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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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Large Early Painted Bowl with Pronounced Shrinkage....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1800, appears to be turned from ash or chestnut with orginal red paint. This bowl stands out given its impressive size and dramatic soaring lines created by strong shrinkage across the grain. Further enhanced by a swelled-body and molded rim with inward cant. Excellent structural condition without cracks. Diameter ranges from 21 to 19 inches, with height 5 to 6 1/4 inches.

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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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MINIATURE Paint Decorated Lift-Top Blanket Chest.....SOLD

New England. ca. 1820-1840. Pine, with waist molding above a beautifully shaped carved-apron on all four sides supported by tall feet. (Having the waist molding on such a diminutive piece is an unexpected detail and speaks to the eye and skill of the maker). Molded lid resting flush on the side walls. A most appealing color combination of warm green-ground paint highlighted with yellow lining. Retains tightly crackled thin over-varnish, and original brass hinges. Inscription under the lid reads, in part: “Made by uncle Raynor ________ when I was _____ old”. Excellent condition for such a delicate little box with just minor glued cracks on the front left foot. Note the TINY SIZE OF JUST 5 3/8 inches wide x 3 3/4 tall x 2 3/4 deep. May fit on a candlestand or shelf or mantel, or could also top a stack of graduated painted boxes.

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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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EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT OF HOW TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD.....SOLD

Albany, New York. Dated 1805. Over 260 pages beautifully hand written/precisely hand drawn by John Taylor, Jr. Ink and watercolors on woven paper. This not a journal, rather a sophisticated, comprehensive treatise to inform how to sail the world, including sample problems in geometry, trigonometry, geography, sailing (including plain, traverse, compound, oblique, windward, current, parallel, mid-latitude, mercations, circle), finding the latitude of a ship, rules for keeping a journal at sea, how to measure distances and heights from objects on land from sea, the latitude/longitude of every seaport in the world, and too much more to list. Throughout, Mr. Taylor has included sketches and colorful illustrations to help communicate concepts, highlighted by a striking watercolor of the Mariner's Compafs (note long S in compass). Clearly he was an exceptionally educated man and experienced sailor. Excellent condition including original worn, marbled-board covers. The binding has failed vertically in its middle yet most pages continue to hold. Interior pages are in superb condition without water damage. Measures about 15 inches tall x 11 wide by 1 1/4 thick. An opportunity to enter a time-machine and understand from a first-hand account how the English sailed the world. More images, and high resolution, available.

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Folk Art Face-Rug.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. late 19th century. This brilliant, singular, unconventional, diminutive hooked rug, likely a table rug, really caught my eye. Perhaps symbolizing the sun, or more likely a nonrepresentational portrait, this evocative image captures attention. It is centered by a bespectacled simple face with red-lines radiating outward, the same red adding seemingly “random” interest throughout. The rug has a fun personality. About the size of a medium game board at 17 1/2 inches wide x 15 tall. Mounted for hanging. From a prominent mid-west antique and folk art collection.

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Early Very Small Paint Decorated Parcheesi Board.....SOLD

Found in New Hampshire and likely originated there, ca. 1840. Paint decoration on very thin hand-planed pine panel. Bordered in black, with decoration in red and putty/mustard. The paint decoration fully covers the board's surface (no natural wood areas). The central panel resembling a snowflake. This is not one of the more numerous later boards, rather a much more scarce frontier folk art example made for home use. Dry crackeled surface. Very small size of just about 12 1/8 inches wide x 10 7/8 tall x 1/4 thick. Scarce, soulfull early piece.

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Stately Early Rushlight with Superior Surface. A True, REAL Example.....SALE PENDING

Probably England, possibly American, ca. latter 18th century. Sophisticated design in steel. Just look at that deep, rich patina! Important use during a period pre-dating widespread use of whale oil for lighting, and when candles were very expensive. Rush or other dried plant material would be dipped in animal fats and burned for lighting.....Tripod base with penny feet supporting a squared column with chamfered edges, the column peened underneath to the base. The top of the column forms one-half of a rush-“jaw”, the other half of the jaw attached via a rose-headed peen. The attached jaw-half terminates in a counter-weight (to hold the jaws closed about the rush) which doubles as a tallow-candle holder (not the small diameter of the cup). Also note the decorative shaping of the jaws. Bottom of penny feet have appropriate burnishing to the high spots. Superb condition. Stands about 11 ½ inches tall. See Fire and Light in the Home, pre-1820, Caspall, for reference. Just reacquired (I owned this rushlight about 15 years ago). Provenance then: Jonathan Trace.

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