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A GREAT RARITY IN EARLY AMERICAN LIGHTING

New England, ca. 1800. ONE-OF-A-KIND. SOULFUL. OF REMARKABLE FORM AND ORIGINALITY HAVING NOT BEEN ON THE MARKET IN AT LEAST 40 YEARS. Ash and pine. Wooden-peg and cut-nail joinery. Vent holes form the initials 'L' and 'M', likely for whom the lantern was made. The design has a compelling folk art presence with a whimsical sideward bias: two side walls vertical, the others angled toward them. Unified by a dry red-painted surface resulting from more than two centuries of handling and exposure. The character is augmented by thin, wavy glass with expected pronounced distortions, held in place by un-headed cut nails. A small leather-hinged door provides access to the interior, its diminutive opening limiting a smaller hand to pass through, perhaps that of the lady 'LM'. The leather hinges are remarkable in their own-right, well worn yet undisturbed, and encrusted with paint and grunge. The carved turnbuckle is also original. The door opens to the first wrought iron candle socket, which pierces the lantern bottom and is held in place by a wooden wedge. It is significant that the original socket remains, as many lanterns had it replaced due to deterioration from heat and from candles being pushed in and stubs pried out. It also suggests, combined with the presence of the first leather-hinges, that this lantern had limited use in period, probably not an everyday object but rather withheld for special times. Eye-catching verticality and presence as it stands about 15 1/2 inches tall not including the wire hanger; base dimensions about 6 inches x 6 1/2.....Comparable painted treen lanterns are exceedingly rare. See lot 264, Weld Collection, Skinner Auction, August 13, 2000 for comparison. For the advanced collector pursuing the best. .

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Wonderful Collection of Early Painted Oval Hingham Boxes.....SOLD

From the celebrated woodworking town of Hingham, Massachusetts, ca. mid-19th century. All oval in original painted surfaces with opposing fingers. Colors of gray, yellow, green, green-blue, and red in dry, patinated mellowed surfaces that work beautifully together as a graduated stack or mixed arrangement. Details: Gray paint, probably Hersey, copper tacks and wooden pins, 4 7/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 11/16 inches. Yellow paint, copper tacks and wooden pins, 5 7/8 x 4 1/23 x 2 1/4 inches. Green paint, probably Hersey, copper tacks and wooden pins, 5 1/2 x 4 x 2 inches. Blue, oxidized to a greenish blue, probably Hersey, copper tacks and wooden pins, 6 5/16 x 4 11/16 x 2 1/2 inches. Red paint, iron tacks, 6 1/2 x 5 x 2 3/4 inches. All in good condition. Years ago in the collection of American Hurrah.

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Portrait of a Young Lady. Attr. to George Hartwell (Prior-Hamblin School)

Probably Massachusetts or Maine, ca. 1830-1840. Oil on canvas. Attributed to George Hartwell who was closely associated with William Matthew Prior and Sturtevant Hamblin. Pleasant seated young lady in stylized scroll-back chair in soft colors holding book with rose and landscape embellishments. Painted in the desirable flat style without shade or shadow. Consistent with Hartwell in overall look and feel, and in the three-quarter length view, two-toned lips, and smooth areas in varying shades on the cheeks, noses, and under the brows to suggest modeling. Frame size 31 5/8 inches tall x 26 5/8 wide. Sight size 26 3/4 inches x 21 3/4. This compares to typical Prior-Hamblin portraits that are about half this size. Condition is strong with just minor in-painting; relined. A bit of paint loss to the right of the lady's face and scattered specks and craquelure.

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Fine Handled Basket

Possibly Shaker, ca. late 19th century. Ash or hickory. Strong nut-brown patina. Burnishing to the peak of the "high-kick" in interior indicates this basket saw use. Condition is terrific with minor imperfections. About 15 1/2 inches diameter x 5 tall (not including handles).

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Round Fingered Pantry Box in Olive Green Paint....SALE PENDING

New England, probably Massachusetts, ca. 1840. Maple walled, pine top and bottom. Original olive green paint. Interesting arrangment of opposing fingers, joined by cut nails. Nice condition. About 5 3/8 inches diameter x 2 3/8 tall. Bears the lable underneath of the SALLY WHITTEMORE COLLECTION.

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Exceptional Early Hanging Wall Box

Likely Hudson River Valley, ca. 18th century. Pine. Slightly canted case in original red paint, this box has an unusual double demi-lune hanger and a rarely seen reeded front board and iron-strap blacksmith-made exposed hinges. The reeding is formed by hand planning. Chisel marks are readily apparent on the chamfered hanger edges. The interior has a thin vertical divider on the left, perhaps used to hold candles on the longer side, tinder and lighting material on the shorter. The strap hinges are attached to the top of the lid via wrought nails which are clenched to the under-side. The rear of the hinges are joined by heavy wrought iron staples which penetrate the backboard, then clenched over from behind. Condition is very good, with normal wear as expected. Clearly heavily used given the encrustation visible on the lid and two ancient splits that are held by early cut nails. A museum accession number (292) is labeled on the back. This special wall box is for the collector who wants early, color, rarity, and great character. About 16 inches long x 9 tall x 5 1/2 deep. .

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Sweet Little Paint Decorated Spice Box

New England, found in Westport, CT, and likely made near there. Ca. 1840. Maple walls, pine lid and base. Opposing fingers, held by cut nails. Exeptional painted decoration with minor period wear as shown. Structurally strong condition. 5 1/8 inches long x 1 5/8 tall x 3 3/4 wide. .

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Colorful Folk Art Portrait Confidently Attributed to Royall Brewster Smith.....SOLD

Probably Maine. Oil on canvas. This portrait of a handsome young gentleman is attributed to Royall Brewster Smith who was active in Maine from about 1830 to 1837. Superb use of strong hues and tonal range; bright and crisp. Highlighted by the wonderful colors in the swags and exquisite chair. Note the manner in which the young gentleman's arm "drapes" over the chair as if cloth, a distinctive characteristic of Smith's work and a most charming element. The "glittered" column to the right adds more visual interest. Excellent rendering of the "sheen" in his coat and vest. Old relining. Excellent condition with minor retouch. Later 19th century frame which is about 29 inches wide x 33 inches tall. This portrait has been in a superior Maine folk art collection for 30 to 40 years.

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