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Exceptional Carved and Painted Summer Fireboard.....SALE PENDING

New England, found years ago in Vermont, ca. 1790-1825. Pine with original very dry sage-green paint. Features a crisply carved central pinwheel, a symbol of energy and movement, including a little sunburst within the center of the pinwheel. The corners feature carved quarter-fans as we see on in-laid furniture of this period. Mortice and thru-tenon joinery held by wooden pegs that stand proud of the surface. Moldings and carved features attached by unheaded cut nails. Fixed "slats" slide into receiving dados. Note the subtly shaped-lower apron. Crafted by a very capable woodworker/joiner. Outstanding condition with minor cracks/losses. About 46 inches wide x 35 ½ tall. May rest on floor or is easily hung. A striking presence.

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Colonial Fingered Box in Scarce BLUE Paint.....SOLD

New England, ca 1780-1800. Pine top and bottom, ash or chestnut sidewall. More heavily constructed than similar boxes of later make. Fingered bands joined by rosehead nails. The blue paint, scarce in this period, was possibly made from pigment extracted from the leaves/blossoms of the indigo plant. Complex dry, gravelly patinated surface outside; dark patina inside which is a clue to how it might have been used. In hand, robust, and with a different "feel" than later boxes. Excellent condition; inconsequential ancient loss at top left edge as shown. Smooth burnishing from frequent handling at edges. Substantial size at about 9 1/8 inches long x 7 wide x 3 1/8 tall. I don't recall having a box of this form that was this early let alone in striking original blue paint.

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Exceptional Carved Busk Dated 1785.....SALE PENDING

New England. Massachusetts. Probably sailor made as a token of affection for the lady he was returning to. Appears to be mahogany. Descended in the family of Carole Hayward (Yankee Smuggler Antiques) of East Bridgewater, MA, not having left the family until recently. Richly and extensively carved with crisp detail including a central heart, geometrics, fans and a pinwheel, the latter two as we would see on fine New England furniture of this period. The initials "H C" between the fans. The back is engraved with the date 1785 along with compass layout scribe lines and a pinwheel, and a family label that reads VALUABLE/WAS IN AUNT JENNIE'S FAMILY. Dry, warm, nutty-brown patina. About 12 inches long x 2 1/4 wide x 3/16 thick. Superb condition.

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GRAPHIC EARLY AMERICAN FOLK ART SHIRRED RUG WITH SCARCE DEEP-BLUE GROUND.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1840-1850. The maker expressed her feelings of optimism and abundance through this captivating shirred rug. It is true folk art, from the creativity and the vision of the gifted artist, not from a pattern. Shirred rugs, popular from the 1820s to the 1850s, were made mostly from accumulated fabric scraps tightly packed together and stitched onto homespun backing. The vivid polychrome flower, in full bloom, with upward radiating opening buds and perimeter vining, fills the composition with life and energy as if it is trying to burst beyond the confines of its borders. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and sage color-contrast beautifully against the rare intense indigo-blue variegated ground. This rug has an impressive color and scale that can be the focus of a room. Professionally mounted for hanging. About 50 inches wide x 36 tall. Provenance: Private collection; important rug collection of Ronnie Newman. See Kopp, "American Hooked and Sewn Rugs, Folk Art Underfoot" for reference.

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Paint Decorated American Patriot Militia Canteen Dated 1775.....SALE PENDING

New England, likely New Hampshire or Massachusetts. "Cheese box" form in original paint on what appears to be ash or chestnut sidewall and pine top and bottom. Circa 1775-1810, yet given the form likely closer to that latter part of that date range, which would suggest that the 1775 date is commemorative. Based on oral history, this canteen was owned by Amos Barnes (1754-1840) of South Acton, MA, and N.H., who was a veteran of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Amos enlisted and marched to Boston in 1775 where he participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill, later Trenton (led by George Washington) in 1776, and also Monmouth. He re-enlisted in 1778, serving again with Washington at Valley Forge. The 1775 date was painted in green over white which contrasts against the blue ground and white decoration. Retains a later wide loomed strap, likely added around the War of 1812, attached to remnants of the first narrow strap. Pencil inscription reads: "Davis Blues / Grandpa Barnes". About 6 ¾ inches diameter by 2 7/8 deep. Stand was made custom to display this piece. More background information on Amos Barnes available. Provenance: Until recently in a private New England collection for about 30 years.

