Dressing Table, Original Paint and Painted Decoration, Fine and Elegant
Early 19th Century
Outstanding form and painted ornamentation, original brasses
The backsplash features an unusual shape and is above the top case with rounded corners containing a pair of glove drawers; lower case with conforming deck above plain apron with single long drawer, raised on beautifully turned tapered legs. This table remains in excellent original condition. (Overall H: 39"; W: 35.75"; D: 17")
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Original Surface, Outstanding
The height of fancy paint
The molded top with tapered side-cleats above deep well on magnificently shaped cyma-curved legs centering conjoined double-lobe drop pendant; side feat with ogee profile. The wild, brown vinegar painted, rag/putty rolled ornamentation against yellow ground is neatly ordered. Fine condition; bright paint with great patina. (H: 25"; W: 41.5"; D: 17.5")
Sheraton Fancy Paint Decorated Side Chairs
Circa 1805 to 1820
Birch and maple
One chair has been in-painted, the other remains original.
The Birch House, Washington, D.C. owns an identical pair.
See American Painted Furniture by Dean Fales; page 146, plate 238.
(H: 34.25"; seat H: 17.5"; W: 18.5"; D: 16")
Chest of Drawers, Original Paint Decoration
First Quarter 19th Century
White pine and poplar
A classic New England Federal period fancy painted case of drawers raised on tall cut-out French feet which center a drop panel. This chest and its surface remain in fine original condition; the brasses replaced within original borings. (H: 36.5"; W: 41"; D: 18.5")
Blanket Chest, Fancy Painted
Attributed to Abiel White
This fine and important painted blanket chest perfectly demonstrates the exciting kaleidoscope of motion and color of the early nineteenth century. The chest features a lift-top with applied half-round moldings above a deep storage compartment above two long-drawers retaining original brass hardware. The chest is raised on distinctive stylized cutout bracket feet; this same foot is found on numerous other case pieces by noted cabinetmaker-Abiel White. Construction techniques consistent with Abiel White's work further confirm this attribution. This solid attribution and the fantastic original surface elevate the importance and status of this example of New England painted furniture. The blanket chest is in excellent original condition including paint.
Literature: This chest is illustrated in Harbor & Home; Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850, page 16, plate 2.6. The chest was exhibited at Winterthur Museum, (Delaware) Spring 2009 and The Nantucket Whaling Museum Summer-Fall 2009.
(Dimensions: W 36"; H: 36"; D: 17.25".)
Blanket Chest, Painted
Circa 1810 1820
The rectangular lid with applied molding above deep well and two long drawers raised on tall shapely bootjack ends; the front joined by elegant drapery-like valenced bottom rail with half-round drop at center. Wide brush strokes of black paint within arched borders against field of red decorate the front; sides and lid with similar decoration. The brasses are replaced with all else fine. (H: 44.25"; W: 42.5"; D: 18.25".)
Sideboard, Fancy Paint Decoration
The Height of The Fancy Period
A visual feast of motion and color
This server imitating high style examples is competently constructed of poplar and white pine. The projecting top section is visually supported by a pair of fully turned columns; pair of short-drawers over a single long drawer each with appropriate matching period brass hardware above a pair of recessed panel doors; sides feature recessed panels. The case is raised on tapered rear feet and blocked front feet. It's all about the paint and architecture of the period; the decorated surface remains in outstanding original condition; excellent overall original condition; brasses are within original borings.
(H: 45"; W: 46.25"; D: 19 3/8".)
Fancy Paint Decorated
South Eastern, Massachusetts
The flamboyant yet carefully arranged decoration is original and remains in excellent condition. The hinged rectangular top with rounded front corners above a plain apron with engaged ovolo front corners and single long drawer retaining original brasses...raised on turned legs; back left being flying/rail leg. Constructed of white pine, maple and butternut. (Height: 28 inches; top (closed): 36 x 17.75 inches; top (open): 35.5 x 36 inches.)
