The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art | Skinner Auction 3121M

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The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art

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The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art


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Table of Contents 1

Auction & Specialist Information

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Online Bidding

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Event Information

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Provenance

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Lots 260–465

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3120T August Americana online Sale Announcement

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Conditions of Sale

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Absentee Bid Form

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Company Directors & Specialty Departments

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Administrative Staff & Client Services

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Passion & Scholarship: The Folk Art Collection of Arthur & Sybil Kern Saturday, August 11 | 5PM Reception | 5:30PM Lecture 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, MA Skinner welcomes Suzanne and Michael Payne, long-time friends and self-described kindred souls of “Collector-researchers� Arthur and Sybil Kern. The Paynes will discuss highlights from the Kern collection, and the aesthetic force of American folk art.

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The American Folk Art Collection of Arthur & Sybil Kern The experts in the field of American folk portraits (1790 to 1850) have always been individuals whom we like to call “collector-researchers.” Although these portraits were an important aspect of the cultural and material development during the American Federal period and of American art history, they have been of little interest to the academic American art history community. The art historians in American universities have somehow developed and taught a highly slanted account that basically skips from the small number of American artists who were the students of Benjamin West at the turn of the 19th century to the Hudson River School painters at mid-century, entirely missing American folk portraiture as a distinctive style that importantly brought painting and art to most Americans for the first time. Instead, it became the role of collectors and the rare small museum curator to further the appreciation of this art form and its importance in the nation’s cultural development. These “collector-researchers” defined traditional American folk art and further analyzed the characteristics of American folk portraiture. Following in the footsteps of individuals such as Nina Fletcher Little, Mary Black, and William Warren, Arthur and Sybil Kern and a few other intrepid souls took up the continuing challenge of identifying obvious groups of paintings along with the lost names of the artists and their personal histories. To resurrect the identity of these artists was difficult work, as over a century has passed since the last of these art objects was accomplished. Arthur slowed his dermatology practice while in his early 50’s, and the Kerns’ collecting interests transitioned from modern art as they recognized the aesthetic force of American folk art. In their desire to learn more about the portraits and other objects that they were purchasing, they were captivated by the intellectual challenge that research represented. In projects that usually required years of effort and were sometimes not successful, they discovered the artist’s name, identified a group of stylistically similar paintings, searched many different types of records looking for details of the artist’s life, and then had to travel extensively looking for and photographing enough examples. This was an intellectual detective story that the Kerns so enjoyed and to which they together devoted themselves. We first met Arthur and Sybil in 1994 at the Dublin Seminar on Painting and Portrait Making in the American Northeast. We had already filled our home with folk portraits that we had been purchasing since the very early 1980s. At this time, we traveled with a small folding photo album containing images of our folk portraits which allowed us compare and contrast our examples with those that we encountered during our trips. For years, we had studied the Kerns’ publications and the Seminar represented an opportunity to meet them and ask if they felt that the pair of pastels which we owned could be attributed to William M. S. Doyle, about whom they had written. As we talked with Arthur for the first time, Sybil quietly flipped through our photo album and immediately asked if we would be interested in joining the American Folk Art Society, a group of which we were only quite dimly, if at all, aware. This encounter resulted in visits to our home by the Kerns and other members of the Society and we quickly accumulated a new group of fast friends who shared such similar interests. A major further education for us was traveling with the group which allowed us entry into major folk art collections throughout the United States. Every time we invited fellow collectors to our home, the Kerns were, of course, included, and our summertime travels always incorporated several days with them at their delightful Vermont vacation home. With the Kerns, we felt like kindred souls. We were soon daydreaming about pursuing an in-depth research project similar to what they accomplished time after time. They were kind, gentle people who laughed at the world around them and at themselves. Sybil would call Arthur “honey” and, when asked why she called him that, she would say that she was just practicing for the day when she could not remember Arthur’s name. Everyone who knew the Kerns soon heard Arthur’s story of the time he drove off leaving Sybil at a highway gas station. He thought that she had continued to sleep in the rear seat of the car while, in actuality, she had gone to the ladies’ room and had not yet returned. It was many miles down the highway before Arthur realized she was missing and found a highway exit where he could turn around. Our only regret concerning Arthur and Sybil is that everyone reading this catalog and expressing an interest in American folk art did not have an opportunity to become fast friends with and learn from them, as we had the privilege of doing. You would have gotten an invitation to visit them and they would have been delighted to make your acquaintance. —Michael & Suzanne Payne

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260 Rufus Porter (Connecticut/Massachusetts, 1792-1884) Profile Portrait of a Young Woman in a Blue Dress Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame with eglomise mat. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Gail and Bert Savage, April 18, 1982. Exhibitions: Rufus Porter Rediscovered, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, April 12–July 6, 1980. $1,000-2,000

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Portrait of Reuben Bacon Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in., in a fruitwood veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Wayne Pratt, August 1976. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; and A Useful Trade: Itinerant 19th Century Portrait Artists, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont, October 20–November 25, 1985. $1,500-2,500 262 Rufus Porter (Connecticut/Massachusetts, 1792-1884) Portrait of a New England Gentleman Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Small scratch on sitter’s left arm, minor toning. Provenance: The Garbisch Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 29, 1977, Lot 323.

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Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $1,500-2,500


263 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Double Portrait of Jacob and Mary Withington Signed “Painted by J.A. Davis Sept 18th, 1840” at top of image. Watercolor on paper, 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 in., in a black- and gold-painted frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Howard Feldman, May 1, 1988. Literature: Peter Tillou, Nineteenth Century Folk Painting: Our Spirited National Heritage, 1973, p. 2; Gail and Norbert Savage and Esther Sparks, catalog for the Exhibition Three New England Watercolor Painters, 1974, p. 49; Arthur and Sybil Kern, “J.A. Davis: Identity Reviewed,” The Clarion, Summer, 1991, p. 42; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Genealogy and Historical Research: On the Importance of Genealogical Methodology in Researching Early New England Folk Portraitists,” in The Art of the Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2001), p. 251; and Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “The Key to Identifying New England Folk Portraitists,” Antiques and the Arts Weekly, April 5, 2002, pp. 41-42.

