Probably east coast, ca. late 19th to early 20th century. Three carved shorebirds in dry, polychrome paint, including one preening, resting on wire legs set within a perfect portion of driftwood. The birds are tiny, ranging from 2 5/8 inches to 3 3/8. The entire piece is about 7 inches long x 2 3/8 wide. A sweet piece that can rest on a shelf, chest, or candle stand.
New England, ca. early 19th century. Appears to be maple. Intricately pierced by sawing and carving into the most unusual and appealing design of a fretwork mirror that I have seen. Crest centered by a four-leaf clover. Appears to be the original first surface which is dry and crackled. Remarkable condition given that none of the carvings are broken. Pit sawn pine backboard joined by cut nails. Small size at just 12 inches tall x 10 wide. See the Mirror Book, Schiffer, pp 133-168 for many photos of related mirrors, yet none with side-piercing.
Pennsylvania, both ca. 1840. The wallpaper box is of unusually large size (7 5/8 inches diameter x 5 3/4 tall). Stiched seams and structurally excellent......The needlecase is a scarce item, featuring floral blue decoration on off white/gold, and retains early long needles. The needlecase is 9 inches long x 1 1/4 diameter.
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.
Probably New England, ca. 1840. Beautiful polychrome frame with round-over rails and stiles featuring black ground with bronze-paint decoration, and red corner blocks also with bronze paint decoration. Original crackled over-varnish. Excellent condition. Stand along art or to present an exceptional painting. Outer dimensions about 17 x 15 inches, inner dimensions (maximum piece of artwork) 14 1/8 x 12 1/8. View size about 13 1/8 x 11 1/8.
New England, likely Maine, ca. 1830. Pine with original red/salmon paint. Made with skill with strong form and balance, including the original compressed ball feet, the canted top, bull-nose rail, and pronounced verticality. Note grooves on shelves to hold plates. NOTE SIZE: Not full, not a miniature, made for a child....Stands JUST 45 inches tall x 20 wide x only 9 (at the deepest). Excellent condition in a very high state of originality. Light weight and easily moved.
New England, ca 1807. Also known as "rum keg". Staved construction with beautiful button-hole joinery, the straps appearing to be ash while the staves are likely oak or chestnut. Never painted which has led to a rich, deep, most-desirable color. The straps have a smooth burnishing that developed over countless handlings. Deeply engraved underneath "EG 1807". The top retains a collection number of 1971.13. About 6 inches tall with diamter at the top and bottom of about 4 5/8 inches with a full 5/8 inch of shrinkage across the grain. Robust, solid, and uncompromised. The finest example of this form I have seen.
Northeast America, ca. mid-late, 18th century. Original patinated sage-green painted body, with unexpected rare polychrome pinwheel lollipop hanger of vermilion and cream, the sections separated by light scribe lines. Untouched dry crackled surface with exceptional character on a slender body rising to an elegantly incurved neck which sweeps upward to support the lollipop. The paint decoration, combined with the sophisticated design, raise this object to the pinnacle of the form. Joinery by early nails. About 12 inches tall x 3 wide x 1 1/4 deep. Unobtrusive loss of a portion of molding at the front bottom. If the form were silhouetted, that marvelous lollipop-big circle atop the slender neck would be good enough, but shine some light on it and not only is the form desirable, the vermilion and cream pin-wheel paint is delightfully surprising and fun, like a beacon from the 18th century. Provenance: Distinguished private collection; Don Walters.
Northeast America, ca. 1830-1840. Original PAINT simulating crotch mahogany on pine. Excellent for housing a fine period folk art painting, or as art by itself. Excellent structural condition; minor abrasions as shown. Outside dimensions about 16 1/4 inches x 14 1/2; sight size 11 3/8 x 9 1/2; rabbet (max dimensions of artwork that it will hold) about 12 1/8 x 10 1/8. Retains original brass hanging hook. A hard to find frame to elevate a Prior-Hamblen or similar folk art painting.
Probably Northeast, ca. 1820-1850. In a highly figured wood that may be walnut burl or curly birch. Square nail joinery including the mitered corners and under-base. Early over-varnish. "High country" being of country form yet made from expensive wood. About 12 7/8 inches long x 7 3/8 wide x 4 3/8 to the top of the handle. Good sturdy condition.