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RARE AND IMPORTANT OVAL SGRAFFITO GLAZED RED EARTHENWARE DISH WITH FLOWERS AND HEART, Attributed to Conrad Mumbouer, (1761-1845) OR JOHN MONDAY (1809-1862), Haycock Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1835-1845.

Provenance: George Horace Lorimer, Philadelphia

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, New York, 1977

Exhibited:On loan to IBM from the George Horace Lorimer Collection, c. 1942-1977.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Price Realized: $281,000


RARE SLIPWARE GLAZED RED EARTHENWARE PLATE WITH BLACK TULIPS SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, DATED 1816, 2 by 11.5625". diameter.

Provenance: George Horace Lorimer, Philadelphia

Parke-Bernet Galleries, "Fine American & English Furniture Collected by the Late George Horace Lorimer," March 29-April 1, 1944, lot 443

Pennypacker Auction Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, June 1979, lot 118

James and Nancy Glazer, Philadelphia, 1984

Exhibited: "Swiss Folk Art: Celebrating America's Roots," American Folk Art Museum, 1991/92

"American Radiance: Highlights of the Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum," de Menil Gallery at Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, October 15-December 15, 2002.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $81,250


SLIP-DECORATED AND SGRAFFITO GLAZED RED EARTHENWARE "DODOE" TEA CANISTER, Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1790-1820, Inscribed Dodoe 4.25 by 3.3125 in. diameter.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $6,000-10,000

Price Realized: $25,000


RARE PAINTED POPLAR SPICE CUP, Attributed to Jared Stiehly (1833-1911) and Elizabeth Mayer Stiehly (1826-1878), Mahantango or Schwaben Creek Valley, Northumberland or Schuylkill Counties Pennsylvania, Dated 1861. Inscribed on lid, paint: Isaac Stiely, May 1861, 7.75 by 4 in. diameter.

Exhibited: "Surface Attraction: Painted Furniture from the American Folk Art Museum," New York, American Folk Art Museum, September 20, 2005-March 26, 2005.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $245,000


PAINTED PINE HANGING CUPBOARD WITH SPOON SHELF, Attributed to John Drissel (ACT. 1790-1835), Milford Township, Bucks County Pennsylvania, Dated 1800. Inscribed door front, paint: Abraham Stauffer/1800, 19 by 10 by 5.375 in.

Provenance: M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, Baltimore

Sotheby's New York, "Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine," January 30, 1987, lot 886

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $209,000


RED, YELLOW AND BLACK PAINTED MAPLE, ASH AND TIN STORAGE BOX, PENNSYLVANIA, Dated 1853, Stamped on underside PATENT MC[?] & CO. Pat. AUG. 31. 1853 [?], 2.6875 by 3.9375 in. diameter.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $25,000


RARE GLAZED RED EARTHENWARE FISH FLASK OR BOTTLE, Rudolph Christ (ACT. C. 1800-1822), Salem Forsythe County, North Carolina, 1800-1822, 2.625 by 4.5 by 1.375 in.

Provenance: Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Sotheby's New York, "The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle," May 26-27, 1995, lot 331

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Price Realized: $53,125


DARK GREEN, RED AND WHITE PAINT DECORATED MAPLE AND POPLAR YARN REELER, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Dated 1821. Inscribed on top of base, paint: 1821 x N 45, 37.5 by 24 by 14 in.

Provenance: M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, Baltimore;

Sotheby's New York, "Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine," January 30, 1987, lot 836

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Price Realized: $31,250


RARE AND LARGE MAHOGANY CAKE BOARD, Attributed to John Conger (C. 1803/4-1869), New York, 1827-1845, 15.625 by 27 by 1.375 in.

Provenance: Sotheby Parke-Bernet, October 24-25, 1986, lot 144.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $37,500


IMPORTANT FEDERAL RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT DECORATED PINE CHEST OF DRAWERS, Mahantango or Schwaben Creek Valley, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties, Pennsylvania, CIRCA 1830. Appears to retain its original stamped brass hardware. 47.75 by 42.5625 by 21.9375 in.