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Exhibitions: Three New England Watercolor Painters, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 16–December 22, 1974; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, January 17–March 2, 1975; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25–May 11, 1975; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 1–September 1, 1975. $3,000-5,000

264 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Portrait of a Woman with Sheet Music Inscribed “Taken Aug 4th/1845 By/J.A. Davis.” on the back. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 6 3/4 x 5 1/4 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Very subtle spotting to l.r. corner. Provenance: Virginia R. Williams Antiques, Milford, Ohio; Howard Feldman, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, June 25, 1991. $3,000-5,000

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265 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Pair of Portraits of George and Maria B. Upton Unsigned. Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper, 5 7/8 x 5 1/2 in., in mahogany veneer frames. Condition: Not examined out of frames. Provenance: Barbara Pollock, Highland Park, Illinois, July 28, 1997. $4,000-6,000

266 Joseph Davis (Maine/New Hampshire, 1811-1865) Portrait of a Woman in a Purple Dress Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in., in a black-painted molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 29, 1977, Lot 401.

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Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $3,000-5,000


267 Joseph Davis (Maine/New Hampshire, 18111865) Portrait of Richard B. Foss. Stafford. Aged 17. March 15th 1836 Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., in a red-painted molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Mrs. Louis Fourcher to Charles Fourcher; Barbara Pollock, July 16, 1991. Literature: Gail and Bert Savage and Esther Sparks, Three New England Watercolor Painters, addendum, 1975. Exhibitions: A Loan Exhibit of Water Color Portraits by Joseph H. Davis, Itinerant New Hampshire Artist of the 1830s, The Manchester Historical Association, Manchester, New Hampshire, July 8–September 15, 1947. $1,500-2,500

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Portrait of Lucinda Wilson Bushnell Unsigned, inscribed on reverse of paper “L.W. Lucinda Bushnell d. March 23, 1861 age 86.” Watercolor on paper, 3 3/8 x 2 7/8 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Very minor toning. Provenance: Betty Sterling, Randolph, Vermont, August 27, 1981. $1,000-1,500

269 James Sanford Ellsworth (American, 1802/03-1874) Portrait of Calista Howard Signed “Ellsworth Painter” below the image. Watercolor on paper, 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in., in a mahogany frame. Condition: Very minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Stewart E. Gregory; Judy Lenett, Silver Spring Farm, Ridgefield, Connecticut, November 17, 1979. Literature: Exhibition catalog for James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter; Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 568.

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Exhibitions: James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 13–December 1, 1974. $1,000-1,500

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271 Attributed to the “Blue Hand” Artist (American, 19th Century)

272 Attributed to the “Blue Hand” Artist (American, 19th Century)

Portrait of a Young Lady Signed “J.S. ELLSWORTH. PAINTER” below the image. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in., in a gold-painted molded frame. Condition: Minor toning.

Portrait of a Young Lady Unsigned. Watercolor and fabric on paper, 4 x 3 in., in a reeded and painted frame. Condition: Minor spotting, not examined out of frame.

Portraits of Althea Wright and Possibly Her Sister Unsigned. Watercolor, pencil, and fabric on paper, 3 3/4 x 3 in., in gilt molded frames. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frames.

Provenance: Mike Gordon, April 18, 1982. $1,200-1,800

Provenance: Estate of Philip H. Cumings of Grassy Lane Farm, Woodstock, Vermont, sold by Duane Merrill Auction, May 23, 1992. $1,500-2,500

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Provenance: Barbara Pollock, Highland Park, Illinois, August 6, 1990. $3,000-5,000


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273 Attributed to Mary Way (New London and New York, 1769-1833)

274 Ruth Whittier Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (1803-1836)

275 Attributed to Ruth W. Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (1803-1836)

Set of Six Miniature Portraits of Members of the King Family Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 3 x 2 1/4 in., in black-stained round frames with blue reverse-painted mats. Condition: Minor toning, one with a spot on the image.

Portrait of a Young Woman in a Black Gown Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Water staining at right edge, not examined out of frame.

Portraits of a Man and Woman Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 7/8 in., in brown-stained frames. Condition: Minor toning and soiling at the edges.

Provenance: Barbara Pollack, September 26, 1996.

Provenance: Judy Lenett, Silver Spring Farm; Mike Gordon, September 13, 1981. $3,000-5,000

Provenance: Virginia Chapman, Claverack, New York, July 11, 1987. $3,000-5,000

Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $8,000-12,000

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278 Watercolor Lipe-Lambert Family Record, William Murray, Vermont, 1806, a large central heart inscribed with the birth and marriage dates of John A. Lipe and Elizabeth Lambert surrounded by smaller hearts with the dates of their ten children, and images representing two children within circular frames, signed “Drawn BY/WILLIAM MURRAY November 29th 1806,” all within a rose and leafy vine border, in a grain-painted frame. ht. 16 1/2, wd. 12 3/4 in. Provenance: Arthur J. Sussell; Sotheby Parke Bernet, October 23-25, 1958, Lot 320; The Garbisch Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, June 23, 1974, Lot 3; Peter Tillou; Sotheby’s, October 26, 1985, Lot 38. Literature: Carl Drepper, American Pioneer Arts and Artists, 1942, p. 153; Jean Lipman, American Folk Decoration, 1951, p. 153; Shelley, The Fraktur-writings of the Pennsylvania German, fig. 301; Brant and Cullman, Small Folk Art, 1980, fig. 72; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Painters of Record: William Murray and His School,” The Clarion, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 1987.

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276 Caroline Hill (Peterborough, New Hampshire, c. 1837) Portrait of Selinda Hill Signed “Caroline Hill, Peterborough, NH” on the reverse of the paper. Watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper, 3 3/8 x 2 5/8 in., in a wood and pressed brass frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Joan Brownstein, October 11, 2009.

277 Watercolor Hannaford-Russell Family Record, Caroline Hill, Northfield, New Hampshire, c. 1818, listing the names and dated of seventeen family members beneath a red drapery secured by a pair of spreadwing eagles, flanked by classical figures, signed at bottom “Caroline Hill,” in a gilt molded frame, ht. 13 1/4, wd. 10 in. (sight). Provenance: Artemis Gallery, October 11, 2009. $1,000-1,500

Note: Selinda, along with other family members, is depicted in the Hill family record by Caroline Hill held by the Peterborough, New Hampshire, Historical Society. $1,000-1,500

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Exhibitions: Where Liberty Dwells: 19th Century Art by the American People, AlbrightKnox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, January 17–February 22, 1976; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25–August 29, 1976; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 14– February 20, 1977; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, April 3–May 29, 1977; The Paper of State: A Bicentennial Exhibit of the Paper Folk Art of New York, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, April 9–June 2, 1976; Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991–May 27, 1991; For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $6,000-8,000


279 Stages of Man Watercolor Picture, America, 19th century, image featuring fifteen vignettes showing the progression of a man and woman from childhood to death, in a maple frame with eglomise mat, ht. 11, wd. 15 in. Provenance: Whistler Gallery, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, October 14, 1985. $2,000-4,000 279

280 Watercolor Niles Family Register, Almira Edson, Vermont, early 19th century, family names and key dates inscribed above a pair of willow-draped monuments, within a frame of pink drapery flanked by columns decorated with leafy rose vines, in a black-stained frame, ht. 13 1/2 x 17 in. (sight). Provenance: James Bakker; Ron Bourgeault Auction; Stephen Score, September 6, 1978. Literature: Exhibition catalog for Bespangled, Painted and Embroidered: Decorated Masonic Aprons in America, p. 22; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Almira Edson, Painter of Family Registers,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 558.

