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TINY Federal Tabletop Cupboard with Original Paint History.....SALE PENDING

Eastern United States, New England or possibly Mid-Atlantic, ca. 1800. Pine. Early dark cerulean-blue paint over robins egg blue over salmon, the paint layers demonstrating that it was frequently used, prized, and updated as paint wore. The form is unusual with a carved door, of nine panels, over a lipped drawer. Despite the thin pine-stock, hand-plane marks are quite evident. At UNDER 10 inches tall, this little cupboard likely was intended for use on a tabletop, chest, shelf, or desk. The interior shelf is beautifully shaped, suggesting that it displayed something of importance that was meant to be seen. Ink stains within the drawer indicate that it may have also held writing material. Nailed joinery includes small roseheads on the drawer. Intriguingly, the drawer-front's backside is carved into a semi-round, the drawer bottom similarly carved to receive this shape. The delicate structure, consistent with Federal design, has survived with just small losses, particularly to the drawer's corner molding, while retaining the original hinges, brass pulls, and tiny turnbuckle. Wear to paint as shown. About 9.5 inches tall x 5 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 deep. Provenance includes long ago Robert Thayer.

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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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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.....SALE PENDING

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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Classic Colonial Ash Burl Bowl of Small Size.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. 1800. In original dry surface. Robustly made, very solidly turned yet with sophisticated footed design with subtle beehive turnings. Feels good in hand. Just 6 inches diameter x 2 1/2 tall. A first rate example. Excellent condition.

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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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Brilliant Paint-Decorated Tinware Gooseneck-Spout Coffee Pot.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. 1825-1840. Exceptionally beautifully decorated, and in equally impressive condition. Vivid red flowers. Color-contrasting mustard lobes, ferns, cross-hatching, and veining within green leaves. Free-flowing design that surrounds the pot, not confined within a spandrel. The black asphaltum ground remains in nearly full coverage without typical deterioration. Small rub to the back side. Original tiny brass finial. About 10 1/2 inches tall. Few examples are found as superb as this.

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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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