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Exceptional Early Applique' Decorated Stool.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1830. Appears to be mostly wools. Hand-cut then hand-stitched to the black ground. The overflowing basket symbolizing optimism for growth and plenty as one sees in theorems of the period. Pictured inside the back cover of the very important textile collection: LIGHT FROM THE PAST, Early American Rugs from the Collection of Ronnie Newman. About 11 ½ inches wide x 8 deep x 6 tall. A remarkable survivor of early American folk art. A copy of the booklet included with purchase.

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Masterful 18th Century Slipware Loaf Dish

England, ca. mid to late 18th century. Beautiful example of a most desirable early ceramic form. Trailed and combed decoration with brown slip on a cream ground, the combing having depth that can be felt as one touches across the lines. Coggled or "pie-crust" rim. Robust and heavy in hand. About 12 inches long x 10 ½ wide x 2 ¼ deep. Provenance: private collection; Sam Forsythe.

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Rare Survivor. Carved Patriotic Box.....SOLD

Likely Massachusetts, ca. 1830-1860. Transport yourself back into a time in which pride in our new country was so great that the symbol of America was represented everywhere, in this case, on a utilitarian box. Pine top and bottom, ash side-wall, with early, very dry blue paint, yet this box is all about the imagery of a deeply carved, folky representation of the Great Seal of the United States, with patriotic eagle and shield, including a single arrow (representing birth in warfare) and an olive branch (hope for a prosperous, peaceful nation). The box shows significant paint wear, and losses to the upper finger and lid broken out long ago where nails were driven in. About 6 5/8 inches long x 5 wide x 2 1/2 tall. Long time private Massachusetts collection. For reference see: STARS AND STRIPES, Patriotic Motifs in American Folk Art, Harding: and THE AMERICAN EAGLE, Isaacson..

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A LITTLE MASTERWORK(!!!) PORTRAIT OF A BABY BOY WITH RIDING CROP

New England, ca. 1845. One of the finest Prior-school portraits of this type known. Attributed to William Mathew Prior . Oil on board. The inviting warm color palette complemented by the striking, unique, paint decorated frame. The shape of the lips and eyes, and softness of the face are exceptional. The child centering colorful draped swags with rim lighting. Note red corals at each sleeve of the delicate, lace-trimmed dress, the coral typically worn by children as it was believed to ward off evil. He grasps a riding crop, a device sometimes held in portraits as they were a common gift for boys in this period. Even though way too young to ride a living horse or pony, he could saddle-up with his crop on his rocking horse. The paint decorated frame is a treasure on its own, yet combined with the portrait creates a singular presence. Overall frame size about 18 inches x 13 3/4. Exceptional condition. Provenance: Distinguished private collection for decades. A rare opportunity to acquire an iconic folk art image.

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Cherrywood Looking Glass

Northeast America, ca. early 19th century. Cherrywood backboard, with cherrywood or maple molding. Uncommon form, given the deep moldings, and cherrywood is only occasionally seen on a mirror. Original glass, with significant desilvering, held in place by the deep perimeter moldings fastened to the backboard by recessed and puttied cut nails. Note the open miter joints at the corners, as should be seen given wood shrinkage over time. The backboard chamfered around the entire edge. Never painted, dry surface, with what appears to be traces of a thin over varnish. This looking glass appears to have have limited use, probably having spent much of its life stored away in what is sometimes called an "antique surface". About 11 1/2 inches tall x 6 wide.

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Rare Homespun Barn Owl "Scarecrow".....SALE PENDING

American, 19th century. An amazing sculptural barn owl made of homespun, straw, wood, and paint. Cleverly fashioned from available material to provide a means to frighten off rodents and birds within the barn. Bulbous body filled with straw, mounted on its original, highly patinated pine wood post (with attached bracket for mounting), facial features hand-painted, with a carved pine beak. Likely had several bird feathers originally which would catch the draft and give movement. How did it survive?! Stands about 24 inches tall. Folk art now that began life with a utilitarian purpose. Some years ago from an important NJ collection, most recently in a private West Coast collection.

