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Masterful 18th Century Slipware Loaf Dish

England, ca. mid to late 18th century. Beautiful example of a most desirable early ceramic form. Trailed and combed decoration with brown slip on a cream ground, the combing having depth that can be felt as one touches across the lines. Coggled or "pie-crust" rim. Robust and heavy in hand. About 12 inches long x 10 ½ wide x 2 ¼ deep. Very good condition with minor flakes. Provenance: private collection; Sam Forsythe.

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Delightfully Quirky Tiny Slant-Lid Desk.....SOLD

Likely "dad-made" for a child, perhaps for an elaborate doll house. Probably New England, ca. early 19th century. Pine with original dry red paint with rich, highly patinated, very appealing surface. Joinery is a mix of cut nails and dovetails, thin wood stock shows hand-planed tooling marks. Retains original wire hinges (snipe) and pull. Note the bold, high cutout base with subtlety chamfered inner-edge. The sloping facade of the drawer is not due to damage, it was made that way. Proud little piece of 200 year old Americana whose big character belies its small size. Just 6 3/8 inches tall x 4 1/8 wide x 3 3/8 deep..

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Brilliant Portrait Miniature by the Talented Edwin Plummer.....SOLD

Massachusetts, Maine, or New Hampshire, ca. 1825-1835. Watercolor and gum arabic on paper. An author, lecturer, and astute business man, Plummer painted portraits often for family and friends. Finely detailed showing his delicate touch and his ability to capture a likeness with elegance and sensitivity, and to portray mood, not only physical attributes. The handsome brown-haired young man is fashionably tailored in high-collared coast with patterned embroidered yellow vest, high-white collar with pin, while resting on a red sofa, a setting seen in other Plummer portraits. Note the remarkable detailing. Presented in a period gilt frame that could be original. Frame size about 6 inchex x 5; sight size about 4 1/4 x 3 1/4. Superb! See Edwin Plummer and His "Portrait Likenesses", Deborah Child, Antiques and Fine Art, August, 2011 for reference.

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Carved Spill Holder with Heart and Brass Studs

Probably New England, ca. early 19th century. Pine, with rich natural patina. The center personalized with the initials SK using tiny pins. Appears to have wood figure, yet that figure is really early abrasions, perhaps using the box to light matches. As shown, the spill holder is extensively decorated with patinated brass studs/tacks, often seen on chairs of the period. Measures about 11 ¾ inches tall x 2 ½ at the widest. Note the taper from top to bottom on front and sides. All original condition including a small breakout under the base where a joinery cut-nail pierced the surface. .

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Bright and Beautiful Antique Game Board with Brilliant Composition

For the historic or modern home. Chess/checkers. Rich color-contrasts that are vigorous even across a room. Each square divided into halves with similar hues yet at different intensities, creating a dance that feels three-dimensional. The artist enclosed the board within a black border and frame, "the blackness" influencing the mind to interpret the enclosed colors with more saturation, while enlivening the border with gilt pin-striping and tiny bursts. American, ca. 1870. Cut-nail applied picture-frame molding to the single board. Excellent condition with a couple of minor fills. Superb finely crazed surface. About 15 1/2 inches square x 1 inch thick. ASK FOR HIGH RES PHOTOS TO APPRECIATE THIS WORK OF ART

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Historic Art and Design. Antique Two-Sided Gameboard with Remarkable Color, Craftsmanship, and Condition.

A historic and beautiful game board that would impress within a period or modern home. Checkers/Chess/Backgammon. The red and black playing squares with clever gilt border which gives the illusion of a "raised" playing field, the field enclosed within another green border decorated by pin striping and corner cartouches. All within another gilt border and cut-nail applied picture frame molding. The reverse backgammon personalized with the initials FML within a central medallion centering precisely rendered geometrics. Incredible detail. Sensational finely crazed surface. About 16 inches square by 1 inch thick. American, ca. 1870. ASK FOR HIGH RES PHOTOS TO APPRECIATE THIS WORK OF ART

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Extremely Rare PAINT DECORATED Federal CHILD'S Chest.....SALE PENDING

An exquisitely PAINTED (not veneered) country piece emulating a fine city example. Make a statement in your home today as this little chest did some 200 years ago. Distinctive and authentic with a proud elegance owing to the sophisticated form and remarkable PAINT DECORATION created by a skilled designer, cabinet-maker, and artist. Just look at how beautifully the paint-decoration is rendered. New England, probably Southern Maine to Portsmouth NH to Salem, MA, ca. 1810-1820. Maple, basswood, and pine. Untouched including the original paint and surface, and undisturbed brass pulls. All four corners having crisply turned columns and legs with cookie-corner tops. The apron drop even retains its flaring spurs. So well cared for...in sensational condition with just minor blemishes. Proportionally perfect at about 22 inches wide x 22 tall x 11 deep.

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MINIATURE Lift Top Chest. Ex: Carolyn and Tom Porter.

Northeast America, ca. 1800 to 1825. From the AMERICAN FANCY PERIOD IN WHICH COLOR AND CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION WERE SOUGHT TO DELIGHT THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND EXCITE THE SENSES. Pine and poplar, with untouched "sugary" varnish surface. Rich dark patina. Paint decorated with outer-case having black-over-red graining, flowers on the shaped and pierced apron and bracket feet, and red tulips on the front facade within a mustard reserve. The case conceals hidden compartments, one under a till above a decorated panel that slides up to reveal a tiny drawer. A hinged panel under the lid lifts to expose three compartments, the panel decorated on the outside with a folk art painting of a ship arriving at a wharf (note the woman and man in top hat at the window), the underside of the panel having another fanciful folk art painting of dogs pulling a chariot chased by a rider on stag. The remnant of a note includes the passage "May virtue and happiness." About 10 inches long x 7 3/4 tall x 5 1/4 deep. Provenance includes the personal collection of TOM AND CAROLYN PORTER (former owners of Garths Auction in Ohio)..

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SISTER'S BOND. Antique 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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SOULFUL 18TH CENTURY PAINT DECORATED SPOON RACK WITH KNIFE WELL.... A RARE FOLK ART SURVIVOR WITH APPEARANCE SUGGESTING REDWARE.

New England, ca. 1750-1780. Maple. In a high-state of preservation, including original imaginative mustard paint decoration on red ground that has the presence of redware. Three spoon rails, all original, the top rail unusual with tiny slots for holding the smallest of spoons. Joinery is with rosehead and T-head nails. Pitsawn backboard. The shape is an appealing variant, with waisted and shouldered backboard and canted transition to a deep well. The freehand mustard paint includes forms that likely represent feathers honoring the Prince of Wales in their former English homeland. Terrific highly patinated surface. Minor period imperfections. One narrow (1 1/2 inch) bottom-well board was replaced in the early 19th century (only viewable from underneath). Impressive, yet not overbearing size, of about 22 1/4 inches tall x 11 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 deep. Discovered 30-40 years ago in New Hampshire by noted dealer/collector Mark Brightman. Many of the years since in a private CT collection of very early material. May be hung, or rested on a chest or mantel. Few true folk art spoon racks have survived.

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