Major General Zachary Taylor, American Troops in Battle, Painting
Anonymous, Circa 1847 to 1850
This heroic painting depicts Major General Zachary Taylor (on white horse) at the Battle of Buena Vista (22 - 23 February 1847). The background depicts troops advancing under cover of artillery while the foreground depicts Taylor and another mounted officer directing the battle. More artillery sets up on their flank. An officer shown with these artillerymen bears a strong resemblance to period depictions of Captain Braxton Bragg. It was the timely arrival of Bragg's "Flying Artillery" that saved the day for the Americans.
The artist used a considerable amount of glazing to render the background, as well as the faces and uniforms. This contributes to the remarkable depth and clarity of the painting. The color is superb, from the soft pinks and blues of the sky and the subtle browns and green of the undulating hills to the roiling smoke of the cannon and the nuanced shading of the wind-whipped flags. It is clear that the artist did not allow enough drying time between glazes; as a result there is a degree of craquelure across the surface of the painting. In spite of this, the painting is so well rendered and pleasing to look at that the craquelure blends into the background.
The painting, which measures 26" by 36", retains its original stretcher; the picture has been lightly cleaned; there is no other restoration; one tiny puncture at upper left that we will have expertly restored. The gold leaf frame is period and appropriate; however, we are not certain if it is original to the painting.
Folk Art Courting Scene, Shepherd & Shepherdess, New England, Early 19th Century
Watercolor on paper; bright color
This charming watercolor courting scene depicts a couple in a bucolic setting with sheep in the foreground and in the background, on the far side of the river, stands a large center chimney house. The “shepherd” is placing a wreath of flowers on the head of a beautifully dressed young lady “shepherdess”. It was a delightful pastime for well to do young courting couples to dress up and venture into the countryside under the pretext of tending sheep!
(Minor scattered creasing and light foxing, later frame.17 ½” x 20” sight.)
Queen Anne Walnut Bonnet-top Highboy, Boston, Circa 1740 – 1770, Original Brasses
Walnut and white pine secondary woods
Pure Queen Anne; early lines and proportions
Elegant closed and molded, broken arch bonnet-top; above upper and lower cases of thumb molded drawers; top case features a tier of three short drawers above four graduated long drawer; the lower case with single long drawer over the center reverse blocked (concave carved) drawer flanked by a pair of short drawers. The three-part skirt features flat-headed arches; the whole raised on unusually graceful cabriole legs terminating on large pad feet. This high chest retains original small brasses typical of the style. Overall excellent condition consistent with age and use; as is typical, the finials are old replacements. Drawer linings to a single long drawer restored; very small patch to rear lower back corner of top case; a very tight [closed] fissure to side knee of proper left rear leg that in no-way compromises the integrity or aesthetic. A fine New England highboy offered at a most reasonable price that was sold by Joe Kindig III in 1978. (Correspondence available to purchaser)
(Overall height: 87"; upper: width: 37.25" depth: 19.25"; lower: width: 39.75"; depth: 20.5")
Pair of Solid Silver Spurs
Unsigned - SOLD
(5.5 by 3.25")
281-76 - SOLD
Pair of Plain Spurs, Silver
By J. Merick - SOLD
(4.5 by 3")
281-77 - SOLD
A Very Fine Pipe Tomahawk, Blade Features a Finely Engraved Buffalo, Circa 1850
Unknown maker, beautifully crafted
Unusual, rare and fine; the haft is wedged within the eye, haft is pierced, probably intended for a rawhide wrist thong.; the stem is threaded and is secure within mouthpiece. The bowl, chevron and molding display bands of tiny decorative beads.
Three Part Dining Table, Late Federal Style, Within the Circle of Thomas Seymour
Probably Boston, Circa 1820
Displaying exquisite design, masterful craftsmanship and remarkable condition; a scarcely encountered and outstanding survivor
Mahogany, primary; birch, maple and eastern white pine, secondary; original iron hinges with added brass “ leaf clips” on underside of top and leaves.
The present table is similar in design and many construction details to published examples known to have been produced within the Seymour shop, though likely made by a journeyman working for Seymour.
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The finish was previously expertly stripped and beautifully refinished. Original nails securing the side rail assemblies of the central section were removed at some time and replaced with screws; this is visible from the underside only. The table is in fine, stable condition; ready for daily service. (H: 28.75”, overall L: 103 by 50”, (three sections) with leaves in down position: 61.25 by 50”)
Rare and Important Pair of 17th Gilt Cast Candle Sticks
English, Circa 1670-1710
Having applied silver armorial of George Spencer-Churchill, the 5th Duke of Marlborough
The candlesticks retain original bobeches conforming with the gadrooned octagonal mid drip and base. The armorial was identified by the College of Arms in London. Armorial possibly added around 1800; the pair was probably given to the Duke at that time for a special occasion. (Additional information and references available)
Reference: Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820 and The English Candlestick 1425-1925.
(Very good to excellent condition with evidence of old straightening; H: 11.5”, base diameter: 7”) Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
Westerwald Wappenkrug, Crest Pitcher, Hybrid Pear/Ball Form, Dated 1680, Cobalt and Manganese
Germany - SOLD
A nice form displaying incised, molded, and applied molded ornamentation; original pewter lid incised with crossed swords centering “JJ/Z/1727. The seal [wappen] from Kurfursten, Ingelheim, Germany.
For similar forms, same period, see, Steinzeug, Kunstgewerbemuseum Der Stadt Koln, Koln 1986; pp., 329; 342, numbers 538 and 539, and a kugelbauch (ball shaped) page 339, number 531.
(Very good original condition with a single chip to lid near handle which is hidden by pewter rim, else fine. Height to finial approx. 10.5”, to rim: 9”)
Westerwald Salt Glazed Pewter Mounted Tankard, Humpen with Portraits
Germany, circa 1700 – 1740, Lid Inscribed “AG/16”
Blue and gray, crisp molding, fine original condition
For a similar form, same period, see, Steinzeug, Kunstgewerbemuseum Der Stadt Koln, Koln 1986; page 364, plate 598. (Height: 7")
Westerwald Salt Glazed Pewter Mounted Jug, Kugelbauchkanne, Unusual Decoration, Blue & Gray
Germany, Mid-18th Century; a wonderfully potted bulbous jug
Most unusual incised trailing figure eights centering conjoined groups of discoidal devices brushed in cobalt. (Fine original condition, original lid; Height at lid shell form thumb piece: 10"; height at rim: 8")