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SENSATIONAL Theorem Still-Life Painting: Fruit with Melon and Corn and Notable Provenance Including the National Gallery of Art.....SOLD

Probably Connecticut, ca. 1820-1850. Painted on velvet with sliced watermelon centering an abundance of fruit, with an ear of corn in the foreground and two birds perched on leafy vines above. Velvet was the fabric of choice for many early theorems as its napped surface gave an appealing softness to the edges. The floating of strawberries and grapes on the sliced-open facet of the melon, bordering patterned seeds, is rare and likely unique, and is a little gem of a detail that reveals the singular mind of the artist. The bountiful composition of fruits was meant to suggest optimism and plenty. Retains strong colors, with toning and an unobtrusive slit in the upper right. The glass and gilded frame is period and may be original, measuring about 24 ½ inches x 20 ½. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, Important Frakturs, Embroidered Pictures, Theorem Paintings and Cut work Pictures and other American Folk Art from the collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1974, and Washington DC, The NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, 1953-1974.

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Early Valuables and/or Bible Box in BLUE PAINT with Inner-Till.....SOLD

Northeast America, possibly Mid-Atlantic, ca. 18th century. The blue painted surface early 19th century. Pine, with wooden peg construction, and large corner dovetails. Strap-iron hinges, the upper portions on the inside of the lid, nails “deadened” on the outside, while the lower portion of the strap-hinges are recessed into the backboard and deadened on the inside. Rosehead nails help secure the bottom with wooden pegs. An inner till saw frequent use owing to the patina and burnishing. The lid molding joined by a combination of pegs and nails, and pegged through-tenons. Straight, robust, and true in excellent structural condition with minor damage to one hinge, the paint with expected period wear. Maximum dimensions about 20 inches wide x 12 deep x 8 1/4 tall.

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Opposing Finger Box Initialed PC.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1840. Pine top and bottom with what appears to be ash sidewall. Joinery by iron tacks. Labeled in bittersweet with the initials P.C. over mustard. Retains thin over varnish. Excellent condition missing just one peg in the base. About 5 5/8 inches long x 3 7/8 wide x 1 15/16 tall.

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A BEST Labeled Canteen of Considerable Rarity.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. 18th/early 19th century. Staved construction with beautifully done button-hole hooped joinery. Very dry original soft blue paint oxidized to green with blue highlights. Skillful black-paint labeled: THE 2nd CO. IN THE 16th REGIMENT. Later family label on the back "Canteen carried by Harvey H. Sargent in the Civil War 1861-1865". The form, the paint, and especially the style of the lettering strongly support a 18th to early 19th century making. Consensus is that this canteen was made and labeled in the 18th/early 19th century, then carried in the Civil War by Sargent as a keepsake or good luck piece, perhaps as a gift from an ancestor. Superb solid, uncompromised condition missing only the leather strap. About 6 3/8 inches diameter x 3 3/8 tall. This canteen is one of the finest to be found owing to its great form, condition, blue-green paint, and remarkable lettering.

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Striking Folk Art House Portrait.....SALE PENDING

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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The JESTER and the WOODSMAN,Deeply Engraved Early Brass Tobacco Box

Dutch or English, ca. first half, 18th century. Signed and dated in wrigglework under lid “H.G.B 1746”. Deeply engraved brass with unusual subject of a court jester on one side, and a woodsman on the other. Engraved brass tobacco boxes were a means in this early period to demonstrate wealth. Excellent condition. About 4 5/8 inches long x 2 3/4 wide x 1 tall. 30+ years in private collection.

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Proud Folk Art Farmscape.....SOLD

American, late 19th century. Oil on canvas. Folk art townscapes, and house/farm portraits in the 19th century were painted to reflect pride in home, town, and accomplishments. This is a fine example, rendered in a quiet, soft color palette with horse and rider prancing down the path, with their dog in hot pursuit, while in the foreground a mother pig watches as her piglets drink. Several buildings, including a privy set into the trees, surround the elegant, green shuttered white-painted house with picket fence surrounding to keep out farm animals, and scattered flowers. The composition portrays an appealing simpler time. Excellent condition with minor area of toning. Appears to be original, and very pleasing, molded frame with dry, crackled surface. Overall frame size of about 33 inches x 23 inches. A note on the back indicates this painting was found on a long trip years ago.

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Oval Opposing Finger Box with Scarce Decoration.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Original paint; pine or basswood top and bottom; maple side band. Most boxes of this form are found unpainted or with a single solid color. This scarce paint decoration successfully pairs whimsical free-hand black "tears" and wisps with stenciled overlapping leaves (the stencils likely hand-cut) on a brilliant yellow foundation. Paint is dry yet appears to have been protected by a very thin over-varnish. Paint is in excellent condition, with minor wear. Box is structurally excellent with no cracks. Dimensions are about 5 inches long x 3 3/4 wide x 1 5/8 tall. See American Fancy, Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840 for reference. I've had less than a handful of paint-decorated opposing finger boxes ever.

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Rare Colonial Wall Box with Twin-Lollipop Hangers.....SOLD

New Hampshire, ca. 1750-1765. Pine, with very dry original oxblood red paint. Descended in the "French" family of Portsmouth, NH. Oral family history has this box making the move to Portsmouth from what was then Rumford, NH (renamed Concord in 1765). The double-lollipop hangers, unique in my experience, are tall and stately, with notched necks flowing into incurved shoulders. Lollipops are carved, not sawn. Scholarship suggests the double-lollipops symbolize man and woman or husband and wife, yet perhaps they simply function to prevent the box from swinging. The box saw frequent use as evidenced by patterns of wear to paint and inner box. It survives as a stately, important view into pre-revolution rural colonial America. Joinery of the thick walls by rosehead nails with several nails having lost their heads or replaced by somewhat later nails. Condition is very good with expected irregularities at the locations of the nails. May hang or rest on a flat surface. About 14 1/4 inches tall x 12 wide x 6 deep.

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Large Bowl in Yellow Paint.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. 1820-1850. Appears to be poplar. Slow-lathe turned and footed. Period 19th century very dry, soft mustard/yellow paint over what may be an earlier thin paint or primer. Inside does not have knife marks and is light in color, indicating that this bowl was likely used for dough or dairy, not for chopping or other food preparation. Large size at about 20 5/8 inches diameter with 5/8 inches of shrinkage across the grain. Quite deep at 6 11/2 inches. Excellent condition with no cracks. Outdoor photos shot in 6 degree windchill! (I wanted to show yellow in natural light).

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