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Early American Antiques
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.
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.
19th century 3-tier wall box is in its original red painted surface. The boxes are graduated in size and deep enough to display candles, treen plates, and bowls. The back board is gracefully curved behind the top and middle boxes. In excellent condition. Provenance: From a fine private collection. Click on photo for more information and photos.
The purpose of samplers was to teach young girls needlework skills. This miniature darning sampler is extra special as it most likely was made in Chester County, PA. Sampler makers there often used narrow strips of fabric or ribbon to secure and decorate the edges of the sampler. The maker of this piece was also quite skilled: each square of this sampler contains two different advanced darning techniques. Click on photo for more information and photos.
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.
Trivet, American, 1780-1820. Wrought iron with centered heart; stepped hearts form the handle. In excellent condition. Provenance: Private collection; Elliott and Grace Snyder. Click on photo for more information and photos.
William Matthew Prior is well known for his portraits of children, which are charming and capture the innocence of childhood. This delightful portrait of a young boy, ca. 1840, is in untouched condition and in its original grain painted frame. Painted in Prior's "flat" style, he included a rattle that identifies the sitter as a boy. Dimensions: sight 9.5" x 13.5"; frame 12.25" x 16". Click on photo for more information and photos.
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