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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.....SALE PENDING

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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Whimsically Paint-Decorated Sharpening Box.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, New England or Pennsylvania, ca. 1830.. Pine. Crisply made with a fine dovetailed case. Vivid, dry, paint decoration of blue-green serpentine swaths on a barn-red ground with whimsical trailing salmon-colored dots. The sliding lid with thumbnail molded sides above sliding dados. The top of the lid has always been fitted with a leather strip, presumably used to sharpen blades or knives. Its all about the paint decoration: Unusually delightful folk art paint. About 11 1/2 inches long x 3 wide x 2 7/8 tall.

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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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Striking Folk Art House Portrait.....SOLD

Found in Maine and very likely painted there, ca. 1840-1860. Oil on canvas board. A most appealing image capturing a pre-Civil War home, with white-walls, brick-red roofing, and bold black window openings and door. The home is framed by a young tree on the left and a pathway smartly angling past the front of the home, intersected by two walkways . The distant hills and valley provide depth and context. The painting would have been commissioned to record the finery of the new home, yet today is a terrific piece of folk art with a composition and colors that speak to a gifted, even if untrained, artist. Fitted to a deeply molded 19th century frame with white-yellow paint that presents the work well. Excellent condition with minor touch-ups; expected craquelure as shown. Substantial scale with overall frame size about 31 inches wide x 25 tall. Eye-catching! HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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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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Vibrant, Graphic Paint Store Trade Sign.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. 19th century. Vivid and fun and fresh. Unconventional form. Original paint and over-varnish on hardwood in the form of three graduated, stacked paint-barrels with highly-stylized black lettering, with shadowing, on background colors of green, mustard, and blue, each wrapped with silver-cream bands and red trim. The colors wrap around the sides. The sign is double-sided, yet the back is more worn. A bracket on the top enables it to be easily hung. Its vertical format allows it to be positioned on a narrow wall. Included with the sign is its original pine shipping crate, bearing the stencil FROM/JOHN LUCAS & CO/PHILA, NEW YORK, CHICAGO…..The back story of John Lucas is very appealing. Originally a paint maker from England, he established his paint company in Gibbsboro, NJ in 1842 where he pioneered new ways to make paints. In the late 19th century he patented the first ready-to-use paint products, especially for colorful Victorian houses, and created new pigment colors that were also much more environmentally safe. His social conscience and financial success led him to being a noted Philanthropist, building Gibbsboro into a dynamic and thriving village. Superb structural condition with minor paint losses and abrasions. Maximum dimensions about 49 inches tall x 17 1/4 wide. Provenance: Prominent Midwest collection..

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“MR BOYD” (Jasper Miles). A Pair of Small Profile Portraits on Wooden Panels of an Attractive Young Couple.....SOLD

Likely Ohio, New York State, or Pennsylvania, ca. 1830-1840. For many years portraits by this artist were attributed to "Mr Boyd". Recent research has now identified “Mr Boyd” as actually Jasper Miles (1782-1849). See Magazine Antiques, July/August 2016 for the research by David Allaway, "Jasper Miles-19th c. Portrait Artist". As is characteristic with other examples by Miles, this pair is oil paint on wooden panels (probably poplar), the panels about nine by seven inches; they have an extraordinary attention to detail in the hair, which is drawn in miniaturist technique with a sharp-pointed brush; and there is a distinctive horn-shaped shading to the inner ear (look closely at the man’s ear). The man has an upright posture, and his far arm is suggested simply by a triangle. As with others of this period, the ovals have rough edges that would be concealed by a cardboard or √©glomis√© mat, and one can see Miles’ color tests and/or brush cleaning outside the image area. Both sitters’ clothing shows subtle, extensive detail, while the lovely young lady’s portrait is enhanced by the splash of color from yellow ribbons in her lace bonnet and her salmon shawl. Note the gentleman’s tie in the form of a bow, his high collar, double-breasted coat, and swept-aside hair part, all high-style for this period. Excellent condition with exceedingly minor retouch to background. Frames are contemporary, made to fit these profiles several decades ago. Overall frame sizes about 11 inches x 9 1/4. Provenance: Long-time Private Collection from Peter Tillou. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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Charming Early Naïve Evocative Painting.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on thick pine panel, the paint and panel dry in surface. Polychrome rendered during a period in which any paint had to be hand-made for self use, indicating that these vignettes had to each be significant to the artist. The upper right shows a cool stylized cat above a decorative urn, the bottom perhaps the artist’s horse next to what could be a self-portrait, with the painting centered by a oversized flower. Housed in a "killer" mustard-painted frame with superb complementary color and surface to the painting. Frame size about 15 inches x 12. Condition is terrific. The hanging hole near the bottom was probably present prior to the painting. Provenance: Found in the 1980’s by Robert Thayer in Connecticut.

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Sophisticated Tombstone-Shape Meetinghouse Message Box (possibly Watch Hutch) with Notable Provenance.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. last quarter 18th century. White pine in original very dry black paint (some evidence indicating it originally may having been green, oxidizing to the darker color). Involved design with exceptional execution, like a little piece of furniture by a skilled maker. Joinery by a mix of rosehead and unheaded cut nails. Although generically this form is assigned use as a watch hutch, I have seen another box with large glass door of the same period that was known to have been used to post messages in an 18th century New England meeting house. Retains a carved peg on the back wall to for note or watch. Remarkable condition retaining original glass, worn-turn buckle, brass hinges, and uncompromised construction. Back board split at the hole for the peg, and what appears to be a bit of random red paint on the left side stile. Hangs from a hole in the backboard that does not penetrate to the front. Other than the split in the backboard, essentially pristine. Impressive size of about 15 3/4 inches tall x 9 wide x 1 3/4 deep. New England "Puritan simplicity" with "Shaker-like" craftsman’s mastery. Provence: Lillian Blankley Cogan, Farmington, CT; Private Ohio Collection; Steve Powers; Private Northeast Collection. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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