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Scarce SHAKER-Made Painted Bowl with Distinctive Color Palette.....SOLD

Probably New England, ca. 1820-1840. Pine, with rich dry red paint on the exterior, and a very unusual and appealing worn orange over black on the interior, with black rim. Volumetrically large at 18 1/2 inches in diameter x 6 1/4 deep. Super condition. Bears a label that indicates that the bowl was purchased in Lenox, Massachusetts. Provenance: Private collection. Ed Clerk.

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Remarkable Carved and Painted Early Frame.....SOLD

Centre County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Likely poplar, with original dry red paint. Remarkable carving! The corner pinwheels stand so tall from the surface that they remind one of frosting on a cupcake. Each individual "herring-bone-like" channel is skillfully and carefully carved. Lapped-corner joints secured from behind by wooden pins. The painted surface is red, tending towards salmon. The thin over-varnish is crackled; a sensational surface. Outside dimensions about 18 inches x 14 1/2. The view dimensions about 13 1/8 x 9 3/4. The inside rabbet (the maximum piece of art that it could take) is about 14 inches x 10 5/8. About 5/8 inches thick, and a full 1 1/2 inches thick at the corners including the pinwheel carvings. Superior condition, tight and robust in hand. Stand-alone as a work of art, or to present a top-shelf painting about the size of a Prior-Hamblin School portrait.

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Early Opposing-Finger Box with Rarely Found Carved Decoration.....SOLD

New England, likely Hingham, Massachusetts, ca. 1820-1840. In early dry crackled dark green paint. The lid with carved pinwheels and stamped stars, the underside with beautiful engraving of the three trees, a prominent theme throughout history. The box has lost about 1/4 inch of height around about 2/3 of its uper perimeter (under the lid) such that the lid can only rest on the base, not fit snugly about it. About 5 1/4 inches long x 3 3/4 wide x 2 tall.

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Beautiful Large Shaker Box in Early Yellow Paint.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. mid-19th century. Four bevel-carved fingers on the box, and another on the lid. Sensational deep rich yellow color with a leaning toward mustard. Very thin dry crackled over-varnish. Thick walled and in excellent structural condition with very clean interior. The lid still fits tightly with no compromise. Large size at about 12 ¾ inches long x 10 1/8 wide x 5 1/4 high. The color, the scale, and the condition of this box elevate it to a standout. Provenance ownership includes Olde Hope, private Texas collection, private New England collection.

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Beautiful Watercolor Memorial

Probably New England, ca. 1810. Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper. The delicate, curly-haired young woman in high-wasted dress contemplates the memory of Edwin and William Jones while leaning on their large memorial, flanked by a winged angel wrapped in blue, and an elegant white Federal church/meeting house with spire pointing to heaven. The traditional symbolic weeping-willow branches frame the the girl and angel. Very pleasing bright palette of blues and greens, anchored by white and splashed with color from the flowers. The painting naïve yet sophisticated.....Memorials were typically created by young ladies while attending a seminary, where the well-educated girl was expected to master the basics of drawing, painting, embroidery, and penmanship. They were often created years after the events they depicted as gifts for family or close friends.....Period frame that is likely original, with eglomise mat and gold lining. Condition excellent save for the deterioration of black paint behind the eglomise mat, and toning at the very top of the image, above the tree line, likely due to contact with wood backing shortly after original framing. Overall frame size about 20 1/2 inches wide x 17 1/2 tall. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS.

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Exceptional Paint Decorated Early Traveler’s Looking Glass with Carved Shell.....SOLD

New England, possibly Connecticut River Valley, ca. 1720-1750. Original black and gold paint on a very thin (3/16 inch) hardwood (likely maple) frame, enclosing remarkably thin original mirror glass. The back covered with handwritten passages that includes the expression “Because history informs us that……” About 6 1/2 inches tall x 3 11/16 wide. The finest traveling looking glass that I have seen. Provenance: David Good, Steve Powers, private collection.

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Valuables Box with Brass Heart Escutcheon

New England, likely Connecticut ca. early/mid 19th century. Appears to be birch wood with dovetailed corners in original dry brown paint. Retains original brass bale, hinges, and escutcheon, and iron lock. Unusual form with low profile compared to the length, perhaps for safe keeping of documents or maps, and possibly for a ship. Newspaper article inside suggests this box came out the attic contents of the belongings of the Markham family and the whaler Frederick A. Weld in Guilford, Connecticut. Surface and structural condition are terrific, the box is crisp and very well crafted.

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Early Tin Lighting Tray

Northeast, ca. early 19th century. An extremely rare form of early lighting of which very few have been noted. Think of it as the reverse of a chandelier, i.e., light available from many candles yet with much easier access than overhead, and movable from table to chest. Twenty-four individual candle holders, each with tabs peened and soldered underneath, the tray carry able by a sturdy strap tin strap handle. Note how the tray and the handle are constructed from two sheets of seamed-tin, known as “double-sheet”, owing to the small size of raw tin sheets in this period. The candles are not period but appear to be hand-made. Excellent condition and robust in hand. Measures about 18 1/2 inches long x 13 wide x 10 inches to the top of the handle.

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Early Dated Rundlet with Exceptional Sculptural Form.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca 1807. Also known as "rum keg". Staved construction with beautiful button-hole joinery, the straps appearing to be ash while the staves are likely oak or chestnut. Never painted which has led to a rich, deep, most-desirable color. The straps have a smooth burnishing that developed over countless handlings. Deeply engraved underneath "EG 1807". The top retains a collection number of 1971.13. About 6 inches tall with diamter at the top and bottom of about 4 5/8 inches with a full 5/8 inch of shrinkage across the grain. Robust, solid, and uncompromised. The finest example of this form I have seen.

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Early Paint Decorated Frame

Northeast America, ca. 1830-1840. Original PAINT simulating crotch mahogany on pine. Excellent for housing a fine period folk art painting, or as art by itself. Excellent structural condition; minor abrasions as shown. Outside dimensions about 16 1/4 inches x 14 1/2; sight size 11 3/8 x 9 1/2; rabbet (max dimensions of artwork that it will hold) about 12 1/8 x 10 1/8. Retains original brass hanging hook. A hard to find frame to elevate a Prior-Hamblen or similar folk art painting.

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