New England, ca. mid-19th century. Pastel on paper. Colorful and bright, like a living postcard, this peaceful painting shows a tight protective cluster of large Federal homes, several of the homes with brick fronts and clapboard painted sides, as was a common New England practice. The village has risen alongside a sizable stream-fed pond and waterfall, the waterfall perhaps providing power and terrific fishing location, and with the continous splash of flowing water. As with many folk art townscapes, this idealized rendering shows no clutter or disrepair, rather captures the pride of the owner's in what their village has become. The artist chose black windows, which are particularly effective in providing color-contrast against the soft pastels. The white painted rail-fence on the left, that likely contains livestock and horses, provides a boundary against the dangers of the countryside, while providing a leading line into the village where a white-picket fence implies sophistication and comfort. One can darken the room, light just this painting, and easily travel back into the sights and sounds of a 19th century New England village. Excellent condition with minor restoration. Housed in a custom frame added 25 years ago. Overall frame size about 33 1/2 inches wide x 23 1/2 inches tall. Large enough to carry a significant wall, yet small enough to be versatile.
Likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Wallpaper on pressed paperboard, embellished with silk ribbon at the corners. 5 3/8 inches long x 4 wide x 2.5 tall (not including the cushion).
Northeast America, probably New England, ca. 1840. Polychrome paint on pine with cut nail joinery of the case. I like this box very much. The color contrast of the yellow, white, and blue flowers against the deep red ground is very pleasing. The paint is dry with appealing character. The interior wear indicates this box saw frequent use. And the size is terrific, easily fits on a mantel, chest, or stand at just 10 1/4 inches long x 4 3/8 tall x 5 wide. This open box form is uncommon. Another example sold at Pook and Pook, April, in 2007, lot 117 for a substantial sum.
American, most likely Northeastern, dated 1920. Cotton and wool fibers. Composed and made in manner that would seem earlier, this hooked rug has a coveted combination of soft earth tones, "just right" period wear, variegated background, and playful horses. Large petal forms could be interpreted as flowers or possibly snowflakes. Excellent condition with no repairs noted. Museum mounted for easy hanging. About 37 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches. See American Hooked and Sewn Rugs, Folk Art Underfoot, Kopp for reference.
New England, ca. 1830-1835. Attributed to the celebrated "Puffy Sleeve Artist". Hollow-cut, watercolor on paper over black-fabric backing of an elegant young woman with a room-filling presence that belies its small size. The work is crisply and confidently rendered, and remains in a super state of preservation. The teal dress is likely a unique survival for this artist and elevates the work well above most related examples. Brass frame is of the period and likely original, measuring about 5 1/8 inches tall x 4 3/8 wide. See "A Loving Likeness, American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth Century", original and supplement, for other examples attributed to the Puffy Sleeve Artist.
Probably Hudson River School, New York State, signed and dated lower right Maria W Chapin, 1838. Watercolor on paper. Great pride in the compelling natural beauty of the Hudson River drove talented 19th century artists to portray that beauty in landscape paintings, with deep reverance toward the spectacular river and its surrounding mountains. This masterfully executed watercolor is by one of those capable artists who was able to capture that splendor with her brush before the availability of photography. Several vignettes of those enjoying the vista highlight the composition, including a gentleman to the left directing two ladies toward perhaps the sailboats, two fisherman and their companion dog on the near shore, and even the subtle depiction of smoke rising from several distant campfires, suggesting a cold day and maybe more fishermen making a meal of their catches. Very cool to have this "snapshot" of nature and the "outing" clothing of the day over 175 years ago. Well cared for excellent condition. About 26 5/8 inches wide x 18 tall. High res photos easily emailed.
Believed to be from Newburyport, MA, ca. early 19th century. Folding traveling looking glass with the names FAITH HOYT and ABIGAIL ROBERTS. Likely a hand-made gift from one to the other. Folding mirror is encased within embossed hand-blocked wallpaper, with green and blue and bittersweet coloring. Within the case is a folding mirror, with the mirror glass on the right side, and the two girls/women's names on the left. The back is of green wallpaper. Expected wear, yet good condition considering its age and delicacy. Case closed is about 5 inches long x 3 3/4 tall. Opens to about 10 inches. .
Northeast, possibly New York, ca. 3rd quarter, 19th century. From a long time Maine collection. Oil on academy board, the board bearing the label of W. Devoe and Company, New York. Brilliant bright, saturated colors in a most desirable flat (without shadow) folk art rendering. The white reticulated ceramic compote provides an appealing balance to the contrasting colors and random forms of the fruits. The overflowing quantity of fruit symbolizes abundance and optimism. Excellent condition with just a bit of roughness in the lower right. Set within a bold gilded frame that is likely original and beautifully presents the vibrant work. Frame size about 33 1/2 inches wide x 27 1/2 tall; sight size about 23 1/4 x 17 1/2. This painting would brighten and enliven, and is large enough to carry a signficant wall.