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Beautiful Colorful Folk Art Family Record with Vivid Graphics

Northeast America, New York State or Connecticut, ca. 1829. Watercolor and ink on wove paper. An exceptional example of multi-generational family documentation, possibly a "school-girl" work. Probably painted when Laura Roberts Foster (b. Feb. 22, 1808 in Patterson NY) and Joshua C Foster (b. Nov 11, 1805 in Southeast NY) were married on October 15, 1829. The towns of Patterson and Southeast (written on the record) are in New York State near Danbury, CT. A family record by the same hand came to market in the 1980's from Ridgefield, CT, just a few miles from Patterson/Southeast. What a remarkable way to document their wedding, with a neatly compartmentalized composition of masterful paint, pen, and compass work. Clearly articulated symbols of trees for births, hearts for marriage, and sandglass for death. Note the fine details like the tiny flowers within the half-round border at the top, flanked by large roses. Gilt frame is period and likely original. Frame size about 18 1/4 inches tall x 15 1/4 wide; sight size about 16 1/4 x 13 1/4. Retains crisp bright colors in superb condition. See "The Art of the Family" Genealogical Artifacts in New England, for reference. Enliven your home with color and authentic pieces. High res photos available.

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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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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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Folk Art Watercolor of Soldier and Horse, Sensational Blue Painted Frame

Northeast America, likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1830. Watercolor on wove-paper. Drawing mounted in-period on wove paper ground, probably to help smooth folded wrinkles. Early frame in robin's egg blue is just sensational. Frame size about 11 1/2 inches x 9 1/2. Provenance: Collection of Ted and Carol Hayward.

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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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Basket in Beautiful Rich Blue Paint.....SOLD

New England, ca. mid-19th century. Ash splint with fixed handle. Retains a vivid, deeply saturated, well-patinated dry blue paint. About 8 ¾ inches to the top of the handle, 8 inches long x 7 1/2 wide. Its all about the BLUE! Proveance: Private collection acquired about 30 years ago from David Schorsch.

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Sweet Little Paint Decorated Case of Drawers.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. early 19th century. White pine. Beautifully painted functional art. Each drawer painted mustard-yellow with black numbers and bordering, all set within a robins egg blue case, the lettering stylishly rendered by a skilled artist. Darkened over-varnish has scattered wear, revealing brighter paint underneath. Case and drawers are held by unheaded cut nails. Each drawer centered by original brass pulls with hand-cut iron threads. Underside of case is unpainted, while the top has blue paint covering about half the surface, indicating that the back half was too high to be seen, or intended to be set within a fixture. Case is just 20 1/2 inches long x 2 3/4 tall x 4 deep. Drawers vary in width from 3 1/2 inches to 3 3/4. Maybe be positioned almost anywhere on a fireplace mantel, counter, chest, sill, shelf. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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Pair Miniature Iron and Wood Urns.....SOLD

Northeastern US, 19th century. Cast-iron urns that fit into molded painted bases. Clearly had outdoor exposure given the pitting to the iron, and significant wood losses to the bases, yet the weathering and wear has given them much character. Would work nicely for indoor planters. Each about 10 1/2 inches tall the top of the iron urns, bases about 9 1/4 inches square at the bases. Provenance: private collection; noted folk art dealer/collector Marna Anderson..

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The 15 Puzzle Gameboard (Game of 15 Pieces).....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, possibly invented in Canastota, New York, 19th century. Maple and pine. The 15-puzzle (also called Gem Puzzle, Boss Puzzle, Game of Fifteen, Mystic Square and many others) consists of a frame of numbered square tiles in random order with one tile position unoccupied (never had a 16th cube). The object is to order the tiles by making sliding moves that use this empty space. THIS GAME WAS A CRAZE IN AMERICAN IN THE 19TH CENTURY. A well made wooden example, each "cube" is cut with chamfered edges, its number intaglio impressed on its top and bottom surfaces. The edges of the frame have corresponding bevels. Modern versions of this game are plastic, cool to see a period predecessor, and one that can really be used. About 5 inches x 4 ¾. Provenance: Joan Thayer. .

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