Outstanding State Of Maine Chest Of Drawers
Red stain, mahogany, birds eye maple and smoke
decoration on oyster-white paint...original brasses
The masterful marriage of materials and stylistic elements used to make this three short drawer over four long drawer chest on tall feet combine to equal this powerful example. Details such as paneled sides, painted and decorated turned columns, mahogany veneer surrounding the birds eye maple drawer and other front facings and the mixed wood backsplash produce a bold and visually complex aesthetic.
The blocked top beneath conforming galley above painted and smoke decorated classical turned columns set on block plinths are supported by nine-inch turned legs.
This piece, without compromise, is constructed entirely of white pine, poplar and mahogany veneer and is structurally sound; retains original red stain, paint and brasses.
The case measures 43.75-inches wide; case depth is 19.75-inches; total height is 51-inches...this height produces the verticality necessary to balance the form and pleasing proportion; legs ad the necessary lift and verticality.
Two Drawer Table
White pine and basswood
The slightly overhanging top above a plain apron with two drawers; the whole raised on tall double tapered legs. Bold strokes of black paint against a red ground as was favored by many Maine fancy painters. There are two very old tight shrinkage fissures in the top as depicted; nothing that distracts or compromises the integrity of the table. Brasses are old appropriate replacements with all else being fine and original. (Height: 29.25 inches; Top: 18.75 x 16.75 inches.)
Set Of Six Windsor Dining Chairs
Shaped Tablet...stepped-down ends
The top-rail with elevated crest panels ornamented by both hand and stenciled decoration above backswept posts and six spindles joined to solid shaped seats raised on faux bamboo turned legs joined by similarly turned box stretchers. The chairs are in very good original condition including painted surfaces. As depicted, minor losses and wear; some minor surface restoration to tablet of one chair. Also, one spindle is mended-otherwise all else fine. (Height: 35.5 inches; seat height: 17.5 inches; width: 15 inches; depth: 15.75 inches.)
A Bright And Fanciful Painted Decorated Table
New England, Purportedly Found in Vermont
Circa 1850, birch legs all else pine...
In fine condition including the bright and original paint, nicely turned legs.
(Height: 29-inches; top measures 16.375 by 42-inches closed...add 12.75-inches for each leaf.)
Grain painted blanket box
The rectangular lift-lid with applied molding over a conforming dovetailed case with applied plain base opens to reveal the interior lidded till. As depicted, bold and dramatic vinegar/putty technique grain painting. A desirable feature of this chest is the fact that it is painted and decorated on all four sides, making it ideal for use as a coffee table. The surface has been cleaned and scattered areas of loss on the lid were in-painted. Otherwise in a fine state of preservation. (Height: 19 inches; width: 38.75 inches; depth: 19.5 inches.)
Desk, Stand up Fall Front Desk, Exuberantly Painted and Paint Decorated
First Half 19th Century
New York State
A stand up fall front desk identical in design signed George Pierce, Manlius, New York is known. (Ex Schnall Collection)
The rectangular lid opens to rest on loppers with molded fronts; interior with three paint decorated short drawers centered by large cubby beneath conforming drawer; all above a case having four graduated thumb-molded overhanging-drawers raised on a bracket base having a single-arcade side-profile with returns and a lovely front profile centered by a bold lobe and cyma curve. The desk is in good old paint; yellow and red drawers are vinegar grained with the case being grained in red. The hinge rail has been repaired; iron lid hinges are possibly replaces as are the drawer pulls, all else fine. (H: 51.5"; writing H: 39 "; W: 38 5/8"; D: 22.25")
An outstanding example of the chair maker and decorators craft
These low chairs are recorded in early inventories and sales records as "half chairs" and sometimes "miss chairs" and are thought to have been used by young girls as sewing chairs.