Provenance: A.H. Rice, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

George Horace Lorimer, Philadelphia

Joe Kindig Jr., York, Pennsylvania

Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Sotheby's New York, "The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle," May 26-27, 1995, lot 307

Exhibited: "Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley," Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1987.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Price Realized: $221,000


JACOB MAENTEL (1778-?), JOHN BICKEL AND CATERINA BICKEL, WATERCOLOR, GOUCHE, INK, AND PENCIL ON PAPER, 19 by 12 in. each

1815-1825, Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Found in Jonestown. Pennsylvania

Ed and Mildred Bohne, Newmanstown, Pennsylvania, 1975

Exhibited: "American Folk Painters of Three Centuries," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1980

"Young America: A Folk Art History," American Folk Art Museum at IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 1986

"Simplicity, a Grace: Jacob Maentel in Indiana," Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN, 1989/90

"Five-Star Folk Art: One Hundred American Masterpieces," American Folk Art Museum, 1990

"Blue," New York, American Folk Art Museum, October 20, 2004-March 6, 2005

"Folk Art Revealed," New York, American Folk Art Museum, November 16, 2004-August 23, 2009.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $200,000-300,000

Price Realized: $401,000


JACOB MAENTEL (1778-?), ELIZABETH HAAK AND MICHAEL HAAK, WATERCOLOR, GOUCHE, INK, AND PENCIL ON PAPER, 17 by 10.75 in. each, 1830-1835, Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "The Garbisch Collection, Volume II," April 27, 29-30, 1977, lots 411 and 412

Exhibited: On loan to New-York Historical Society from the Garbisch Collection, 1971-1977

"The Flowering of American Folk Art, 1776-1876," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1974

"The All-American Dog: Man's Best Friend in Folk Art," American Folk Art Museum, 1977-78

"Hearth and Home: Architectural Selections from the Collection," New York, American Folk Art Museum, May 20-September 21, 2003.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $233,000


DARK GREEN PAINT DECORATED MINIATURE CHEST, Jacob Weber (1802-?), Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Dated 1849. Inscribed on front 1849 Lydia Kinzy, 6.125 by 10 by 5.9375 in.

Provenance: Howard and Jean Lipman, Wilton, Connecticut

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "The Howard and Jean Lipman Collection of Important American Folk Art & Painted Furniture," November 14, 1981, lot 20

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $25,000-40,000

Price Realized: $50,000


JACOB MAENTEL (1778-?), YOUNG MR. FAUL, WATERCOLOR, GOUCHE, INK, AND PENCIL ON PAPER, 15.875 by 10.875 in., 1835-1838, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Descended in family to Dorothy D. Faul, Robinson, Illinois

Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "The Garbisch Collection, Volume II," April 27, 29-30, 1977, lot 408

Exhibited: "A Portfolio of Primitive Watercolors," Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1964

"Jacob Maentel: A Folk Art Whodunit," American Folk Art Museum, 1965

On loan to New-York Historical Society from the Garbisch Collection, 1971-1977

"American Folk Painters of Three Centuries," Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1980

"Simplicity, a Grace: Jacob Maentel in Indiana," Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN, 1989/90

"Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined," New York, American Folk Art Museum, January 17-September 2, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $161,000


A RARE MANUSCRIPT BOOKLET, Daniel Steele, Pennsylvania, Early 19th Century, Approximately 40 decorated pages, colors vibrant, 5 by 8.25 in.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $25,000-35,000

Price Realized: $53,125


JACOB MAENTEL (1778-?), PORTRAIT OF HATTER JOHN MAYS OF SCHAEFFERSTOWN, WATERCOLOR, GOUCHE, INK, AND PENCIL ON PAPER, 15.5 by 12.5 in.

Provenance: Pook and Pook, Inc., Downington, Pennsylvania, "Period Furniture and Accessories," May 12, 2006, lot 716

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $60,000-80,000

Price Realized: $245,000


JACOB MAENTEL (1778-?), CATHERINE WILT, WATERCOLOR, GOUCHE, INK, AND PENCIL ON PAPER, mounted on printed cotton, 14 by 8 in. (23.5625 by 14.5 in. with cotton ground), painted circa 1830-1832, York, York County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Descended in family to Frederick W. Shaffer

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, January 27-30, 1982, lot 833

Marjorie Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1983

Exhibited: "American Radiance: Highlights of the Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum," de Menil Gallery at Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, October 15-December 15, 2002

"Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined," New York, American Folk Art Museum, January 17-September 2, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $15,000-20,000

Price Realized: $81,250


RUTH WHITTIER SHUTE AND SAMUEL ADDISON SHUTE (1803-1882), (1803-1836), MARY ANN RUSSELL. Inscribed recto, on letter, ink: Mifs Mary Ann Russell/ LoweII/Mafs; 6 [postage] / Boston 1828 Nov 4[postmark]. Together with a needlework sampler worked by Mary Ann Russell, in silk on linen (7.1875 by 6.125 in.). 2 pieces. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink, and gum arabic on paper, in original pine frame with mahogany veneer, 18 by 13.5 in. (25.3125 by 20.875 by 1.25 in. framed), 1828, Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Provenance: Professor North, Clinton, New York

Don H. and Barbara Ladd, Hampton, Connecticut

Esther Schwartz, Patterson, New Jersey

The Ladds, 1983

Marjorie Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut, as agent, 1983

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000

Price Realized: $317,000


RARE WATERCOLOR AND CUT GILT PAPER HEART AND HAND LOVE TOKENS, Probably New England, Circa 1820, 9.25 by 14.125 in.

