Measurement: Largest: 5.5" x 6.25"; Smallest: 3" x 3.25"
Material: Watercolor and ink on paper
Condition: Good, some fading, few losses; largest creased and separated
Additional Information: All hand drawn and watercolor, a collection of 17, some with
displaying landscape, birds, an eagle, and floral spays.
• Dorcas Eaton, 1812, 1815, 1816, 1818, 1819
• Sally Eaton, 1809, 1811, 1812, 1813, 1815 another 1819 [Wilton]
• Fanny Eaton, 1815, 1818, 1819, another also 1819
Condition: The decoration and surface are original and generally fine, there are no
traces of decoration on the top. The top drawer was originally fitted; partitions are
missing; turned wooden pulls appear to be early working-period replacements.
Additional Information: The elegant and fashionable Federal lady’s two-drawer
worktable features a slightly projecting top with ovolo-corners above a case containing
two beaded drawers; the case is raised on delicately tapered and finely turned ring,
baluster, and spool legs terminating with peg-feet beneath spool and compressed ball
turning. The panels and drawer fronts are ornamented with landscapes and classical
ruins, each vignette centered by leafy floral border; a wonderful floral and leaf garland
spirals each leg. Closely related ornamentation is found on examples produced at Mrs.
Rawson’s School, Boston Neck, Roxbury, and Newburyport, Massachusetts. For a
closely related, nearly identical table [and decoration by Elizabeth Perkins] see Woman’s Painted Furniture 1790-1830 – American Schoolgirl Art by Betsy Krieg Salam,
pp. 155-161. (University Press of New England, 2010).
Material: Leatherbound, marbleized end papers, ink, watercolor, textile, pencil
Additional Information: This appears to be a student’s friendship/souvenir book
containing 160+ entries. Pressed flower arrangement, outstanding watercolors, a silk
embroidery, and verse…most dated [1795-1797] and signed noting individual authors
location of home, Amsterdam, Delft, Maastricht and more. The scrip, all handwritten in
Dutch, French, and English…the last pages contain a ledger/index noting pages of entry
and by whom. (incomplete) Columns titled in Italian “Pagina” simply translating to page.
Perhaps an international student’s souvenir book awaiting a new owner’s willingness to
Julia Ann was born at Medford, Massachusetts…daughter of Rufus Meriam & Martha
Simonds who were married in 1785 at Lexington, Massachusetts. Daughter of the first
postmaster, Rufus Merriam, she lived at Buckman Tavern. After her marriage to
minister Caleb Stetson in 1827, she resided in Medford and Scituate. In 1860, she and
her family (including daughter Abbie Stetson Griffing) moved back into Buckman
Tavern. She was the wife of Reverend Caleb Stetson. She is buried at the Old Burying
Ground of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Large double hemisphere map on paper by Julia Ann Meriam (1804-1889); toned and
foxed, fading, matted, and framed, the sheet mounted, repairing two small tears at
upper right margin rather seamlessly. Bradford Academy, one of New England’s earliest
coeducational institutions was founded in 1803, the third oldest post-secondary school
in Massachusetts. (Frame: 21.5" x 31.5"; view: 25" x 15.5")
The few extant identified examples have been Massachusetts; other examples may be
viewed in the Edith Gregor Halpert Folk Art Collection catalog, Sotheby Parke Bernet
Inc., New York, November 14 and 15, 1973, lot 280. Also, Mourning Becomes America,
Anita Schorsch; exhibition catalog, 1976; plates 25/87 and 27/89. Very good condition
displaying strong color; even toning. The work is mounted within a modern molded
frame painted black. (Frame: 25" x 21"; view: 22" x 18")
Annotated: The Composition and Penmanship of Almira Clapp, when fifteen years of
age. Born in 1801. As depicted, there are three mended tears; not examined out of
frame. (Frame: 22.5" x 15.75"; view: 21" x 14.25"))
Carved of one piece of wood including handle; incised panels centering a large bird and
human figure carrying a tray and book-like device. The neck of handle is a carved hand
which holds the bowl. (Length: 15.5")
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