer Table, c. 1850
    Cherry one-board top above a mortise and tenon base with 4 square tapering legs and a medial stretcher, with single shallow dovetailed drawer
    26 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 19 7/16 inches (67.95 x 50.17 x 49.37 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    Originally the top was square, but as wood shrinks across the grain, over the centuries the proportions shifted.
  • Shaker Candle Stand, c. 1840
    Birch retaining an old varnish finish
    24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (60.4 x 50.2 cm)
    Alfred, Maine
    An extremely rare and successful example. One of a handful of such stands made at the Shaker Community in Alfred, Maine. Having a round top with a rounded edge above a classical standard attached to the top via a threaded joint to the cleat, standing on three distinctive cabriole legs. Birch retaining an old varnish finish. 
    Illustrated: The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman and Burks, fig. 763, pg. 483
  • Shaker Candle Stand, c. 1840
    Birch retaining an old varnish finish
    24 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (60.4 x 50.2 cm)
    Alfred, Maine
    An extremely rare and successful example. One of a handful of such stands made at the Shaker Community in Alfred, Maine. Having a round top with a rounded edge above a classical standard attached to the top via a threaded joint to the cleat, standing on three distinctive cabriole legs. Birch retaining an old varnish finish. 
    Illustrated: The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman and Burks, fig. 763, pg. 483
  • Agnes Martin
    Untitled, 1959
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 12 inches (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1830
    Maple retaining an old or original red/orange painted surface with tilting buttons
    36 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches (93.35 x 36.83 cm)
    Seat height: 14 1/2 inches (36.83 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    A rare, possibly unique variant of a New Lebanon, New York side chair.  Having bent, arched, rear posts with classical finials and highly arched graduated slats. The inclusion of tilting buttons on such a diminutive chair is uncommon.
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1830
    Maple retaining an old or original red/orange painted surface with tilting buttons
    36 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches (93.35 x 36.83 cm)
    Seat height: 14 1/2 inches (36.83 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    A rare, possibly unique variant of a New Lebanon, New York side chair.  Having bent, arched, rear posts with classical finials and highly arched graduated slats. The inclusion of tilting buttons on such a diminutive chair is uncommon.
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1830
  • Rosemarie Trockel
    Chateau en Espagne, 2012 
    Wood, foam, plastic, metal 
    8 ⅜ × 24 ⅞ × 64 ¼ inches (21.27 × 63.18 × 163.20 cm)
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Shaker Laundry Basket, c. 1850
    Ash and maple 
    22 1/2 x 25 x 17 1/2 inches (57.15 x 63.5 x 44.45 cm)
    Canterbury, New Hampshire
    Of an unusually large size. Handle and rim are maple, basketweaving is ash. Shaker baskets are made on forms, not free-woven.
  • Shaker Blanket Chest, c. 1820
    Pine retaining an old or original deep red painted surface
    24 1/4 x 45 3/8 x 18 inches (61.6 x 115.25 x 45.72 cm)
    Likely Watervliet, New York
    An early classic Shaker bracket base blanket chest. Having a hinged lift lid with breadboard ends above a finely dovetailed box fitted with a stepped double till, all standing on an applied finely dovetailed bracket base. Carrying handles are a later 19th century Shaker addition. 
    Provenance: The Pioneer Collections of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews
    Dr. J. J. Gerald & Miriam McCue.   
