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Painting, Folk Art, Observation Tower in Seaport Town, Artist Unknown
New England, Circa 1850
By the same hand as that published in The Flowering of American Folk Art
Oil on canvas, with stencil of Goupil & Co., New York, on verso

See The Flowering of American Folk Art by Jean Lipman and Alice Winchester, (1974) page 60, plate 75. Also, Folk Paintings of America by Robert Bishop (1979) Page 60, plate 80; captioned as: Seaport Town, artist unknown, oil on canvas, c.1840. Its monumental scale indicates that the artist probably looked upon it as a very important structure in the bustling harbor. (Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kahn) The companion picture is again found in Young America, A Folk Art History by Jean Lipman, Elizabeth Warren and Robert Bishop, page 71.
(Generally good condition other than a 13” crease caused by stretcher pressure one inch from bottom; the work is mounted within a spool and ripple-molded walnut and walnut veneered frame of the period; excellent grain; could use a cleaning. Frame: 31.25 by 25.5”, sight-size: 22.5 by 17”)



Carved Burl Ash Bowl, NE, Early 19th Century

Great color & texture, slightly oblong with high trapezoidal ends and pierced handholds



Antique Optometrist Trade Sign, Eyeglasses, Painted Eyes, Banner with Name
American, 19th Century
Zinc and Sheet Iron…rare small size, historic surface - SOLD

A two-sided optometrist trade sign in scarcely encountered small size; pair of glasses featuring painted eyes surmounting a banner inscribed “J.D. Coles” (24” by 8”)

1305-1 - SOLD

Early Empire Mirror, Paint Decorated Ogee Molded Frame, Reverse Painted Tablet
American, Possibly Baltimore or Philadelphia, circa 1825-1845
Poplar and white pine

At four-feet tall, this architecturally significant mirror retaining original fancy paint is worthy of attention. (Original thin plate and eglomise panel; as depicted and expected…scattered minor paint losses; 49" x 27.25" x 4")



Tonawanda Man, Articulated Calliope Figure, Herschell-Spillman Company
Tonawanda, New York, Circa 1905
Polychrome, wood, metal, and fabric - SOLD

This fine and sensitive figure is extremely rare, one of a very few extant examples. The figure wearing his original clothing and leather shoes remains in excellent condition. The figure was originally connected to a carousel mechanism, the arm moved in a cranking motion while the head swayed back-and-forth. (Height: 51”; on stand: 68”)

195-31 - SOLD

Needlework, Westerwald, Joint Stool Vignette

Antique Needlework, Tree of Life Courting Scene, Canvaswork
English, circa 1700 (Frame: 29.75" x 1 7"; view: 14.75" x 28")
Wool and silk on linen

This graphic needlework picture features a central tree flanked by an elegantly dressed couple acutely aware of one another. The inclusion of various animals, birds, and butterflies in a lushly flowered setting complete with sun and billowing clouds represents Nature. The splendor of Nature is often depicted in needlework as a backdrop in which budding human relationships can flourish. Fine condition displaying strong color.

Westerwald Kugelbauchkrug Ball-Shaped Stein, Salt Glaze Stoneware, Steinzug, 1684
Lovely jug, ribbed strap handle, incised shoulder, tooled spout, 3-dated roundels, cobalt

(Very good original condition with typical glaze hairlines; H: 14.75” )

Copper Alloy Gothic Candlestick
Five Discoid Knop Form
North West Europe
15th Century

The long flaring socket having rounded molding at rim is pierced with square extracting aperture above shaft with five interspaced ring turned discoid knops above base featuring a stepped cone within waisted, integral drip base-tray above a flaring skirt. (Dimensions: H: 10.75 ”)

Period Joint Stool, Joined Table, William & Mary, American, Block & Turned Legs
Mid-Atlantic, circa 1700-1740

The tall proportions suggest that it may have been intended as a small table/stand
A white walnut [butternut] and pine joint stool/table featuring a rectangular top with thumb-molded edge above a plain apron with beaded edge joining raked block and baluster turned legs with remnants of button feet; the legs joining box stretcher. Top retains original wooden pegs and rosehead nails; double peg mortice and tenon joinery…nice old color. Very minor imperfections consistent and typical of age and use; during the 19th century a few screws were added; shrinkage crack to one block.
(Height: 23"; top: 22.5" x 12")


Antique Standing Lion Figures on Plinth, Molded Redware, Rockingham-Glazed
English, circa 1850

A handsome pair with only very minor imperfections, couple tiny chips to bottom of base; one ear with chip, they display well. (Bade: 11 3/8” by 4 7/8”, height 8.5”)



Antique Cigar Store Figure; Indian Maiden, Carved & Painted, 32 Inch
Possibly by Ruef Brothers, Tiffin, Ohio (Purported history)

A polychrome carved Indian Maiden countertop tobacconist figure on molded plinth in historic painted surface; America, last half 19th century, the figure with a studded metal headband, her left shoulder wrapped in a robe with right arm extended holding a bundle of cigars, old painted surface. Minor imperfections; paint loss, 31.75" overall height. As to its size: Modern scholarly opinion is that this is not a "Countertop" figure; the term crept into the vocabulary during the Fred Fried "Artists in Wood" era. Several serious students of cigar store figures collect cabinet cards and images of trade figures and have never seen a single image of a figure such as this sitting on a counter at a shop. The Katz Collection contains many images of small (24-inch) pieces sitting on tall narrow bases placed out on the street in front of the shop (easy to take in at night!) or mounted above doorways or sitting in windows of tobacco shops but never on a counter. A small figure might have cost $30.00 which was a large sum for a small local shop owner to afford. The small size was related to affordability and the incredibly small size of many of the stores. Anyway…something to think about.



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