J. W. ROGERS
A love and friendship token to J. H. P.
Probably Batavia, New York
Circa 1860 to 1865
Layered cut white and tan paper with watercolor and ink; mounted under glass within period gilt frame. This love token is unusual for its large scale and the high quality of its allover cutwork designs which incorporate watercolor detailing on the blue birds and hearts, and a polychrome floral still-life at the center of the composition. Largely an anonymous genre, it is quite rare to find a cutwork picture signed by its maker.
Inscribed in ink over red watercolor within heart at left center:
"When this / you see / remember me"
Inscribed in ink over red watercolor within heart at right center:
"Love / & / Friendship / J. H. P."
Inscribed in ink at lower right:
"Cut by J. W. Rogers, Batavia"
A possible identification for the maker of this rare large scale love token is a John W. Rogers, born about 1845, in New York, son of Aaron Rogers (born 1811), and Sarah Fosdick-Rogers (born 1815). The family resided in Batavia, and later Pembroke, in Genesee County, New York. This piece is published within David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, The Heart of the Matter: Sentimental works on paper by 19th century Americans (Woodbury, CT, 2009), no. 15, illustrated in color. (Frame: 16.5 x 20 inches; view: 12.5 x 16 inches.)
Islamic Prayer Board, Scripture Board, Koranic Teaching Tablet
Africa, Late 19th to Early 20th Century
(Original condition: 23.25 x 11.5 x .5")
Watercolor Token of Friendship, Young Couple
Presented to Abigail North By Mary Ann Skinner
Watercolor on paper, inscribed on backboard
Depicted are a young white-faced man and woman in landscape before a pond.
There are folds and two teeny punctures suggesting that the work may have been
framed later; the water colored border fits the frame perfectly; frame has not been
resized, no extra nail holes. A folksy little composition.
(Frame: 7" x 7.75"; view: 5.75" x 6.5")
Love Token, Watercolor & Pinprick, Eagle & American Pennant
Possibly Pennsylvania, RL – 1853
Initials “RL” over spread wing eagle clutching red, white and blue pennant pole above
tulip issuing from a watercolor heart within pinprick heart. Pinprick rays emerging from
bottom corners continue to pinprick and watercolor stars, these devices centering
pinpricked date “1853” over initials “RL”. At the top within blue frame having red corner
blocks are colorful quarter fans…the whole within diagonally pinpricked border framed
by red border with blue corner blocks. The overall design layout done in pencil on verso.
The work is mounted within a period walnut frame that is not original, overall light
toning. (Dry mounted on foam core; frame: 11.25" x 9"; view: 9" x 6.75")