Baltimore, Maryland, ca. 1825. Tall, stately, boldly tapering flask with flattened sides, decorated on both faces with a large brushed cobalt-blue flower with fan-shaped blossom and cobalt-highlighted spout. Approximately 20 examples from Baltimore are known, some being attributed to maker David Parr. Excellent structural condition with no cracks. Stands about 9 1/2 inches tall, broad shoulders of about 5 inches wide tapering down to a base of 2 1/4 inches; about 2 3/8 thick. From a long time private collection. A beautiful gem!
American, 19th century, having rich, dry, apple-green paint with a complex surface on staved construction, held in place by bands secured by a mixture of copper and iron tacks and nails. Swing handle. One side centered by the very desirable and authentic original white-painted "BUCK WHEAT." Note the period after wheat, a puncutation device often seen on early to mid-19th century trade signs. As expected wear. About 10 inches tall not including handle. Base diameter 9 3/4 inches. Lid diameter 9 1/4 inches. Boxes and firkins, with period labeling of contents, are scarce compared to their plain counterparts.
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.
Hubbardston, MA. Signed by Jospeph Goodhue Chandler and dated 1850. Oil on canvas. Having never been out of the family of descendent's of the sitter until recently found in Western New York State. A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF A MOST DESIRABLE SUBJECT BY A NOTED CHILD ARTIST IN A HIGH STATE OF ORIGINALITY......An itinerant painter who was born in Massachusetts, Joseph Chandler was a typical folk artist who traveled painting portraits, but unlike many, he signed and dated his paintings on the backs of the canvases. He was especially skilled with children. He favored a deep blue dress behind one hand that held flowers, the other hand often holding a pet or object, in this case the ribbon of the child's hat. As with many folk art paintings, the image would seem to depict Miss Mary older than her three years of age. Children's portraits by Chandler are in fine museum and private collections. In ink, on back of canvas: Painted for Mifs Mary S. Gardner aged 3 years.....By J G Chandler , May, 1850.....On the stretcher: Hubbardston, Mafs Minor restoration, original frame and stretcher. Note the use of the "long S" in Miss and Mass, an early writing convention that slowly fell out of use after 1800.
New England, ca. 1814. In original deep blue paint, with a touch of green in the hue. Pine top and bottom with ash or chestnut side wall, joined by early nails. What makes this box special is the crisp, precise engraving "LETTER BOX 1814" clearly carved by a skilled engraver, perhaps the maker of the box. This box was made in the period prior to commercial envelopes in which letters were typically tightly folded paper seal by wax. The box measures about 7 1/2 inches diameter x 3 3/8 tall. Good condition with wear consistent with period usage.
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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.