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7-COLOR Country Parcheesi Gameboard.....SOLD

Eastern America, 19th century. Original polychrome paint on wooden panel. Deriving movement from the primary design element of pinwheels and puncuated by blue dots, this game board has strong color-contrast that impacts from across the room. The maker worked green, red, blue, and yellow pigments against a cream background and white round reserves, borders delineated in black lining. Condition is very good with no cracks. Wear from playing and buildup of patina, and a few scattered small paint splatters. About 18 inches square x 5/8 thick. Acquired in 2001 at the Heart of Country Show in Nashville.

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A LITTLE MASTERWORK(!!!) PORTRAIT OF A BABY BOY WITH RIDING CROP

New England, ca. 1845. One of the finest Prior-school portraits of this type known. Attributed to William Mathew Prior . Oil on board. The inviting warm color palette complemented by the striking, unique, paint decorated frame. The shape of the lips and eyes, and softness of the face are exceptional. The child centering colorful draped swags with rim lighting. Note red corals at each sleeve of the delicate, lace-trimmed dress, the coral typically worn by children as it was believed to ward off evil. He grasps a riding crop, a device sometimes held in portraits as they were a common gift for boys in this period. Even though way too young to ride a living horse or pony, he could saddle-up with his crop on his rocking horse. The paint decorated frame is a treasure on its own, yet combined with the portrait creates a singular presence. Overall frame size about 18 inches x 13 3/4. Exceptional condition. Provenance: Distinguished private collection for decades. A rare opportunity to acquire an iconic folk art image.

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The BLUE MELONS and Grapes. AMERICAN FOLK ART THEOREM.....SOLD

Eastern US, ca. 1840. Watercolor on wove paper. Only a small group of blue-dominant melon theorems are known. The blue melons, each segment skillfully contrasted by green, center clusters of plump grapes, all resting on a blue-feather edged platter. Coveted folk art flatness without shadowing. The transitions between colors, areas of brightness and darkness, and fine stippling, are masterful. The seeds, subtely bordered in red, give movement as they radiate from the center as do the striations between melon segments. In a period gilt frame of about 26 1/4 inches wide x 19 1/4 tall. Excellent condition with colors remaining fresh and vibrant. Remarkable provenance includes the pioneering folk art collector Dotty Kauffaman, Barry Cohen, Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; and private CT folk art collection since 1979....A very similar painting, perhaps by the same hand, is in the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center at Colonial Williamsburg. Described in Treasures of American Folk Art from the AARFAC as: "The simplicity of its design, combined with the linear quality of the upright melon slices and the encircling grape clusters, makes the small painting one of the most visually pleasing watercolors in the Center's collection".

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MINIATURE Lift Top Chest with Sophisticated Apron and Inner Folk Art Panels over Hidden Compartments. American "FANCY" Period.

Northeast America, ca. 1800 to 1825. From the AMERICAN FANCY PERIOD IN WHICH COLOR AND CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION WERE SOUGHT TO DELIGHT THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND EXCITE THE SENSES. Pine and poplar, with untouched "sugary" varnish surface. Rich dark patina. Paint decorated with outer-case having black-over-red graining, flowers on the shaped and pierced apron and bracket feet, and red tulips on the front facade within a mustard reserve. The case conceals hidden compartments, one under a till above a decorated panel that slides up to reveal a tiny drawer. A hinged panel under the lid lifts to expose three compartments, the panel decorated on the outside with a folk art painting of a ship arriving at a wharf (note the woman and man in top hat at the window), the underside of the panel having another fanciful folk art painting of dogs pulling a chariot chased by a rider on stag. The remnant of a note includes the passage "May virtue and happiness." About 10 inches long x 7 3/4 tall x 5 1/4 deep. Provenance includes the "Tom and Carolyn Porter Collection" (Tom founder of Garths)..

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Shaker Three-Finger Box in Blue.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1840. Maple walled with pine top and bottom. Original dry blue paint, a difficult color to acquire. Three-fingers face left, a much less common orientation than right-facing. Structurally excellent condition. Inside appears that at one time it held berries. Smaller size at about 6 inches long x 4 3/8 wide x 2 3/8 tall. A really good one for stacking. Very recently from a Rockland, Maine, collection..

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