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Important William and Mary Lighting Stand in Cherry and Cherry-Burl.....SOLD

Northeast America, likely New England, possibly Connecticut River Valley, ca. 1720-1740. Baluster-turned double candle holder moveable on cherry-wood column supported by a bold exceedingly rare cherry-burl base with ring-turned top and incised lines. The column is surmounted by an acorn finial, a symbol of Huguenot-craftsman and representing many positive attributes, including: life, power, longevity, new growth, good luck, and as a heraldic symbol “independence to its bearer”, and “great oaks from little acorns grow”. Retains period candles. Stands a majestic 29 inches tall. Pictured/described “North American Burl Treen”, Powers, 2005. Provenance: About 1970-2002 Clarke Garrett; then David Good. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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A Superior Carved, Inlaid, and Dated Presentation Mallet.....SOLD

Probably Northwest Europe, likely by a French or Dutch master woodworker. Dated 1829, signed “K.H.”. Boxwood or fruitwood. Extraordinary surface with rich color. One side skillfully carved with a 5-lobe shell centering foliate vining that stands proud of the surface, below a star of inlaid horn, all enclosed within a punch-decorated border. The reverse also with horn inlay and punched borders with raised flowers presenting the date and initials. The turned handle with incised lines and decorative carving, terminating in a brass hanging loop. About 15 inches long x 4 ½ maximum width and the top of the head, and about 2 inches thick (slightly domed on each side). Loss of some horn on one side as shown, otherwise exceptional condition…..The success of this piece can not be overstated. For the true lover of early woodworking. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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AMERICAN FOLK SCULPTURE: Sensational Folk Art Carved and Painted Owl.....SOLD

A choice example of American folk sculpture. Northeast, 19th century. All original. Very lifelike. Oozing with character. Skillfully hand-carved wood (probably pine), including the curved beak and “horns”. Dry polychrome paint decoration, the warmly colored underbelly particularly appealing. Note the carved and painted deep-set eyes. May have been mounted in a barn to scare off rodents and other birds. Significant scale at about 14 ½ inches tall to the top of the ears.; 6 1/2 inches deep from the base of the tail to the tip of the beak. Base is about 7 ½ wide. Provenance: Private Northeast collection. A standout within a historic or contemporary setting. High resolution photos available.

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Stately, Ancient Brass Gothic Candlestick.....SOLD

Northwest Europe, ca. 15th century. Imagine holding in your hands an object that has witnessed centuries of history and still appears much as it did during its initial period of use! This remarkable candlestick features 4-discoid knops on the column which is peened underneath to a stepped, broadly flaring skirt with incised lines of decoration supporting a pronounced deep well/drip pan centered by a stepped-conical cone. The socket has moldings for aesthetics and added strength, and horizontal aperature in the lower half to aid removal of candle stubs. Superb condition. About 9 5/8 inches tall x 4 1/2 diameter at base. Scholarly references include Koper and Brons, RIKS Musuem, Amsterdam; Lear Collection, Copper-Alloy Candlesticks A.D. 200-1700, Christopher Bangs; Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks, Michaelis; and Antique Brass Candlesticks, 1450-1750, Grove.

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Full Length Profile Portrait of Little 4-Year Old Boy John Smith and his Wheelbarrow. JH Davis.

New England. Likely Maine or New Hampshire. Dated 1837. Confidently attributed to Joseph H. Davis, active 1832-1837. Of exceptional appeal and character. Watercolor, pencil, and probably gum arabic (to provide detail to the black clothing) on woven paper. The inclusion of the wheelbarrow is charming and is probably unique to surviving Davis' works. John wears a black coat with brass buttons over trousers, with frilly collar. Note the tiny feet. Inscription across the base reads: "John H. Smith. Aged 4 Feb 12th, 1838. Painted December 1837". Excellent condition with expected paper toning. Overall frame size about 7 ¾ inches x 6 3/8. Provenance: Prominent Midwestern Collection.

