David Korins, set designer for the Broadway hit Hamilton, served as creative director for Sotheby's installation of Americana Week in New York. Previews opened Wednesday for the blockbuster sales series, from Jan. 18 to 21, with art and objects that span centuries of American craftsmanship.
Korins said: “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Sotheby's on this unique opportunity to create a new type of consumer journey through their iconic Upper East Side space. I am inspired by the virtuosic craftsmanship and rich history represented in each piece in the sale. My design will explore a theme of a thousand individual threads and stories woven together to tell one collective American story.”
Sotheby's has some intruiging Hamilton documents from a family archive, spanning love letters to war observations. The auction house noted in a statement: "...Alexander Hamilton’s story has captured the popular imagination to an extent almost unprecedented for a historical figure. This sale will tell the story of his brief but momentous life through hundreds of original documents – many bearing his signature – that have descended through his family for the last two centuries."
A number of distinguished private collections will be offered in six sales.
From the collection of George S. Parker II will be the only known example of a Queen Anne block-and-shell carved mahogany block-front dressing table from Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1765 (estimate $300/500,000).
From the E. Newbold and Margaret du Pont Smith collection is a very scarce example of Penn’s Treaty by the consummate folk artist Edward Hicks (estimate $800,000/1.2 million). Hicks captioned the work: PENN’S TREATY with the INDIANS, made 1681 with out an Oath, and never broken. The foundation of Religious and Civil LIBERTY in the U.S. of AMERICA.
The Hicks is offered on Jan. 21.