Jane Anthony Davis, Watercolor Portrait, Handsome Young Man, Hamlin Johnson, 1844
J.A. Davis (1821-1855)
One of the best and most beautiful portraits by J.A. Davis, handsome young man with blue eyes centered
by yellow borders above legend compartment with scalloped end-borders. Mounted within a period
veneered frame that is possibly original.
Hamlin Johnson (1825-1917) was born in Brooklyn, Connecticut, he moved to Providence, Rhode Island as
a young man. He was the owner of a store selling seeds and farm implements in Seekonk for many years.
He married Mary S. Wickes; they raised their niece Alice Evelyn Stone, the daughter of Jason P. and
Sarah E. (Wickes) Stone; he was an alumnus of Yale University.
(Frame: 8.25" x 7.25"; view: 5" x 5.25")
J.A. Davis, Watercolor Portrait of a Lady Holding Book
New England, 1830s (Jane Anthony, b. 1821, D. 1855)
Watercolor and pencil
The lady wears a black-on-black puffy sleeve dress and holds a book. The portrait is
mounted in a period painted decorated frame that is possibly original.
(Excellent original condition; frame: 6.5" x 7.5"; view: 3.75" x 4.75")
Miniature Portrait of Young Girl, Inspired Unique Carved & Inlayed Frame
Mixed Woods, Watercolor, 19th Century
Young girl wearing dress with red print, coral necklace and holding a rose sprig
The portrait bezel is set within a panel of curly birch and is surrounded by hand-cut
zigzag molding centered by a flat molding joined by corner blocks…the molding features
an inlayed undulating vine. A stepped zigzag molding within applied cockbeaded molding
centers the work. (Three-cracks to the portrait, else fine and original;
frame: 8.25" x 6.5"; view: 3.25" x 2.25")
Antique Folk Art Profile Portrait of a Young Lady
Signed: J. Kirk 1846
Watercolor and pencil
A finely rendered composition likely painted by John Kirk of New York
Groce and Wallace and Mantle Fielding list Kirk as and engraver born in England about
1823; employed as an engraver in New York City. We propose that if this is our man
that he also did small portraits. (Mounted within a period pine and mahogany veneered
frame; mortise and tenon joinery; Frame: 5.75" x 6.5"; site: 2.75" x 3.5")
Portrait, Watercolor, Handsome Gentleman in Dapper Clothing, English School
Signed, A. Rom or Ron, 1839
The work is mounted within the original black painted frame withy small gilt liner.
(Frame: 13.25" x 12"; view: 9.25" x 8")
19th Century Portrait, Watercolor, Seated Learned Gentleman, Gilt Frame
Anonymous, circa 1830
The subject is seated in an armchair, he holds a quill pen, at a table draped in blue on which sits a desk standard, books and papers.
A photocopy of a label is attached to the back; the original is likely sealed within the enclosed back; S. Jennings – Carver and Gilder, 5 Goswell Street. Jennings was lactated at 5 Goswell St, London 1826-1837.
(Fine condition, not examined out of frame: frame: 10.5 x 9.5"; view: 7 x 6")
Folk Portrait of Woman Holding Red Book, Annotations on Verso
Mrs. Campbell, Artist, Bangor, Maine
The artist information and address along with other notes are found on the reverse.
We suspected English School, with the noted information, perhaps Anglo-American.
The work is mounted within a period frame featuring a blonde finish and gilt liner.
(frame: 5.75 x 7"; view: 4.25 x 5.5")
Watercolor Portrait of Young Gentleman
Unknown Artist, circa 1820’s
The image of this handsome fellow is mounted
within a period reeded frame with corner bosses.
The frame may be original; not examined out of
frame. (Frame: 4 x 3.25"; view: 2 x 2.75")
Silhouette, Hollow-Cut Profile, Black Gentleman, Watercolor Hair Detail, Painted Frame
Anonymous, 19th Century
Hollow-cut silhouette of a man in profile to right. Cut paper with hair detail in watercolor; backed with black textile. (We don’t know if the frame is original to the piece; the paper displays strong toning-witness mark conforming to rabbet…it’s just that the back of frame and rabbet display an inconsistent dark surface; let’s assume that the frame is not original, nonetheless a very rare and interesting profile. Frame: 6 x 8"; view: 5 x 3".)