    Illustrated: The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman & Burks, fig. 340, pg. 24
  • Shaker Blanket Chest, c. 1820
    Detail
  • Sara Deraedt
    Samsung, 2016
    Ricoh print
    Sheet: 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (14.92 x 21.27 cm)
    Framed: 12 1/4 x 8 15/16 inches (31.12 x 22.70 cm)
  • Sara Deraedt
    Samsung, 2016
    Ricoh print
    Sheet: 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (14.92 x 21.27 cm)
    Framed: 12 1/4 x 8 15/16 inches (31.12 x 22.70 cm)
  • Shaker Drying Rack, c. 1850
    Pine retaining original or old light green paint over varnish mortise and tenon construction
    44 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches (113.03 x 87.63 cm)
    Canterbury, New Hampshire
  • Robert Gober
    Untitled, 2006
    Bronze, paint, cast gypsum polymer
    17 ¼ x 24 ¼ x 22 inches (43.82 x 61.6 x 55.88 cm)
  • Robert Gober
    Untitled, 2006
  • Robert Gober
    Untitled, 2006
    Detail
  • Laurie Parsons
    Gold Painted Shelves, 1986
    Wood and metal
    47 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (120.02 x 69.85 x 24.13 cm)
  • Wade Guyton
    Untitled, 2019
    Epson UltraChrome HDX inkjet on linen
    84 x 69 inches (213.36 x 175.26 cm)
  • Wade Guyton
    Untitled, 2019
    Detail
  • Shaker Double Desk, c. 1840
    Pine retaining an old red stained exterior and chrome yellow painted interior, with hidden bone closing buttons and interior chambers with original escutcheon
    74 1/2 x 63 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (189.23 x 161.29 x 52.07 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    A rare form, having two fall front paneled doors/writing surfaces above two tiers of three graduated dovetailed drawers above two shelves above two paneled cupboard doors and standing on four angled cut feet.  
    Illustrated: The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman & Burks, fig. 113, pg. 113 
  • Shaker Double Desk, c. 1840
    Pine retaining an old red stained exterior and chrome yellow painted interior, with hidden bone closing buttons and interior chambers with original escutcheon
    74 1/2 x 63 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches (189.23 x 161.29 x 52.07 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
    A rare form, having two fall front paneled doors/writing surfaces above two tiers of three graduated dovetailed drawers above two shelves above two paneled cupboard doors and standing on four angled cut feet.  
    Illustrated: The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture, Rieman & Burks, fig. 113, pg. 113 
  • Shaker Double Desk, c. 1840
    Detail
  • James Bishop
    Untitled, 2015-16
    Oil and colored pencil on paper
    5 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches (13.34 x 18.10 cm)
  • James Bishop
    Untitled, n.d.
    Oil on paper
    3 1/2 x 6 inches (8.89 x 15.24 cm)
  • James Bishop
    Untitled, 1993
    Oil on paper
    9 x 9 1/2 inches (22.86 x 24.13 cm)
  • James Bishop
    Untitled, 2017
    Oil and colored pencil on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (12.07 x 14.61 cm)
  • Shaker Medicinal Storage Chest, c. 1830
    Pine retaining an old blue painted surface over an earlier grey paint
    20 x 40 1/4 x 19 5/8 inches (50.8 x 102.24 x 49.85 cm)
    Enfield, New Hampshire
    Probably a unique example. Having a hinged lift lid with molded edges above a finely dovetailed box fitted with two banks of interior compartments.  The left side having a lift lidded till above three graduated dovetailed drawers. The right side having a captive sliding lid with a compartmentalized interior for bottles above a single dovetailed drawer.
  • Shaker Medicinal Storage Chest, c. 1830
    Pine retaining an old blue painted surface over an earlier grey paint
    20 x 40 1/4 x 19 5/8 inches (50.8 x 102.24 x 49.85 cm)
    Enfield, New Hampshire
    Probably a unique example. Having a hinged lift lid with molded edges above a finely dovetailed box fitted with two banks of interior compartments.  The left side having a lift lidded till above three graduated dovetailed drawers. The right side having a captive sliding lid with a compartmentalized interior for bottles above a single dovetailed drawer.
