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Rare Baltimore Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Flask

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!

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Scarce SHAKER-Made Painted Bowl with Distinctive Color Palette.....SALE PENDING

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.....SALE PENDING

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

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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GAMEBOARD COLLECTORS: Very Scarce Set of Early Painted Parcheesi Game Pieces.....SOLD

American, ca. mid-19th century, perhaps earlier. Polychrome paint on a softwood box and 16 slow-lathe turned game pieces (likely pine or poplar). The pieces set within a lidded box with leather hinges (the hinges separated) with a drilled column to hold each piece. Game pieces are each about 1 3/4 inches tall, the box just under 5 inches square. Remarkably all game pieces are in terrific condition and with strong patina.

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Early Dated Rundlet with Exceptional Sculptural Form.....SOLD

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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EXCEPTIONAL FOLK ART MEETS UTILITY: CHOICE EARLY PAINT DECORATED SPILL BOX.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. mid-late, 18th century. Original patinated sage-green painted body, with unexpected rare polychrome pinwheel lollipop hanger of vermilion and cream, the sections separated by light scribe lines. Untouched dry crackled surface with exceptional character on a slender body rising to an elegantly incurved neck which sweeps upward to support the lollipop. The paint decoration, combined with the sophisticated design, raise this object to the pinnacle of the form. Joinery by early nails. About 12 inches tall x 3 wide x 1 1/4 deep. Unobtrusive loss of a portion of molding at the front bottom. If the form were silhouetted, that marvelous lollipop-big circle atop the slender neck would be good enough, but shine some light on it and not only is the form desirable, the vermilion and cream pin-wheel paint is delightfully surprising and fun, like a beacon from the 18th century. Provenance: Distinguished private collection; Don Walters.

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