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Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; Bespangled, Painted, and Embroidered: American Decorated Masonic Aprons, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 28, 1980–April 5, 1981; Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991– May 27, 1991. $2,500-3,500

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281 Watercolor “Mr. Darius Tupper’s Family Record,” Vermont, early 19th century, three columns of Tupper family marriages, births, and deaths spanning 1754-1840, within a frame composed of polychrome watercolor sun motifs, grapevines, willow tree, scrolls, and columns, redpainted frame, backboard marked “Darius Tupper’s Record,” ht. 8 3/4, wd. 13 3/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Joan Brownstein, July 24, 2006. Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $1,500-2,500

282 Watercolor, Ink, and Pencil Swetland Family Record, Elmina Swetland, Saratoga, New York, 1835, record of the family of Samuel Swetland and Sarah Garnsey noting the names of their nine children and with columns for recording births, marriages, and deaths, the upper portion decorated with a sailing ship, flanked by a rose and obelisk all within a floral border, signed “Elmina Swetland, Pinx” and “Elmina Swetland, px. Oct. 21st, 1835,” in a black-painted frame, ht. 15, wd. 12 in. (sight).

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Provenance: Courcier and Wilkins, September 11, 1992. Note: Genealogical evidence shows the Swetland family living in Saratoga, New York, in the early 19th century. $1,000-1,500

283 Watercolor Moore Family Record, probably Amesbury, Massachusetts, c. 1842, record listing the names and birth dates of fourteen members of the Moore family between 1803 and 1842, within a yellow border, ht. 10 5/8, wd. 7 5/8 in. (sight). Provenance: Jim Bakker Auction, September 25, 1979. Note: Genealogical records document a Joseph M. Moore and Sarah H. Johnson married March 28, 1824, in Amesbury, Massachusetts. $1,200-1,800

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284 Pen and Ink Birth Record for Jeremiah Small, Falmouth, Maine, 1787, depicting a sailing ship within an ornate frame with three trees above and inscribed “JEREMIAH SMALL/Born October 20 1787./FALMOUTH” and inscribed later “Died June the 15 1808,” in a gilt molded frame, ht. 15 3/4, wd. 12 3/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Sotheby’s, June 23, 1988, Lot 315. $1,500-2,500

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285 Watercolor Friendship Letter, E.W. Leach, New England, c. 1827, inscribed to John P. Allen, the letter is framed within a pair of columns below an eagle, paired hearts, and a draperied arch with willow tree decoration, signed in scrolled calligraphy “E.W. Leach,” in a grain-painted frame, ht. 11 5/8, wd. 8 1/8 in. (sight). Provenance: Ron Bourgeault Antiques, September 1976. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil and Arthur Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; Bespangled, Painted, and Embroidered: American Decorated Masonic Aprons, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 28, 1980–April 5, 1981. $2,500-3,500

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288 Rufus Porter (Connecticut/Massachusetts, 1792-1884) Profile Portrait of an Elderly Gentleman Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in., in a molded gilt frame with ropetwist decoration. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Alleged to have come from the estate of Francis Scott Key; Judy Lenett, Silver Spring Farm, Maryland, April 2, 1977. 289

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Portrait of William Pierce Loring Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a molded ebonized frame with gilt liner and modern eglomise mat. Condition: Toned, not examined out of frame.

Portrait of a Member of the Boss Family Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 1/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning.

Provenance: Robert Thayer, New York, July 26, 1981.

Provenance: Marylin Kolkenbach, September 29, 1979. $1,000-2,000

Note: William Pierce Loring was born in Boston about 1795, the son of Matthew and Agnes or Nancy Loring. He was a goldsmith and customs officer. $1,000-2,000

Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $800-1,200

289 Watercolor Tuttle Family Record, David Auger, Newfane, Vermont, c. mid-19th century, the names and key dates in the lives of members of the Tuttle family inscribed within an arched frame, decorated with eagle, starburst, and sun motifs, below a spreadwing eagle flanked by a sailing ship and a building, in a molded black-painted frame, ht. 13 1/2, wd. 9 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Penny Dionne, West Willington, Connecticut, March 25, 1993. Literature: Arthur and Sybil Kern, “David Augur: Little-known Folk Painter,” Folk Art, No. 3, Fall 2004, pp. 56-63. Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $2,000-3,000

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290 Watercolor and Ink Penmanship Exercise, David Augur, America, 1855, spreadwing eagle flanked by two architectural scenes above five lines of old English alphabet, verse, and roman numerals, in a paint-decorated frame, ht. 9 3/4, wd. 7 3/4 in. (sight).

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Provenance: Collection of Kennedy Galleries, New York; Sotheby’s, the Wiltshire Collection, December 8, 1984, Lot 69. Literature: The Kennedy Quarterly, January 1972, Vol. XI, No. 3, p. 183; catalog for the exhibition Calligraphy: Why Not Learn to Write, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, January 29–March 23, 1975. $3,000-5,000

291 Polychrome Watercolor Penmanship Exercise, David Auger, Newfane, Vermont, mid-19th century, a central spreadwing eagle flanked by a sailing ship and building above seven lines of verse, an image of the steamboat Fulton and lines of poetry, inscribed “To Eliphalet D. Friendliness/This is fabulous, composed by D. AUGUR,” in a grain-painted frame, ht. 9 3/4, wd. 7 3/4 in. (sight). Provenance: William E. Wilthshire Collection, February 1, 1978. Literature: Kennedy Quarterly, Vol. XIII, No. 4, p. 224. Exhibitions: Every Picture Tells a Story: Word and Image in American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, September 17, 1994–January 15, 1994. $2,000-4,000

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292 Schoolgirl Watercolor Map of the World, Susan Bartlett Warner, 1823, a spreadwing eagle holds a ribbon labeling two hemispheres below with polychrome outlines of countries, signed and dated at bottom “COPIED/BY/ Susan Bartlett/Warner/1823,” in a blackpainted frame, ht. 20 1/2, wd. 28 1/2 in. Provenance: Parke Bernet, American Heritage Society auction, November 15, 1974, Lot 1277; Nina Hellman, Bedford, New York, October 1976. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $1,200-1,800

