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Iconic American Colonial Tavern Tankard . Impressive Size. Remarkable Condition. Noteworthy Provenance.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1750-1780. Cooper-made with pine staves, lid, and base, and what appears to be ash interlocking bands. UNTOUCHED original condition with completely dry surface and natural patina. Clever construction without the use of nails, the handle being part of a narrow stave that is secured tightly in-place by beautifully crafted interlocking bands that were shrunk into position. The severely sloping and tapering lid (the deep angle consistent with the very early date) is joined to the handle by a wooden pin. The enormous scale (about 11 inches tall x 8 diameter at the base) indicates use in a tavern as a sharing vessel rather than for individual drinking. The sidewalls are steeply sloped. The elegance and sophistication of the design combined with the superior craftsmanship are hallmarks of early period work. The condition can be best described as AWESOME! Reference: "Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution" by George Neumann and Frank Kravic. Provenance: Gifted in the 1950s by Nina Fletcher Little to her close friend Alice Andrews of Winchester, Massachusetts. A SUPERIOR EXAMPLE. Happy to email high res photos.

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Carved Looking Glass in Red Paint.....SOLD

New England, likely NH, ca. 1790-1800. In a high state of originality with dry red paint on pine. The scalloped crest (carved, not sawn) may suggest waves, indicating a possible coastal origin. The frame, also carved, is joined by splines at each corner, the crest attached to the frame via square wooden pegs. The square nail visible in the upper rail is likely added later for tightness. The patinated back is marvelous, and shows two very faint, difficult to fully decipher, cursive words in the same red paint as the front, possible a signature or the owner. Hanging wire held by rosehead nail. Exemplary condition. Size about 14 inches tall x 11 wide. Ready to hang.

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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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Oval Paint Decorated Windsor Cricket (Low Stool).....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1825. Very pleasing color and form. Canted oval top with scratch-carved and dotted border. Turned legs continuing to tiny turnip and ring turned feet. Hand-planed thick board. Very solid. About 11 1/4 inches long x 7 1/2 wide x 7 tall. Typical minor imperfections. See Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Furniture, Specialized Forms for an extensive discussion of crickets/low stools.

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OUTSTANDING. DIMINUTIVE. Paint Decorated "THE TREE BOX".....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. early 19th century. Pine with DOVETAILED and domed case, the dome joined by unheaded cut nails. Original dry patinated crusty BLUE paint ethereally decorated with wisps of willow trees on all surfaces. Inner dust barrier and till. Structurally superb condition, including undisturbed wire hinges and simple wire latch. Minor early paint wear. Desirable small size at just 9 inches long x 4 1/4 tall x 4 5/8 deep. Purchased in 1994 by Ted and Carole Hayward, and in their collection for years. Ted always believed this box to be decorated by Rufus Porter. For the collector who prizes surface, color, and originality, and small in size with the flexibility of being placed anywhere.

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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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"Hot Soda" Sign Board

American, ca. 1860-1890. Original polychrome paint on pine.....19th-century consumers were enthralled by the supposed healing properties of fizzy water. Grand devices were invented which made brewing and serving fizzy drinks easy. This trade-sign proudly declared that the vendor had fizzy water in the form of hot soda....the bright yellow ground color and bold black lettering with gold shadowing was intentionally obtrusive to attract customers from a distance......Angled corners with molding applied by cut nails. Signed by the maker/artist "Emery". Terrific crackled surface. An unusually energizing sign both in visual impact and in subject. About 72 inches long x 13 tall.

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