Portrait, Folk Painting, Lady Holding Book, Seated in Red Chair, E.S. Field
Erastus Salisbury Field (1805 to 1900) circa 1830's
(Extremely minor touches to canvas; relined and mounted on new stretcher; frame: 28 by 33.75", sight-size: 23.5 by 29.25")
Portraits, Pair of Folk Art Paintings, Haven and Elizabeth Sargent, I.A. Wetherby
Isaac Augustus Wetherby (1819 to 1904)
Boston, 1845 (by August 15, 1844, he was back in Boston)
Canvases signed front and verso, bold back-marks for Hollis & Wheeler, Boston
See the Business of an American Folk Portrait Painter: Isaac Augustus Wetherby by Michael R. Payne and Susan Rudnick Payne; Folk Art, Magazine of the American Folk Art Museum, Winter 2007.
(Each canvas unlined, minor restoration not effecting subjects; original stretcher; the portraits mounted in new and appropriate gilt frames; frames: 28.5 by 33.75", sight-sizes: 24.75 by 30")
Mr. Haven B. Sargent
Painted March 1845
By I.A. Wetherby
Mrs. Elizebeth W. Sargent
By I.A. Wetherby
Portraits, Folk Art, Reat Family, Ohio, Lot of Three, Original Frames
Sala Bosworth, Itinerant Portrait Artist along Ohio River (1805 to 1890)
Circa 1845 to 1850
Portrait of James Reat (1790-1858) with his body facing almost forward, his gaze toward viewer; his right hand resting on Bible held vertically with spine facing viewer. He wears a black jacket and vest; white shirt and tie. James Reat was born in Maryland in 1790 and died in Illinois in 1858. In 1817, he married Miss Susanna Rodgers in Ohio.
Portrait of Susanna Rodgers Reat (Mrs. James Reat (1796-1868) born in Virginia; died in Illinois; her body facing forward and her gaze directed toward the viewer. She wears a white lace cap tied under her chin; black dress with white lace collar.
Portrait of Miss. Reat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Reat, her body facing forward, her gaze directed toward the viewer. She wears a black dress with a white lace collar and a blue bow. Her dark hair is parted in the middle and two small ringlets frame her face. (There were at least four daughters; "Miss Reat" could be Mary, Hester, Esther, Jemina Ann or Susanna.)
The family is buried in Mound Cemetery, Charleston (Coles Co.) Illinois.
The portraits may be referenced within the Art Inventories Catalog at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Extremely minor, about moot bits of in-painting; Mr. Reat' s canvas is unlined and remains of original stretcher; the ladies canvases are lined and mounted on new strainers; all paintings in period ripple-molded frames with gilt-liners; fames may be original; frames: 32.5 by 28", sight-sizes: 28.5 by 23")
Portraits, 18th Century, Man and Woman, Signed Samuel Jennings, Pennsylvania
A native of Philadelphia, working there from 1787 to about 1792
Circa 1790, signed on verso, S. Jennings Pinx
(Never lined, re-stretched and mounted within period frames; scattered in-painting; Frame: 23.25 by 27.25"; view: 22.25 by 18.25")
Portrait, Three Children, Siblings Blowing Bubbles, Oil on Panel
Anonymous, Circa 1820's
A 19th century label identifies the children as Hannah, John and Ann Wood
(Untouched original condition; mounted with period gilt frame: 10.75 by 8.75", sight-size: 7.75 by 5.75")
Folk Art Portrait of Lady Wearing Bonnet with Yellow Ribbons, Puffy Sleeves
Possibly New York
Oil on canvas, turned and split column frame, original stenciled ornamentation
This portrait has been relined and mounted on a new stretcher; some minor in-painting.
(Frame: 28.5 by 32.5"; view: 22.5 by 26.5")
Folk Portrait, Siblings in Blue, Full Length
Oil on Board - SOLD
Found in Pennsylvania and recently mounted within period gilt frame. The painting is without restoration and exhibits only minor losses as depicted, ready to hang.