  • Jackie Winsor
    Inset Wall Piece with Red Interior, 1988-89
    Acrylic altered cement and powdered pigment
    11 x 11 x 4 1/2 inches (27.94 x 27.94 x 11.43 cm)
  • Jackie Winsor
    Inset Wall Piece with Orange Interior, 1988-89
    Acrylic altered cement and powdered pigment
    8 x 8 x 5 ¼ inches (20.32 x 20.32 x 13.34 cm)
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1850
    Figured maple with Rush seat
    42 3/4 x 18 x 14 1/4 inches (108.59 x 45.72 x 36.2 cm)
    Seat height: 20 1/2 inches (52.07 cm)
    Harvard, Massachusetts
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1850
    Figured maple with Rush seat
    42 3/4 x 18 x 14 1/4 inches (108.59 x 45.72 x 36.2 cm)
    Seat height: 20 1/2 inches (52.07 cm)
    Harvard, Massachusetts
  • Shaker "Tilting" Ladderback Side Chair, c. 1850
  • Wade Guyton
    Untitled, 2019
    Epson UltraChrome HDX inkjet on linen
    40 x 36 inches (101.60 x 91.44 cm)
  • Wade Guyton
    Untitled, 2019
  • Shaker Livestock Gate, c. 1850
    Pine with a dry oxidized surface and mortise and tenon construction
    48 x 29 3/8 x 3 inches (121.92 x 74.62 x 7.62 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York
  • Sarah Rapson
    Modern Art Banner, 2011
    Household paint on dismantled oil painting with printed matter on sawn stretcher
    68 x 33 1/2 x 2 inches (172.72 x 85.09 x 5.08 cm)
  • Sarah Rapson
    Modern Art Banner, 2011
    Detail
  • Shaker Oval Bentwood Storage Box, c. 1870
    Cherry wood secured with steel rivets and wooden brads
    5 5/8 x 13 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches (14.29 x 33.97 x 24.13 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon Bishopric, New York
    An unusual combination, a cherry wood body with steel rivets, while most boxes use copper rivets. Retains an original dry oxidized, not stained, surface.
  • Shaker Oval Bentwood Storage Box, c. 1850
    Maple and pine retaining old or original light stained and varnished surface secured by copper rivets and metal brads
    5 3/4 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (14.61 x 34.29 x 24.13 cm)
    Likely New Lebanon Bishopric, New York
    Wonderful "mend" due to delamination of the body of the box done in the making.  Remnants of a paper label.
  • Shaker Oval Bentwood Storage Box, c. 1850
    Detail
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Shaker Sacred Sheet, c. 1843
    Pen and ink on paper
    14 x 17 inches (35.50 x 43.20 cm)
    New Lebanon, New York

    A spiritual communication.
    "A Sacred Sheet, sent from Holy Mother Wisdom, by her Holy Angel of many signs, for Elder Ebenezer Bishop. Received March 9th 1843. Written March 20th 1843. In the first Order on the Holy Mount. Instruments Semantha Fairbanks and Mary Wicks."

    One of only six such communications known. Mother Wisdom refers to  Mother Ann Lee. Made during the Era of Manifestations. This sheet along with all others would have been burned if they weren't understood by Deming and Andrews to be extremely significant artifacts. 

    Illustrated: Visions of the Heavenly Sphere, Edward Deming and Faith Andrews, fig 1, pg. 10
  • Shaker Sacred Sheet, c. 1843
    Detail
  • Shaker Sacred Sheet, c. 1843
    Detail
  • Shaker Long Bench, c. 1840
    Pine retaining an original pumpkin-orange paint with single trestle shaped reinforcements and demi-lune cut-out supports
    18 1/2 x 103 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (46.99 x 263.53 x 20.96 cm)
    Likely Harvard, Massachusetts
    Having unusual additional supports to trestle and add lateral support to the bench.
  • Installation view, Concerning Superfluities: Shaker Material Culture and Affinities, ESSEX STREET, New York, 2019
  • Shaker Wool Swift, c. 1860
    Birch and pine retaining original surface
    Retracted: 31 3/4 x 5 x 5 inches (80.65 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
    Expanded: 31 3/4 x 27 x 27 inches (80.65 x 68.58 x 68.58 cm)
    Likely Canterbury, New Hampshire
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