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SEVEN-COLOR Folk Art Paint Decorated Parcheesi Gameboard.....SOLD

Northeast America, 19th century (not one of the numerous 20th century boards). Original paint and well-patinated surface on a thick pine board. Simple, direct, crisp, unpretentious, authentic. The snappy stars have varying orientations which promotes movement. Can pick up colors in virtually any room with strong color contrast created by pigments of blue, green, yellow, red, brown with black lining and white fields. Colors really pop when well lit, particularly under art light. Never mounted for hanging, so has the flexibility of being placed in whatever orientation fits a space. Appealing size of about 15 3/4 x 16 inches, and a delightfully thick 7/8 inch (feels substantial in hand) . Excellent condition with a few scratches and very slight bow to the patinated back. .

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Early Graphic Southern Still Life

From a private Virginia collection and believed to have been painted there, ca. 1790-1820. Oil on Southern-Yellow Pine wooden panel, the back with with deep edge chamfering. Exhibiting a delicacy and vertical “lift” associated with furniture and decorative arts of this period (transitioning from Chippendale to slender Hepplewhite). Wispy flowers in white and robin’s-egg-blue highlight the composition which includes leafy-green tendrils emanating from an electric-blue vase to accentuate the sense of verticality. The charcoal background is unusual and contributes to a feel that is graphic yet also “quiet”. Unobtrusive paint loss as shown due to expansion and contraction of the wooden panel, long ago professionally stabilized. Almost certainly the original painted frame, frame size about 20 inches tall x 14 3/4 wide. .

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Vibrant, Graphic Paint Store Trade Sign.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. 19th century. Vivid and fun and fresh. Unconventional form. Original paint and over-varnish on hardwood in the form of three graduated, stacked paint-barrels with highly-stylized black lettering, with shadowing, on background colors of green, mustard, and blue, each wrapped with silver-cream bands and red trim. The colors wrap around the sides. The sign is double-sided, yet the back is more worn. A bracket on the top enables it to be easily hung. Its vertical format allows it to be positioned on a narrow wall. Included with the sign is its original pine shipping crate, bearing the stencil FROM/JOHN LUCAS & CO/PHILA, NEW YORK, CHICAGO…..The back story of John Lucas is very appealing. Originally a paint maker from England, he established his paint company in Gibbsboro, NJ in 1842 where he pioneered new ways to make paints. In the late 19th century he patented the first ready-to-use paint products, especially for colorful Victorian houses, and created new pigment colors that were also much more environmentally safe. His social conscience and financial success led him to being a noted Philanthropist, building Gibbsboro into a dynamic and thriving village. Superb structural condition with minor paint losses and abrasions. Maximum dimensions about 49 inches tall x 17 1/4 wide. Provenance: Prominent Midwest collection..

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Handsome “High Country” Painted Wallbox with Tabbed-Lollipop.....SOLD

New England, ca. late 18th century. Pine, basswood, and perhaps poplar, the case joined by T-head nails, having a lollipop-topped backboard (with extending tab) over a deep well and drawer below. The lollipop form is believed to descend from the reductive form of the sunflower. The appealing form is elevated further by beautiful, highly crazed working-period 19th century warm-red paint and over-varnish covering much of the first 18th century thin black. The well sides and front are carved into a pleasing shape (the lower notch perhaps for resting a clay pipe) the tooling of the carver still well evident. The drawer is stoutly made, dovetailed and nailed, retaining the original turned-wood pull. Backboard and underside have strong patina. A well-made box, sturdily constructed. About 19 inches tall x 6 wide x 5 deep (not including the pull). Likely a pipe box, with the drawer for tinder. May be hung, or rests on a chest or shelf. Until recently from a private collection.

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Charming Early Naïve Evocative Painting.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on thick pine panel, the paint and panel dry in surface. Polychrome rendered during a period in which any paint had to be hand-made for self use, indicating that these vignettes had to each be significant to the artist. The upper right shows a cool stylized cat above a decorative urn, the bottom perhaps the artist’s horse next to what could be a self-portrait, with the painting centered by a oversized flower. Housed in a "killer" mustard-painted frame with superb complementary color and surface to the painting. Frame size about 15 inches x 12. Condition is terrific. The hanging hole near the bottom was probably present prior to the painting. Provenance: Found in the 1980’s by Robert Thayer in Connecticut.

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