Paint Decorated Canister.
Likely Ohio, possibly New England, ca. 1820.
While this form and paint decoration are common in small wooden canisters just a few inches tall, this tour de force rises above all, commanding attention with a presence that captivates from across the room.
Original dry brown and yellow vinegar paint on poplar or maple. By a master woodworker two centuries ago. Imagine the skill and experience required to turn a vessel of this size on a primitive lathe long before electricity.
The scale, and condition are remarkable, without the often found cracks to the lid or sidewalls (just an inconsequential shrinkage separation underneath and an in-the-making lathe gouge under the original paint).
Almost 14 inches tall to the top of the integral finial handle.
Provenance includes: Private Northeast collection; The Important American Folk Art Collection of Burton and Helaine Fendelman, Sotheby’s, 1993. Pictured in American Country, Mary Emmerling, 1980.