Exceedingly Rare Woodlands Indian Medicine
Bundle-Bowl pending

Great Lakes to New England, ca. 1780. Drawing on generations of learning, very thinly hewn from dense ash burl. “Bundle” objects were held by the sachem or medicine men or women, wrapped in blankets in a bundle, and set aside for ceremonies and/or performances. They were often passed down for generations. Way too sophisticated for daily use, there is no applied finish, rather the bowl has a very high degree of burnishing from rubbing with animal skins as there was great effort to make it smooth. Further burnishing also likely occurred from rubbing against the bundle blanket. Medicine bundles were created to bring healing and vision to the individual, or to the entire tribe.

Yet not only is it an important medicine bowl, it has been described as the “Perfect Object”, ......see more....

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Sweet Little Painted
Dower Chest with Horse

Northeast, possibly Pennsylvania (Chester County), ca. early 19th century. Lift top six board chest with picture-frame molding, on a square bracket base with sensational carved apron. Dry original oyster white and gray paint on chocolate ground, on what appears to be poplar with chestnut base-board. The folk decoration of a prancing horse is flanked by massive tulips and two sets of initials. It “feels” like a child’s chest and his/her favorite horse, with both their initials shown. Presents beautifully, can be placed most anywhere, even on top of another chest. Old repairs to front and rear right foot, and to the top board at one of the hinges. Dimensions (at the lid) 26 ¼ inches wide x 13 deep a 18 5/8 tall. Provenance: Kelly Kinzle; private New York State collection. Special!

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Charming Colorful Folk Art Homestead

Probably Northeast, likely Pennsylvania,
1831-1840.  Watercolor on paper. A delightful example of folk art in which the untrained artist captured beautiful his/her feelings toward their home. Note how the flowers and hummingbird are exaggerated in size, suggesting how important they were. The massive butterfly may indicate leaving, as in flown away.

The backboard has an article and two labels, informing that this watercolor was sold In 1965 to Clyde Youtz, indicating Lebanon, PA in 1831. The article reads states that there is a poem on the back title “The Last Parting” dated 1831. (The back is so well secured that I have not removed it to confirm the article). The “last parting” would be consistent with the symbology of the oversized butterfly flying way.

Likely the original frame, which has a terrific crackled surface. Very good condition with toning, foxing, and minor tears. Frame size about: 15 inches x 10 ½. A nice small size that can go anywhere. From a private Northeast collection.


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Superb English Delft Blue-Dash Charger with Important Provenance

Probably Bristol or Lambeth (London), ca. late 17th to early 18th century. Delftware pottery charger painted in the “oak-leaf” pattern......

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Delightful Painted Clock Face.

Northeast, ca. 1820.
Colorful painting on pine, featuring a polychrome bird in profile perched upon expressive flowers and vining, which are echoed in the four corners balancing the dial.....  

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Diminutive Polychrome Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Schoharie County, New York State. Dated 1829. .....SOLD

When I FIRST SAW this blanket chest years ago within the collector’s home, a beam of sunlight was lighting up the center panel. IT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. And it wasn’t just the visual, it was knowing that this great object has survived untouched for almost 2 centuries. .....

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Saugerties, New York, ca. 1834......As described by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: “In the 1830’s, Phillips was the most successful portraitist on the New York-Connecticut border, painting the local gentry with boldness and withering honesty. This portrait of a young woman from Saugerties, New York, is typical of Phillip’s work of this period—the sitter leans forward in her chair, the black-and-white color scheme is enlivened by the red-and-yellow book, and the ribbons and folds of her translucent, lace-trimmed bonnet complement her elaborate hair style. However, Elizabeth Mygans seems to have charmed the painter, for her portrait is more pleasing than most”.  

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Exceptional Schoolgirl Academy Coastal Riverscape and Townscape

New England, ca. 1820. Watercolor, pen & ink, on paper. This painting stands out in being boldly saturated in blues and verdant greens. The composition includes multiple cool vignettes, featuring a large ocean sailing ship, flying the American flag, likely safely anchored from the Atlantic within the river.....

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Featuring an Enigmatic
Blue Tulip

New England, ca. 1820 to 1830. Fine wool and cotton on linen, mounted for display. A tour de force of folk art created by a talented young woman artist. She was a meticulous needle worker, stitching remarkably-even raised loops, especially noticeable in the urn. Her design has a bursting of color and texture as she flanked the already over-flowing urn with bouquets of more flowers. In this period gardens of flowers were often an extravagance, so the bold representation of so many indicates optimism and abundance. Don’t miss the single blue tulip, positioned almost at the very center. Symbolism? Blue tulips (that did not naturally occur) are thought to have symbolized tranquility and peace, trust and loyalty. This artwork has survived in amazing condition with almost no wear, as it was created and intended as decoration, likely to cover the hearth-stone (as the hearth was unused in the summer months), not as an underfoot floor piece. Mounted dimensions of about 62 inches wide x 28 tall. Pictured and discussed in AMERICAN SEWN RUGS, THEIR HISTORY WITH EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLES, Jan Whitlock with Tracy Jamar, 2012, pages 4 and 70; LIGHT FROM THE PAST, Early American Rugs from the Collection of Ronnie Newman, page 25 as exhibited in the Kresge Foundation Gallery of the Ramopo College of New Jersey, 2004. Paraphrasing 

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