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Extremely Rare PAINT DECORATED Federal CHILD'S Chest.....SALE PENDING

An exquisitely PAINTED (not veneered) country piece emulating a fine city example. Make a statement in your home today as this little chest did some 200 years ago. Distinctive and authentic with a proud elegance owing to the sophisticated form and remarkable PAINT DECORATION created by a skilled designer, cabinet-maker, and artist. Just look at how beautifully the paint-decoration is rendered. New England, probably Southern Maine to Portsmouth NH to Salem, MA, ca. 1810-1820. Maple, basswood, and pine. Untouched including the original paint and surface, and undisturbed brass pulls. All four corners having crisply turned columns and legs with cookie-corner tops. The apron drop even retains its flaring spurs. So well cared for...in sensational condition with just minor blemishes. Proportionally perfect at about 22 inches wide x 22 tall x 11 deep.

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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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Portrait Miniature Attributed to Clarissa Peters Russell (Mrs. Moses B. Russell)

Boston, ca. 1840's. A handsome little blue-eyed baby boy, in blue dress, grasping foliage, in a gold locket that may have been worn about the neck. Later it was housed in a period frame, with glass front, acting like a shadow box. The condition of the watercolor is superb. Tiny specks under his chin are on the inside of the shadow-box glass, not on the locket or painting itself. The portrait is about 2 inches tall, the locket ads another half inch. The outer framed shadowbox is 6 x 4 3/4. Clarissa Peters Russell was a miniaturist well known for her delicate depictions of children. Unlike the other miniature painters working in Boston, Mrs. Russell continued to work prolifically despite the rising popularity of the daguerreotype. When Clarissa Russell died in 1854, the story was front page news in Boston. See for reference: American Portrait Miniatures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abrams. Provenance: Washington DC area private collection..

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Special Portrait by the artist known as "Mr Willson" (ex Garbish Collection).....SOLD

Likely New Hampshire, appears to be dated 1811 at the bottom. Watercolor on paper. Attributed to the artist known as "Mr Willson". Yet research now shows that Willson was an alias, his real name being Lyman Parks, who was a counterfeiter of bank notes!!! Similar portraits are in the collection of the New York State Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); Currier Art Gallery; the Shelburne Museum and in private collections. Subjects in Mr. Willson portraits are bust-length, three quarter view turned to the right, against a neutral background. Facial features have the profile of the nose, upper eyelid and mouth delineated as a single line. This portrait shows a stylishly dressed, most pleasingly handsome young man with blue eyes and reddish hair. Early tears were professionally paper-conserved long ago, likely when framed by the Philadelphia Print Shop. Scattered foxing and toning. Frame size about 24 1/2 inches x 20 inches; sight size about 19 inches x 14. See A Loving Likeness, American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth Century, The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Susan and Ray Egan; and Folk Art's Many Faces, Portraits in the New York State Historical Association, for reference. Also see the newest research: "Mr Willson Of NH And His Remarkable Watercolors" by Deborah Child. Provenance: Private collectors including the important collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, MD.

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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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Authentic Shaker Beans Pail.....SOLD

Most likely Canterbury, NH, ca. mid 19th century. These are RARE. Just a few sets of Beans, Rice, and Oatmeal are known. Each in dark mustard-yellow paint with freehand black-paint lettering, the lettering with a delightful reverse slant. As with other authentic examples, this Beans bucket is made by the Shaker cooper with interlocking V-shaped tongue and groove joinery to the pine staves. The concave birch handle has a central scribe line, and another 1/8 inch from each end. The bail plate is an inverted tear drop. Condition is solid with honest wear as it was really used. About 9 inches tall not including handle; 12 1/2 diameter at the top. See the Shaker Museum, Mt. Lebanon, for a group of one Beans, Rice, and Oatmeal. Also see Shaker Woodenware, Sprigg and Johnson, Volume I, for an Oatmeal example. .

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Lively Paint Decorated Sewing Box.....SALE PENDING

Probably Northeast, ca. mid 19th century. Appears to be mahogany and white pine. What sets this happy little box apart is its simple but effective paint decoration of red/bittersweet pokadots separated by green, on a mustard ground, all the way around, on a low profile box. The interior has a tray fitted with a pin cushion and lidded needle space. Dimensions about 10 inches wide x 7 deep x 3 1/4 tall.

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Fine Pair Early Watercolor Portrait Miniatures.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1810-1815, watercolor on paper, from the early days of the Federal Period. Sensitively and delicately rendered. The lovely lady in blue is identified on the reverse as Al__sra Preston. Both the lady and gentleman styled in the latest fashions of the day, the lady's hair in tendrils and tortoise shell comb, and necklace of triple-strand of red beads above a lace collar and high-waisted dress, the gentleman with cock's-comb hair, and high collared coat and cravat and Mason's pin. The lady centers wisps of green foliage. Mounted in gilt frames and eglomise panels. Frames measuring 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Superb. .

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Fragment-Size Looking Glass.....SOLD

Probably coastal Northeast, ca. early 19th century. Cabinet-maker made mahogany frame. Not just early glass, unquestionably the original thin silvered glass, the glass having lost most of its reflectivity. Edge of glass shows a build-up around entire perimeter. Mahogany has old and likely original varnish surface with soft sheen. Hanging brass ring held by off-center-slot screws. Back shows museum accession number. Dimensions about 6 3/4 inches tall x 6 1/2 wide (at the base) x 5/8 thick.

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