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Historic Art and Design. Antique Two-Sided Gameboard with Remarkable Color, Craftsmanship, and Condition.

A historic and beautiful game board that would impress within a period or modern home. Checkers/Chess/Backgammon. The red and black playing squares with clever gilt border which gives the illusion of a "raised" playing field, the field enclosed within another green border decorated by pin striping and corner cartouches. All within another gilt border and cut-nail applied picture frame molding. The reverse backgammon personalized with the initials FML within a central medallion centering precisely rendered geometrics. Incredible detail. Sensational finely crazed surface. About 16 inches square by 1 inch thick. American, ca. 1870. ASK FOR HIGH RES PHOTOS TO APPRECIATE THIS WORK OF ART

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MINIATURE Paint Decorated Lift Top Chest with Hidden Panels.

Northeast America, ca. 1800 to 1825. From the AMERICAN FANCY PERIOD IN WHICH COLOR AND CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION WERE SOUGHT TO DELIGHT THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND EXCITE THE SENSES. Pine and poplar, with untouched "sugary" varnish surface. Rich dark patina. Paint decorated with outer-case having black-over-red graining, flowers on the shaped and pierced apron and bracket feet, and red tulips on the front facade within a mustard reserve. The case conceals hidden compartments, one under a till above a decorated panel that slides up to reveal a tiny drawer. A hinged panel under the lid lifts to expose three compartments, the panel decorated on the outside with a folk art painting of a ship arriving at a wharf (note the woman and man in top hat at the window), the underside of the panel having another fanciful folk art painting of dogs pulling a chariot chased by a rider on stag. The remnant of a note includes the passage "May virtue and happiness." About 10 inches long x 7 3/4 tall x 5 1/4 deep. Provenance includes the personal collection of TOM AND CAROLYN PORTER (former owners of Garths Auction in Ohio)..

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SISTER'S BOND. Antique Life-Size Double Portrait by Joseph Goodhue Chandler. 1848

Inscribed on the back: "Painted for Victoria A. and Virginia R. Wilder aged 6 years/by J.G. Chandler February 1848"..... Oil on canvas. The sisters portrayed wearing russet dresses and white pantaloons. Likely in the area of Hubbardston, Massachusetts. This portrait delightfully conveys the bond between the two sisters, embodied by their joined hands and shoulders forming a symbolic heart, in a manner that would be difficult to show as effectively even with the realism afforded by the then emerging availability of photography. And the color certainly could not have been matched by the monochromatic photographic images of the day. Note the sizeable house on the hill behind the girls, (likely their family home), the fishermen on the nearby pond, and the foreground flowers. Impactful scale! Sight size about 56 x 28 inches. Frame size about 66 tall x 39 wide. Paintings by Chandler are in many important antique and folk art collections, both private and institutional, the latter including the Shelburne Museum, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, the New York State Historical Museum at Cooperstown, and the National Gallery of Art...... Provenance includes: Hirschl & Adler; Leigh Keno; pictured and discussed in the Highly Important Americana from the Stanley Paul Sax Collection, Sotheby's, January, 1998; prominent Midwest Collection.

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James and Lydia Russell HANNAFORD Marriage and Family Record

New England, ca November 18, 1793. Watercolor and ink on wove paper. Signed "Caroline Hill", likely the artist. The Hannaford name is well known in the northeast for a chain of grocery stores. This family record is believed to represent that family. Hope (the lady with anchor) is pictured at the right, with "mother and child" at the left, flanking a pillared arch with ornamental scrolls, eagles, and red curtains with blue tassels. James and Lydia, both born in 1773, are listed above their 13 children, born between 1794 and 1817. Fine condition retaining strong colors and expected toning. Early frame of about 16 1/3 x 13 1/2 inches. .

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