Provenance: Howard and Jean Lipman, Wilton, Connecticut

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "The Howard and Jean Lipman Collection of Important American Folk Art & Painted Furniture," November 14, 1981, lot 88

Exhibited: "Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions," New York, The South Street Seaport Museum, June 20-October 7, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000

Price Realized: $34,375


WATERCOLOR PAINTING OF A COUPLE UNDER AN ARBOR, Probably Pennsylvania, Circa 1800, Watercolor and ink on paper, 11.75 by 14 in.

Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut

M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, Baltimore

Sotheby's New York, "Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine," January 30, 1987, lot 100

Exhibited: Where Liberty Dwells, Nineteenth-Century Art by the American People: Works of Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tillou, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 1976

"Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions," New York, The South Street Seaport Museum, June 20-October 7, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Price Realized: $106,250


RARE WATERCOLOR CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH AND BAPTISM FOR JOHN WESLEY DASHAM, HENRY YOUNG (1792-1861), Probably Aaronsburg, Centre County Pennsylvania, Circa 1852. Watercolor and ink on paper. Inscribed recto, ink: Certificate of Birth and Baptism / Mr. John Wesley Dasham, a Son of Mr. Jacob / Dasham and his wife Lydia, born a Royer, was/born December the 16th 1852. This child was born in Potter /Township, Centre County, State of Pennsylvania, and baptized / by the Revd. Rothrauf His Sponsors were, the Parents. 11 by 7.5 in.

Provenance: Sotheby Parke-Bernet, June 30-July 1, 1983, lot 370

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $25,000-35,000

Price Realized: $25,000


ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN DURAND (FL. CIRCA 1765-1782), PORTRAIT OF A MAN (POSSIBLY CAPTAIN FITZHUGH GREENE) AND PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN (POSSIBLY MRS. FITZHUGH GREENE), OIL ON CANVAS, 29.3125 by 24.3125 in. each, C. 1768-1770, New York, Connecticut, or Virginia

Provenance: J. Crooks, Esq., The Hospital for Sick Children, London

Sotheby's London, Important 18th and 19th Century Paintings, March 18, 1970, lot 22

Pawsey & Payne, London

Florene Maine, Ridgefield, Connecticut, 1972

Exhibited: "Blue," New York, American Folk Art Museum, October 20, 2004-March 6, 2005.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $400,000-600,000

Price Realized: $389,000


RUTH WHITTIER SHUTE AND SAMUEL ADDISON SHUTE (1803-1882), (1803-1836)

PORTRAIT OF JEREMIAH H. EMERSON
. Inscribed recto, on book, ink: THE PROGRESSIVE READER/JEREMIAH H/ EMERSON/NASHUA, NH.

Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper with applied gold foil, 29.25 by 19 in. (sight), C. 1832. Rendered in Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

Auctioned in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1924 

Dwight Hawkes

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, June 20 - 23, 1979, lot 876

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $150,000-200,000

Price Realized: $665,000


HENRY WALTON (1804-1865), PORTRAIT OF THREE CHILDREN IN A LANDSCAPE. Inscribed verso, ink stamp: PREPARED BY/EDWARD DECHAUX/NEWYORK. Oil on canvas, 19.25 by 16 in. (sight), C. 1838. Painted in the Finger Lakes region, New York.

Provenance: Frank Ganci, Schooleys Mountain, New Jersey

Avis and Rockwell Gardiner, Stamford, Connecticut, 1985

Marjorie Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut

Exhibited: "Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America," American Folk Art Museum and New-York Historical Society, 1980-1981

"Young America: A Folk Art History," American Folk Art Museum at IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 1986

"Artist of Ithaca: Henry Walton and His Odyssey," Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1988-1989.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $245,000


THE CARVER LIMNER, BARNABAS BARTOL CARVER, MARY COFFIN CARVER, AND FRANCES ANN CARVER. Inscribed verso, ink on paper note: Mr. Carver: Barnabus Bartol Carver/Born in Freeport Maine/5/26-1799-D—[?]; Mrs. Carver: Mary Coffin Carver /B 1801-D. Freeport d.1873 / Married Barnabas Carver / B. 1799-Freeport 1873 / Parents of Frances Ann Carver; Frances Ann: Daughter of / Barnabus B. and Mary C. …  Carver / Frances Ann—B 1832—D. 1920.