293 George de Bumpose (American, 19th Century) Glasgow with Stockwell Bridge from the south bank Titled, signed, and inscribed along the lower edge. Pencil and watercolor on cardboard, 18 1/4 x 23 1/2 in., in a grained and paint-decorated frame. Condition: Toned, minor spots of foxing, minor abrasions, frame with chips and minor losses. Provenance: Gail Savage; Auction of the Betty Sterling Collection, Randolph, Vermont, where the Savages bought it back; acquired by the consignor from the Savages soon thereafter. Note: The American flags on the vessels and on a building work to “Americanize” this known c. 1820 Scottish view. $2,000-4,000

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294 Painted “Sabbath School” Banner, Gloucester, England, early 19th century, oil on canvas depicting a two-story brick schoolhouse surrounded by a white picket fence with pupils in front, against a grassy landscape in a scroll frame reading: “SABBATH SCHOOLS FIRST INSTITUTED BY/ROBERT RAIKES at GLOUCESTER 1782.,” ht. 23 1/4, wd. 35 in. Provenance: Hillary Underwood, Woodstock, Vermont; Patricia Stauble Antiques, Wiscasset, Maine, October 14, 1984. Note: Robert Raikes is the founder of the Sunday Schools movement in England. He was born in Gloucester, England, in 1736 and started his first school for the children of chimney sweeps in 1780. $1,500-2,500


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295 Needlework Sampler “Mary Ann Babcock,” Westerly, Rhode Island, 1826, stitched in worsted wool on a linen background, composed of six lines of alphabet and numbers above a white three-story house, “MARY ANN BABCOCKs SAMPLER 1826,” and two blocks of verse, the bottom with stitched men and boys in black jackets and hats, bordered by flowering vines and birds, 17 1/4 x 16 in. Provenance: Mary Ann Babcock married Benjamin Reynolds Champlin on September 22, 1842, and the sampler descended through the Champlin family until sold by Adelaide Zankee at Gould Auction, May 12, 2007. $8,000-12,000

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296 Needlework Mourning Picture for Sarah Greenleaf, Adeline A. Greenleaf, Miss Field’s School, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1808, a central urn on a monument with stitched inscription flanked by a man, woman, and two girls dressed in black, beneath a pair of willow trees, in a gilt molded frame, ht. 16, wd. 18 in. (sight). $4,000-6,000

297 American School, Early 19th Century Miss Liberty Unsigned. Watercolor on silk, 18 x 14 in., in gilt-gesso frame with eglomise mat. Condition: Minor toning and spotting. Provenance: Samuel Herrup, Sheffield, Massachusetts, October 18, 1997. Note: The Kerns suggest that this piece may have been painted by a schoolgirl at Abby Wright’s school in Hadley, Massachusetts. $4,000-6,000

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298 George Washington Memorial Needlework, Sarah Ballou, Mary Balch School, Providence, Rhode Island, c. 1800, a central obelisk with a bust of Washington, a mourning woman in a blue and white gown, and an eagle, willow and pine trees in the background, two ships in a harbor, and a fence in the foreground, eglomise mat, in a gilt molded frame, ht. 16 3/4, wd. 13 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Stephen and Carol Huber, October 8, 2006. Note: Genealogical information documents a Sarah Ballou born in Cumberland, Rhode Island, October 18, 1781. $6,000-8,000


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299 Watercolor on Silk Picture After Edward Savage “Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth,” Misses Patten’s School, Hartford, Connecticut, early 19th century, the central image of Liberty in a blue and white gown raising a golden chalice up to an eagle, with flag and Liberty cap in the sky, surrounded by floral border, in a gilt molded frame, ht. 28, wd. 28 1/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Skinner, May 27, 1983, Lot 325. Literature: Nancy Jo Fox, Liberties with Liberty (Dutton, 1986), p. 23. Exhibitions: Liberties with Liberty, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, February 25–May 18, 1986; Pavilion at LTV Center, Dallas Historical Society, Dallas, Texas, June 15–July 20, 1986; Terra Museum of American Art, Evanston, Illinois, August 12–November 2, 1986; Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 23, 1986–January 25, 1987; Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, Michigan, February 10–April 26, 1987; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles California, May 15–July 26, 1987. $3,000-5,000

300 Watercolor Mourning Picture, attributed to Miss Patten’s School, Hartford, Connecticut, early 19th century, illustrating eight men, women, and children flanking a black crepe draped urn on a monument base, with willow and other trees behind, eglomise mat, ht. 17 1/2 x 14 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, March 23, 1980. $1,500-2,500

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301 Needlework Mourning Picture for Elizabeth Peck, possibly Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1805, depicting a draped urn on a stone plinth with inked memorial inscription, woman in black gown, and two children planting flowers, all beneath a large willow tree, eglomise mat inscribed “M. PECK,” in a gilt molded frame with oval aperture, ht. 12 1/2, wd. 10 3/4 in. Provenance: Elliot and Grace Snyder, December 5, 1999. $800-1,200

302 Winthrop Chandler (Connecticut, 17471790) Portrait of Mary McClellan, 1776 Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 30 in., in the possibly original molded black-painted frame with goldpainted liner. Condition: Relined, significant retouch.

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Provenance: Formerly owned by Carlo May of Woodstock (his wife was the great, great granddaughter of Mrs. Jemima Chandler) and was exhibited at Putnam, Connecticut, March 15-20, 1880. From 1959 to 1975 it was owned by Mrs. Joseph Rosenthal of Waterford, Connecticut, and was later owned by descendants of the subject. Purchased from Estates Unlimited, Cranston, Rhode Island, July 25, 2008. $6,000-8,000

303 Rufus Hathaway (Massachusetts, 17701822) Portrait of a Boy with a Fife Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 in., in a later molded black-painted frame with gilt liner. Condition: Relined, repaired vertical tear in canvas with retouch. Provenance: Joan Brownstein, American Antiques Show, New York, January 21, 2006. Literature: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, exhibition catalog. Exhibitions: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, April 30–May 23, 1970. $6,000-8,000

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304 Rufus Hathaway (Massachusetts, 17701822) Portraits of Joshua and Ruth Winsor Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 38 x 25 in., in black- and goldpainted molded frames. Condition: Relined, craquelure with significant inpainting.