Portrait on Paper, Profile, Gentleman, Granny Note on Verso States John Drake
Anonymous, 19th Century, Mounted Within Black Painted Period Frame
Minor restorations and imperfections; width: 31”, height: 24”
Watercolor Portrait, Profile of Woman, By a Member of the Justus Dalee Family
(Frame: 7.25 by 9”, sight-size: 2.25 by 3.5”)
Portraits, Pair, Newton Benning and Wife, Baltimore, Maryland
Signed, Newton Benning & Wife, painter Of Pictures, 1856, Baltimore, US
Oil on sheet iron, mounted within paint decorated frames, under glass
(Cleaned, minor restoration, not examined out of frames; frames: 14.25 by 15.5", sight-size: 9.25 by 10.5")
Folk Portrait, Watercolor, Woman in Paid Dress, Full Length
Purportedly Mrs. Abbot Thayer, Beacon Hill, Boston
Mounted in period frame; not examined out of frame.
(Frame: 13.75 by 12.25", sight-size: 10 by 8.5")
Watercolor Portraits, Pair, Man and Woman, English School
Anonymous, Early 19th Century
Likely original rosewood frame with gilt liner and matt
(Frame: 14.25 by 12”, sight-size: 9.25 by 11.5”)
Silhouette, Peale Museum, Gentleman, Hollow Cut, “Museum” Mark
Philadelphia, 19th Century
(Good condition; mounted within period frame, Eglomise matt; frame: 5.5 by 4.5”, sight-size: 4 by 3”)
Hollow Cut Silhouettes, Pair
Man and Woman, Laid paper
New England, 1800ish
Paper and fabric, cut from child’s handwritten calligraphic specimen sheets
(Appears to be original fabric, reframed, stains and toning as depicted; frame diameter: 4.25"; view diameter: 3.75")
Silhouette, Male, Hollow Cut
Nice early frame. Back removed and reinstalled a long time ago; back period-possibly original; great patina, some foxing.
Dimensions: 2" by 3.75" sight; 4 by 5" w/frame
Period Folk Art Portrait, Signed J.A. Davis, Watercolor, Man Holding Book
Mr. Stephen N. Tingley 1839, Signed "By J.A. Davis" Along the Lower Edge. - SOLD
(Jane Anthony, b. 1821, d. 1855)
Watercolor and pencil on paper; mounted within paint decorated frame,
view: 7 5/8 x 5.5”., frame: 9.75 x 7.75”. Condition: Minor toning, water staining at lower edge.
Provenance: Don Walters, Goshen, Indiana, October 26, 1984.
Literature: The Old Print Shop Portfolio, vol. XIX, no. 32, May 1960; exhibition catalog forThree New
England Watercolor Painters, 1974, p. 48; also…Arthur and Sybil Kern, "J.A. Davis: Identity Reviewed,"
The Clarion, Summer 1991, p. 42.
Exhibitions: Three New England Watercolor Painters, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois,
November 16-December 22, 1974; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, January 17-March 2, 1975;
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25
-May 11, 1975; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 1-September 1, 1975.
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Folk Portrait, Boy with Book
English School, 19th CenturySOLD
(The paper displays light toning on edges and is glued to period pressboard; frame: 5 by 6”, sight-size: 2.5 by 3.25”)
Folk Portrait, Watercolor, Girl with Parrot, Seated in Decorated Chair
Titled, "You Rogue!"SOLD
Mounted in black painted frame, not examined out of frame
(Frame: 7 by 8.5", sight-size: 4.25 by 6")
Folk Art Portrait, Watercolor, Profile,
Best Mustard Yellow Painted Frame
New England, circa 1820-1830
Handsome blue-eyed gentleman, the portrait within original frame [and glass]
(Fine Condition; frame: 4.25 x 5"; view: 2.75 x 3.5")
Mourning Watercolor Painting, Double sided Gold Memorial Locket, Woven Hairwork
IN DEATH LAMENTED AS IN LIFE BELOVED, 1811 - SOLD
Depicting a woman grieving at Urn-topped monument; the monument displaying initials “MG”, and “Died Sept. 18th, 1811”; the reverse featuring hair-work and cutout script initials “MG” that appear to also be rose gold. Painted in grisaille, brown and soft blue-gray; the mourner with skin tone facial pigment. (2 by 1.625")
912-242 - SOLD
Silhouettes, Three Profiles, Full Length, Watercolor and Pencil
Anonymous, 19th Century
Original condition including frames and backboards - SOLD
(Two silhouettes frames: 10.75 by 8", sight-sizes: 8 by 4.75; single silhouette frame: 9.5 by 12", sight-size: 6.5 by 9")
1096-63 - SOLD
Pair, Eighteenth Century Shades, Shadow Portrait Silhouettes, Oval Half Length
Likely Exeter, England, 18th Century; Original Frames
Watercolor and pencil profiles on paper, gentleman wearing tricorn hat, lady wearing lace bonnet - SOLD
Inscribed on the gentleman’s undisturbed backboard papers is: Ladys [sic] & Gentn. [sic] May have more Copies without a second sitting---Old shades accurately reproduced & draft’d [sic] in the present taste by Clarke Church (possibly Yard; illegible) – Exeter. Inscribed on the ladies verso: Ladies & Gentn. [sic] may have more Copies with out [sic] the inconvenience of a second sitting.
