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Painted Decorated Fireboard
York County, Pennsylvania, Circa 1820
Stone House within landscape, sunset sky within black border - SOLD


Painted Decorated Fireboard
York County, Pennsylvania, Circa 1820
Stone House within landscape, sunset sky within black border, entire view

Examples by this hand are illustrated in Architectural Digest Magazine, page 145,
December 1991. Also, Skinner, Hark Away, the Babcock Collection, lot 46, 147, and
162; November 1985. Minor scattered professional fill limited to sky and outside edges.
(34.5" x 33.75" x 1")

SOLD

1221-92




Important Period American Fireback, The Horseman 1774, Boston
Published: The Bible in Iron by Henry C. Mercer, page 251, no. 397, plate 397
Once owned by Nathaniel Kidder, Boston, Massachusetts
Cast Iron, Arched Top - SOLD


Important Period American Fireback, The Horseman 1774, Boston
Published: The Bible in Iron by Henry C. Mercer, entire view

Mr. Kidder found the fireback near Boston, and there can be no doubt that the casting, which shows was
made by English workman at one of the old Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island furnaces then
in blast. [A letter from William S. Appleton of Boston, to Dr. Henry C. Mercer of June 25, 1917, states
that he examined Mr. Kidder’s fireback carefully and that the inscription at the top reads, “Bates the
Famous Horseman.” From the Boston Records Commissioners’ Reports, August 27, 1773, “Mr. Jacob
Bates, a famous horseman, attended and craves to leave to the selectmen to erect a fence in the
Common-in order to show his feats in Horsemanship.”]
(23.25” by 30”)

SOLD

745-158




Fireboard, Summer Chimney Board, Original Paint, Highly Oxidized
New England, found in Northern Worcester County, Massachusetts
Circa 1800 - SOLD


Fireboard, Summer Chimney Board, Original Paint, Highly Oxidized
New England, found in Northern Worcester County, Massachusetts
Circa 1800, entire view

A finely joined molded example featuring a single long recessed panel above three matched vertical panels within mortise
and tenon frame. (37" by 32" by 1")

SOLD

746-1




Fireboard, Painted, Classic Castle Landscape, Maine History, Artist Signed
By descent, the Hansen Family of South Berwick, Maine (Painted for family home)
Circa 1830's
Frederic Thomas Somerby, American Painter (1814 to 1871)
White pine
Somerby was a writer, artist and decorative painter who kept a studio in Boston - SOLD


Fireboard, Painted, Classic Castle Landscape, Maine History, Artist Signed
By descent, the Hansen Family of South Berwick, Maine (Painted for family home)
Circa 1830's, entire view

On the back, in pencil; Harry H. Hansen states that "the board was in Grandfather Hansen' house; Grandmother told of an itinerant painter being employed to paint the board for the fireplace in the old homestead about 1830; was sent to me by Mrs. Abbott who bought and lived in the old home soon after I was married in 1875 and she did not know that anyone would appreciate it more than I who had lived so many years with my grandfather. I am turning it over to my niece Mrs. Annie Allen McDonald". Harry H. Hansen. (Fine original condition; 37 by 26.25")

417-90 - SOLD




Turned and Painted Barbers' Pole, Original Surface History
19th Century
America - SOLD


Turned and Painted Barbers' Pole, Original Surface History
19th Century
America, entire view

This trade stimulator is nicely turned and features an old and dry crusty surface that is uniform and at nearly 100% coverage. The pole is surmounted with a large spherical terminal on robust reel and ring turnings above the outwardly flaring strait-sided-midsection above an appropriately sized orb raised on turned plinth. The surface displays both original and very old early working period repaint. There is some wood loss/splintering limited to base; scattered crackle, soiling and minor losses. (Dimensions: 74.5" H.)

505-71 - SOLD




Fireplace Mantel and Surround, Carved Portraits of Washington and Lafayette
Vintage, Early 20th Century, Original Surface, Dry Patina, Hand Carved
Found on Long Island, New York - SOLD


Fireplace Mantel and Surround, Carved Portraits of Washington and Lafayette
Vintage, Early 20th Century, entire view

At the center is a relief carved panel replete with symbols of mourning; it is raised and centered against a field of angled matchstick molding flanked by blocked ends featuring relieve carved portraits of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette; above reeded columns; The surround is surmounted with a conforming and projecting mantel, its forward edge is carved; ornamented with tasseled swags against a diapered ground centered by molded narrow frieze. (Several small pieces of molding are missing and will be easily replicated by our restorer or yours; H: 62.5", W: 78", D: 8.75")

232-300 - SOLD




Eagle, Cast Iron, Gold Leaf
Daniel Meeker Foundry
Newark, New Jersey
Circa 1850 - SOLD


Eagle, Cast Iron, Gold Leaf
Daniel Meeker Foundry
Newark, New Jersey
Circa 1850, entire view

A proud and powerful American symbol in weathered gold leaf surface perched on cloudband designed as architectural ornamentation. An eagle of the same form guards the entry, above the main doors of the Arsenal at 64th Street and 5TH Avenue, New York City; it was chosen by the buildings architect, Martin E. Thompson in 1851. (Width: 74"; height: 30".)

274-108 - SOLD


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