Provenance: Joshua Winsor to Ellis Winsor, 1797; to his daughter, Deborah Cushman Winsor, and by her to the New England Historic and Genealogical Society on October 9, 1893 (according to Nina Little) or more probably October 19, 1904, according to entry in NEHGS record; in September 1983 the portraits were in the collection of Peter Tillou Gallery, Litchfield, Connecticut, and in May 1987 in the collection of the Vose Gallery, Boston. It appears that the paintings were then bought by Richard Kanter. Acquired by the Kerns from Kanter on January 19, 2002. Literature: James B. Bell and Cynthia Dunn Fleming, “Paintings at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society,� The Magazine Antiques, November 1976, p. 993. $15,000-25,000

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305 Overmantel Painting, Framingham, Massachusetts, mid-18th century, pine panel depicting naturalistic leaping stags in a landscape silhouetted against a skyline, in a burnt umber treed landscape on a mustardcolored ground, (small paint losses and tiny holes caused by the removal of the wallpaper which once covered it and also from its attachment to the interior structure), ht. 15 7/8, wd. 60 7/8 in. Provenance: This lot was removed from its setting in a Framingham house in 1840 by Austin Bacon, and given to the consignors’ ancestors - the house has since been demolished; Amasa Thorpe; Edward Atkinson; Skinner, February 22, 2004, Lot 110; David Wheatcroft Antiques.

306 Tree- and Flower-painted Fireboard, New England, early 19th century, the central vase of roses on a painted marble platform, framed by faux tiles with leafy trees, on two pine planks joined by chamfered boards, ht. 35, wd. 47 in. Provenance: Originally discovered in the attic of the McFarland family house in Franklin, Massachusetts; Keno Auctions, January 18, 2011; David Wheatcroft, February 7, 2013. $15,000-25,000

Literature: Illustrated and discussed in Nina Fletcher Little, American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850 (New York, 1972), p. 31. Exhibitions: Overmantel and Wall Paintings between 1700 and 1820, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Wing, New York City, October 1952–January 1953. Note: Leaping stags in a landscape setting were frequently used as a design in 18th century samplers, chimney pieces, wallpapers, and paintings. $20,000-30,000

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307 Ammi Phillips (New York/Connecticut, 1788-1865) Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Unsigned, the stretcher for the man’s portrait inscribed “Mr. Hardy.” Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., in later gilt molded frames. Condition: Relined, scattered retouch; the man with area of retouch on his cheek; the woman with repaired tear and retouch to the right of her face. Provenance: Joan Washburn Gallery, New York; Olde Hope Antiques; Neverbird Antiques, Surry, Virginia, September 20, 2002. $15,000-25,000

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308 John Brewster Jr. (Connecticut/Maine, 1766-1854) Portrait of a Woman in a White Cap with Gold Beads Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., in a molded gold and black frame. Condition: Minor scattered retouch.

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Provenance: Northeast Auctions, The Personal Collection of Mary Allis, Claude, and Alvin Bisnoff, October 27, 2007, Lot 702; David Wheatcroft, Westborough, Massachusetts, 2007. $10,000-15,000

309 Ruth Whittier Shute (New Hampshire, 18031882) Portrait of a Woman in a Blue Dress Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 22 x 16 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, folds and splits in the paper, roughness to paint in the dress, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Meryl Weiss and Judith Milne, November 1, 1981. Literature: Nell Dorr, Mother and Child; Helen Kellogg, “Found-Two Lost American Painters,” Antiques World, vol. 1, no. 2, December 1978; Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong, ed., American Folk Painters of Three Centuries, 1980, p. 167. Exhibitions: Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, March 7–April 27, 1986. Note: Portrait was originally found in New Hampshire and was later owned by Mary Allis, who had it hanging at Ogden House in Southport, Connecticut. $8,000-12,000

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310 Ruth Whittier Shute (New Hampshire, 1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (New Hampshire, 1803-1836) Portrait of a Girl in a Yellow Dress Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 26 x 21 1/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Toning, water staining at left and bottom edges. Provenance: Stephen Score to Helen Kellogg; Northeast Auctions, August 6, 2011. $8,000-12,000 310

311 Ruth Whittier Shute (New Hampshire, 18031882) Miniature Portrait of Mrs. Amasa Edes Inscribed “by Mrs Shute/Sep. 28, 1833/Mrs. A. Edes Sept 28/1833” in pencil on the back. Oil on ivory, 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 in., in a blackpainted molded frame. Condition: Minor loss to hairline, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Estate sale in Newport, New Hampshire; Gail & Bert Savage; Barbara Pollock, Highland Park, Illinois, July 31, 1994. Literature: Bert and Gail Savage, “Mrs. R.W. and S.A. Shute,” Maine Antique Digest, August 1978, p. 2B; Helen Kellogg, “Found Two Lost American Painters,” Antiques World, December 1978, pp. 37-47; C. Kurt Dewhurst, Betty MacDowell, Marsha MacDowell, Artists in Aprons (1979), p. 90; Arthur and Sybil Kern, “On Some Little-known Miniature Portraits by Well-known American Folk Painters,” Folk Art, Spring, 1995, pp. 50-51. $4,000-6,000

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312 Ruth Whittier Shute (New Hampshire, 18031882) Pair of Portraits of Mr. Christopher Forehand and Mrs. Betsey Forehand Inscribed “Mr. Christopher Forehand, Aged 47 years, Painted by Mrs. Shute, Dec. 14, 1833” and “The Portrait of Mrs. Betsey Forehand, Aged 35 years, painted by Mrs. Shute” on the back of the portraits. Oil on canvas, 27 3/4 x 24 1/2 in., in modern black-painted frames with gilt liners. Condition: Laid down on fiberglass, repaired tears, inpainting especially at edges. Provenance: Skinner, May 11, 1978, Lot 47. Literature: Bert and Gail Savage, “Mrs. R. W. and S.A Shute,” Maine Antique Digest, August 1978, p. 3B; Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 566. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $10,000-15,000

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313 Henry Walton (American, 1804-1865) Pair of Miniature Portraits of a Man and Wife Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in., in giltbrass frames. Condition: No apparent damage. Provenance: Lewis Scranton, Killingworth, Connecticut, March 13, 1993. $1,000-1,500

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Portrait of a Lady in a Printed Dress Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in., in a wood and pressed brass frame. Condition: Pigment loss in the white areas and chair, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 29, 1977, Lot 317. $1,200-1,800 315 American School, Late 18th Century Portrait of a Gentleman in a Blue Jacket Holding a Book Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in., in a wood and pressed brass frame. Condition: No obvious damage, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 29, 1977, Lot 317. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $1,000-1,500 316 American School, 19th Century Miniature Portrait of a Young Woman Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 3 x 2 1/2 in., in a black japanned frame. Condition: No obvious damage, not examined out of frame.

