American Antiques & Art

American primitive paintings, furniture, textiles, folk art,
and related accessories of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.


“The Volunteer Firemen”

An exceptional pasteboard band box, New York, circa 1835.
Its papers, “The Volunteer Fireman” and “The Castles in Spain,” depict the engine received in 1830 by the Eagle Engine
Company #13 of New York and are in shades of browns, whites, and tans on a vibrant blue background.
Pasted inside the cover is a trade card that reads: “Joseph L. Freeman at The Old Hat Stand of
Joseph S. Tillinghast, Union Street, New Bedford.” 17¼" wide, 11¼" high, 131/8" deep.


An Exceptional Pair of Appliquéd and Embroidered Pot Holders

American, probably Pennsylvania, circa 1875. Wool and Cotton. An artistic statement executed
in reds, blues, greens, and pinks on a black wool background. 6¼" x 6", 5½" x 5½".


An Exceptional Paint Decorated Tilt-top Candlestand

Pennsylvania; pine, circa 1840-50. Wonderfully shaped top decorated with an elaborate feather and circle design
which tilts above a ring turned shaft ending in scrolled legs and all in reds, greens, and black on mustard yellow.

Inscribed “Leonard M. Bennetch 1907. Penja Dutch Tilt-top candle stand Old Bennetch Family Heirloom
inherited by Emma Mary Bennetch b 1871 d 1968 from her ancestors.” Height 41 5/8”, top 18¾” square.


An Exceptional Carved Cane with a Man’s Head Atop a “Whimsy Staff”

Signed and carved on all four sides of the staff: “Abram Cook, Maker, 1906, Canisteo” New York. Wood in untouched original surface. The carved, small objects move freely within the staff. This cane is an example of form and function that transcends into a strong expression of folk art in wood.
Height 36".


A Very Fine and Early Handmade Cloth Doll

New England, first quarter of the 19th century. The doll’s clothing and construction are all original. Her costume consists of a silk “trapunto-like” skirt with silk fine gauze and cotton used in her apron, waistband, blouse, and cap. She has a sculpted nose, stitched eyes and mouth, appliquéd rosy cheeks, and human hair applied under her cap. In the tradition of early doll making, her body was formed with rolled linen homespun. A simply warm and wonderful example of a handmade doll that has incredible presence. Height 18½”.

Provenance: Patsy Orlofsky, South Salem, NY, and Avis and Rockwell Gardner, Stamford, CT.


A Dynamic Painted and Decorated Boot and Shoemaker’s Trade Sign

Salem, Massachusetts: pine, circa 1880. Signed: “Manderbach.”

This boldly and imaginatively painted sign in its dry original untouched condition depicts the nature of Mr. F.J. Arnold’s business and the goods he offered for sale. The U.S. 1880’s census lists Frank J. Arnold (b. 1861) as “working in a shoe shop in Salem, Essex Massachusetts.” WD 54½", HT 19", DP 2".


An Exceptional Cobalt Blue Slip-Decorated Ovoid Stoneware Jug
with a Unique Balloon Ascension Motif

American, probably New York state, circa 1835-55. The unique subject may commemorate the historically significant balloon ascension in Cincinnati in 1835 by Richard Clayton, a Cincinnati silversmith, who established a world record in his spectacular ascent from the Cincinnati Amphitheater in April 1835 and his 350-mile voyage into Monroe County, Virginia.
Most unusual are three “3” gallon markings that look like clouds around the heavily dotted balloon that holds the
navigator manning his ship. A remarkable and rare example of decorated stoneware. Height, 16 inches.



An Extraordinary Pair of Full-length Miniature Portraits

Attributed to Justus Da Lee (1793-1878). Watercolor and pencil on paper, circa 1840.
Inscribed on the reverse: “Lucia Caroline aged 2 years 6 months and Charles Augustus aged 4 years 4 months,
1840 Feb Albany.” Da Lee took great pride in painting details and in his use of color as seen in Lucia's red
dress and black apron. Their delicately drawn faces, hair, and objects they hold are characteristic of his
refined stylized work. Sight size 4½" x 2 7/8", 14" x 12" framed.

Illustrated: The Magazine Antiques, July/August 2011, “Side Portrait Painters Differentiating the
Da Lee Family Artists” by Joan R. Brownstein and Elle Shushan, p. 155, fig. 3.


CLASSICAL IN MINIATURE
An Exceptional Miniature Carved Classical Sofa

American, possibly Philadelphia, circa 1825-30. This graceful and delicate “little gem” is exquisitely carved in mahogany with pine as the secondary wood and retains its original fabric and tacks. Said to have descended in the family of Thomas Madden Adams (1836-1912) and retains an old label that reads “Parks M. Adams 1211 Stevenson Lane, Baltimore 4, Md.” Width 15¾" Height 7½" Depth 5¼"


A Warm and Charming Handmade Cloth Doll

American, probably New England, third quarter of the 19th century. LuLu’s painted bright blue eyes, big rosy cheeks, and expressive eyebrows bring a smile to your face. She has a slightly molded head and a plaque of brown velvet on the back of her head, simulating hair. Her costume and construction are all original. Height, 21 inches.
Provenance: Patsy Orlofsky and Gretchen Sharp.


An Outstanding Collection of Velvet Fruits and Vegetables in a Grand Wire Compote

A thirty-three-piece collection of velvet fruits and vegetables in brilliant colors, rare forms, and beautiful condition. Included in the grouping is a rare ear of corn, three very large carrots, strawberries, melons, a tomato, a mushroom, and some rare miniatures. Height 16", width 18".


An Extraordinary Green-Glazed Redware Covered Jar

American, probably Bristol County, Massachusetts, circa 1810-40. Height 10½ in.
The jar with its vibrant mottled green copper oxide glaze, its superior ovoid form, and its cover with a reeded band is truly a masterpiece of American redware. It has been referred to as “looking like a giant emerald.”
Provenance: Wallis H. Darnley of Douglas, Mass., one-time curator at The Worcester Historical Museum.


An Exceptional Painted and Decorated Maine Box

Attributed to Salmon Brewster, Curtis Corner, Leeds, Maine, circa 1830.
This very graphic box simulates in painted decoration a paneled trunk with nine panels on each face outlined in black and red on a yellow ground, complete with a faux painted bail handle on the lid. 24" wide, 9¼" high, 11½" deep.
Maine at its very best in untouched original condition.


A Charming Pair of Portrait Miniatures of Ella and Elliott Baker, Springfield, Mass.

Attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1873). Watercolor on embossed valentine envelopes, circa 1853. These wonderful portraits are superior examples of Ellsworth’s work and illustrate his use of vivid colors seen in the children’s dresses with yellow and black polka dots, the fanicful blue-green and yellow chairs, and the cloverleaf clouds that frame the sitters’ faces. Rarely seen are the children’s names stamped in blue ink under each portrait.
3-3/16" x 2" sight size each, 5¼" x 6¼" framed.
Exhibited: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Oct. 13–Dec. 1, 1974.
Illustrated: James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter by Lucy B. Mitchell, p. 53, figs. A5 and A6;
Art in America
, October 1954.



American Antiques & Art

American primitive paintings, furniture, textiles, folk art,
and related accessories of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries

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