• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2200

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Prints

    30 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)

    A Pair of Portraits of Mr. William Shuneman and Mrs. Eliza Demyer Shuneman, circa 1819

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    Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)
    A Pair of Portraits of Mr. William Shuneman and Mrs. Eliza Demyer Shuneman, circa 1819
    oil on canvas
    30¾ x 25 in. (2)


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    William Shuneman (1766-?) was descended from early New Netherlands settlers. The Son of well-known Reverend and patriot Herman Shuneman (1712-1794) of Utica, New York, he resided in Catskill (Green County), New York. One of his brothers, Martin Gerretsen Shuneman (1764-1827), was elected to the 9th Congress (1805-1807). Like his older brother, William Shuneman was involved in politics as town clerk from 1790-1791 and appointed to Justice of the Peace in Catskill in 1810. The second painting in the present lot depicts his second wife, Eliza Demyer Shuneman (1769-1851) whom he married on September 10th, 1801.

    Provenance

    By descent to the present owner


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES


    Literature

    Barbara C. Holdridge and Lawrence B. Holdridge Ammi Phillips Portrait Painter, 1788-1865 (New York, 1968) cat. 45 and 46, p. 46.


    Exhibited

    New York, The Museum of American Folk Art, Ammi Phillips Portrait Painter, 1788-1865, 1968-1969, no. 46 and 45.