(5 by 4”)
879-96 - SOLD
Illustration, Watercolor, Woman, Hat, Flowers, Birds, Paul King, New York
March, April, May, Calendar Illustration
Paul King (1867 to 1947)
Watercolor on Paper, Signed at lower right - SOLD
(Fine condition, not examined out of frame; view: 7 by 8.75”)
659-66 - SOLD
Watercolor, Patriotic Americana, Liberty Like Figure, American Flag
Anonymous, 19th Century, Likely Centennial
Watercolor and ink on paper, painted frame - SOLD
Plumed or crowned figure with extended sword directed towards a lion (England) and wearing red and white striped dress; the date "1776" is displayed on her chest. The work is centered by flags, that which is on the right is emblazoned with "US". The piece was worked on what appears to be ledger paper and is mounted within a red painted frame. We have examined the verso finding no useful information.
Overall very good condition, paper is floating in frame; should be properly mounted.
Frame: 7.25 by 9", sight-size: 4.5 by 6.75")
570-508 - SOLD
Portrait of Gentleman Artist at Easel with Paint Palette, Watercolor
19th Century - SOLD
(Frame; 11.5 by 10"; view: 7.5 by 6")
191-413 - SOLD
Jacob Maentel, Full Length Portraits of Elizabeth and William Ault
Jacob Maentel (1763 to 1863)
Watercolor with pen and ink on paper
Displaying strong color, and even toning, archivally mounted in period frames - SOLD
(Dimensions: Frame: 11 by 9"; view: 9.5 by 7.5")
522-3 - SOLD
Watercolor Portrait, Young Girl Seated with Basket of Fruits
Monogram, AG or GA
1833 - SOLD
(Frame: 10.75 by 12.25"; view: 5.5 by 7")
191-391 - SOLD
Silhouettes, Hollow Cut and Watercolor, Lot of Three
Attributed to Anson Newell
Mounted within original frames retaining original backboards - SOLD
(Toning, soiling and water stains; 5 by 4" frames, sight-size 3.75 by 2.75")
336-131 - SOLD
Henry Walton, Watercolor Portrait of Benjamin Franklin Ellison, Age 4 years
Central New York Area
Inscribed, Drawn by H. Walton 1836
Watercolor on paper - SOLD
This sensitive rendering, a full-length portrait depicting Master Ellison standing within a garden path; holding a whip in one hand and his cap in the other, is conservation mounted within a period frame which may be original. (View area: 8.75 by 7")
127-8 - SOLD
Silhouette of Woman by Honeywell, Martha Ann
American, C. 1815 - SOLD
Martha Ann created these fascinating masterpiece silhouettes despite being born without the use of hands, using only her mouth and scissors as tools of creation. A most exceptional accomplishment.
Silhouette signed on obverse, with "Cut by M. Huneywell with the astounding mouth" typewritten on verso.
Attractive eglomaise frame.
Overall dimensions: 4.75 by 5.5".
1032-2 - SOLD
Watercolor, Girl with Dog - SOLD
1840's full length portrait in birds-eye maple frame.
Dimensions: 13 by 14.25" frame, 8 by 9.25" sight-size.
663-2 - SOLD
Portrait of Handsome Gentleman, Profile, Blue Coat, Red Collar
Early 19th Century - SOLD
Watercolor on paper, carved oval frame; red stain
Excellent condition (Frame: 5.5 by 4.75"; view: 4 by 3")
336-118 - SOLD
Watercolor Of Prancing Horse
Probably Pennsylvania...perhaps a reward of merit
Anonymous - SOLD
This chestnut-red colored horse with white stockings, black tack and a lively eye is shown standing on a brick red floor with white crosshatching. The artist trimmed the outside edges in yellow with fine black border. The frame with beaded liner was long ago over-painted black...whitish yellow paint is seen through the thinning black paint.
(Frame: 6.25 by 8.25-inches; view: 4 by 6-inches.)