Bearing watermarks: Mr. Carver: WHATMAN/TURKEY MILL (Maidstone, Kent, England); Mrs. Carver and Frances Ann: J. WHATMAN, 1827 (Maidstone, Kent, England), watercolor and pencil on paper, 22 by 18 in. each, C. 1835. Painted in Freeport, Cumberland County, Maine.

Provenance: Descended in family to Minerva K. Warner, Freeport, Maine

Richard L. Mills, Exeter, New Hampshire

Kennedy Galleries, New York

Marvin and Jill Baten, White Plains, New York, 1995

David A. Schorsch, New York, New York

Exhibited: "American Radiance: Highlights of the Ralph Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum," de Menil Gallery at Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, October 15-December 15, 2002

"Surface Attraction: Painted Furniture from the American Folk Art Museum," New York, American Folk Art Museum, September 20, 2005-March 26, 2005.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $100,000-150,000

Price Realized: $521,000


WILHELM SCHIMMEL (1817-1890), LION, Paint on pine, 7.375 by 7.5 by 3 in., 1860-1890. Carved in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Helen Janssen Wetzel, Spring Township, Pennsylvania

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "Property from the Collection of the Late Helen Janssen Wetzel Volume I: Important English and Continental Furniture and Related Decorative Arts, September 30, 1980, lot 1764

Exhibited: ''The Shape of Things: Folk Sculpture from Two Centuries," American Folk Art Museum, 1983.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014. Sold at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $341,000


WILHELM SCHIMMEL (1817-1890), SMALL EAGLE, Paint on pine, 8 by 14 by 6 in., 1860-1890. Carved in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: Helen Janssen Wetzel, Spring Township, Pennsylvania

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, "Property from the Collection of the Late Helen Janssen Wetzel Volume I: Important English and Continental Furniture and Related Decorative Arts," September 30, 1980, lot 1764

Exhibited: ''The Shape of Things: Folk Sculpture from Two Centuries," American Folk Art Museum, 1983.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $60,000-80,000

Price Realized: $112,500


RARE NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER: ADAM AND EVE IN PARADICE, LYDIA HART, BOSTON, 1744. Inscribed recto, silk thread: Adam and Eve [n Paradice That Was The/ir Pedigree They Had A Grant Never To / Die Would They Obedient Be. 1744, 11.5 by 9 in.

Provenance: Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, Massachusetts, "Fine Americana," October 29, 1983, lot 208

Marjorie Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut, as agent, 1983

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $233,000


RARE GLAZED RED EARTHENWARE COVERED JAR WITH HANDLES AND SLIP DECORATION, Probably Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Dated 1790, Exterior slip: 1790, 7.125 by 6.25 by 5.125 in.

Provenance: J. Stogdell Stokes, Philadelphia

Parke-Bernet, "Rare Americana Collected by the Late Anson Phelps Stokes," November 15-16, 1948, lot 38

Arthur J. Sussel, Philadelphia

Parke-Bernet Galleries, "The Collection of the Late Arthur J. Sussel," October 23-25, 1958, lot 244

Jess Pavey, Detroit

Garth's Auctions Inc., Delaware, Ohio, "The Jess Pavey Collection," October, 1967, lot 589

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Price Realized: $106,250


RARE WATERCOLOR RELIGIOUS TEXT WITH MEDALLION ABOVE HEART, SAMUEL GOTTSCHALL (1808-1898), Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Dated, 1834. Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper, Inscribed (translated from German) recto, around center medallion, ink: Throughout your life have God before your eyes and in your heart and guard yourself that you do not sin willingly 1834; in heart: Oh, finally / finally the end comes / of struggle, of woe / and misery / Then one sinks / eternally into God's arms./This is the pious person's / last lot / Written in the year 1834. 19.5 by 14.5 in. (framed)

Provenance: Ray Egan, Princeton, New Jersey, 1994

Exhibited: "Every Picture Tells a Story: Word and Image in American Folk Art," American Folk Art Museum, 1994-95.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Price Realized: $106,250


RARE POLYCHROME PAINTED PINE AND MAPLE ROUND BOX WITH HEART DECORATIONS, GEORGE ROBERT LAWTON (1813-1885), Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island, Circa 1845, 2.25 by 7.5 in. diam.

