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

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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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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The BLUE MELONS and Grapes. AMERICAN FOLK ART THEOREM.

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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Cutwork, Woven and Pinprick Paper Love Tokens.....One by the Heart-in-Hand Artist.....SALE PENDING

From the C. Goodrich Family, Chelsea, Vermont., ca. 1840-1860. The first by the heart-in-hand artist of a tiny cut-out hand with applied heart, embellished with watecolor dots, the sleeve also with watercolor dots and woven cuff. The second of an 8-lobed cutout with serrated edges, pierced and watercolor-highlighted with 8 hearts. Both tokens on blue-paper backgrounds within period gilded frames. The heart-in-hand frame size just 3 x 3 1/2 inches; the 8-sided token larger with frame size about 4 3/4 inches square. The two show beautifully together and may be hung or stand.

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SISTER'S BOND. Life-Size Double Portrait by Joseph Goodhue Chandler. 1848

Inscribed on the back: "Painted for Victoria A. and Virginia R. Wilder aged 6 years/by J.G. Chandler February 1848"..... Oil on canvas. The sisters portrayed wearing russet dresses and white pantaloons. Likely in the area of Hubbardston, Massachusetts. This portrait delightfully conveys the bond between the two sisters, embodied by their joined hands and shoulders forming a symbolic heart, in a manner that would be difficult to show as effectively even with the realism afforded by the then emerging availability of photography. And the color certainly could not have been matched by the monochromatic photographic images of the day. Note the sizeable house on the hill behind the girls, (likely their family home), the fishermen on the nearby pond, and the foreground flowers. Impactful scale! Sight size about 56 x 28 inches. Frame size about 66 tall x 39 wide. Paintings by Chandler are in many important antique and folk art collections, both private and institutional, the latter including the Shelburne Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, the New York State Historical Museum at Cooperstown, and the National Gallery of Art...... Provenance includes: Hirschl & Adler; Leigh Keno; pictured and discussed in the Highly Important Americana from the Stanley Paul Sax Collection, Sotheby's, January, 1998; prominent Midwest Collection.

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Profusely Carved Box Folk Art Box. Dated 1842.....SALE PENDING

Likely Massachusetts. Maple walled with pine top and bottom, with square nail joinery. Richly decorated including carved fingers and extensive chip carving, with the stylized-initials RB fully piercing the overlapping top side-wall layer, a beautifully executed and rare treatment. Inscribed about the wall: "1842 81 Y OLD" within a series of conjoined hearts. So the maker of the box was born in 1761, pre-dating the beginnings of the conflict with England. The lid is carved with a six-pointed star which encloses a period let-in slot for coins, the outer points decorated with the heads of cut nails. Remarkable rich dark patina, particularly given how hard it is for maple to take on this deep of color. Fine hairline on lid and expected imperfections. This box is stylistically and structurally closely related to a group of three ca. 1840 Massachusetts boxes discovered by author Derin Bray several years ago, and may be by the same hand. About 3 3/4 inches at the lid by 2 1/4 tall. Provenance: private collection; Elliott and Grace Snyder..

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Vivid Polychrome BERNIER Paint Decorated Bird Carving.....SALE PENDING

Maine, ca. late 19th/early 20th c, attributed to Joseph Bernier (1873 - 1952), a celebrated wood carver who's works are avidly sought by folk art collectors. Bernier was a lumberman until a serious injury led him to take up wood carving full time. Many of Bernier's works are painted in muted colors, yet this example of a bird at trough (likely functioning as a match holder) is brightly painted, the paint and original overvarnish in a fabulous highly crackled surface. Condition is superb. A very tiny iron pin at the tip of the bird's beak may have once held a twig, or perhaps the knotted string shown with it is the original. About 7 1/2 inches total length x 4 3/4 tall x 2 wide. For detailed information see the Magazine Antiques "Bernier the Lumberman": The mystery carver of Biddeford, Maine, identified. Several of his carvings also seen in "American Folk Sculpture" Robert Bishop.

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A RARE GEM: CHILD'S CHIPPENDALE CHEST.

An eye-witness to American Revolution history. In a size AND condition that we will probably not find again! New England, likely Connecticut area, ca. 1780. Cherry primary wood with white pine secondary. Original batwing brasses, and red-pigmented original dry varnish surface. HIGH RES PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Not a miniature, rather made for a child standing about the same height as a candle stand. In period a luxury. Molded top above four thumbnail-molded graduated drawers supported by a notched, square-bracket base. Fully dovetailed case and drawers; deeply chamfered and hand-planed drawer bottoms. Each drawer retains original lock, the presence indicating that the clothing or textiles enclosed within were valuable. Very clean condition inside and out. Back has beautiful dark patina. One very minor repair to one drawer-lip corner. Case width just 24 inches (25 ½ at the base). 27 3/8 inches tall. 11 ½ deep (at the base). Given the small size this chest has the flexibility to be placed almost anywhere, and can function as a lighting stand or side-table. Provenance: Fine private Southern Collection.

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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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Vibrant Coach/Sign Painter Double-Sided Game board with Bold Color and First-Rate Surface.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 3rd quarter, 19th century. Original bold red, yellow, and black on a thick pine panel with picture-frame molding joined by cut nails. One side rendered with a much more scarce backgammon game, the reverse with checkers/chess decorated with pin-striping. Retains original crackled highly crackled over-varnish, the backgammon side moreso indicating that side has been outward for most of its life. Substantial size at about 19 inches square. Graphic fiery-red color when illuminated by sun or halogen (halogen lighting shown).

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