272-2 - SOLD
Hollow Cut Silhouette
Of Caroline Green Parsons of Enfield, CT
19th Century - SOLD
The back reads that Caroline is a descendant of William Bradford of Plymouth Colony.
Dimensions: 3 by 4-inch sight size.
336-35 - SOLD
Silhouette, William Henry Brown, Cut and Applied, Lithograph Background
Charleston, South Carolina
December 15, 1848 - SOLD
Brown was a renowned silhouette artist, surviving profiles are quite scarce.
This example, full length, cut free-hand, is dated and signed on the lower left edge; now hidden by frame. The work is dated and identified on the verso. The lithograph featuring a possible vista of Charleston and a framed picture of Washington's tomb has light scattered foxing and some toning at lower left within carpet. The backboard has a partial label advertising John S. Bird, Fancy Goods and instruments, "The Cheapest Goods in Charleston."
(Frame: 12 by 15.75"; view: 10.5 by 14.25")
809-36 - SOLD
JUSTUS DALEE (1793 to 1878), Full Length Portrait, Girl in Pink Dress
Delineated in Palmyra, March, 1843
Palmyra, New York
Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper
A rare full length portrait of a standing girl in pink dress - SOLD
A letter in the collection of The American Folk Art Museum from Justus Dalee to his brother Richard dated May 8, 1843, states in part that "I went to Palmyra, as I wrote John and made $50 in less than 3 weeks, all money. Mary and I started again April 11 and visited Palmyra a second time, made 50 to 60 dol's more, but instead of money it was mostly trade."
A closely related portrait of a standing girl in a red dress was formerly in the Barry Cohen collection and is illustrated in David A. Schorsch, The Barry Cohen Collection (New York: America Hurrah and David A. Schorsch, 1990), pp. 64-65, and Stacy C. Hollander, Stacy C. Hollander, Ed American Radiance, The Ralph Esmerian Gift to The American Folk Art Museum (New York: American Folk Art Museum and Abrams, 2001), p. 73.
For a thorough examination of this artist and his work see Michael and Suzanne Payne, "To Please the Eye, Justus Da Lee and His Family," Folk Art Magazine, Winter 2004/2005, pp. 46-57.
Watercolor, pencil and ink on paper, 4.75 by 2 7/8 inches, in the original gilt frame.
Inscribed in ink at lower center in block lettering: "Delineated in Palmyra, March, 1843"
Cleaned of some background foxing and de-acidified, refitted into its original frame to museum standards.
210-104 - SOLD
Gentleman and Lady
Seated On Upholstered Settee
Watercolor, pencil and pinprick
1830's - SOLD
A possibly unique rendering depicting a seated couple within landscape of trees, flowers and monument. The gentleman offering a flower to the lady with both subjects holding a book. The ladies hat and collar and the gentleman's shirt are pinpricked adding texture to the work; colors remain strong. The work is mounted within a grain-painted frame of the period that measures 11 by 13.5-inches; the dimensions of view area are 8 by 10.75-inches.
264-23 - SOLD
Pin Prick, Watercolor, Scissor Picture, Rooster, Scherenschnitte Silhouette
Anonymous, Circa 1800
Strutting rooster displaying great detail and attitude - SOLD
(Minor imperfections, warpage and gilt loss to side of frame; yet folksy and attractive; frame: 9 by 9.25", sight-size: 6 by 6.25")
570-507 - SOLD
Pair of Pendant Profile Portraits, Possibly James Sharples, Sr. (1752 to 1811)
Pastel on paper - SOLD
A charming pair of oval three-quarter profile busts by Sharples, showing his characteristic subdued color palette and crisp, precise lines despite the delicate nature of the medium. He and his family toured the United States from 1794 to 1801, selling his series of American political figures and taking portrait commissions, as seen here. The works are mounted within gilt frames; not examined out of frames. (Frame: 12” by 10”; View: 8.5” by 6.5”)
659-155 - SOLD
Silhouette, American, Hollow-Cut, Water Colored, Circa 1835
Likely by James Hosley Whitcomb, Deaf-Mute of Hancock, New Hampshire
Hollow-cut silhouette of a man in profile to left. Cut paper with hair and clothing details in watercolor or ink wash. Backed with black textile. The work mounted in period gilt frame.
(Frame: .25 x 5"; view: 2.5 x 3")
809-73 - SOLD
Pair of Very Good Hollow Cut, Pen & Ink & Watercolor Silhouettes, Lady and Gentleman
New England, 1820s
Outstanding fully painted body’s
Now mounted under eglomise matt within recently painted gold frame measuring 7.5 x 5"; view: 6 x 3.5"
809-72 - SOLD