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Yarn sewn and shirred rug ca. 1835

This iconic 1835 hearth rug of a bucolic homestead is caterpiller-shirred and yarn sewn.  Overall background color is sage green. The sky is bright blue with scattered whispy clouds.  Colorful birds perch in the trees. A kitchen garden is planted in front of the outbuilding where the kitchen was most likely located.  Flowers and meandering vines border the scene.  Embellished with dark green fringe on the edges.  Provenance:  Private NY collection; Jan Whitlock.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

19th century miniature red painted bowl

Rare early 19th century thin-walled miniature bowl. The bowl retains its original red paint; interior has an naturally darkened surface.  It is very light-weight, consistent with basswood, commonly used in early New England.  It is in excellent condition: typical in-use wear; no cracks or splits.  Provenance:  my personal collection; Ted and Carole Hayward (Yankee Smuggler Antiques).  Click on photo for more information and photos.

Polychrome, paint decorated, two-sided gameboard

Paint decorated, two-sided game board.  On one side, the rich, deeply saturated background colors of red, olive green and black are in contrast with the gold center 8-point star.  Dotted lines emanate from each of the 8 points, with three stylized flowers set on each dotted line.  The dotted lines are framed by olive green, red, and black borders. The reverse features a red and black checkerboard, surrounded with a border of gold dots, a red border, and another gold border of what appears to be a stylized fleur de lis.  This is then framed with with olive green, black, and red borders. The frame is red, constructed with tiny nails.  All original and in excellent condition.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

Mid-18th century felt and needlework picture, PA origin

Rare wool felt and needlework from the mid-18th century of a colorful bird sitting in a cherry tree that is surrounded by flowers and grassy mounds.  The flowers, tree, and grassy lawn are outlined in needlework, as is the bird.  The needlework is also used to indicate the bird's wings and tail feathers.  Salmon colored felt borders the entire piece.  The use of borders was common in Chester County, PA needlework pieces.  Provenance:  Private collection; "The Pioneer Americana Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Shelley", Pook and Pook, April 20 & 21, 2007, Lot 180; Joe Kindig Jr. & Sons, 1963.  

Pin cushion top pasteboard box applique and painted design green wool top with decorative fringe

Pin cushion top pasteboard box with painted and applique decorations.  Most likely PA origin, ca. 1830.  Each side of the box features colorful pots of flowers and hearts.  An intricately woven border surrounds the fabric top, that also features a decorative diamond shaped piece in the center.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

Portrait of young woman attributed by William Kennedy in original frame

A distinctive portrait of a young woman, New England, ca. 1840-1845.  Attributed to William Kennedy, this young woman is fashionably dressed in the style of the period.  The lighter shaded background and trees are unique features of Prior School portraits.  The portrait is in excellent condition; the grain painted frame and glass appear to be  original.  Ex: Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Blum; Mary Allis, Southport, CT.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

Queen Ann mirror ca. 1760, original glass

Rare untouched walnut veneered mirror ca. 1760. The edges around the mirror are molded.  The upper corners of the mirror frame are rounded.  Hanging wire is attached to a rosehead nail.  A soulful survivor in original surface and condition.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

Dunlap octogonal shaped top candle stand ca. 1780 in early red paint over original blue

Dunlap Candlestand, attributed to John Dunlap, circa 1780.  Likely birch, the octogonal shaped top is chamfered on a slender, turned staff that ends in graceful snake legs and feet.  Very early, possibly original, red paint.  Rare form, surface, and condition.  Provenance:  David Good; John Walton; Mr. and Mrs. James O. Keene Sale, Sotheby’s January 1997. Dimensions:  height 25-1/4", top 16-1/2" x 16-1/8". Click on photo for more information and photos.  

Theorem on velvet ca. 1830, melons, grapes, peaches in a basket.

Theorem on velvet, ca. 1830.  A beautifully rendered theorem depicting an assortment of fruits that include melons, grapes, peaches, strawberries, attractively placed in a woven basket.  The piece is housed in an appropriate deep red contemporary frame that compliments the rich and vibrant colors of the image.  Click on photo for more information and photos.

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