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Carved and Articulated Dancing Figure.....SALE PENDING

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ca. late 19th century. Especially well-done example carved from wood in original paint and retaining long curly hair. The high boots anchor black paints with striped-high collar shirt, and boller hat. The hat and shirt accented with red-paint ribbon and tie. Excellent condition. The figure itself about 9 inches tall (11 1/2 including stand). The quality of the carving, and the striped shirt with boller hat really elevate this example. Provenance: Private collection for the past 25+ years. Ex: Chris Machmer.

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Folky Young Man Portrait

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on canvas. A most handsome young man (that FACE!) with characteristics that we folk art collectors love. Portraits can be so naive that there is little artistic skill, or so academic that they require an equally academic, formal setting. Yet this portrait falls on the "sweet-spot" of that naive-to-academic continuum. His face is mostly without shadow leading to stylized-combed hair presenting like waves. His black coat and white shirt/collar, and simple background combined with his confident gaze give this painting a clean and uncomplicated aesthetic. It has survived in sensational condition. About 26 inches tall x 24 wide. Gilded frame-liner appears original. He's terrific.

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Carved Folk Art Polychrome Walking Stick.....SOLD

Likely Southern US, ca. late 19th century. Graceful carving. ITS ALL ABOUT THE PAINT. Eye popping and dazzling patterning. Avant-garde for the period in which it was made. Superb condition with scattered wear. About 38 inches long. May rest on a flat surface, or be positioned vertically (comes with a wall mount). Provenance: Southern Collection; David Wheatcroft. By the same hand as a similar cane exhibited at the Brookln Musuem and Los Angeles Museum of Art in 1976, the seminal exhibition of American folk sculpture. Happy to send photos from that exhibition.

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Important William and Mary Lighting Stand in Cherry and Cherry-Burl.....SOLD

Northeast America, likely New England, possibly Connecticut River Valley, ca. 1720-1740. Baluster-turned double candle holder moveable on cherry-wood column supported by a bold exceedingly rare cherry-burl base with ring-turned top and incised lines. The column is surmounted by an acorn finial, a symbol of Huguenot-craftsman and representing many positive attributes, including: life, power, longevity, new growth, good luck, and as a heraldic symbol “independence to its bearer”, and “great oaks from little acorns grow”. Retains period candles. Stands a majestic 29 inches tall. Pictured/described “North American Burl Treen”, Powers, 2005. Provenance: About 1970-2002 Clarke Garrett; then David Good. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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A Superior Carved, Inlaid, and Dated Presentation Mallet.....SOLD

Probably Northwest Europe, likely by a French or Dutch master woodworker. Dated 1829, signed “K.H.”. Boxwood or fruitwood. Extraordinary surface with rich color. One side skillfully carved with a 5-lobe shell centering foliate vining that stands proud of the surface, below a star of inlaid horn, all enclosed within a punch-decorated border. The reverse also with horn inlay and punched borders with raised flowers presenting the date and initials. The turned handle with incised lines and decorative carving, terminating in a brass hanging loop. About 15 inches long x 4 ½ maximum width and the top of the head, and about 2 inches thick (slightly domed on each side). Loss of some horn on one side as shown, otherwise exceptional condition…..The success of this piece can not be overstated. For the true lover of early woodworking. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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AMERICAN FOLK SCULPTURE: Sensational Folk Art Carved and Painted Owl.....SOLD

A choice example of American folk sculpture. Northeast, 19th century. All original. Very lifelike. Oozing with character. Skillfully hand-carved wood (probably pine), including the curved beak and “horns”. Dry polychrome paint decoration, the warmly colored underbelly particularly appealing. Note the carved and painted deep-set eyes. May have been mounted in a barn to scare off rodents and other birds. Significant scale at about 14 ½ inches tall to the top of the ears.; 6 1/2 inches deep from the base of the tail to the tip of the beak. Base is about 7 ½ wide. Provenance: Private Northeast collection. A standout within a historic or contemporary setting. High resolution photos available.

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Stately, Ancient Brass Gothic Candlestick.....SALE PENDING

Northwest Europe, ca. 15th century. Imagine holding in your hands an object that has witnessed centuries of history and still appears much as it did during its initial period of use! This remarkable candlestick features 4-discoid knops on the column which is peened underneath to a stepped, broadly flaring skirt with incised lines of decoration supporting a pronounced deep well/drip pan centered by a stepped-conical cone. The socket has moldings for aesthetics and added strength, and horizontal aperature in the lower half to aid removal of candle stubs. Superb condition. About 9 5/8 inches tall x 4 1/2 diameter at base. Scholarly references include Koper and Brons, RIKS Musuem, Amsterdam; Lear Collection, Copper-Alloy Candlesticks A.D. 200-1700, Christopher Bangs; Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks, Michaelis; and Antique Brass Candlesticks, 1450-1750, Grove.

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Full Length Profile Portrait of Little 4-Year Old Boy John Smith and his Wheelbarrow. JH Davis.

New England. Likely Maine or New Hampshire. Dated 1837. Confidently attributed to Joseph H. Davis, active 1832-1837. Of exceptional appeal and character. Watercolor, pencil, and probably gum arabic (to provide detail to the black clothing) on woven paper. The inclusion of the wheelbarrow is charming and is probably unique to surviving Davis' works. John wears a black coat with brass buttons over trousers, with frilly collar. Note the tiny feet. Inscription across the base reads: "John H. Smith. Aged 4 Feb 12th, 1838. Painted December 1837". Excellent condition with expected paper toning. Overall frame size about 7 ¾ inches x 6 3/8. Provenance: Prominent Midwestern Collection.

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SEVEN-COLOR Folk Art Paint Decorated Parcheesi Gameboard.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, 19th century (not one of the numerous 20th century boards). Original paint and well-patinated surface on a thick pine board. Simple, direct, crisp, unpretentious, authentic. The snappy stars have varying orientations which promotes movement. Can pick up colors in virtually any room with strong color contrast created by pigments of blue, green, yellow, red, brown with black lining and white fields. Colors really pop when well lit, particularly under art light. Never mounted for hanging, so has the flexibility of being placed in whatever orientation fits a space. Appealing size of about 15 3/4 x 16 inches, and a delightfully thick 7/8 inch (feels substantial in hand) . Excellent condition with a few scratches and very slight bow to the patinated back. .

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Unique Painted Stool with Indian/Colonial America Story

Northeast America, appears to be dated 1859 (or 1849). Original paint decoration on pine. The primary figure is a native American male holding a sizeable bow. He is flanked by smaller vignettes that include: a church or meetinghouse with weathervane at the top of the tall spire; Indian (dancing?), Colonial figure with rifle; rooster, a huntsman firing on a rabbit; a fish; and songbird. The image would seem to tell the story of life on the frontier and the cohabitation of Native American and frontiersmen. About 12 1/4 inches long x 6 1/2 tall x 6 3/4 deep. A utilitarian object elevated to a very intriguing folk art historical narrative that merits further research and interpretation..

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