Probably Rhode Island, ca. 1840-1850. Attributed to George Robert Lawton, Sr. (1813-1885) Scituate, Rhode Island. Pine top and bottom. Ash or chestnut sides. Beautifully and meticulously decorated with birds (roosters), vines, flowers, and polka dots on a mustard-yellow ground. Fingered lid above a steam-bent and scallop-carved fingered body, both lid and body joined with cut nails. About 8 3/4 inches long x 6 3/4 wide x 4 1/2 tall. Superb condition. For background on Lawton, Sr., see "American Radiance, The Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Society", and "Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, Vol II". .
Probably New England, 19th century. Paint on pine. Although difficult to portray photographically given the long length and narrow width, this trade sign is sensational. Gold against a black ground, this trade sign is unusual in its verticle format (likley positioned along a door frame), and desirable content. The soft palette is very pleasing, enhanced beautifully by weathering. The left edge is rounded; the right squared. Originally was attached via several screw holes through the front. Loss at the very bottom, yet below the last letter and not significant when viewed from the front. About 88 inches tall (7 feet, 4 inches) x 4 7/8 wide x 7/8 thick. Easily hung as it is very lightweight and has a hanging hook attached to the back. A perfect location would be on a narrow wall segment, or paralleling a door frame.
Probably New England, ca. 2nd quarter to mid-19th century. Watercolor on velvet in a very dry period painted frame. Fanciful rind of two hues of blue, with the melon resting on a blue-edged platter. This theorem is unusual and appealing in its simplicity and quietness. As expected background toning seen on virtually all period theorems on velvet. Almost certainly the same hand as a similar work that sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet in the January 2th, 1979 (lot 79) Important Folk Art Sale of Stewart Gregory. Frame size of 18 inches x 15 1/2. Sight size of about 13 3/4 x 11 1/4.
Possibly New Hampshire, 19th century. Pine top and bottom, maple bent-wood body, joined by copper cut nails. The yellow paint intended to "just" reveal the grain of the wood, this four finger box is crisp and clean and in virtually mint condition. Three finely cut fingers on the body, one on the lid, each with subtle chamfering. About 7 1/8 inches long x 4 3/4 wide x 2 5/8 tall. Exhibiting the excellence in craftsmanship and detail that distinguishes real Shaker-work from Shaker-like.
At Storm King on the Hudson River, New York. (just north of West Point). Attributed to John Denison Crocker , 19th century. Oil on canvas. Powerful. Terrific example of 19th century admiration of the beauty and the scale of nature. CORRECTION measurements: actually is 29.5 by 37.5-inches frame size. Excellent condition. Minor in-painting. Original stretcher. I particularly love the bluish billowing trees flanking the river, contrasted against the golden glow of the sun on the overlooking hill....JOHN DENISON CROCKER (Norwich, CT. 1822-1907). On an aesthetic level, Crocker's work is comparable to any of his era. In its historical value to southeastern Connecticut, the state and the region, Crocker's work can be likened to that of Benjamin West, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. The artist's works hang in all major Connecticut museums, with the largest holding at the Slater Museum.
New England, ca. 1900. Sometimes known as a "Lumberyard Bird", this wonderful carving retains the original long, elegant bill and dry, beautifully patinated original paint, the paint with expected in-use wear, and several shallow holes from shot. Carved eye groove and split tail on a bulbous body. About 11 inches tall including stand x 2 3/8 wide x 11 3/8 long from tail to bill. .
Eastern Shore, Massachusetts, ca. 1880-1900. Split tail, tack eyes, and stylish original bill with features similar to that of maker Lothrop Holmes (1824-1899). Dry original paint with strong patina. Retains stringing staple under the tail. About 11 3/8 inches tall including the stand x 2 3/8 wide x 11 7/8 front tail to bill.
Pennsylvania, ca. late 19th century. Very pleasing dark brown decoration against tan ground and with subtle sage-green highlights. Attributed to Master Potter Jacob Medinger, 1856-1932. From an article on Medinger: "In the early days, he [Medinger] would hitch up a team of horses and travel to places like Pottstown, Royersford or Phoenixville and sell his wares from the back of his wagon. Later, after he had established a reputation, people would come to his shop to buy......[Medinger] was the last of the Pennsylvania German potters who continued the tradition and methods as established by the Old World potters'....about 3 1/8 inches tall. Terrific condition save for several minor glaze skips in the making.