Pleasing Floral Watercolor
New England, ca. 1840.
Watercolor on paper of a calming portrait of flowers rising from a planter. Simple and delightful. Minor tear left center. Signed lower right SOPHIA L JOHNSON. Period and maybe original gilt ripple frame of 16 inches x 14 ¼. From a private Maine collection.
EXCEPTIONAL Anniversary Tin Top-Hat and Fan
Offered together or separately
American, ca. 1860. During the second half of the 19th century, the tenth, or "tin" anniversary was one of great celebration. Whimsical gifts fashioned from tin were often presented to the married couple, made by professional tin smiths. Below are two exceptional examples, a gentleman’s top-hat with broad rim a “crimped” band; and a lady’s fan with folds that alternate in and out. Both in exceptional condition with perfect dry surfaces, and both with custom-fitted stands. Including stand the hat is about 17 ½ inches tall, the fan 21 inches.
Petite Paint Decorated Box with VIVID Color
Northeast, ca. 1820. Dry original intense red paint with black dot and line decoration on softwood (maybe basswood). Shows on all four sides. Also retains original tin hinges, held on the interior by wrought nails. Dovetailed. Small size such that it can be put most anywhere, including on a candlestand or mantel or shelf. Just 8 ¼ inches long x 4 ¾ deep x 3 1/8 tall. Exceptional condition.
Paint Decorated Tinware Snuff or Patch Box....SOLD
Northeast, ca. 1820-1840. A tiny treasure, this paint decorated snuff box features a polychrome patera on a bold smoke-decorated ground. Precisely painted in superb condition. Note the very small size of about 3 inches long x 1 ¾ wide x ¾ deep. Excellent condition.
Anniversary Tin Necklace and Accessories
The whimsical necklace is humorously fitted with a chunk of coal, rather than a gem, most likely as a anniversary joke, or perhaps even for good riddance. Three other pieces of anniversary tin offered as a group: a single shoe, a baby rattle (that really rattles) and a tiny woven basket.
Fine “High Country” Queen Anne Candlestand in Historic Surface
New England, ca. 1760-1790. Likely North-shore Boston to Portsmouth area. Almost surely the original surface, the surface varnish (now oxidized and patinated to a dark red leaning toward black) likely pigmented to emulate mahogany, the premier furniture wood in that period, yet unavailable or too expensive for country makers. The top looks like figured birch, or possibly walnut. Elegant form, the broad base with beautifully carved cabriole legs. Note the graceful sweep of the legs from the knee (spurred underneath) down to the ankles, then sweeping upward leading into the carved-padded feet.
Important Pair Small Portraits on Wooden Panels. Attributed to Jasper Miles (formerly known as Mr. Boyd).....SOLD
Likely Ohio, New York State, or Pennsylvania, ca. 1830-1840. For many years portraits by this artist were attributed to "Mr Boyd". Recent research has now identified "Mr Boyd" as actually Jasper Miles (1782-1849). See Magazine Antiques, July/August 2016 for the research by David Allaway, "Jasper Miles-19th c. Portrait Artist". As is characteristic with other examples by Miles, this pair is oil paint on wooden panels (probably poplar), the panels about nine by seven inches; they have an extraordinary attention to detail in the hair, which is drawn in miniaturist technique with a sharp-pointed brush; and there is a distinctive horn-shaped shading to the inner ear (look closely at the man's ear). The man has an upright posture, and his far arm is suggested simply by a triangle. As with others of this period, the ovals have rough edges that would be concealed by a cardboard or eglomise mat, and one can see Miles' color tests and/or brush cleaning outside the image area. Both sitters' clothing shows subtle, extensive detail, while the lovely young lady's portrait is enhanced by the splash of color from yellow ribbons in her lace bonnet and her salmon shawl. Note the gentleman's tie in the form of a bow, his high collar, double-breasted coat, and swept-aside hair part, all high-style for this period. Excellent condition with exceedingly minor retouch to background. Frames are contemporary, made to fit these profiles several decades ago. Overall frame sizes about 11 inches x 9 1/4. Provenance: Long-time Private Collection from Peter Tillou; David Wheatcroft, Don Olson, private Southern Collection. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS..