Probably Massachusetts or Maine, ca. 1830-1840. Oil on canvas. Attributed to George Hartwell who was closely associated with William Matthew Prior and Sturtevant Hamblin. Pleasant seated young lady in stylized scroll-back chair in soft colors holding book with rose and landscape embellishments. Painted in the desirable flat style without shade or shadow. Consistent with Hartwell in overall look and feel, and in the three-quarter length view, two-toned lips, and smooth areas in varying shades on the cheeks, noses, and under the brows to suggest modeling. Frame size 31 5/8 inches tall x 26 5/8 wide. Sight size 26 3/4 inches x 21 3/4. This compares to typical Prior-Hamblin portraits that are about half this size. Condition is strong with just minor in-painting; relined. A bit of paint loss to the right of the lady's face and scattered specks and craquelure.
Likely Native American, ca. late 19th century. Ash or hickory. Strong nut-brown patina. Burnishing to the peak of the "high-kick" in interior indicates this basket saw use. Condition is terrific with minor imperfections. About 15 1/2 inches diameter x 5 tall (not including handles).
New England, ca. 1820-1840. Pine, with cut-nail joinery. I love this piece. The design is so simple, yet quietly complex. The rich patina and wear and iron oxide around the nails are all just as the keenest collector would desire. Note the gentle tapering of the back board, and the picture-frame molding applied to the platform. Condition is superb. About 14 1/4 inches tall; shelf is 6 1/2 inches wide. Depth from wall is 7 inches. Has two or three former collection or museum accession numbers. Shown in one photo with an early "clenched" iron candlestick, signed on the traveler, which is available with the candle shelf or separately.
Likely Hudson River Valley, ca. 18th century. Pine. Slightly canted case in original red paint, this box has an unusual double demi-lune hanger and a rarely seen reeded front board and iron-strap blacksmith-made exposed hinges. The reeding is formed by hand planning. Chisel marks are readily apparent on the chamfered hanger edges. The interior has a thin vertical divider on the left, perhaps used to hold candles on the longer side, tinder and lighting material on the shorter. The strap hinges are attached to the top of the lid via wrought nails which are clenched to the under-side. The rear of the hinges are joined by heavy wrought iron staples which penetrate the backboard, then clenched over from behind. Condition is very good, with normal wear as expected. Clearly heavily used given the encrustation visible on the lid and two ancient splits that are held by early cut nails. A museum accession number (292) is labeled on the back. This special wall box is for the collector who wants early, color, rarity, and great character. About 16 inches long x 9 tall x 5 1/2 deep. .
New England, found in Westport, CT, and likely made near there. Ca. 1840. Maple walls, pine lid and base. Opposing fingers, held by cut nails. Exeptional painted decoration with minor period wear as shown. Structurally strong condition. 5 1/8 inches long x 1 5/8 tall x 3 3/4 wide. .
Probably Maine. Oil on canvas. This portrait of a handsome young gentleman is attributed to Royall Brewster Smith who was active in Maine from about 1830 to 1837. Superb use of strong hues and tonal range; bright and crisp. Highlighted by the wonderful colors in the swags and exquisite chair. Note the manner in which the young gentleman's arm "drapes" over the chair as if cloth, a distinctive characteristic of Smith's work and a most charming element. The "glittered" column to the right adds more visual interest. Excellent rendering of the "sheen" in his coat and vest. Old relining. Excellent condition with minor retouch. Later 19th century frame which is about 29 inches wide x 33 inches tall. This portrait has been in a superior Maine folk art collection for 30 to 40 years.
England, with applied seal [WP 1732]. Beautiful color that is black in ambient light, and a deep green when backlit. Classic English V-shaped applied string lip. The bottle and seal are mint with expected rim imperfections. Stands about 7 1/2 inches tall. A sketch of a bottle with an identical WP 1732 seal is shown on page 83, Understanding Antique Wine Bottles, Dumbrell, amonst a grouping of sealed bottles from 1729-1733. Mantel quality!
Probably New England, ca. 1820 to 1840. Ash or chestnut. Retains what appears to be all original panels glass. First white paint has patinated to a softer "oyster". Joinery of the frame by wooden pegs through extending stiles. Snipe (drawn wire) hinges secure the swinging door (and iron handle), the wire being an early connector when cast iron hinges were expensive or not available. Cut and wrought nails hold the tin dome. The stiles are decorated with carved notches and "lambs tongue", and all edges, inside and out, are molded, not simply squared, an indication of superior craftsmanship and time invested/costliness. Condition: Solid/robust in hand. Lots of patina. Split at the top board. The lower rail on the right side (as one is looking at the door front) is dirtier than others. Tin candle socket is secured by putty, done long ago. Dimensions: 10 7/8 inches tall to the top of the stiles; 11 3/4 to the top of the tin dome; 15 to the top of the bale handle. .