Provenance: Descended in family to Rachel Young (artist's great-great-granddaughter), North Scituate, Rhode Island

Bob Grabosky, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Skinner Auctioneer, Boston, Massachusetts, "An Auction of Americana," January 6-7, 1983, lot 99D

Marjorie and David Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1989

Exhibited: "Neat and Tidy," Philadelphia Antiques Show, 1985

"Surface Attraction: Painted Furniture from the American Folk Art Museum," New York, American Folk Art Museum, September 20, 2005-March 26, 2005

"Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined," New York, American Folk Art Museum, January 17-September 2, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-40,000

Price Realized: $209,250


POLYCHROME PAINT DECORATED PINE MINIATURE CHECKERBOARD CHEST, Probably Schoharie County, New York, Circa 1800, 8.5 by 19.125 by 10 in.

Provenance: Joe Kindig III, York, Pennsylvania, 1975

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $50,000-75,000

Price Realized: $377,000


RARE PAINTED MAPLE AND PINE SHAKER YELLOW OVAL BOX, Enfield, Grafton County, New Hampshire, Dated 1836. Inscribed underside of lid, pencil: From CA. Enfield. N.H.1836. 1 by 2.9375 by 1.875 in.

Provenance: Willis Henry Auctions, Marshfield, Massachusetts, "Shaker Auction," June 4, 1983, lot 239

Gregory and Barbara Reynolds, Barnet, Vermont

Skinner Auctioneers, Boston, Massachusetts, "The Collection of Gregory R. and Barbara Reynolds of Narnet, Vermont", October 27-28, 1989, lot 388

David A. Schorsch, New York, New York

Exhibited: "Folk Art Revealed," New York, American Folk Art Museum, November 16, 2004-August 23, 2009.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $59,375


RARE GIFT DRAWING FOR URSULA BISHOP, POLLY ANN (JANE) REED (1818-1881), New Lebanon, Columbia County, New York, Circa 1844. Ink on cut paper, Together with a Gift Drawing for Eleanor Potter, a Gift Drawing for Jane Smith, and a Gift Drawing from Holy Mother Wisdom to Sally Lomise, all framed together. Inscribed recto, ink: The Word of the Holy Heavenly Father /To a Daughter of his Love./Come unto me, 0 thou little innocent lamb of my /love, pleasure and delight. For lo! thy Father in/Heaven doth behold thee with pleasure, and with/smiles of joy doth he greet thee, 0 thou well-belov--ed Saint of his glory. For thou hast faithfully /laboured in his holy vinyard, hast honored thy /Mother, and borne the t of thy blefsed Saviour; /hast traveled in sorrow, and mourned in/grief. Yet thou hast ever praised & /honored thy God,for his condesen-/sion and goodnefs to thy soul./ So cheer up thy spirit and/be strong, for the ar-/mies of Heaven/ will help theel along,/to; verso, ink: a mansion of rest of quietnefs / and peace, Where all mortal sorrows will e-/ternally cease. Where with holy Angels and /Seraphs thou shalt join, In my arbor of love, Eter-/nal and sublime. Beyond the vain terrestrial, yea / the fading things of time, Where eternal joys / shall ever-more be thine. So come & receive a crown of /my holy love, and on thy bugle shout, the song of sweet mirth/Ursula BIshop./A holy Princefs/of righteousefs, /Crowned with/Eternal/ glory.

4 by 4 in.

Provenance: Charles "Bud" Thompson, Canterbury, New Hampshire

Milton Sherman, Armonk, NY, 1990

David A. Schorsch, New York, New York

Exhibited: "Every Picture Tells a Story: Word and Image in American Folk Art," American Folk Art Museum, 1994-1995

"Millennial Dreams: Vision and Prophecy in American Folk Art," American Folk Art Museum, 1999-2000

"Blue," New York, American Folk Art Museum, October 20, 2004-March 6, 2005

"Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands," New York, American Folk Art Museum, April 6-September 12, 2010

"Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined," New York, American Folk Art Museum, January 17-September 2, 2012.

Sold at Visual Grace: Important Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian at Sotheby's January 25, 2014.

Estimate: $30,000-60,000

Price Realized: $221,000


OPEN-TOP CUPBOARD, American, 1st half-19th century, pine. Diminutive size, one-piece cupboard with open upper shelves, beaded lower doors, and old blue paint. 63.5"h. 36.5"w. 17.5"d.

