Fraktur, Birth Certificate, Watercolor & Ink, Gilbert (John Conrad) 1810, Parrots
Johann Conrad Gilbert, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Berks County
Birth Certificate for David Berck, b. 1810
(Light creases throughout; couple minor tears secured; frame: 16 X 11”, view: 13 X 8)
Howard Gilt Zinc & Copper Rooster Weathervane, C. 1854-1867, Original Surface History
Best Surface, Fine Original Condition, (J. Howard, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts)
Two-part hollow cast zinc flattened full-body vane, with corrugated sheet copper tail and cast copper feet, supported on an iron bar; displaying a historic painted surface in dry patina. A similar rooster vane by J. Howard is illustrated in The Art of the Weathervane by Steve Miller, Schiffer Publishing, Pennsylvania, 1984, page 37, and A Gallery of American Weathervanes and Whirligigs, by Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblenz, Crown Publishers, 1981, page 34.
(27 X 24.25”)
Folk Portrait of a Gentleman Wearing Brown Coat, American School, Circa 1840
This guy seduces emotional participation, hard edged yet agreeable folk art!
(Shrinkage fissures stabilized with battens; minor fill; 18 x 28.25")
Tall Clock, Federal, Inlaid, Attributed to Nathan Lombard, Sutton, Massachusetts
Mass., Circa 1800 to 1810
Distinct stylistic, ornamental, and construction details support a strong attribution to Nathan Lombard (1777-1847). The cherry case with mahogany banding features chevron stringing and stylized foliate ornamentation; all characteristics of Lombard's inlays and shop traditions. The urn and foliate motifs issuing crossing vines, tulip heads, rosettes and droplet-shaped leaf inlays relate it to those found on several desk- and - bookcases attributed to Lombard (see Jobe and Pearce, "Sophistication in Rural Massachusetts: The Inlaid Cherry Furniture of Nathan Lombard" in Beckerdite, American Furniture (1998), p.166, fig.3 and p.181, fig.32) as well as to a group of candle-stands (see Jobe and Pearce, p.188, fig.46; p.189 figs. 47-49; p.192, fig.54, see also Christie's, June 17, 1997, lot 415). Constructional features relate this clock to other pieces attributed to and signed by Lombard; they include small, widely s paced glue-blocks at the case bottom; a feature found on many Lombard case pieces including a chest that bears his signature (Jobe and Pearce, p.173).
There are nearly forty objects attributed to Nathan Lombard, however, only one other clock (private collection) is currently associated with Lombard’s shop (illustrated in Jobe and Pearce, p.187, fig. 42). Upon comparison of the two clocks the viewer will observe overall case and ornamental similarities including deeply cove-molded arched cornices; relatively simple, unsigned dials with related enameled designs, fitted with nearly identical hands; also fluted colonettes with Corinthian capitals and molded brass bases; reeded quarter columns with brass bases; and capitals resting on engaged and inlaid plinths. As is often the case, the case was once reduced in height; a horizontal section of the base equal to the height of lower cross-banding and the lower half of each foot was removed. The aforementioned now expertly restored to full height in an undetectable and most successful manner. (H: 95”)
Redware Dog, Possibly Bell Pottery,
Maybe Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Circa 1840 to 1860
Seated figure clutching basket in mouth, base incised and impressed
(Very good, repaired tight fissure to basket handle is glued, else fine and original; height: 5”, L: 5”, W: 2.25”)
American Reflective Candle Sconce, Covered Reflector, Tin-Lead Alloy Reflectors
19th Century (1800-1830)
Tin, sheet iron, pewter and glass, single tabbed candle cup, fluted bobeche
Truncated cone of one piece of sheet iron dished like a shallow bowl having a narrow bezel-like collar providing depth for reflectors and a device for securing glass. This example contains 13-highly reflective almost paper-thin cast components made by pouring molten tin-lead alloy on top of glass objects such as bowls, tumblers, plates and drawer knobs to name a few. Each segment lightly soldered to one and other and to the back. (Diameter: 9.25"; depth: 5.75")
Pipe Box, Hanging, Shaped & Pierced Backboard, Drawer, Original Surface
Connecticut or Rhode Island, Circa 1770-1820
Cherry, pine and chestnut secondaries
Exquisite design featuring wonderfully shaped side and backboard joining thumb- molded front panel above thumb-molded drawer with brass pull. Ex Harry Hartman, Pam Boynton, AAAWT to private collection. (Tiny losses to corners of drawer face; minor restoration to bottom drawer bottom compensating wear, else fine; H: 22”, W: 5.75”, D: 5.25”)
Profile Portraits of Man and Woman, Robert Seevers, Pencil and Watercolor
Attributed to Robert Seevers (American, Ohio, Boron 1807) Circa 1830s
A pair of pencil and watercolor profile portraits housed in painted frames
See: Kern, Warwick, et al, "Four Ohio Nineteenth-Century Folk Artists" in The Magazine Antiques, August 2007, pages 90-97.
(Minor frame imperfections; light surface scratches will easily be covered; wood loss to bottom right corner of lady’s frame, else very good; frame: 9.75 X 11.5”, view: 8.75 X 6.5”)
Sugar Chest, Sheraton, Wide Rectangular Form, Original Surface
Probably Kentucky, Unknown Maker, Circa 1830
White walnut (Butternut) with poplar secondary wood
The rectangular lid with cleated ends (breadboard) having applied moldings and retaining original butt-hinges above a conforming case of mortise and tenon joinery; the whole on nicely turned legs resting on ball-feet; legs and stiles integral. The once divided interior retains four original guides that received the dividing panel which is missing. The surface is darkly oxidized and uniform; pigment on top is worn at center and has a white ring stain (we have a quote to restore and expertly blend), else fine. (H: 30"; W: 39"; D: 17")
A Silk Embroidered Picture of the Barnard Family of Philadelphia, Folwell, Circa 1810
Designed and Painted by Samuel Folwell (1770-1824), Worked by Amelia Wright Barnard
General Barnard hosted the marquis de Lafayette, Trenton, NJ, 24 July 1825
Silk, watercolor and ink on silk and eglomise panel, descended in the family of the subjects
Depicted are General Barnard of Philadelphia, his wife, Amelia, who worked this embroidery, and their four children. [Amelia hired Folwell to design the composition and to paint the faces and hands of the figures] As a young man, General Barnard rose in the ranks of the Continental Army under George Washington. Barnard’s tour of duty begat a successful political career, as evidenced by his being chosen to welcome and host the Marquis de Lafayette upon his arrival in Trenton, New Jersey on 24 July 1825 (Frederick Butler, The Memoirs of the Marquis de Lafayette, page 351). For similar examples of Folwell’ s work, see The Magazine Antiques (February 1981), pp. 420-422. Any respected American needlework book will discuss works produced by Samuel Folwell, a Philadelphia painter and embroidery designer. Folwell worked with his wife, Ann Elizabeth Gebler Folwell, at her school, Ann’s School of Embroidery.
An existing crack at the upper-right corner of the cylinder glass has been expertly realigned, and HXTAL Optical Epoxy (with the same refractive index as the glass) was applied. Full conservation report (2012) is available; some provenance. Dimensions: 27.5” x 39.25”.