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319 Edwin Plummer (Massachusetts, c. 18021880)

321 Justus Dalee (New York/Wisconsin, 17931878)

Portrait of Mr. Johnson Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in., in a black japanned frame. Condition: Minor abrasion at edge.

Portrait of a Woman in a White Bonnet Unsigned. Watercolor, pencil, and gouache on paper, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a gold-painted molded frame with eglomise mat. Condition: Minor toning, lifting paint on mat, not examined out of frame.

Portrait of Sarah Baldwin Unsigned, sitter’s name inscribed on the reverse of the frame. Watercolor and ink on paper, 3 x 2 1/2 in., in a molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Neverbird Antiques, Surry, Virginia, April 24, 2003. $3,000-5,000

Provenance: Don Walters, June 7, 1978.

Provenance: LaVerne Yakel, Bridgeport, Connecticut, February 23, 1980. $800-1,200 318 Attributed to Abraham Parsell (New Jersey, b. 1792) Miniature Portrait of a Young Man Unsigned. Watercolor on ivory, 2 1/4 x 2 in., in a giltmetal case. Condition: No obvious damage, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Robert Thayer, Sheffield, Massachusetts, March 31, 1995. $800-1,200

320 Edwin Plummer (Massachusetts, c. 18021880) Portraits of a Man and Woman Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 6 x 4 7/8 in., in molded gilt frames with eglomise mats. Condition: Uneven toning on the woman’s portrait.

Literature: Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 564. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $800-1,200

Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, January 26, 1980. $3,000-5,000

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324 James Sanford Ellsworth (American, 1802/03-1874) Portrait of Mrs. Huldah Wilson Ellsworth Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 in., in a fruitwood veneer frame. Condition: Scattered staining. Provenance: Betty Sterling, Randolph, Vermont, August 27, 1981. Literature: Lucy B. Mitchell, catalog for the James. S. Ellsworth exhibition, 1974. Exhibitions: James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 13–December 1, 1974. Note: According to the Kerns, Huldah Wilson Ellsworth was the mother of the artist. $1,200-1,800

325 James R. Osborne (Portland, Maine, fl. 1827-1832) Farmers Arms Signed and dated “J. Osborne, 1831” l.r., titled l.c., inscribed “Ebenr Libby/1831” on the back panel. Watercolor and ink on paper, 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in., in a black-painted molded frame. Condition: Very minor toning.

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323 James Sanford Ellsworth (American, 1802/03-1874)

Portrait of Miss Vanderberg Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in., in an ebonized wavy molded profile frame. Condition: Toned, staining along left edge, not examined out of frame.

Portrait of Marcia Treat Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a fruitwood veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Skinner, October 29, 1988, Lot 189.

Provenance: Betty Sterling, Randolph, Vermont, August 27, 1981.

Exhibitions: Empire State Mosaic, Folk Art of New York, Fennimore Museum, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, April 1–December 31, 1999. $800-1,200

Literature: Lucy B. Mitchell, catalog for the James. S. Ellsworth exhibition, 1974.

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Exhibitions: James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 13–December 1, 1974. $1,500-2,500

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Literature: Arthur and Sybil Kern, “James Osborne, Maine Folk Painter,” Folk Art, Summer 1994, p. 49. $2,000-4,000

326 James Osborne (act. Scarborough, Maine, Early 19th Century) Boxer and Enterprize Signed “by J. Osborne” l.r., inscribed “Ebenr Libby/1831” on the backboard. Watercolor on paper, 6 3/4 x 8 7/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning, subtle water staining at edges. Provenance: David Schorsch, New York, June 21, 1993. $2,000-3,000


327 American School, Early 19th Century Belisarius Inscribed “Belisarius Delinated [sic] By P.B. Wescott.” Watercolor on paper, 18 x 25 in. (sight), matted and framed. Condition: Toning, repair to tear from lower edge, minor stains, losses, and abrasions.

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Provenance: Acquired from Grace and Elliott Snyder, S. Egremont, Massachusetts, April 28, 1985. Note: Arthur Kern reports that on the day he and Sybil purchased this work, Judy Lenett had another similarly composed work of the same subject signed by Betsy Warren, of Saratoga [presumably New York], dated “May 12, 1817, Preceptress PBW.” The Kerns surmise that Betsy Warren was a student of P.B. Wescott, who is listed in Lipman and Winchester’s Primitive Painters in America, p. 182, as an artist from Greenfield, Massachusetts, known to have painted a watercolor memorial. $2,000-3,000

328 S. Peters (American, Early 19th Century) The prodigal Son takin leave of his fathers home; St. Luke, Chap 15 Signed “drawn by S. Peters” l.r., titled in the composition. Watercolor on paper, 10 7/8 x 8 3/4 in., in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Sotheby’s, Thomas Rizzo, April 29, 1982, Lot 28; Thomas K. Woodward Gallery, 1978; Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s, Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch Collection, January 27, 1977, Lot 600; David Wheatcroft at the Manchester Antiques Show, August 9, 2000. $1,500-2,500 328

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329 E. Stounes (American, Early 19th Century) The Prodigal Son Receiving His Patrimony Signed “Painted by E. Stounes, 1826” l.r. Watercolor on paper, 5 x 6 1/2 in., in a molded black-stained frame. Condition: Toned. Provenance: Avis and Rockwell Gardiner, Stamford, Connecticut, December 7, 1980. Note: The image is copied after an engraving by Amos Doolittle. $1,000-1,500

331 Godfrey Miller (American, Early 19th Century) The Heroine of Virginia Signed and dated “Finichet Godfrey Miller 1814” l.r. Watercolor and ink on laid paper, 7 1/2 x 9 in., in a maple frame. Condition: Short closed tear at lower edge. Note: Commemorates an incident in early Virginia history when a Mrs. Bowles, the wife of a militiaman, subdued her assailant. The story was reported in the Richmond Enquirer in December 1813. $1,500-2,500

330 American School, 19th Century George Washington Giving Laws to America Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 17 x 19 in., in a blackpainted molded frame with gilt liner. Condition: Wrinkles and splits to paper. Provenance: Antique Associates at West Townsend, West Townsend, Massachusetts, December 13, 2004. $3,000-5,000

332 After Amos Doolittle (Connecticut, 17541832) Bonaparte in Trouble Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 in., in a molded black-painted frame. Condition: Minor toning, soiling and minor holes at l.r. corner.