Top section never had doors; retains a layered paint history (early 20th century blue over earlier green over earlier red--the green and red are what is visible on the interior); pulls replaced, overall wear.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized: $4,200




DECORATED STONEWARE JUG., impressed mark "Boston," probably Jonathan Fenton, ca.1800. Ovoid form with three brushed cobalt codfish. 15"h,

Long shallow flake on lip, two areas where shoulder is out of round, a few shallow flakes along the bottom edge.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized: $3,000


FANBACK WINDSOR CHAIR, Possibly the shop of Charles Chase, Nantucket, Massachusetts, late 18th century, mixed woods. Carved volutes and baluster-turned legs with good splay. Old refinish. 17"h. seat, 36.5"h. overall

Two splits to the seat on the back right side where the post enters the seat.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $3,120


FOLKSY KNIFE BOX, New England, 1st half-19th century, pine. In the form of a miniature mule chest with one drawer, the well is cut with slots for knives, etc., and old, or original, white paint.

13"h. 13"w. 8"d. Cleaned to old/original white paint. One brass pull was replaced by Ball and Ball. Dovetailed drawer has late reinforcing nails. Paint has wear mostly on front and sides. One front foot facing has age split.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $400-800

Price Realized: $2,400


SHAKER TURNED BOWL, Probably New Lebanon, New York, 19th century, maple. Large bowl with early paint and stenciled label "Garden." 21"d.

For a similar example, see Sprigg, Shaker Design, plate 64.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $300-600

Price Realized: $1,230


PUNCHED TIN CHANDELIER, American, 19th century. Conical center, with punched pinwheels and swags, and four arms. Found in the attic of an early home in Churchville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Appears to be clean and original; soldering appears original and undisturbed. No apparent damage.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $300-600

Price Realized: $1,800


QUEEN ANNE TALL CHEST OF DRAWERS, Probably Rhode Island, dated 1761, maple and pine. Six graduated drawers and high, bracket feet. Good, old finish. 54.5"h. 38.5"w. 17.75"d

Painted inscription on back reads, "R.I. 1761"

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized: $6,120


CANDLE DRYER, American, 19th century, pine. Cross bars on a post. Original paint. From a home in Lanesboro, New York. 26"h.

The base has a thin red paint with nice wear; the column with a blue that also exhibits good wear, that today appears green with an overcoat of aged varnish. Originally it was red and blue. Good rosehead nails in the top construction of the cross drying arms.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $100-200

Price Realized: $338


QUEEN ANNE MULE CHEST, New England, 18th century, pine. Well with faux drawer facade over two drawers, on bracket feet. Appear to retain their original brasses and a wonderful early surface. Imperfections. 38"h. 36.5"w. 16"d.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $800-1,600

Price Realized: $2,760


WILLIAM AND MARY GATELEG TABLE, New England, early 18th century, maple and chestnut. One drawer and turned legs and stretchers. A good period table, having lost its leaves, was converted to a console table by nailing the one remainging gate leg to the frame. 28"h. 45"w. 15"d. Found in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

As-found: losses to the top, missing both leaves, missing one gate-leg mechanism, the drawer will not slide all the way into the frame.



Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $300-600

Price Realized: $4,080


CHALKWARE CAT, American, late 19th century. Seated, and has original painted spots. 5"h. Ex Olde Hope Antiques (Pennsylvania).

Minimal surface wear and a small flake on top of tail. Otherwise in good condition.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $1,845


STONEWARE CROCK, American, 2nd half-19th century. Impressed "JC Waelde, North Bay" with brushed and stenciled cobalt eagle. 9.5"h.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $1,599


SAMPLER, Worked by Caroline Bennett and dated 1817, silk on linen. One of approximately fifteen closely related examples, most, like this example, have the large centralized basket, multiple borders, the same verse and presentation inscription. Signed "Respectfully presented to Elizabeth Bennett by her affectionate daughter / Caroline Bennett done in the 9th year of her age Philadelphia October 31st 1817". In gilt frame, 18.75"h. 18.25"w.

See Ring's Girlhood Embroidery, pgs 374-377, for a discussion of these samplers.

As found condition. Toning to ground and a narrow 2" split in center of verse.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $800-1,600

Price Realized: $2,091


SPATTERWARE PLATE, England, 2nd quarter-19th century. Paneled yellow border with red outlined tulip. 8.5"d.

Well done repairs along the outer edge where the panels meet.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $4,920




DOME TOP BOX, Attributed to Worchester, Massachusetts, mid 19th century, pine. Original flowers and swags resembling tole decoration. Paper lined interior. 5"h. 12"w. Ex Pam Boynton (Massachusetts).

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $200-300

Price Realized: $4,797


NOAH'S ARK, Germany, early 20th century, pine. Original paint and wooden animals. Minor imperfections. 7"h. 17"l.

Most of the animals are in good condition with at least 8 that have loss and repairs.

Sold at Garth's Auction January 3-4, 2014.

