Paint Decorated Miniature Bowl
New England, ca. 1820-1840, original yellow paint with green foliate decoration about the inside rim. Similar decoration to that seen on small tables in that period typically from NH and Maine. Fine condition, just about 5 ¼ inches diameter with ¼ inch shrinkage across the grain; about 1 ¾ inches tall.
MASTERWORK. Rare Lidded and Footed Burl Bowl.....SOLD
Northeast, ca. late 18th to 19th century. Expertly turned by a master woodworker from ash burl. The form and proportions are exceptionally well conceived and executed. Beautifully figured. Integrally-turned finial. Broad base that gives the design stability and balance. In MINT condition, the interior completely dry, the exterior with warm rich color. Very similar to the example shown in North American Burl Treen, Steve Powers, page 70, that piece I also owned and sold years ago. About 6 ¾ inches tall; diameter 5 ½. Provenance: Long time private New York collection.
Patriotic Ornamental Painter 7-Color Trade Sign.....SOLD
America, probably Midwest to Northeast, ca. 1860-1880. About the time of the Civil War and the Centennial, this unique survivor of ornamental painter George Gentle is centered by the American flag and shield, clearly showcasing his ‘Northern’ patriotic sentiments.
FINE TAB (LUG) HANDLED
CARVED ASH BURL BOWL
NATIVE AMERICAN. PUBLISHED.
Eastern New York State to Southern New England/Connecticut, ca. 1800. Finely hand-carved with silky feel and subtle contours of the tooling. The tab handles carved to conform to the shape of the bowl and chamfered to ease the edges. The outer rim also chamfered. The elevated foot is enclosed within an incised ring. Very dry patina, never varnished. Warm reddish hue and thousands of knife marks, which reflect how it was used. Appealing medium size of about 15 ¾ inches long x 12 3/8 wide x 6 ¾ high. Superb condition. Pictured in NORTH AMERICAN BURL TREEN, Powers, page 136.
Original paint history of early 19th century red over first 18th century black. Beautiful sophisticated form with bold crest rail terminating in deeply carved volutes. The carved arms and broad seat fronted by baluster-turned spindles, all supported by flared baluster-turned legs and stretchers. Elegant and sculptural. Yet not just visually compelling, it is very solid to sit in even with a person of substantial size. Excellent condition with no restoration, just expected wear on a Revolutionary War period survivor. Seat width about 24 inches, seat height about 17 1/2, overall height 44 ¾. For closely related examples see American Windsor Chairs, Nancy Goyne Evans, chapter 3 . Private Northeast collection.
Stern Fines for Racing your Horse or Wagon Across this Bridge!
Bridge Sign, American, ca. 1840-1890. Original paint on pine ground, with picture frame molding joined by large square nails. The bridge must have been fragile, and to protect it horses and wagons had to be made to pass over it slowly. If we assume the center of the dating range, say 1870, then $5 to $50 then would translate to $105 to $1050 in 2021! Imagine the sounds of the horses hoofs and wagon wheels creaking across the planks. The sign retains its white paint in strong lettering, while the ground, unprotected from paint, has worn so deeply that the lettering now stands proud. Nice small size at about 33 ½ inches long x 15 ¼ tall. Ready and easy to hang.
Rare Wrought Iron Churchwarden’s Pipe of Impressive Length
America or England, ca. 18th century. Blacksmith worked iron, seamed (unbrazed), elegantly curved 30 INCH STEM with tapering bowl and spur. Authentic church warden pipes are rare in iron, but especially so for one so lengthy. By comparison, the example at Winterthur (as shown on page 227 of Fennimore: “Iron at Winterthur”) is just 20 inches. See also Gentle and Field, Domestic Metalwork, 1640-1820, page 347. Excellent condition. Provenance: private collection, from Hollis Broderick years ago.