333 Patriotic Calligraphic Picture, G.N. Eckert, early 19th century, calligraphic eagle flanked by angels above busts of George Washington, Zebulon Pike, and Stephen Decatur, signed at lower center “EXECUTED/By/G.N. Eckert,” in a molded giltwood frame, ht. 9 5/8, wd. 15 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Donald D. Donohue, American Antique & Art Gallery, May 12, 1985. $1,200-1,800 334 American School, Early 19th Century Capture of Major Andre, British Spy Unsigned, titled l.c. Watercolor on velvet, 14 1/4 x 19 in., in a black- and gold-painted frame. Condition: Fading of title text, minor spotting in the background. Provenance: David Wheatcroft, Westborough, Massachusetts, August 9, 2000. $800-1,200

Provenance: Mary Sams, Ballyhack Antiques, Cornwall, Connecticut, August 8, 2001. $2,000-4,000

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335 Richard Morrell Staigg (Rhode Island, 1817-1881) Viking Tower, Newport, Rhode Island Unsigned, dated “1835” l.r. Oil on panel, 16 x 22 3/8 in., in a blackpainted frame. Condition: Area of retouch in sky above the tower, area of paint lifting l.l. Provenance: Collection of Herbert W. Hemphill; Judy and Jim Milne, August 31, 1977.

336 Catherine Congdon Needlework Sampler, Newport, Rhode Island, 1773, stitched in worsted wool on a linen background, five lines of alphabet and numbers interspersed with lines of text, people, animals, and trees, within a meandering flower and vine border emanating from a pair of urns at the base, signed “CATHERINE/CONGDON/Born March 31/in Charlston 1758/and made this/at NewPort/Rhodeisland/1773,” in a rosewood veneer frame with gilt liner, ht. 16, wd. 12 in. (sight).

Literature: Exhibition catalog for The Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century American Folk Art, #26.

Provenance: A Westerly estate; Christie’s, June 16, 1999, Lot 5; Susan and Mark Laracy, Sotheby’s, January 20, 2007, Lot 111; Stephen and Carol Huber, January 20, 2007. $10,000-15,000

Exhibitions: The Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th Century American Folk Art, Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Columbus, Georgia, November 9, 1974–February 2, 1975; Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; and Powder Horns to Portraits: Rhode Island Folk Art, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, October 31, 1984– March 31, 1985. $3,000-5,000

337 Watercolor Mourning Picture for the Cory Family, Sarah Munro, Tiverton, Rhode Island, area, c. 1802, designed as four obelisks and a weeping woman among willows and a low arcade, all above stylized rows of shrubs, fencing, and brickwork, (paper with toning, repairs, abrasions, and losses), 14 x 16 1/2 in. (sight), in an eglomise mat and giltwood frame. $2,000-3,000

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338 Watercolor Memorial for Hannah Gott, William Saville, Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1800, the arched brick structure covered with meandering vines enclosing a memorial inscription flanked by urns and architectural base, signed at the bottom “This Monument was drawn for the Relations of the deceased by/William Saville/Gloucester, October 11, 1800,” in a black-painted frame with gilt liner, ht. 12 3/4, wd. 10 3/4 in. Provenance: Christie’s, October 19, 1990, Lot 156. Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. Note: A very similar memorial for Captain Isaac Harding of Hamilton, Massachusetts, signed and dated Gloucester, August 12, 1801 is shown as K25 in The Edith Gregor Halpert Folk Art Collection published by Terry Dintenfass, 1950. $3,000-5,000


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339 Watercolor Memorial Picture for Captain Joseph Dike, P.A. Dike, Thompson, Connecticut, 1815, the central inscribed monument flanked by a woman and three older children dressed in black and two smaller children dressed in white, one holding a cat, willow tree behind, headstones on the right, bridge and buildings in the background, eglomise mat marked “P.A. DIKE,” in a gilt molded frame, ht. 18 1/2, wd. 22 1/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, November 1977, Lot 1011. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, March 7–April 27, 1986. Note: Painting descended through the Pike family to the Sotheby Parke Bernet consignor. $4,000-6,000

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340 Watercolor Amos Tyler Mourning Picture, probably Palmer, Massachusetts, c. 1829, the central urn on an inscribed plinth with woman in a black gown beside, with a willow tree and a church in the background, ht. 7 1/4, wd. 9 in. Note: Genealogical sources document an Amos Tyler being born August 14, 1791, in Warren, Massachusetts, and dying January 15, 1829, in Palmer, Massachusetts. $2,500-3,500

341 Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821) Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Safford Unsigned, inscribed “A.H. Safford, Cambridge April 7th 1809 died 18[?] Age 96 years” in pencil on the wood backing. Oil reverse-painting on glass, 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 in., in gilt molded frames. Condition: Minor paint lifting. Provenance: Richard Mills; Kennedy Galleries, New York, December 9, 1980. Literature: Joyce Hill, “In Search of Early Massachusetts Itinerant Artists,” The Bay State Historical League Bulletin, Spring/ Summer 1982, p. 22. $6,000-8,000 342

342 Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821) Portrait of Mary Ann Cushing Nichols Inscribed and signed “The portrait of Mary Ann C. Nichols. Age 5 years and half. Painted by Benjamin Greenleaf at Boston July the 17th 1817” on a paper label on the backing. Oil reverse-painting on glass, 17 x 12 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Scattered spots of paint lifting. Provenance: Mrs. Frank Beasen, Palm City, Florida; Florene Maine Antiques, Ridgefield, Connecticut, May 18, 1980. Literature: Catalog for Early American Art at the Whitney Studio Club, 1924, #27; advertisement in Antiques, September 1973, p. 301; Ian M.G. Quimby and Scott T. Swank, eds., Perspectives on American Folk Art (Winterthur, 1980), pp. 18-19; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Who was Benjamin Greenleaf,” Antiques World, September 1981, p. 42; Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 566. $2,500-3,500

343 Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821) Portrait of a Young Man with a Masonic Pin Unsigned. Oil reverse-painting on glass, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in., in a black- and brown-painted frame. Condition: Glass is broken but complete. Provenance: Fernrock Antiques, North Conway, New Hampshire, August 12, 1982.