Estimate: $200-400

Price Realized: $4,305


FINE EARLY DECORATED HUDSON RIVER VALLEY POWDER HORN

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $467.50


FINE HAND DRAWN AND COLORED STRABAN TOWNSHIP, ADAMS COUNTY, PA FRAKTUR, Dated 1822 "Hoffman."

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $1,430


OUTSTANDING COBALT BLUE DECORATED 2 GALLON STONEWARE JAR WITH FINGER HANDLES, Signed "H.C. Smith Alexa D.C."

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $2,310




OUTSTANDING PENNSYLVANIA CIRCA 1780 WALNUT QUEEN ANNE 2 DRAWER PETITE SIZE TAVERN TABLE WITH BISCUIT FEET AND PINNED TOP WITH BATTONS, 21" x 34" standing at 29" tall.

Provenance: This table spent all of its life in Adams County Pa. & it was purchased at a public estate auction in 1978 (descended from family).

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $9,350


VERY GOOD 19TH CENTURY METAL/ZINC SPREAD WING EAGLE PERCHED ON SPHERE WEATHERVANE WITH OLD GOLD PAINT.

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $1,540


VERY FINE SCARCE RYE STRAW BASKET WITH WOODEN BASE AND GREEN PAINT.

Provenance: 1 of 2 known to exist. This was purchased at the late Eugene and Dorothy Elgin private collection auction.

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $5,610


OUTSTANDING LARGE SIZE MOCHA HANDLED MUG WITH BROWN, WHITE, BLUE, GREEN AND BLACK COLORS, 6.5" tall X 4" Round.

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $1,760


EXTREMELY RARE WHITE AND TAN MATHIAS MANN COVERLET, YORK COUNTY, HANOVER PENNSYLVANIA AREA, 7'4" X 7'4".

Sold at the PA OnSite Auction Services, Randy Dickensheets, Porters Americana Cataloged Auction, Bob Leese Collection January 18, 2014.

Price Realized: $1,072.50


RARE CHINA TRADE OIL ON CANVAS VIEW OF THE HARBOR AND CITY OF VALPARAISO, CHILE, Ca. 1840, with American and European ships anchored in the bay, 23 1/2" x 36". This view was likely done in Canton from an existing print of Valparaiso.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $36,000


ATTRIBUTED TO YOUQUA, CHINA TRADE OIL ON CANVAS OF THE ANCHORAGE AT CUMSINGMUM, with two figures beside a crenelated wall with a river and ships in the background, 18" x 23 1/2". The wall was built in 1837 to deter Westerners involved with the opium trade. This unusual view is identical to another in the Sze Yuan Tang collection.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $21,600


NEW YORK FEDERAL MAHOGANY BREAKFAST TABLE, Ca. 1815, bearing the maker's stamp of Michael Allison, with carved legs terminating in brass animal paw castors, 28.5" h., 23.5" w., 36" d.

Condition: Repaired break to bottom of standard. Missing veneer to lower edge of apron. Otherwise in original untouched condition.

Provenance: The Collection of Captain Hall Jackson Tibbits (1797-1872), Long Island, NY.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000

Price Realized: $20,400




ATTRIBUTED TO YOUQUA (CHINESE, ACTIVE 1840-1870), PAIR OF CHINA TRADE OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAITS, Ca. 1835, each of two young women playing a Gu-zheng and writing, retaining period giltwood frames, 17.5 x 13".

Condition: No signature (attributed). Instrument - original frame, relined, craquelure. Writing - original frame, relined, craquelure. Provenance: The Collection of Captain Hall Jackson Tibbits (1797-1872), Long Island, NY.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $14,400


CARVED AND PAINTED PEG WOODEN DOLL, EARLY 19th c., with original clothing, together with two miniature baskets and a note, inscribed Sarah M. Tibbits her doll, 18" h.

Condition: No legs. Missing one thumb. One arm of glasses detached. Heavy losses to original outfit. Abrasions to face.

Provenance: The Collection of Captain Hall Jackson Tibbits (1797-1872), Long Island, NY.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized: $5,520


LARGE TIN COOKIE CUTTER, 19th c., of a gentleman with a top hat, 18.25" h.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 18, 2014.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $1,920


PAIR OF NEW ENGLAND PAINTED AND STENCILED VALENCES, Ca. 1830, each with a central basket of fruit flanked by farm scenes, all on a green ground, 7.0125" x 40".

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $3,600


GEORG FREDERICH SPEYER (SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA ACTIVE 1774-1801), BERKS COUNTY PRINTED AND HAND COLORED FRAKTUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, dated 1775, 13" x 16".

