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Rare Carved Bellows from the Circle of McIntire.....SOLD
Likely near Salem, Massachusetts, ca. early 19th century. Maple, leather, and brass. Carved in a manner that had to be influenced by the exquisitely carved (in mahogany) bellows created by Samuel McIntire in late 18th to early 19th century, or his son Samuel Field McIntire, this example being the more "country" version of their works. The carving, in high relief, is of a basket with overflowing fruit with 6-pointed stars (similar to that of Samuel Field McIntire furniture carvings) in the background, all set within an oval border. The condition of the carving is excellent, and the patina on the maple is a rich nutty-brown, very dry and untouched. The leather shows typical period losses. About 18 inches long x 7 1/2 wide x 1 1/2 deep. See SAMUEL MCINTIRE Carving an American Style, Peabody Essex Museum for reference. This is a rare piece.
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