Historic Collection of Shaker Furniture Up for Auction

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May 26, 2014
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  This lidded wooden pail was made in New Hampshire around 1855. One of only a few surviving Shaker pails, this example’s well-constructed, functional design is enhanced by a beautiful yellow painted lid. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
    This lidded wooden pail was made in New Hampshire around 1855. One of only a few surviving Shaker pails, this example’s well-constructed, functional design is enhanced by a beautiful yellow painted lid. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
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  The juxtaposition of cabinet and drawers of this pine cupboard from New Lebanon, New York adds visual interest without sacrificing honest, minimal design with excessive ornamentation. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
    The juxtaposition of cabinet and drawers of this pine cupboard from New Lebanon, New York adds visual interest without sacrificing honest, minimal design with excessive ornamentation. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
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  A loom bench was an ergonomic piece designed specifically for weavers. Its curved seat was comfortable and stable enough for the worker, while the drawer added extra storage. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
    A loom bench was an ergonomic piece designed specifically for weavers. Its curved seat was comfortable and stable enough for the worker, while the drawer added extra storage. Photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.
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  This case of drawers, made of red stained pine in typical Shaker fashion, features a dovetailed base. Photo courtesy of Skinner, Inc.
    This case of drawers, made of red stained pine in typical Shaker fashion, features a dovetailed base. Photo courtesy of Skinner, Inc.
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  Shakers are well known for their ladder-back chairs, and this understated, seemingly ageless design is the classic Shaker piece. Its restrained simplicity embodies the discipline of the Shakers themselves—its straight back encouraging good posture, orderliness, and control. Photo courtesy of Skinner, Inc.
    Shakers are well known for their ladder-back chairs, and this understated, seemingly ageless design is the classic Shaker piece. Its restrained simplicity embodies the discipline of the Shakers themselves—its straight back encouraging good posture, orderliness, and control. Photo courtesy of Skinner, Inc.
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