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A Remarkable Rarity. Soulful Figural Gameboard.....SALE PENDING
New England, ca. late 18th century. Probably maple, this folk art gameboard is distinguished by the carved head of a man, in profile, with the tied-back hair style fashionable in the 18th century. Perhaps functioning as a handle, the reductive carving portrays strength, amplified by the shadow it casts. The game area is lightly scribed with a grid of alternating squares of red and the natural color of the wood. The small size and handle suggest it was a travel board, maybe carried in a rucksack. Original surface. About 11 ¼ inches x 8 ½. Provenance includes: David Good (collection, not inventory), Steve Powers, Peter Brams, private collections. The best of authentic early Americana.
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