Circa 1840 Mount Lebanon schoolhouse cupboard and case of drawers will be offered with a $60,000-$80,000 estimate at Skinner’s auction of the Andrews Shaker Collection.
More than 100 lots of furniture and objects from the legendary Andrews Shaker Collection will be offered at Skinner’s auction next Sunday at noon at its Marlborough gallery.
They are from the estate of Phyllis Andrews, the widow of David Andrews, son of the collectors Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, and were used in Phyllis’s Greenwich, Conn., home until her death last year.
“These were family pieces that were given to my parents by Faith and Ted,” said Edward Andrews, who was named for his grandfather and, like him, is known as Ted. “Some were special occasion gifts like when my parents were married or when I was born. So I grew up with furniture that had been in my grandparents’ home in Pittsfield.”
Edward Deming Andrews (1894-1964) and Faith E. Andrews (1896-1990) had a lifelong passion for the Shakers, not only from the vantage of collectors but also as scholars and dealers. A major part of their collection, amassed over more than 40 years, is now at Hancock Shaker Village, the living-history museum in Pittsfield.