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $3,840


NEALE AND CO. PEARLWARE TOBY JUG, inscribed on base Neale 1794, 9.25" h.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $400-700

Price Realized: $3,360


PENNSYLVANIA STONEWARE PRESENTATION PITCHER, 19th c., attributed to Remmey, inscribed J Skirving, with cobalt tulip decoration, 7.25" h.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $2,400


PENNSYLVANIA REDWARE BUTTER TUB, 19th c., impressed John Bell Waynesboro, with rope twist handles, 5.75" h., 8.875"dia. For a similar example see Pook & Pook, Inc., October 5, 2012, lot 59.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $2,880


COPPER HORSE AND SULKY WEATHERVANE, 19th c., retaining an old gilt and verdigris surface, 18.25" h., 33" w.

Condition: Remains of original gilt surface. Two old bullet hole repairs to horse. Minor seam separation to wheel and rear leg of horse. Old lead repairs to driver.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $20,400


PAIR OF STAFFORDSHIRE PEARLWARE LION FIGURES, Ca. 1780, 9" h., 11.25" l.

Condition: #1 - tail reattached, flake to touch, several flakes to base. #2 - tail restored, losses/repairs to mouth, a few base flakes.

Provenance Matthew and Elizabeth Sharp.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $1,000-2,000

Price Realized: $3,120


SET OF SIX LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA SILVER BIRD BACK SPOONS, LATE 18th c., bearing the touch of William Haverstick Sr., 5.25" l., 2.2 ozt.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized: $2,040


SCANDINAVIAN CARVED AND PAINTED DRINKING CUP, DATED 1797, with horse head handles and scripted rim, the interior with tulips, 9" h., 14" dia.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $500-1,000

Price Realized: $1,920


NEW YORK, WAR OF 1812 PAINTED CHEESEBOX CANTEEN, inscribed E Sanders Sergt 29th Reg U.S.I. 1814, 7,25" dia.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $400-700

Price Realized: $1,200


PENNSYLVANIA QUEEN ANNE WALNUT DRESSING TABLE, Ca. 1755, the molded edge top overhanging a case with three drawers and a scalloped skirt, supported by cabriole legs terminating in drake feet, retaining an old dry surface, 29" h., 33" w.

Condition: Depth - 21". Brasses replaced. Nails added to secure top. Chip to one rear knee return. Large patch to rear foot.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $18,000


SAUNDERS, RICHARD, POOR RICHARD IMPROVED ALMANACK, 1754, printed in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and D. Hall.

Condition: 6.75" x 4.25". Edges filled in on every page with small sporadic tear repairs. Thirty-six pages. Small tear in upper right corner of first page. Sporadic creases to several pages.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $400-800

Price Realized: $5,280




PRINTED BROADSIDE PROCLAMATION ON PAPER, DATED 1685, of a resolution order between William Penn and Lord Baltimore upholding the original boundaries between Pennsylvania and Maryland granted by King James in 1682, 13" x 8.25".

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price Realized: $9,600


OHIO SILK ON LINEN SAMPLER, DATED 1836, wrought by Elisabeth A. Stocker, with alphabet over a house and trees, 8 3/4" x 17". Genealogical records indicated an Elisabeth Stocker was born in 1823, in Tuscarawas County.

Provenance: The Collection of Glee Krueger, Needlework Scholar.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $5,280


MORAVIAN WALNUT SIDE CHAIR, 18th c., probably Pennsylvania, with a carved bird head crest above a pierced heart back and plank seat, supported by splayed legs.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $500-800

Price Realized: $5,040


PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED POPLAR TWO-PART CORNER CUPBOARD, Ca. 1820, the upper section with an ivory painted glazed door resting on a base with a single drawer and recessed panel door, supported by turned feet, retaining its original orange grain decorated surface, 88" h., 46" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000

Price Realized: $7,800


STAFFORDSHIRE PORCELAIN FIGURAL GROUP, Bull Beating Now Captain Ladd, 10.75" h., 14" w.

Condition: Horns, bull ears, three dogs legs, dogtail, man's hand, and all feet to base restored. Small dog lacking tail.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized: $9,000


RARE SCHWENKFELDER PAINTED POPLAR DOWER CHEST, DATED 1815, the front decorated with an astragal cartouche, inscribed Jacob Hubner on a vibrant orange grain decorated ground, 27.25" h., 46.5" w.

Condition: Brasses replaced. Original feet. Expected wear to lid. Otherwise very good condition.

Provenance: Pook & Pook, Inc., May 21, 2004, lot 249.

Sold at Pook and Pook January 17-18, 2014.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $26,400


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