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OUTSTANDING Portrait of a HANDSOME Teen/Young Man.... Prior

New England, ca. 1835-1845. Oil on pressed board. Attributed to William Mathew Prior (1806-1873). Prior rendered a fun and outgoing likeness of a most confident, pleasant and fashionable sparkly blue-eyed teen/young man with straight hair ending in curls, his black coat and cravat revealing a fine yellow-patterned vest. The painting is bright and clear and appears to be in all original condition retaining its first over-varnish. No appearance of in-painting. Unobtrusive typical minor waviness to the board. Overall frame size about 19 inches tall x 14 1/2 wide; site size about 13 1/2 x 9 1/2. The period frame with cornerblocks is special and presents the painting exceptionally well. The frame bears the label of Montfort Coolidge (1888-1954) of Ogunquit, Maine, a famous artist and antiques dealer. See Artist and Visionary, William Mathew Prior Revealed, Fennimore Art Museum, for reference. A sensational example of Prior's work.

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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.....SALE PENDING

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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Painted Chestnut Treen Plate.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 18th century. Chestnut with original oxblood-red paint. Slow lathe-turned,; tool marks readily apparent. Deeply molded rim and foot. Worn red paint with complex surface. About 7 1/4 x 7 1/2 inch diameter; 1 1/4 tall. Provenance: Private Northeast Collection. .

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Painted Maple Treen Plate.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca late 18th century. Maple with original warm-red paint. Beautifully and crisply turned with very shallow profile. Just 6 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches diameter, and only 5/8 tall. Provenance: Private Northeast collection; Sam Forsythe. Years ago in the collection of important collector Molly Stark.

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Early American Lighting----Smoke and Paint Decorated Three-Light Sconce.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1800-1840. Tinned sheet iron (tin) with original dry paint of a buff ground with smoke decoration. Crimped edge, rolled tin (rolling marks clearly seen on photo of the back) as was typical of early tinned sheet-iron manufacturer. Very unusual in that it is fitted with three crimped sconces, each holding a PERIOD hand made candle. Excellent original condition. Measures about 15 1/2 inches long x 10 tall. Given the size and triple lights, perhaps used in a ballroom or meeting house. High res photos easily emailed.

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First-Class Diminutive Beehive Painted Bowl.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1780-1820. Original beautiful warm, rich red paint on maple. Exemplary form and crisply, expertly thinly turned. Molded rim over beehive sidewall supported by a well-defined foot. Significant out-of-round shrinkage with desirable "potato chipping". Perfect condition save a tiny quarter-inch split at the rim. Diameter 7 to 7 ¼ inches x 2 3/8 tall. A very fine example. Seldom have I seen a bowl of this small size with this excellent caliber of turnings. Shown in the last photo with a miniature chestnut bowl described in the following listing.

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Rare CHERRYWOOD Treen Candlestick!.....SOLD

America, ca. early 19th century. Beautifully lathe-turned from cherrywood, emulating sophisticated brass examples. Rich color and patina. Round-domed base with beaded and incised decoration supporting a cylindrical column with triple "wedding-ring" knop, topped by a round bobeche. This rare piece is further embellished with a wooden push-up rod to force out candle stubs. About 6 1/2 inches tall. Superb early lighting. .

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Folk Art Parcheesi Gameboard.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1850-1880. Pine, with picture-frame molding joined by cut nails. The artist chose a very effective and desirable color combination of strongly contrasting colors of bittersweet and green, with a black ground, lining, and molding, and mustard cross-hatching in the center circle. An earlier game board, not one of the later examples that were more craft than art. Terrific natural patina to the back. Very good condition with expected imperfections from frequent play and a bow to the board within the frame. Applied moldings loose yet intact. Doesn’t appear to have ever been hung, yet easily mounted for hanging. Overall size of about 18 ½ inches square.

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Historically Significant “American Fancy” Interior Folk Art Painting of Mother and Son.....SOLD.

New England, ca. 1820-1835. Watercolor on wove paper. A rare glimpse into a New England country home showing seldom-seen American Fancy-Period interior features, including blue(!) moldings, yellow walls, and painted furniture in which the prevailing style valued imagination and creativity and COLOR. The young mother in full-length dress with lace-collar and bonnet seated on a red-painted bird-cage Windsor chair, her arm resting on a beautifully turned and similarly painted candle stand. Her son dressed in a blue “skeleton suit”, an outfit for small boys, popular from about 1790 to the late 1820s. Both the mother and boy conspicuously raise books, either symbolizing pride in their literacy, or perhaps they are having lessons. The frame of about 16 ¼ inches x 12 1/4 in dry black paint is period and likely original. Untouched with toning and creases. For reference, see American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840, Sumpter Priddy. Unknown artist, possibly by the same hand as that of the watercolor portrait on page 76 of “American Folk Painting” by Mary Black and Jean Lipman. Provenance: Long time private collection. A treasure rediscovered.

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