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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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“MR BOYD” (Jasper Miles). A Pair of Small Profile Portraits on Wooden Panels of an Attractive Young Couple.....SOLD

Likely Ohio, New York State, or Pennsylvania, ca. 1830-1840. For many years portraits by this artist were attributed to "Mr Boyd". Recent research has now identified “Mr Boyd” as actually Jasper Miles (1782-1849). See Magazine Antiques, July/August 2016 for the research by David Allaway, "Jasper Miles-19th c. Portrait Artist". As is characteristic with other examples by Miles, this pair is oil paint on wooden panels (probably poplar), the panels about nine by seven inches; they have an extraordinary attention to detail in the hair, which is drawn in miniaturist technique with a sharp-pointed brush; and there is a distinctive horn-shaped shading to the inner ear (look closely at the man’s ear). The man has an upright posture, and his far arm is suggested simply by a triangle. As with others of this period, the ovals have rough edges that would be concealed by a cardboard or √©glomis√© mat, and one can see Miles’ color tests and/or brush cleaning outside the image area. Both sitters’ clothing shows subtle, extensive detail, while the lovely young lady’s portrait is enhanced by the splash of color from yellow ribbons in her lace bonnet and her salmon shawl. Note the gentleman’s tie in the form of a bow, his high collar, double-breasted coat, and swept-aside hair part, all high-style for this period. Excellent condition with exceedingly minor retouch to background. Frames are contemporary, made to fit these profiles several decades ago. Overall frame sizes about 11 inches x 9 1/4. Provenance: Long-time Private Collection from Peter Tillou. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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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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Sophisticated Tombstone-Shape Meetinghouse Message Box (possibly Watch Hutch) with Notable Provenance.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. last quarter 18th century. White pine in original very dry black paint (some evidence indicating it originally may having been green, oxidizing to the darker color). Involved design with exceptional execution, like a little piece of furniture by a skilled maker. Joinery by a mix of rosehead and unheaded cut nails. Although generically this form is assigned use as a watch hutch, I have seen another box with large glass door of the same period that was known to have been used to post messages in an 18th century New England meeting house. Retains a carved peg on the back wall to for note or watch. Remarkable condition retaining original glass, worn-turn buckle, brass hinges, and uncompromised construction. Back board split at the hole for the peg, and what appears to be a bit of random red paint on the left side stile. Hangs from a hole in the backboard that does not penetrate to the front. Other than the split in the backboard, essentially pristine. Impressive size of about 15 3/4 inches tall x 9 wide x 1 3/4 deep. New England "Puritan simplicity" with "Shaker-like" craftsman’s mastery. Provence: Lillian Blankley Cogan, Farmington, CT; Private Ohio Collection; Steve Powers; Private Northeast Collection. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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Rare Tea Caddy with Hudson-River School Landscape Painted Panels

Northeast America, ca. 1840’s. Featuring six original miniature oil-painted panels, including on the inner-removable vapor lid, decorating a hexagonal, zinc-lined, stop-hinged tea caddy. Inscription under the base (on a label on top of marbleized paper) indicates it was given as a wedding present to Elizabeth Latham (Cole) from her brother Lester Latham in 1848. The panels perhaps are remembrances of places visited or intended. Panel locations include: Front--Desert rock lighthouse (Maine). Back --Near Anthony's Nose (mountain by the Bear Mountain Bridge, it is on the east side with Bear Mountain on the opposite shore). Top---Bridge at Norvine (now a state park in north western New Jersey near Greenwood Lake). Inside lid--the Narrows (entrance to NY harbor). Diminutive size at 5 7/8 inches long x 4 1/2 deep x 3 1/2 tall. Terrific condition with minor expected wear. Interior includes family papers which also prop up the interior lid which is properly shrunk over time. Provenance: long time private New England collection; Israel Sack. Pictured in “Opportunities in American Antiques' Israel Sack Inc, 1997, pg. 51, P-6674.). HAPPY TO SHARE HI RESOLUTION PHOTOS.

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Folk Art Carved Walking Stick. Powerful yet Quiet Spirit.

Eastern United States, found in Western New York State, yet possibly Southern, ca. 19th century. Appears to be hickory, the head deeply carved from the natural knot or burl at the top of the stick following the organic shape of the wood. A remarkably sensitive image, naïvely rendered yet with careful consideration, perhaps a self-portrait, of an African American man with slightly downcast posture, which to my eye communicates strength yet sadness. The character of the carving amplified by the original black paint that is worn through on the high spots, burnished smoothly from frequent handling, revealing the warm underlying wood color. Overall length about 34 1/2 inches. See page 73: American Vernacular, for a similar yet less powerful example. Also see American Folk Art Canes, Personal Sculpture, George Meyer, with an insightful discussion of African American walking sticks and canes. This historic and inspiring piece grabbed me the moment I first saw it.

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Rare MINIATURE POLYCHROME Writing Slate.....SOLD

American, ca. 1850-1880. Note the tiny size at just 3 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 wide. Appears to be maple with original beautiful polychrome paint, one side in red, white, and black, the other with green clovers or trees (not stenciled). While most slates are 12+ inches tall for use by children in the classroom and written on with a slate “pencil”, given the very small size and attractive decoration I suspect this one may have been used for an application like pricing in a country store. Excellent condition. Paint is dry with strong patina. Demands attention despite its small size.

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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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Watercolor Memorial with Angel and Meeting House

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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Early Stylized Blacksmith-Whitesmith-Made Folk Art Iron .....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. 1840. Sculptural. Smithed from iron retaining a terrific dry pitted surface. A knowledgeable collector emailed me (thank you!) that these figures were placed in barns in parts of Pennsylvania, particularly around Lancaster, in hopes that any disease would enter these figures instead of the real animals. About 5 3/4 long x 3 (to the top of the horns). Robust in hand with strong character. Note the subtle representation of genitalia. Rare in iron.

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