(39.5 by 30.5" frame, 35.5 by 26.5" sight-size)
606-32 - SOLD
Portrait of Young Man, by ASAHEL LYNDE POWERS
Oil on poplar board, original frame
Set against a brown background, the man in this half-length portrait is seated in a paint decorated Windsor chair and wears a green coat featuring large brass buttons; underneath the outer coat is a mustard colored waistcoat with a simple collared shirt turned up under the chin. There is scattered minor retouch to abrasions; nothing significant. (Frame: 22 by 28.75"; view: 19.5 by 26.5")
Portrait of a Boy Holding Book, Benjamin Greenleaf
Attributed to BENJAMIN GREENLEAF (1769 to 1821)
Probably Massachusetts, circa 1818
Oil on canvas, 18 by 15", with original painted and gilt frame - SOLD
This portrait bears a strong relationship to the well-known portrait of Henry Bromfield McCobb painted by Greenleaf in May 1818 in Phippsburg, Massachusetts, see Sotheby's "Important Americana, The Bertram K. Little and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, Part 1," January 29, 1994, lot 277. Although Greenleaf is best known for his reverse paintings on glass depicting three-quarter and profile portraits, a few examples executed on canvas have been recorded. For biographical information on this artist see Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, "Benjamin Greenleaf: Nineteenth Century Portrait Painter," The Clarion, spring 1985, pp. 40-47.
Collection Lloyd Goodrich (1898-1987), eminent scholar, author, and curator of American art.
431-73 - SOLD
Retablo, Devotional Painting, Patron of Guadalajara, Virgin Mary
Probably Mexican, Anonymous
(8.25 by 12.25")
Portrait, Folk Art, Gentleman at Desk with Quill Pen, Paint Decorated Frame
Anonymous, Found in Wisconsin
Oil on Panel, original frame
The agreeable blue eyed, blond haired gentleman wears a blue vest under his black jacket; he is seated at a writing table displaying ink-pots on stand; penning German script (supporting purported history). There is pencil and crayon script on the verso awaiting the ambitions of a curious new owner. Fine Condition
Dimensions: 20 by 25" frame, 14.5 by 19.5" sight-size.
Folk Art Portrait, Little Girl with Dog, Pastel Crayon, Leather Frame
Pretty blue eyed young lady with her adoring spaniel; original frame
(Frame: 18.5 by 22.5"; view: 12 by 16.5")
Folk Art Portrait, Child with Dog
Anonymous, American School
The child wearing a puffy sleeve dress is seated on classical Recamier
The work remains on original stretcher and displays extremely minor, and few areas of retouch; excellent condition.
(Dimensions: 28 by 34.25" frame, 22.75 by 29" sight-size.)
Folk Portrait, Lady in Red Dress Holding Book
Anonymous, American School
Oil on canvas, original stretcher, period gilt frame
(Original condition, two small punctures restored)
(Frame: 28.75 by 32.25"; view: 22 by 25.25")
Crayon Portrait, Young Boy in Colonial Dress Holding Flag, Sword, Tricorn Hat
Wet Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas, original stretcher, period gilt frame
(Overall: 25 by 20.25; view: 21 by 26")
KPM Porcelain Oval Plaque, Finely Painted Scene of Young Lady Praying
Circa 1875 to 1900
KPM stamp on verso
A beautiful hand-painted plaque depicting a veiled young woman in three-quarter right profile with bouquet of flowers (Oval format; 5 1/8 by 6.75")
Portrait of Gentleman, Signed on Verso
S. Kay Aged 57 Years 1796
W. Murray, Pinx, 1796
Oil on canvas - SOLD
The work remains on original stretcher and is mounted within modern frame; small puncture at stretcher edge, lower right with all else fine.
