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Stunning Paint Decorated Swallow-Tail Fingered Box.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Maple or sycamore and white pine with original rich polychrome paint decoration and thin over-varnish. Its precise swallow-tail fingers and overall fine quality construction make it comparable to examples made by the Shakers. If Shaker made, it would have been sold unpainted then decorated in the "outside world" by a non-Shaker. The painted decoration is superbly rendered by a highly accomplished ornamental painter with a mastery of both brush and design. The decoration is related to those seen on select paint decorated tinware and chair-rails of the period. Small boxes like these with elaborate decoration were likely "not purposeful", i.e., not for pantry use, rather gifted as an expression of affection. If used at all it was likely for jewelry or other small valuables. This rare and beautiful box survives in a remarkable state of preservation with an untouched surface. Amongst the finest paint decorated bentwood boxes known. Diameter about 4 3/8 inches x 2 tall. See American Fancy, Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840, Sumpter Priddy, for reference.

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Carved Folk Art Bust Portrait.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1840 or earlier. Originally discovered in Maine. Pine with original paint. Most likely a representation, pre-photography, of a father or uncle, possibly even a self-portrait. Stands just under 6 inches tall. Interesting and unusual. Shown with multiple lighting conditions. Very strong provenance including: Pam Boynton, Stephen Score, Steve Powers, Peter Brams.

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WANTED: Early Painted and Paint Decorated Woodenware

Seeking special examples of 18th/19th century woodenware in original paint. Please email photos to earlypieces@aol.com, or call 585-385-9002.

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RARE TOMBSTONE-DOOR WALL CUPBOARD EX: LILLIAN BLANKLEY COGAN.....SOLD

New England, ca. mid 18th century. A witness to the early days of Colonial America, highlighted by ancient original paint and rare STRIKING tombstone shaped door. The turnbuckle knob (which any lover of treen will notice for its sensational surface) opens the door revealing three shelves, one defined by the shaped round of the tombstone. The door is scratch-carved with a small B and large N. (18th century scrafitto from a child?) High state of originality with all original moldings, H-hinges with rosehead nails, and knob/turnbuckle. Wear related to age and use. A later nail added at the closure to compensate for wear. About 30 1/8 inches tall x 26 1/4 wide and delightfully shallow at only 7 1/2 inches deep not including the molding. May be mounted to a wall or rest on a chest. THE WHOLE LEAVES AN INDELIBLE IMAGE. Provenance: Private collection of the best of 18th century country America; Lillian Blankley Cogan (decades ago), a doyenne of Americana dealers for nearly 70 years.

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Exceptional Sailor-Engraved Powder Horn

Probably Coastal New England, ca. early 19th century (possibly late 18th). Carved and engraved horn with pine plug. Profusely decorated with vignettes of places the sailor had seen (real or imagined) during his journeys. The horn is centered with the patriotic American eagle and shield, with E PLURIBUS UNUM trumpeted from the eagle's mouth within ribbon. Pictorial engravings include: grand three masted ship (likely the ship the carver sailed on for months or years), mariner's compass, NAPTUN, a trumpeter riding a half horse/fish, conjoined hearts, a magnificent estate with fish weathervane and musketed guards, table fitted with food and wine, a hunter, and more. Overall length about 12 inches. Excellent condition.

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Stack of Three MINIATURE Boxes in True Early Blue Paint.....SALE PENDING

New England, likely Massachusetts, perhaps Hingham, ca. mid 19th century. The two smaller maple and pine; the larger ash and pine. Individually scarce and exceptional, together rare. All with opposing fingers held by cut nails and tiny wooden pegs. Paint on all dry and without over-varnish. Diameters range from 2 inches to 2 3/4 to 3 1/8. Condition all structurally excellent save the smallest which has an early, perhaps at time of making, sliver loss. Total height of just 4 1/8 inches!

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Elegant Young Woman in Green Dress Signed by William Kennedy

Probably Maryland. Signed and dated in pencil, upper right back of frame "William W. Kennedy/1854". Oil on artist board. Exhibiting unusually fluid brushwork, this important signed and dated portrait is a superior example of Kennedy's artistry, illustrating an especially attractive young woman. It rises above his more formulaic, symbolic likenesses and is painterly and spontaneous while portraying a quiet confidence. Note the background flowers, a feature associated with Kennedy. In a superb state of preservation; mint condition. The original frame was expertly re-veneered. Painting size about 17 inches x 13 3/4. Frame 20 3/4 x 17 3/4. Kennedy (1818-after 1870) was a native of New Hampshire and itinerant member of the Prior-Hamblin school of painters. He painted in New Bedford, MA in 1845; Ledyard, CT in 1846; and Berwick, ME in 1847. By 1850 he had moved to Baltimore, MD where he lived just a few doors away from William Matthew Prior. Provenance: "Important Americana" Sotheby's, February 1, 1986, lot 434. Collection of folk art historians and authors' "Mr. and Mrs Howard Fertig", Livingston, NJ. Exhibited: "The Fertig Collection of Folk Art" The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 1991.

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Large Early Painted Bowl with Pronounced Shrinkage

New England, ca. 1800, appears to be turned from ash or chestnut with orginal red paint. This bowl stands out given its impressive size and dramatic soaring lines created by strong shrinkage across the grain. Further enhanced by a swelled-body and molded rim with inward cant. Excellent structural condition without cracks. Diameter ranges from 21 to 19 ¾ inches, with height 5 to 6 1/4 inches.

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Vivid Wallpaper Box.....SOLD

Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Wallpaper on bentwood pine or poplar. One of the most colorful wallpaper boxes I have seen, with brilliant orange against a rich blue ground. The maker also placed the elements with a strong eye toward design, very effectively centering a front panel with a geometric flower. The interior is fully lined with period newsprint, always interesting to read, with one passage referring to “abolitionists”. Structurally excellent condition with period wear to the paper as pictured. This box demands attention, standing out even within a crowded space. About 6 ¾ inches long x 5 ¼ wide x 4 1/8 tall. .

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Exceptional Oval Wallpaper Box.....SOLD

Northeast America, 19th century. Attached label reads: 6 oz TACKS Made for Lloyd, Supple, and Walton, Philadelphia, PA, a hardware store active from 1867 to 1889. Given the early form of the wallpaper box (ca 1825-1850), it is likely that the label was almost certainly affixed to an earlier-made box as an available container. The wallpaper box is exceptional, with beautiful polychrome paint decoration against blue ground, with stitched joinery at the interfaces. Newspaper lining references 'Maine' and the 'British', and the bottom is inscribed in ink with a reference that I can not decipher. The underside of the lid labeled in pencil: “Israel B Shreiner”. Very good condition. Just 2 3/8 inches long x 1 7/8 wide x 1 1/2 tall. .

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