This superior example with robustly turned four-part bamboo turned thumb-back stiles mortised into the rectangular tablet above three tapered and incised spindles above the nicely shaped and incised plank seat retains its exciting fancy decoration. The seat is raised on tapered and incised legs joined by box stretcher. The hand-painted decoration against a field of brown paint is bold and dramatic; top rail with leafy decoration centering a yellow tulip...stiles and legs embellished with yellow bellflower flourishes while the seat is sponged in black against a blue ground with the conforming incised gutter being trimmed in yellow. This chair remains in fine original condition. (Height: 33.5 inches; seat height: 17.5 inches; width: 15.5 inches; depth: 15 inches.)
Blanket Chest, One Drawer
The rectangular lid with applied molding is over the deep well and single long drawer raised on simple half-round cutout ends. The whimsically bold painted decoration is neatly organized and bright. The iron butt-hinges are original with the brass hardware appearing to be the first set. (Height: 31.25 inches; width: 40.25 inches; depth: 18 inches.)
Set of Six Matched Country Fancy Chairs
Ohio or Western Pennsylvania
The turned "sweep back" rear posts with "thumb tops" centering back splats; trapezoidal seat raised on legs that taper to feet and are joined by double box-stretcher system. The original paint and fancy decoration remains in great condition with only extremely minor touches. (Height: 35.75 inches; seat height: 17 inches; width: 17.5 inches; depth: 14.5 inches.)
White PAINTED DECORATED
Poplar - SOLD
Abstract decoration...wide sweeping undulating lines centering large dots done with dry brushstrokes of black against an oyster-white ground. The rectangular lid with applied molding above a conforming case of dovetail construction raised on an applied bracket base also of dovetail construction. The interior is complete with till having a molded edge; original hinges and paint. (Height: 21 inches; width: 38 inches; depth: 17.75 inches.)
475-35 - SOLD
OUTSTANDING FORM AND PROPORTION
State Of Maine Washstand
Original faux graining and painted decoration
Circa 1815 - SOLD
The shaped splashboard with high scrolled crest and cyma-curved and scrolled ends is of dovetail construction and is ornamented with brass rosettes; and is above a shallow shelf above the top with basin cutout; also fitted for glasses. The chamber-stand is raised on finely turned delicate legs joined by the medial shelf fitted with full-width drawer of dovetail construction that retains its original brass pulls. The grain painted rosewood decoration, green banding, and yellow striping is original as is the bronze powder stenciled conch and oak leaf decoration with hand-painted tendrils on the backboard and drawer front; note the stencil star motif on inner side scrolls. Basswood and white pine. (Height: 42 inches; width: 19.5 inches; depth: 16 inches.)
410-24 - SOLD
Outstanding Paint Decorated
Classical Dressing Table
Circa 1820 - SOLD
The rectangular mirror suspended from scrolled supports above side-by-side short drawers above the lower case containing a pair of larger drawers…the case raised on tall turned legs. The red and black faux grained surface is competently executed as is the exceptional gold gilt decoration. The mirror brass is original; drawer brasses are appropriate replacements.
(Height: 57.5 inches; width: 37.5 inches; depth: 20.5 inches.)
333-93 - SOLD
Side chair with patriotic decoration
Circa 1830-1840 - SOLD
Maple, poplar, original painted decoration
This is a fine example of a classic early nineteenth century Pennsylvania plank seat, half-spindle-back side chair. However, the unusual ornamental treatment makes it especially noteworthy. American painted furniture with patriotic painted decoration is rare. As depicted, a spread-wing American eagle and crossed flags embellish the crest rail. Additional paint decoration on this piece includes black outlining on the back, seat, front stretcher and legs. The chair is published within Deborah Harding's, Stars and Stripes, Patriotic Motifs in American Folk Art, (New York: Rizzoli, 2002), p. 94.
The chair remains in a fine state of originality. (Height: 32 inches; seat height: 17.25 inches; width: 15.25 inches; depth: 19 inches.)
210-154 - SOLD
Paint Decorated Dressing Table
Pine and basswood - SOLD
The scrolled backboard above a pair of short drawers above the single long drawer; the case raised on turned legs. The black and red grain painting displays wide brush strokes. Excellent condition, original turned pulls.
(Height: 37 inches; width: 31.5 inches; depth: 17 inches.)
274-86 - SOLD