Table Cover, Embroidered
New England, Circa 1830 to 1840
Wool and silk on wool
A vibrant crewel-embroidered table cover featuring a basket of flowers centered by undulating floral vine; applied fringe border all against a vivid indigo blue ground. (Professionally mounted for wall display: 32” square)
Trade Sign, E.E. Joy / Cash Store, Excellent Original Condition, Maine, Circa 1880
The business was located on Summer Street, Kennebunk
Wonderful silhouette, lettering and surface - SOLD
(L: 99.5”, H: 27.75”, D: 1”)
505-129 - SOLD
Early Corner Chair, Round-About Chair in Salmon Paint
Rhode Island, Circa 1750
Maple and ash
A wonderful example from an identified group of early 18th-century Rhode Island turned furniture; in period surface
The chair is related to a group of gate-leg tables featuring legs turned with thin columns that suddenly bulge into two compressed balls, a design almost identical to the stretchers of this round-about chair.
Although this chair probably postdates the tables by twenty years, the chair is clearly the product of a later generation of craftsmen active within the same period and location. At present, only one other example of related seating furniture has been discovered, a side-chair in severely degraded condition.
The chair has survived in remarkable original condition; all original structural and ornamental components intact, including its fragile splats, feet, and maple splint seat. (Seat has experienced losses and has been reinforced by the insertion of wooden slats. An exposed vertical slot on the proper-left post is a mistake made by the craftsman who made the chair, a mortise for a splat cut in the wrong location. The curved and stepped crest and outwardly scrolled arm rail have sustained some early and minor shrinkage; several cracks that likely occurred in the 18th-century were repaired in the period with wrought-nails. The present surface is undisturbed 19th-century salmon paint over an earlier layer of red.
The group of distinctive Rhode Island turned furniture is examined in American Furniture, Chipstone 2005, pages, 2-21.
Maple Candlestand, Country Queen Anne, Original surface, First Red Paint
New England, 18th Century
Square top; the corners feature birds’ eye maple veneer, vase and ring-turned post raised on tripod base retaining full pads; great color!
(Excellent condition; H: 26.5"; top: 14 by 14.5")
Chest on Chest, Chippendale, Bonnet Top, Carved Fan, Pilasters, Bosses, Small Size
Massachusetts, Possibly Concord (Circle of Joseph Hosmer)
Circa 1785 (Cherry)
An outstanding example displaying successful form, carving, and a good surface
A virtually identical chest-on-chest is illustrated and discussed in Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans' New England Furniture at Winterthur, pages 398-400. Another chest with closely related fan and carved pilasters is illustrated and discussed in New England Furniture by Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, pages 204-208. For further information about Hosmer, see The Concord Museum, Decorative Arts from a New England Collection. David F. Wood, Editor, pages 21-24.
(Lovely period brasses may be second set; minor imperfections consistent with age and use. Dimensions: full height to finial: 85”; H to pediment: 80.5”; bottom case W: 39”; bottom case D: 21.25”; top case W: 36”; top case D: 18.5”)
Tavern Table, Original Surface History
New England, Mid 18th Century
Maple and white pine, fine original condition
This example features fine proportions, robust turnings, and a good surface.
The perfectly balanced top with bread-board ends pinned to plain apron with drawer retaining original turned-pull. The block and turned legs joined by box stretcher are raised on turned feet remaining at full height. All aspects remain in fine original condition; nineteenth century grain paint over original red; top thinning to expose lovely red. (Dimensions: 26” H, 26.25 by 38” top.)
Gangway Board, Carved, Great Seal of the United States, Banded in Brass
Anonymous Carver, 19th Century
Beautiful display piece for wall or floor, complete with custom display stand
(Excellent condition, nice patina, perhaps a few replaced baseplate screws; 28.25 by 40.5 by 6")
Needlework, Mary Ann Walton, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, House & Barn Sampler
Little to nothing is known about Mary Ann Walton who did not include the completion date of this work; it appears that she picked-out her birthdate later or used a thread with bolder pigment. Unlike other known Portsmouth house and barn samplers, this work is rectangular rather than the typical square forma; her choice of border design is atypical. Mary Ann did not include the name of her teacher; however, the work shares common design elements when compared to the work of Mary Ann Marden, worked at the school of M.A.F. Hall, and another wrought by Adaline Ferguson who was instructed by Elvira Walden. Note that these samplers all display closely related imagery including flower baskets and flanking flying cherubs centering/holding the festooned tasseled swag. The houses on the Walton and Marden samplers are similar, each two-story and each set at an oblique angle. The sampler is possibly mounted in the original frame and remains in excellent condition with only very minnow imperfections.
(Frame: 25.5 x 20.5"; view: 21.5 x 16.5")
Pair of Federal Pendant Portraits, Man and Woman
Anonymous, American School, early 19th century
Oil on canvas
Soberly yet well-dressed, this couple belonged to the rising middle class in post-Revolutionary America. May have been painted following a wedding or to mark a professional success of the husband. The portraits have been lined on canvas and mounted on newish stretchers, otherwise original condition.
(Frame: 30 x 27.5"; view: 22 x 25")
Mirror, Federal, Convex, Eagle
Likely English, Circa 1825
Carved and gilt, eagle on rockery plinth with floral carved boss centered by acanthus carving surmounting molded frame featuring black-painted molded liner; surrounding a convex mirror plate; all above shell, flower and foliate carving.
(Very attractive and clean; minor old repairs; 49 by 31.5 ”)
William and Mary Highboy, Old Surface, Shaped Apron, Original Ball Feet
Massachusetts, Circa 1690-1725
Maple with some figure and white pine; diminutive size
A two-part high chest, the upper section featuring two short over three long drawers, resting on a three drawer base raised on trumpet/bell-turned legs joined by flat serpentine stretchers on robust ball feet. Old Victorian surface including ebonized legs, stretchers and moldings. The brasses are not original, other minor imperfections congruent with age and use; legs and molding are original. (Height: 61.5”, bottom case measures 39 by 21”, top case measures 35.25 by 19”)