Published Early American Painted Basket with Rare Linen Lining.....SALE PENDING
New England, ca. 1830 to mid 19th century. Original paint on hand-cut ash splints. This basket is pictured and discussed in American Baskets – A Folk Art Tradition, Schorsch, page 23 from a New York City exhibition in 1988. In that reference the paint color is described as “mushoom”. I think it may have been off-white originally, with thin over-varnish, the varnish now oxidized to quite a pleasing warm presence. There is speculation that the linen lining enabled this basket to be used for storing sewing accessories, and may be of Shaker origin. The double-wrapped tops a very robustly made basket with round rim and square base, with carved handles. The whole with surprising weight and strength. Height to rim about 7 inches; 9 inches to the top of the handles, rim about 16 x 15 ½.
Early American Wallbox in Historic Red Painted Surface .....SOLD
New England, ca. 18th century. Hand-planed pine, with soulful very dry, original red paint with patterns of wear that speak to how it was handled and used. Appears untouched. Case joinery by wrought T-head nails, the drawer with large dovetails tightened probably years later with cut nails. The back of the drawer bears the inscription SS-245, likely an old museum accession number. About 18 ¼ inches tall x 6 5/8 wide x 4 ½ deep. May be hung or rest on a horizontal surface. If you seek early Americana in high-character original paint and dry surface showing the story of its usage, then this box is for you. Few wallboxes with this caliber of surface come to market. Provenance: Midwestern collection years ago from David Good.
Sensational 18th Century American (NANTUCKET)
Tabletop Pipe Box. SIGNED!
Nantucket, ca. late 18th century. FORM. HISTORY. CONDITION. Mahogany, with white pine drawer interior. The skillful design, the expert construction from thinly-worked stock, and the use of expensive mahogany indicate an experienced cabinet maker made for a sophisticated client. The form has sweeping curves softening the linear base, and a wide stance that give it visual appeal and practical stability (as it was never meant to hang). The backboard possibly suggests a reductive anthropomorphic figure. The drawer front has a crisply beaded border and retains the original bass pull. The appealing surface is dry and appears original. The back of the drawer is signed in pencil SIMEON FOLGER (born in 1762) who could be the maker, or for whom the box was made for. The Folder family is very important in Nantucket history, including Abiah Folger (born 1667) who was the mother of Benjamin Franklin. About 16 3/4 inches tall x 6 3/4 wide x 5 3/4 deep. Super condition with just a minor hairline on the front. Provenance includes Pat Guthman, Southport CT. Pat writing on the receipt from 1998: "I am delighted that you decided to purchase the pipe box as it is such an important piece of Massachusetts history...". Sale includes the Guthman receipt as well as genealogical research about Simeon and the Folger family of Nantucket.
Elegant Young Woman
in Green Dress
Signed by William Kennedy
Probably Maryland. Signed upper right back of frame "William W. Kennedy/1854". Oil on artist board. Exhibiting unusually fluid brushwork, this important signed and dated portrait is a superior example of Kennedy's artistry, illustrating an especially attractive young woman. It rises above his more formulaic, symbolic likenesses and is painterly and spontaneous while portraying a quiet confidence. Note the background flowers, a feature associated with Kennedy. In a superb state of preservation; professionally cleaned of yellowed over-varnish, mint condition with no restoration. The original frame was expertly re-veneered. Painting size about 17 inches x 13 3/4. Frame 20 3/4 x 17 3/4. Kennedy (1818-after 1870) was a native of New Hampshire and itinerant member of the Prior-Hamblin school of painters. He painted in New Bedford, MA in 1845; Ledyard, CT in 1846; and Berwick, ME in 1847. By 1850 he had moved to Baltimore, MD where he lived just a few doors away from William Matthew Prior. Provenance: "Important Americana" Sotheby's, February 1, 1986, lot 434. Collection of folk art historians and authors' "Mr. and Mrs Howard Fertig", Livingston, NJ. Exhibited: "The Fertig Collection of Folk Art" The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 1991; David Schorsch; Don Olson; private Southern collection.
Sensational Folk Art Hooked Rug on Linen.....SOLD
Likely New Hampshire, ca. mid-19th century. The composition is centered by a pot of flowers, flanked by two birds on each side and two more smaller pots of flowers. The color palette incorporates shades of beige, red, browns, black, blue, and cream-white. Excellent condition. Visually appealing smaller size of just 31 1/2 inches wide x 16 tall. Mounted and ready to hang. Works equally well in an setting wanting color or quiet. Provenance: Exceptional New England collection of period furniture and folk art; Jan Whitlock.
Portrait Miniatures of
Brother and Sister
Likely New York State, ca. 1830’s. Watercolor and pencil on paper, it what is likely the original black painted reeded frames. Possible attribution to James Sanford Ellsworth, American Miniature Painter. Information written on the back of the portraits, on the boy: “Albert Oscar Babcock Likeness taken when he Was ten years old”, and the girl: Adelia Roseanna Babcock likeness taken when she was seven years old. This profile was Drawn with A pencil. I give it to Adelia & _____ Dec 7th 1843 H.B.” Both Adelia and Albert posed in profile seated in painted chairs, she holding a fan, he a book. Of different frame sizes, the boy a bit smaller at 4 7/8 x 4 5/8 inches, the girl 5 3/8 x 4 ½. Research suggests that Adelia and Albert were from New York State (Rochester area), he being born in 1826. Combined with the note that Albert’s likeness was taken when he was 10 would put these portraits rendered in 1836. Ellsworth often depicted children seated in chairs with stylized clouds framing the heads or bodies. These portraits have simplified clouds as more of shadows of their heads. Provenance: Private Northeast Collection.
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.. .
Diminutive Paint Decorated Lidded Box
Northeast America, ca. 1820-1840. Original ochre paint over mustard ground, with the ochre moved into attractive patterns while still wet by a rag or other device. Taller-than-wide slightly bulbous body with turned lid, surmounted by an integral turned finial. Minor paint losses and stain (shown). Dry surface. Structurally excellent with no cracks. Pleasing small size of about 4 1/4 inches to the top of the finial x 3 3/8 diameter. Likely to hold spices or sugar. Nice..ct or give more information.
Folky Young Man Portrait
New England, ca. early 19th century. New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on canvas. A most handsome young man (that FACE!) with characteristics that we folk art collectors love. Portraits can be so naive that there is little artistic skill, or so academic that they require an equally academic, formal setting. Yet this portrait falls on the "sweet-spot" of that naive-to-academic continuum. His face is mostly without shadow leading to stylized-combed hair presenting like waves. His black coat and white shirt/collar, and simple background combined with his confident gaze give this painting a clean and uncomplicated aesthetic. It has survived in sensational condition. About 26 inches tall x 24 wide. Gilded frame-liner appears original. He's terrific.
Beautiful New England Folk Art
Paint Decorated Box
'Polkadots on Earthy Forest Green'
New England, ca. 1825. Stoutly made from what appears to be basswood. Original dry paint with a dark green ground imaginatively freehand decorated with daubs of white, mustard yellow, and salmon. Salmon circles and mustard lines border the opening. Inner dust barrier. No restoration. Retains original hinges, hasp, and lock. About 13 ½ inches long x 7 ½ deep x 8 ½ tall. Long time private collection Judy Lennett, Ridgefield, CT.