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Shaker Three-Finger Box in Blue.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1840. Maple walled with pine top and bottom. Original dry blue paint, a difficult color to acquire. Three-fingers face left, a much less common orientation than right-facing. Structurally excellent condition. Inside appears that at one time it held berries. Smaller size at about 6 inches long x 4 3/8 wide x 2 3/8 tall. A really good one for stacking. Very recently from a Rockland, Maine, collection..

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Brilliant Paint-Decorated Tinware Gooseneck-Spout Coffee Pot.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. 1825-1840. Exceptionally beautifully decorated, and in equally impressive condition. Vivid red flowers. Color-contrasting mustard lobes, ferns, cross-hatching, and veining within green leaves. Free-flowing design that surrounds the pot, not confined within a spandrel. The black asphaltum ground remains in nearly full coverage without typical deterioration. Small rub to the back side. Original tiny brass finial. About 10 1/2 inches tall. Few examples are found as superb as this.

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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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Profusely Carved Box Folk Art Box. Dated 1842.....SALE PENDING

Likely Massachusetts. Maple walled with pine top and bottom, with square nail joinery. Richly decorated including carved fingers and extensive chip carving, with the stylized-initials RB fully piercing the overlapping top side-wall layer, a beautifully executed and rare treatment. Inscribed about the wall: "1842 81 Y OLD" within a series of conjoined hearts. So the maker of the box was born in 1761, pre-dating the beginnings of the conflict with England. The lid is carved with a six-pointed star which encloses a period let-in slot for coins, the outer points decorated with the heads of cut nails. Remarkable rich dark patina, particularly given how hard it is for maple to take on this deep of color. Fine hairline on lid and expected imperfections. This box is stylistically and structurally closely related to a group of three ca. 1840 Massachusetts boxes discovered by author Derin Bray several years ago, and may be by the same hand. About 3 3/4 inches at the lid by 2 1/4 tall. Provenance: private collection; Elliott and Grace Snyder..

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Folk Art Portrait of the Schooner Martha N. Hail at BOSTON.....SOLD

New England, 19th century. Oil on PINE panel. Filled with charm given the iconic-folky perspective of the Hail's vast size compared to the tiny light house and foreground ship, and the RICH, SATURATED BLUE contrasting against the whites of the sails and American flag, framed by the dramatic sky and water. The whole gives the impression of three-dimensions. The lighthouse is likely the "Boston Light", one of America's oldest, located on Little Brewster Island in the Boston Harbor. Note MARTHA N. HAIL in bottom caption and white banner. Several of the crew of eight visible on the deck. Signed lower left: J. Linmander....spelling?. Martha N. Hail was wife of prominent Providence, RI businessman George Hail (for which the free library in Warren, RI still bears his name). The three-masted 160 foot long schooner built in Providence, sailing out of its home port of Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod). The panel split shortly after painting, mended then by a nailed-on cleat. Beautiful dry crackled surface. Integral painted frame. Dimensions of about 20 ½ inches x 15 ½ x ¼ thick. Long time private collection. One of the most appealing, high-character folk art ship portraits I have seen. .

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Dated 1816 Carved Sliding-Lid Box.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, likely New England, dated 1816. Softwood, appears to be basswood or poplar with original dark red paint and thin over-varnish. Entirely hewn from one piece of wood, not "joined". Sliding lid that still fits snugly. The box is profusely carved with decorative elements, including stylized trees, geometrics, and chip borders. May rest on its back or stand. Excellent condition. Just 7 1/2 inches long x 2 1/8 tall x 2 3/4 wide.

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Early Hooked Rug with Blue Foundation

New England, Ca. mid-19th century/Civil War period. Using homespun hemp as the foundation and linen (or tow) the design material. Beautiful blue background with geometrics and florals thoughout surrounded by a terrific double-lunette border. Note the many different fabric pieces employed to create the border. Condition is exceptional. Color remains bright and strong. The upper left corner has detached a bit from the mount; fine as is but could use a few stitches to tighten. Mounted for display with dimensions about 48 inches wide x 31 ½ tall. Deaccessioned from a long time private collection of hooked rugs.

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A RARE GEM: CHILD'S CHIPPENDALE CHEST.....SALE PENDING

An eye-witness to American Revolution history. In a size AND condition that we will probably not find again! New England, likely Connecticut area, ca. 1780. Cherry primary wood with white pine secondary. Original batwing brasses, and red-pigmented original dry varnish surface. HIGH RES PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Not a miniature, rather made for a child standing about the same height as a candle stand. In period a luxury. Molded top above four thumbnail-molded graduated drawers supported by a notched, square-bracket base. Fully dovetailed case and drawers; deeply chamfered and hand-planed drawer bottoms. Each drawer retains original lock, the presence indicating that the clothing or textiles enclosed within were valuable. Very clean condition inside and out. Back has beautiful dark patina. One very minor repair to one drawer-lip corner. Case width just 24 inches (25 ½ at the base). 27 3/8 inches tall. 11 ½ deep (at the base). Given the small size this chest has the flexibility to be placed almost anywhere, and can function as a lighting stand or side-table. Provenance: Fine private Southern Collection.

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"Hot Soda" Sign Board

American, ca. 1860-1890. Original polychrome paint on pine.....19th-century consumers were enthralled by the supposed healing properties of fizzy water. Grand devices were invented which made brewing and serving fizzy drinks easy. This trade-sign proudly declared that the vendor had fizzy water in the form of hot soda....the bright yellow ground color and bold black lettering with gold shadowing was intentionally obtrusive to attract customers from a distance......Angled corners with molding applied by cut nails. Signed by the maker/artist "Emery". Terrific crackled surface. An unusually energizing sign both in visual impact and in subject. About 72 inches long x 13 tall.

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