Measurement: Frame: 5.25" x 6.125"; view: 3.25" x 4.125"
Material: Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper
Condition: Good, typical toning, scattered minor staining
Additional Information: Presentation piece of some kind made to be presented as
school prize or gift in the form of a bookmark. Mounted within a period walnut frame in
old black paint; archival mounted.
Although displaying ubiquitous symbols of mourning, the tomb, mourners, and willow
tree being standard attributes of death, the mourning picture does not create a mood of
sadness. The unknown young artist excelled in this exercise, likely an important part of
her curriculum at a female seminary to which she devoted much time. The complexity of
composition, good sense of design, and the handling of details, fluid brushwork, and the
application of gold foil to the weathervane and dog collar speak to the inspired
instruction she received. The pastoral quality of landscape setting, tight vignettes,
abundant detail…dwellings, bridge, the renderings of different types of foliage; the
bridge, a spotted dog, three birds and a fence de-emphasize the mourning iconography.
Herringbone brush strokes creating the foliage of the iconic drooping willow at the
forefront imitate the texture of needlework stitches employed in embroidery of the
period. Centering the work are grieving figures at the tomb in the foreground which is
surmounted with a festooned urn; the tomb is vacant of inscription probably anticipating
a future need. The picture is mounted within the original gilt frame under an eglomise
glass having a black enamel and gold leaf border matt; original backboard; excellent
original condition. (Frame: 29.75 by 24.75"; view: 27 by 22")
At the center, conjoined hearts issuing a leafy vine joining two pair of flanking hearts
within stylized border. Folds, toning and minor paper losses; not examined out of frame.
(The modern frame measures: 15.25 x 13.25"; view: 13.5" x 11.5")
The below electronically translated from Latin to Dutch to English, perhaps not entirely accurate
Stand still traveler, it only takes a moment what I would like to make clear, you know on this place are the dry bones of a hero. Memorabilia/in memory of a person/the venerable and learned Mr. Johannes-born 4 March 1552 in Elrich/Hohnstein (Germany Saxony)-1579 with Beca married Wallace with whom he had a son and two daughters - Beca was taken away by the death. Then married Adelheid Warnemans in 1599-a marriage from which three daughters were born. Listen up! ... EH there! .... Traveler! -consider for a moment what I add, he has 55 consecutive years in a church Office. He died 27 August 1636-pleased him the last breath to blow out, 84 years he conventions/is he has become. Eh Traveler! Remember this man and all his years of piety and interests-pray for him-the noble m. Johannes Bindhuis.
(Very good condition, we do not know if the lead was updated long ago; 15.5 by 10.75”)
The work is mounted in period gilt frame (not examined out of frame) and displays some toning, and spotting; there is a 1.5" tear at lower right above hillock, good color, else fine. Accompanying the memorial is a familysearch.org record identifying her parents as Oren Root and Ruth Eddy of Farmington, Hartford County. We found that "a" Hannah Root (Widow of Daniel) is buried in the Strong Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut. (Frame: 16 by 13"; view: 13.5 by 10.5")
Among the scarce renderings within Henry Young's oeuvre are these colorful militia musicians on horseback. Inscribed is: John Miller, son of John Miller and his wife Catherine born a Moyer was born May the 29th in the year of our Lord 1828. The work is mounted within a painted and smoke-decorated frame of the period. (Frame: 11.25 by 13.75"; view: 8.25 by 11")
The lowers section with script surmounted by colorful potted flowers, spotted birds, and a portrait bust of a woman, all surrounded by yellow, black, and red borders. See The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of the Free Library of Philadelphia, plates 66 and 67. (9.5 by 7.5"; add 1 3/8" for frame)
Published within the Boston directories, Coles appears in 1796 as a heraldry painter. His son, John Coles, Jr. was also a portrait and heraldic painter. John Coles, and his son John, Jr., both of Boston, were actively painting coats-of-armor in New England during the last quarter of the eighteenth century and during the early nineteenth. Their work was generally after works published within Guillim's "Display of Heraldry," a folio published in several editions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The work is mounted within period Hogarth type frame; as depicted, minor losses at lower right.
(Frame: 14.5 by 12.25"; sight-size: 12 3/8 by 10")
The Hall Family; attributed to John Coles, Jr. (1749 to 1809)
In the Boston directories, Coles appears in 1796 as a heraldry painter. His son, John Coles, Jr. was also a portrait and heraldic painter.
John Coles, and his son John, Jr., both of Boston, were industrious painters of coat-armor in New England in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and in the early nineteenth. Their work was generally copied from Guillim's "Display of Heraldry," a folio published in several editions in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The work is mounted within a Hogarth type frame by Perry Hopf. Good condition. (Frame: 14.75" by 12.25"; sight-size: 12.25 by 9.75")
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA on 21 Jan 1817 to Lemuel Rice and Hannah Allen. Lemuel N. Rice passed away on 31 July 1821 in Worcester, Massachusetts. (The watercolor is properly mounted within an appropriate frame in old surface that is not period; small paper repair at upper-right corner; two short tears at upper left, else fine and original.) (Width: 19.5”; Height: 15.75”)
Attributed to J. Gilbert (active 1785-1820), Fraktur artist and Lutheran schoolmaster who worked at several churches in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. [Conrad’s son was also a schoolmaster; he taught at Zion’s Union Church school, Upper Tulpehocken Township, Berks County.] The Fraktur is recorded on page 313 of Papers for Birth Dayes, Guide to the Fraktur Artists and Scrivners, Volume I, by Russell D. and Corine P. Earnest; Second Edition, 1997. The work is mounted within a period paint decorated frame.
(Frame: 17 x 13"; view: 13.5 x 9.5")
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