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Paint Decorated
Blanket Chest
Northeast, ca. 1830. pending 

Original bold paint decoration on white pine. Red ground, the front, sides, and top centered by mustard roundels, most enclosing green pinwheels, the boards edged by stylized mustard hearts and green leaves.
Note the Mason’s symbol just below the key hole!
The case is expertly dovetailed by a skilled cabinet-maker. Extensively glue-blocked underneath. Surfaces show substantial hand-planing tool marks.

The interior has a locking till, cleverly fitted with internal holes to hold pins matching those within a sliding drawer underneath, such the contents of the drawer may not be accessed if the till is locked.

Structural condition is superb. The stout pine boards remain square and straight. Original iron hinges; lock is gone. Chains added to the interior to prevent the lid from falling over backwards. Expert restoration of the under-the-lid molding strips on the front and one side, so well done that one struggles to find them. Paint wear, especially to the top and creases to the wood; minor paint touch-up on one foot.

Smaller size at just 39 ¼ inches at the widest-which is the overhanging lid. Case width 37 ½ inches wide x 20 deep. 

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Rare Ash Burl
One of only two known Northeast, ca. 1760-1780 pending

Turned from one knot of densely figured ash burl, the upper bowl with an interior lip that extends into the lower to allow them to fit together. Both bowls footed. When flipped the cover can be used as a bowl of equal size to the base.

Unquestionably by the same hand as the example in the renowned Katcher collection, which has been described as an ingenious “American Treen Masterpiece”  (more)

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Profusely Chip Carved
Little Box
Mustard-Yellow Paint pending

New England, ca. early 19th century.
Original yellow paint on pine. Full-surface chip carving, the individual carvings arranged such that in the macro they form diamond shapes. Carved from the solid, lid joinery by spring-hinges. Just 5 ¾ inches wide x 4 deep x 2 ½ tall. Minor wear. Original yellow liner inside as well as a dust barrier common to New England boxes.
See Nina Fletcher Little, Neat and Tidy, page 13, for a related box also with chip carving and diamond shapes.

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Ribbed Painted Box
Quiet Design
and Soft Surface pending

Northeast, ca. early 19th century.

Original dry beige paint on pine/softwood. An appealing design, the ribbing providing a sense of order and surprising simplicity, unified by the soft paint. In a remarkable degree of originality with minor paint wear, retaining original hinges, wire clasp, brass pull, and internal dust liner. Joinery at the corners by tiny t-headed nails.

About 11 ½ inches wide x 7 deep by 6 ½ tall. Private Northeast collection from an old time Maine collection.

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Little Chip-Carved
Sliding Lid Box
Dated 1798

Probably New England, a hardwood that may be yellow birch. Carved from the solid, with chamfered sliding lid, extensive chip carving about the perimeter, hex-shaped pinwheels on the sides, and dated 1798. The whole naively carved as a contrast to the “pedantic” Friesen examples.

Just 7 ½ inches long. Could have had a number of uses, from holding tapersticks to a razor. From a New England collection.

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Large Redware Mug With Brilliant Glaze pending 

Northeast, likely Western New York
ca. 1840-1860.

Redware with very colorful mottled orange and sage-green glaze. The glaze with spotted impurities that were not intended as decoration yet add decorative interest.

Large size at about 5 ¾ inches tall. Excellent condition; no restoration. Provenance includes Sam Herrup; private Northeast collection. Early and color!

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Folk Art Painting

The Franklin House
& Stage House

ca. 1840-1860.


Originally built by Langley Boardman, a wealthy cabinetmaker (his impressive home still stands today). In the early 19th century he built two apartment houses on the north side of Congress Street that became the Portsmouth Hotel and Stage House, where passengers boarded stagecoaches bound for Portland, Concord, and Boston. Later owners upgraded or replaced the buildings with the Franklin House and Franklin Hall, and the property became known as the Franklin Block. Inside the arched second floor window of Franklin Hall was a "spring floor" designed to absorb the bouncing of many dancers. The Freemasons met upstairs......(more)

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Folk Art Painting
ca. 1840-1860.

Oil on canvas.
Discover a captivating still life that bridges time and imagination. Painted during the period of American Fancy, this painting is a window into a realm where art bursts forth in vivid hues and playful patterns, igniting the senses.
I see luscious fruits floating in warm tropical waters (note the bubbles). At the heart of this artistic journey stands a then scarce symbol of luxury and hospitality: the pineapple. In a departure from conventional still life compositions, this painting embraces innovation, placing its fruity subjects floating on the water, rather than confining them to traditional urns or baskets.

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Striking Rare Inlaid Cherry Candlestand
Attributed to
NATHAN LUMBARD Worcester County, MA
ca. 1800.

Cherrywood, with serpentine-shaped top of figured cherrywood, with striped-inlaid hearts at the corners and centered by an inlaid pinwheel. The column features a deeply carved spiral fluted urn, supported by a tripod base with distinctive spurred knees.....   

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Rarely found Brewster miniature in watercolor on paper

New England, ca. 1820.

Attributed to John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) the celebrated deaf-mute artist raised in a highly cultured family with seven brothers and sisters. He worked as an itinerant portrait painter along the New England coast. As a result of his extraordinary concentration, exemplary artistic skills, and especially his ability to “see” (given that he could not communicate verbally with his subjects), he was able to capture unique portraits that revealed the sitters’ nuanced personalities.
A note attached to the back reads:..... 

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