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Ash Burl Bowl in Original Blue Paint

Probably Northeast, ca. 1800.

Dry, well worn from use blue paint on ash burl. Burl bowls with genuine early paint are scarce. It was clearly used in food preparation, as there are thousands of overlapping knife marks in the interior. 

Feels nice in-hand, weighty, smooth at the rim from burnishing by long-time handling., Cracks in the bottom that formed long ago within natural burl inclusions; ancient small loss at the rim. About 12 inch diameter x 4 ½ tall. .

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New England ca. 1700-1740.  

Classic form in untouched complex dry original surface.

Just 28 inches tall, so although it could be well positioned on the floor, the small size was designed to provide lighting from a tabletop, desk, or chest. Owing to its early date, the chipped carved base is made from oak. Oak was not used often after the early 18th century as it was in demand for ship building. The column and candle arm, probably from maple, have hand-cut screw threads to raise and lower the lights, the threads still turning easily, 

The lights (candle cups) are made from copper or brass, the patina now very dark with some verdigris. The candle arms have very dark patination and marks from years of scraping off built-up wax. Terrific 3-century condition with inconsequential checks to the candle arm
An authentic pre-Revolution lighting time capsule. Provenance includes decades ago purchased from ROGER BACON.

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Carved Gameboard
,,,,,sale pending

Probably New England, dated 1838, in original black paint on what appears to be maple. Deeply carved alternating 4x4 squares with tombstone top and integrally carved handle. Pin-pricked within the arched crest “J 1838 B”.

Small size with overall length of just 15 ½ inches including handle x 6 3/8 wide. From a Northeast collection, purchased from Skinner Auction, June 4, 2006, lot 168.

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Lidded Spice Jar
Painted Surface

Northeast or Midwest, ca. mid 19th century.

Appears to be poplar. Complex, dry, crackled warm-red/bittersweet historic painted surface with much patina from frequent period use. The lid, with integral acorn-turned finial, fits tightly when its shrinkage and that of the bowl are aligned. The design balanced by a broad foot.

Close inspection shows hairlines in the bowl sidewall and an old crack under the lid on the bowl (the lid itself perfect). On a piece with such an exemplary surface we can forgive these minor imperfections; a standout piece of painted woodenware/treen.

About 4 ½ inches tall; base diameter about 3 1/8. From a private Northeast collection.formation.

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Antique Book Box
in Crusty
Bittersweet Paint

Probably Northeast, ca. early to mid 19th century.

Stoutly carved from a solid piece of what appears to be maple, in original very dry crusty bittersweet painted surface. Subtly scratch-carved with 12 pinwheels, five on each side panel and one on either end. The extensive use of pinwheels are probably decorative, yet in early times this symbol was also used to repulse witches.  About 6 ½ inches tall x 4 wide x 1 7/8 deep.

Possibly used to store spruce gum.

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Charming Bucolic Village Folk Art Watercolor
 possible rare painting of a Shaker Village.

American, ca. early 19th century. Watercolor on paper. A soft quiet scarcely found two-century old country village painting. Note the subtle folk-art qualities, such as the rightward slope of the buildings, lack of shadowing, and trees in profile just rimming the hills in a manner similar to the iconic folk art painting on the cover of Folk Art in American Life by Robert Bishop. The artist took care to delineate features like the mullions in windows, fencing, chimneys, and newly planted small trees. Note the blue willow next to the lower-left home.....MORE

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Folk Art Portrait of the Clipper Ship SOVEREIGN

New England, probably Massachusetts, ca. 1852.


Sovereign of the Seas, a clipper ship built in 1852, was a sailing vessel notable for setting the world record for the fastest sailing ship......MORE


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Exquisite and Exceedingly Rare Broad-Rimmed Burl
Deep Serving Dish pending

New England
ca. 1720-1740.

Ash burl. Of impressive size, masterfully lathe-turned with a dramatic broad-rim, relating to pewter examples of the period.

While most burl bowls were utilitarian in nature, this serving dish stands out with its refined form, meant not only to be functional but to be prominently displayed and admired, and served from at the table.

Excellent condition with delightful undulation to the bowl and rim. High polish/burnish to the shellac surface. The interior bears intriguing stains, including what appear to be traces of ink, and a small split (or cut) to the rim’s edge, all bearing witness to its usage. About 16 ½ inch diameter x 3 ½ deep.

Provenance: From the 1950s to the 1970s.....