“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.
Exceptional Carved Cane with a Mans
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.
A Very Fine and Early Handmade Cloth Doll
New England, first quarter of the 19th century. The
dolls 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
Provenance: Patsy Orlofsky, South Salem, NY, and Avis
and Rockwell Gardner, Stamford, CT.
A Dynamic Painted and Decorated Boot and
Shoemakers 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. Arnolds
business and the goods he offered for sale. The U.S. 1880s
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
navigator manning his ship. A remarkable and rare example
of decorated stoneware. Height, 16 inches.
An Extraordinary Pair of Full-length Miniature
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"
A Warm and Charming Handmade Cloth Doll
American, probably New England, third quarter of the 19th
century. LuLus 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.
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".
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.
Exceptional Painted and Decorated Maine Box
Attributed to Salmon Brewster, Curtis Corner, Leeds, Maine,
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,
Maine at its very best in untouched original condition.
A Charming Pair of
Portrait Miniatures of Ella and Elliott Baker, Springfield,
Attributed to James
Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1873). Watercolor on embossed valentine
envelopes, circa 1853. These wonderful portraits are superior
examples of Ellsworths work and illustrate his use of
vivid colors seen in the childrens 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 childrens names stamped in blue
ink under each portrait.
3-3/16" x 2" sight size each, 5¼" x
Exhibited: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Oct.
13Dec. 1, 1974.
Illustrated: James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter by
Lucy B. Mitchell, p. 53, figs. A5 and A6;
Art in America, October 1954.