(Frame: 19.5 by 17.25"; view: 15 by 12.75")
827-4 - SOLD
Portrait of Graceful Young Woman, Half Length in Green Velvet Wrap
English School in the Circle of Frederick Kerseboom (1632 to 1693)
By Family Legend, Nelly Gwyn, Mistress of Charles II
Oil on Canvas
An attractive work depicting an elegant lady wearing competently rendered fine and expensive silk, velvet and lace. Shared based on hearsay is that the subject is thought to be Nelly Gwyn, an actress and a mistress of a friend of Charles II who "gave her" to Charles; Charles II dying words were about three of his mistresses - one of them Nell, "Do not let Nell starve". The canvas was mounted on a second canvas and stretcher during the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century; the most minor in-painting to a few scattered abrasions.
(Dimensions: 24.75 by 29.75".)
Portrait, Lady with Book
Early 19th Century
Oil on board in painted frame.
Dimensions: 29 by 35-inch frame, 24 by 30-inch view.
Portrait, Lady Wearing Lace Bonnet
Perhaps Vermont or New York
Oil on panel, 20 by 26-inches
An agreeable lady confidently rendered.
The palate is lovely, the work is beautifully modeled and is without compromise.
Portrait On Panel
Woman Holding Book
Oil on panel
An agreeable bust length portrait of a woman depicted with sloping shoulders wearing a lace collar and bonnet topped with a blue bow, tied with a blue ribbon. The subject holds a copy of The Mother At Home. On the reverse of the board are traces of a sketch in white paint depicting a boy holding a whip, wearing a jacket with two rows of buttons. Two battens on the reverse are original and prevented the panel from serious warping which is so often the case. As depicted, there is a fine craquelure and the expected ever-so-slight bow...no cracks and no apparent restoration to the painting. (23.25-inches x 28.5-inches.)
Interestingly, The Mother At Home or The Principals Of Maternal Duty was written at Worcester, Massachusetts in 1833.
Queen Kamamalu of Hawaii (1802-1824)
Wife of King Kamehameha II
Oil On Canvas
This outstanding and rare image of the beloved Queen is after John Hayter's famous 1824 lithograph, and is nearly identical in detail. The portrait was painted circa 1824-1830. A very similar example can be found in the collection of Iolani Palace, Oahu Hawaii. The portrait remains in excellent condition with only typical aging; very scattered and minor surface abrasions. When purchased, it was mounted on Masonite which, has been professionally removed. The picture measures 12 by 9-inches. At the time of purchase the painting was mounted on Masonite, but has since been professionally removed with no damage or alteration to the painting. In addition, there was note affixed to the verso which reading "purchased from JPT Armstrong (President of Belding Corticelli Co), New London, CT 1942". The portrait, measuring 9 by 12-inch site size displays exceptional as is (without frame), or is ready to be border lined, stretched and installed within a period frame.
Queen Consort Victoria Kamamalu was born in 1802. She was the wife of Liholiho, who ruled Hawaii as King Kamehameha II after his father, King Kamehamehathe Great died.
In 1823, five years after taking his throne, Kamehameha II (Liholio) and Queen Kamamalu set sail for London, England aboard the English whale ship L'Aigle on November 27. Everyone in his party came down with measles, for which the Hawaiians had no immunity. Liholio's favorite wife, Queen Kamamalu, died in London on July 8, 1824. Heartbroken, Liholio also died on July 14. Their bodies were returned to Hawaii for burial, and Liholio's ten-year old brother Kauikeaouli became Kamehameha III
In 1824, John Hayter, noted British Painter, painted portraits of Hawaii's King Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu in London shortly before they died there of measles.
Portrait Of Mother And Infant
Attributed to Zedekiah Belknap (1781-1858)
Oil on Canvas
Portrait of a mother holding her child who is wearing a white dress with blue bows on the shoulder, the mother has a red cape draped over her shoulders and wears a lace bonnet, housed in a gilt frame, the edges of the frame have been painted in yellow ochre, which has also been painted over the back of the canvas, the varnish is raised in some areas of the portrait. The painting remains in original condition with no visible damage or in-painting. (36.5-inches x 31.5-inches framed, 29.5-inches x 24.5-inches view.)
