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Antique Folk Art Parcheesi Gameboard

New England, ca. 1860 to 1875. A colorful country example with a folk-art aesthetic that is more appealing than many of the professionally produced examples. Original dry paint on what appears to be basswood. Folding form with original hinges, with breadboard ends joined by cut nails. Dry, alligatored painted surface. Note how the corner-circles rotate in color position, an unexpected feature that provides movement and energy. About 22 inches x 21.

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Portrait Miniature of a Young Woman by Jane Anthony Davis

Probably Rhode Island or Connecticut, ca. 1830's. Watercolor on wove paper in a terrific figured-burl frame with corner-blocks. Characteristic Davis features include a black dress, full-face angled a bit to the right (not in profile), blue and white highlights, and mid-length. Note the tiny hands holding a book. Exceptionally puffy sleeves on the forearm fashionable in the early 1830's, with lace trim. Frame size about 7 5/8 inches x 7 1/8. Reference: See "Three New England Watercolor Painters" pp 42-55 for other portraits by Davis..

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A LITTLE MASTERWORK(!!!) PORTRAIT OF A BABY BOY WITH RIDING CROP

New England, ca. 1845. One of the finest Prior-school portraits of this type known. Attributed to William Mathew Prior . Oil on board. The inviting warm color palette complemented by the striking, unique, paint decorated frame. The shape of the lips and eyes, and softness of the face are exceptional. The child centering colorful draped swags with rim lighting. Note red corals at each sleeve of the delicate, lace-trimmed dress, the coral typically worn by children as it was believed to ward off evil. He grasps a riding crop, a device sometimes held in portraits as they were a common gift for boys in this period. Even though way too young to ride a living horse or pony, he could saddle-up with his crop on his rocking horse. The paint decorated frame is a treasure on its own, yet combined with the portrait creates a singular presence. Overall frame size about 18 inches x 13 3/4. Exceptional condition. Provenance: Distinguished private collection for decades. A rare opportunity to acquire an iconic folk art image.

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Scarce Embroidered Table Rug

American, ca. 3rd quarter, 19th century. Hand embroidery (not hooked) on wool ground. One of the scarcer American folk art forms, the table rug was a 19th century expression that was used to decorate the tops of tables and chests (too much effort in making to be placed underfoot). As a symbol of plenty and optimism, this lively composition depicts flowers boldly bursting from a vase, the vines wrapping around the edges as a border. Warm earth tones punctuated by splashes of red and blue. Dye colors remain strong; scattered losses to embroideries and small unobtrusive background holes. Strong visual impact. Just 22 x 15 inches. Mounted for display. Please ask for high res images.

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Early Painted Bowl in Original Blue/Gray Paint

New England, ca. 1790-1820. Chestnut or ash. Retains original worn very dry paint that appears gray or blue depending upon lighting. Pronounced rim and raised-turned foot, the foot having tool marks where the lathe-block was chiseled off after turning as usually seen on early turned bowls. Beautiful shrinkage showing a most desirable shrinkage and warping (aka potato chipping) without cracking. Excellent condition. Diameter about 17 1/4 inches with the grain x 16 across (1 1/4 inch diameter shrinkage); height ranges from 4 1/8 inches to 5.

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Diminutive TRUE Early American Chandelier......SOLD

New England, ca. 1770-1810. Amont the rarest of all survivors in early American lighting. Stately, proud, uncomplicated presence. In a choice state of originality including the lemon-shaped turned wooden “hub” in dry crusty mustard paint, six rod-iron arms (branches), beautifully crimped-tin drip trays surmounted by tin candlecups, each containing a period candle. Also retains its thin iron hanging rod terminating in a hook for easy hanging. Outside diameter (from outer edges of opposing candle cups) about 16 inches; height about 20 inches (which includes about 13 inches for the hanging iron rod). The lemon hub is about 7 inches tall; each drip pan about 3 3/4 inches diameter. Finest condition despite insignificant hairline shrinkage checks to the wooden hub. See EARLY LIGHTING, the Rushlight Club, page 27 for related examples. Provenance: 30 years ago Hollis Brodrick; private collection until recently.

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Authentic Antique Rooster Weathervane in Beautiful Blue-Verdigris Surface.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. late 19th century. Full body-form of molded copper, copper tubing, and bold cast iron arrow point to give the leading edge weight. The crips well defined features elevated by a complex weathered surface with remnants of original yellow sizing and rich blue-green verdigris surface. The blue color just makes a room! Terrific condition; a few early buckshot impressions that did not penetrate. A weathervane to be proud of. In a custom stand. Dimensions about 22 1/2 inches tall x 25 long x 3 deep. CONTACT ME FOR A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRICE FOR SUCH A GOOD EXAMPLE

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Beautiful Colorful Folk Art Family Record with Vivid Graphics

Northeast America, New York State or Connecticut, ca. 1829. Watercolor and ink on wove paper. An exceptional example of multi-generational family documentation, possibly a "school-girl" work. Probably painted when Laura Roberts Foster (b. Feb. 22, 1808 in Patterson NY) and Joshua C Foster (b. Nov 11, 1805 in Southeast NY) were married on October 15, 1829. The towns of Patterson and Southeast (written on the record) are in New York State near Danbury, CT. A family record by the same hand came to market in the 1980's from Ridgefield, CT, just a few miles from Patterson/Southeast. What a remarkable way to document their wedding, with a neatly compartmentalized composition of masterful paint, pen, and compass work. Clearly articulated symbols of trees for births, hearts for marriage, and sandglass for death. Note the fine details like the tiny flowers within the half-round border at the top, flanked by large roses. Gilt frame is period and likely original. Frame size about 18 1/4 inches tall x 15 1/4 wide; sight size about 16 1/4 x 13 1/4. Retains crisp bright colors in superb condition. See "The Art of the Family" Genealogical Artifacts in New England, for reference. Enliven your home with color and authentic pieces. High res photos available.

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Paint Decorated Fire Bucket

Marthas’s Vineyard, or Goshen, Massachusetts (near Deerfield), dated 1836. Original paint on stitched leather. Banner reads “FREEMAN COFFIN” (1786-1854) who was born on Martha’s Vineyard but likely moved to Goshen later. The Coffin “whaling” family is well known throughout early New England. The paint decoration represents the strong, vibrant “American Fancy” colors popular during this period. Structural superb condition including the original handle. Paint wear as shown, perhaps from usage in a real fire event. Stands straight at about 12 3/4 inches tall not including handle. Attractively priced!

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