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. .
Ca. 1775-1810. Horn. Carving of General Joseph Warren, one of America's greatest heroes who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Reverse carving depicts the patriotic shield and U.S. AMERICA. Cross hatching and swags decorate the rim.....Warren, a physician, was a leader in organizing Patriots in Boston, serving as president of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Dr. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to spread the alarm that British troops were marching to raid Concord and to arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Warren also participated in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Commissioned a Major General in the colonial militia shortly before Bunker Hill, yet rather than exercising his rank, Warren served in the battle as a private soldier under Israel Putnam, and was killed when British troops stormed the redoubt atop Breed's Hill. His death was immortalized in John Trumbull's famous painting (see photo). This piece has been in private collections, the most recent public showing being at The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass, 1976, "Bicentennial Exhibit of Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Arts 1700-1876", and is pictured in the exhibition catalogue which is included with its sale. Carved Horn cups are done in a similar technique and manner as powder horns, yet POLITICALLY INSPIRED CARVED HORN CUPS ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN COMPARISON TO EVEN THE BEST POWDER HORNS. 3 7/8 inches tall. Excellent condition.
Woodland's Indian, probably Great Lakes, ca. 18th to mid 19th century. Maple, in fine orginal dry, nut brown patina. Elegant, graceful sculptural bird, with very unusual carved crest in high relief, so skillfully executed that it underscores the importance of this object to its original carver and owner. Effigy ladles were carried by the Indian to bring to a supper or feast to serve out from a large common bowl or pot. The effigy had personal meaning to its owner, often carved in response to dreams or illnesses after consultation with a medicine man. Wonderful condition, with museum mount. About 10 3/4 inches tall in the stand; bowl about 5 1/8 inches across.
American, ca. 1st half, 20th century. Beautiful recumbent lion of a stylized, reductive form that is ever so pleasing and quiet. The lion rests against a variegated green background, bordered in shades of brown and green. This rug sold at Sotheby's in 1981, and was exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum exhibition in 1976 "The Great Coverup: American Beds, Tables, and Floors". Professionally cleaned and mounted. About 28 1/2 inches x 40. Photographed outdoors in shaded natural light. Provenance: Barbara Johnson, from her nationally respected collection of folk art.
American, Northeast, ca. 1780 to 1810. Ash burl. Sensational small ash burl bowl with dry, wonderful, untouched patina (never over-varnished). Robustly made yet refined. Subtle "beehive" turnings that embellished bowls made in the late 18th century. Great soft, worn, substantial feel in hand, one that you won't want to put down. Dark patina underneath. Just 6 inches diameter, and quite deep for the size at 2 3/4. Pictured with an ash burl scoop shown elsewhere. .
American, Northeast, ca. 1840. Fine example of a dry-goods scoop fashioned from highly figured burl. Front of bowl bevels. Robustly made. Dry pleasing surface. Just 6 inch overall length. Pictured with an ash burl bowl shown elsewhere. .
Probably New England. ca. 1800. Appears to be pine. A miniature example with wonderful shrinkage and retaining early green and black paint over the first red wash or sizing, and remnants of an old oyster white in the interior. Very thinly turned, with chamfered rim and raised foot. Tight shrinkage checks in base. Diameter varies from 5 3/16 inches across the grain; 5 7/16 with the grain (1/4 inch shrinkage). Height varies from 1 5/8 inches to 1 15/16. Miniature turned wooden bowls were seldom made after the early 19th century as they were obsoleted by emerging ceramics and pottery, which were cheaper to make. Large wooden bowls continued to be made for many years as their ceramic equivalents would have been too heavy.