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Fine Folding Diminutive Strawberry Embroidered Purse.....SOLD

Probably Northeast America, ca. 1760-1790. Primarily wool embroidery with original silk lining (typically the silk lining was replaced in the 19th century, yet this example retains its original), and elegant silver hasp and plate (unhallmarked), with wrigglework decoration and engraved with the initials “ML”, for “Mary L Morris, for which the purse is signed under the flap. Mary was likely a schoolgirl who created this purse at a girl’s academy. The rich colors on the purse are grounded with a dark green, with pink and green strawberries presented within a matrix of black diamonds, the colors remaining deep and saturated. The interior separated into two compartments, begging the question of what they held given the flat/thin design. Paper money? More? The condition of this purse is exceptional, with minor wear to the edges and silk lining due to handling. Very small size at just 4 ½ inches wide a 4 tall x 1 thick (at the hasp), 3/4 inch at the body). Provenance: Delaware family (not collected).

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Early Paint Decorated Frame

Northeast America, ca. 1830-1840. Original PAINT simulating crotch mahogany on pine. Excellent for housing a fine period folk art painting, or as art by itself. Excellent structural condition; minor abrasions as shown. Outside dimensions about 16 1/4 inches x 14 1/2; sight size 11 3/8 x 9 1/2; rabbet (max dimensions of artwork that it will hold) about 12 1/8 x 10 1/8. Retains original brass hanging hook. A hard to find frame to elevate a Prior-Hamblen or similar folk art painting.

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Richly Carved Early Spoon Rack.....SOLD

Likely New Jersey or New York State's Hudson River Valley, ca. 18th century. Pine or poplar. 19th century "Spanish Brown" paint over first green. An exceptional example of the carver's skill, with the outer profile of the board shaped with gouge, not sawn. Profusely and deeply carved within the profile with stylized pinwheels the dominant feature. The spoon rails are joined with rosehead/T-head nails. Structural condition is excellent, straight and solid, with just stable cracks as shown in the spoon-rails caused by attachment with nails, not damage. Diminutive size at about 18 1/4 inches tall x 8 3/4 wide x 1 3/4 deep at the rails. The depth and full coverage of the carvings gives this early piece movement and variety as the changing daily lighting impacts the shadowing. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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New York or New England, ca. mid-19th century. Oil on canvas. Thomas Chambers (1808-1869), described as America's "first modern", is well known for highly imaginative paintings characterized by areas of bright, flat color, large generalized forms, and sharp contrasts between light and dark areas, with playful, romantic exaggerations that reflected the "fancy" taste of his prosperous patrons in New York and New England. "The Bridge" is a tranquil, yet boldly colored painting, with color palette typical of Chambers' work, following a horse and rider trotting over a fanciful bridge spanning a calm river, the peacefulness of the scene accentuated by wading cattle and drifting sail boats. The composition leads the eye under the bridge to wonder what is unseen up the river. This painting is in excellent condition. Lined. The fine gilded frame appears to be the original, as is the stretcher. Frame size about 28 inches wide x 22 tall. A very hard to read saved label from the back of the canvas warrants further research. Museums with paintings by Chambers include: Addison Gallery of American Art, American Folk Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, Fenimore Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Indiana University Art Museum, Mead Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, National Gallery of Art, New-York Historical Society, Rhode Island School of Design, Saint Louis Art Museum, Shelburne Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. See "Thomas Chambers: American Marine and Landscape Painter, 1808-1869", Foster, for extensive reference.

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RARE, VIVID Folk Art Street View

19th century historical folk art street scenes, especially of this caliber, are scarce. They portray of the pride of the artist in their town. Shown is Albany (Market Street, from State Street to Maiden Lane.), New York. Oil on canvas. Painted by Anne Wrightson (born 1829), emulating in oil paints the watercolor/pencil drawing by James Eights created from his memory of living in Albany in 1805. The scene shows the cohesiveness of the neighborhood reflected in the continuity of architecture and brick-red paint, flanked by the mustard house on the left and a blue open structure on the right. The substantial square, paved with flat stones, shows smartly attired gentlemen sporting walking sticks, and a bonneted-lady in foreground carrying baskets under each arm. More structures can be seen in the distance, one appearing to have a large statue or weathervane surmounting a high cupola. The buildings are rendered with extensive detailing, including clapboards, window panes, steps and rails, and cellar doors. Miss Wrightson was a graduate of the Albany female academy and Lowell Institute. With her sister Harriet, she led a private school for girls on Maiden Lane and Chapel Street, near the location of this painting. The drawings by James Eights that inspired this painting are pictured in the Magazine Antiques, May, 1948. Presented in a walnut frame with gilt liner of the period of about 21 inches x 14; sight size 16 1/2 x 9 1/2. Condition is exceptional, with no restoration.

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