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Pastel Portrait, Two Children Posed with Their Dog, a Spaniel
Circa 1835 to 1845
The paining remains in fine and bright original condition - SOLD
This unsigned work, depicting siblings with beautiful eyes; the girl wearing a white dress and a coral bead bracelet, wears a purse on her side depicting a girl and a sheep, possibly the characters of the nursery rhyme. The boy wears a blue dress with a white lace collar and bodice, and coral bead bracelet, and holds a spaniel on his lap. The work is mounted in a period molded wood frame. There is a very small minor smudge to ear of chair. The right and left edges have a thin strip of paper, approximately 5/8" applied to them, and look to be contemporary with the work. They are barely noticeable unless under very close inspection, minor smudge to ear of chair.
(Dimensions: 27.75 by 29.75" frame, 19.5 by 21.5" sight-size.)
216-434 - SOLD
Zedekiah Belknap, Portrait of Lady
Oil on Wood Panel
Early 19th Century - SOLD
Evident is Belknap's signature style; emblematic traits such as color, detail of costume and hairstyle; the dark outlines, full mouth, sharply outlined eyes and flat ear painted on prepared panel scored with diagonal lines simulating canvas twill. The painting remains in original condition with no visible damage or in-painting. Sitter information, location (NY) and date of 1821 in pencil on verso) (20.75 by 26" unframed)
958-14 - SOLD
Portrait, Beautiful Young Lady, Folk Portrait
Attributed to Asahel Lynde Powers (1813 to 1843)
Oil on canvas - SOLD
Powers, born at Springfield, Vermont likely painted this portrait when traveling the northeast, perhaps at New York State. The vibrant subject displays features attributed to Powers such as black dots on fichu, detail of scarf; hand with floral still life and more. The painting remains on original stretcher and is in excellent condition with only two tiny repaired punctures, all else fine. The portrait is mounted within a period, boldly figured curly maple frame.
Dimensions: 29.5 by 34.75" frame, 23.75 by 29" sight-size.
570-220 - SOLD
Portrait, Josephine Connor
Life Size, at age of three months
John Denny Conner (1820 to 1884)
Fulton County, Illinois
Oil on canvas - SOLD
Bears a hand written label on verso inscribed: "Portrait of Josephine Conner, Life size, at age of three months. Painted by her father, John Denny Conner, at Bloomington, Ill, in the summer of 1846. Josephine Conner, only child of John D. and Minerva Conner, was born June 25, 1846. Died September 9, 1886. Age 40 yrs, . 2 mos. 15 days. I Minerva Louise Atkins, only daughter of Allan C. and Josephine Atkins, became the possessor of this 'picture' in 1886. I bequeath it to my eldest son, Gordon Wayne Moore, with the instruction to hand it down to the eldest child (boy or girl) from one generation to another. I also wish each recipient to affix their name and age also "Date of Death" of preceding possessor. I - Minerva Louisa Atkins Moore (the present possessor); at Bloomington, Ill, Feb 2nd 1878."
The portrait is lined and remains in excellent condition; mounted within a period stenciled block-corner molded frame. Additional information available. (Frame: 14 by 16"; view: 9.5 by 11.5")
826-47 - SOLD
Portrait, Lady in Blue, Pastel
Original frame and condition - SOLD
(Frame: 12.25 by 15.5"; view: 9.5 by 12.75")
545-3 - SOLD
Portrait of a Man
Oil on Board - SOLD
Oil on board bust length portrait of a man wearing a black cravat, wing collar, string for spectacles, in a grain painted frame, some paint loss in lower right corner. (11.75-inches x 16.25-inches framed, 9-inches x 13.5-inches.)
467-12 - SOLD