344 Painted Tin and Wrought Iron Tavern Sign “TINGLEY’S INN,” America, early 19th century, sheet tin sign joining wrought iron uprights and hangers, lettered similarly on both sides, one side painted with a female figural depiction of Justice with scales, the other side painted with a female figural depiction of Hope with an anchor, sign ht. 36, overall ht. 48 in. $1,500-2,500

Literature: Arthur & Sybil B. Kern, “Benjamin Greenleaf: 19th Century Portrait Painter,” The Clarion, Spring/Summer 1985, pp. 42, 46. $3,000-5,000

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345 American School, 19th Century Portrait of Charles Richardson Jr. with a Hockey Stick and Ball Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 21 x 17 1/4 in., in an ebonized molded frame. Condition: Relined, new stretcher, retouch especially at top of image. Provenance: Bertram K. and Nina F. Little Collection, Sotheby’s, October 21, 1994, Lot 976.

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Literature: The Book of Games: or a History on Juvenile Sports at the Kingston Academy, New York, 1822; Harriet W. Marr, “Amusements and Athletics in the Old New England Academies,” Old Time New England, Vol. XLIV, No. 3, January–March 1954, p. 91. Exhibitions: Land and Seascape as Observed by the Folk Artist, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, Virginia, January 31– May 11, 1969. Note: Sitter identified on an old jelly label on the back. Charles was the eldest child of Charles and Miss Going of Groton. The portrait is thought to depict Groton (now Lawrence) Academy in the background. $10,000-15,000

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346 Watercolor “Bowker” Family Record, Boston, Massachusetts, early to mid-19th century, composed as a geometric arrangement evoking a classical facade in blue, yellow, black, and salmon, inscribed in pen with family names, births, marriages, and deaths, further decorated with urns and a checkered floor at lower edge, (repairs and losses to paper), 23 1/4 x 17 1/4 in., in a molded gilt frame. $2,000-3,000 347 Watercolor Schultz Family Record, Daniel Caldwell, New York, 1795, the names and key dates of seventeen members of the Schultz family within a central frame decorated with red, white, and blue drapery, with verse above and below, signed “Drawn by/Daniel Caldwell/ 1795 12th Oct.,” in a black-painted molded frame, ht. 18 1/4, wd. 14 1/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Leda Roberts, New Preston, Connecticut, September 8, 1979. Exhibitions: Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991– May 27, 1991; Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991–May 27, 1991. $1,000-1,500

348 I. Gilbert (New York, act. Early to Mid-19th Century) Portraits of a Man and Woman from Cazenovia, New York Each reportedly signed “I. Gilbert” on the reverse (prior to lining). Oil on canvas, 44 x 40 3/4 in., in black- and yellow-painted frames. Condition: Lined, minor inpainting. Provenance: Robert Palmiter, Bouckville, New York; Harry Newman, The Old Print Shop; Nina Fletcher and Bertram K. Little; Stephen Score; Don Walters; Sotheby’s, The American Folk Art Collection of Don and Faye Walters, October 25, 1986, Lot 105. Literature: Exhibition catalog for Selected Masterpieces of New York State Folk Painting, Museum of American Folk Art, New York.

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Exhibitions: Gore Place; Selected Masterpieces of New York State Folk Painting, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, February 16–May 22, 1977; Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York, 1979; Empire State Mosaic: Folk Art of New York, Fenimore Art Museum, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, April 1–December 31, 1999. $10,000-15,000

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349 Erastus Salsibury Field (Massachusetts/ New York, c. 1805-1900) Portrait of Deacon Harlow Pease Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 35 x 28 3/4 in., in a blackpainted and oak-leaf-stenciled frame. Condition: Scattered very minor retouch. Provenance: Thomas D. and Constance A. Williams, Litchfield, Connecticut; Stuart E. Gregory, Wilton, Connecticut; Sotheby Parke Bernet, January 27, 1979, Lot 250. Literature: Exhibition catalog for Erastus Salisbury Field, 1805-1900; “Stewart E. Gregory Collection,” The Magazine Antiques, January 1971, p. 113; Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 568; Deborah Chotner, American Naive Paintings (National Gallery of Art, 1992), p. 124.

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Exhibitions: Erastus Salisbury Field, 18051900: A Special Exhibition Devoted to His Life and Work, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia, January– March 1963.; An Eye on America, Folk Art from the Stewart E. Gregory Collection, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, March 13–May 14, 1972.; Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. Note: The frame is one of a group of nine portraits all with identical stenciled frames made c. 1837. Deacon Pease was born in Enfield, Connecticut, April 17, 1798 and died in Alford, Massachusetts, in 1870. A portrait of Deacon Pease’s son, Henry Allen Pease, also by Field, mounted in an identical frame, was sold at Christie’s, January 20-21, 2006, Lot 368. $15,000-25,000

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350 Erastus Salisbury Field (Massachusetts/New York, c. 18051900) Portrait of a Dwarfed Boy in a Red Dress Holding a Rattle Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 12 x 9 in., in a maple frame with block corners. Condition: No obvious retouch. Provenance: James Abbe, Oyster Bay, New York; Joan Washburn, New York; Private New England Collection; Sotheby’s, June 27, 1985, Lot 278; Skinner, October 28, 1989, Lot 452. Literature: Exhibition catalog 19th Century American Folk Art: From the Collection of James Abbe, Jr. (Washburn Gallery, New York); Mary C. Black exhibition catalog Erastus Salisbury Field 1805-1900, p. 64. Exhibitions: 19th Century American Folk Art: From the Collection of James Abbe, Jr., Washburn Gallery, New York, September 12–October 6, 1979; Erastus Salisbury Field, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, February 5–April 1, 1984; National Museum of American Arts and Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, June 10–September 4, 1984; Museum of American Folk Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November–December, 1984; Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, January–February, 1985. $8,000-12,000

351 Asahel Lynde Powers (Vermont, 1813-1843) Man with Quill Signed and inscribed “Ptd, by A.L. Powers/Springfield, Vt. June 24th, 1836” on the reverse. Oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 25 in., in a split baluster frame. Condition: Unlined, two punctures in upper half repaired with mattress ticking with associated inpainting, minor inpainting elsewhere. Provenance: Fred Haight, Coxsackie, New York; Skinner, May 11, 1978, Lot 58. Literature: Asahel Powers, Painter of Vermont Faces, exhibition catalog, plate 39. Exhibitions: Asahel Powers, Painter of Vermont Faces, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 14–December 2, 1973; Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $4,000-6,000

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352 Thomas Ware (Vermont, 1803-1836)

353 Deacon Robert Peckham (Massachusetts, 1785-1877)

Portrait of Huldah Edson Lake Unsigned. Oil on panel, 26 x 19 in., in the original molded blackpainted frame. Condition: Scattered retouch.

Portrait of James Humphreys Jr. Inscribed “JAMES HUMPHREYS/AE 30/Painted by/his humble friend/R Peckham/July 1809” on the back of the canvas. Oil on canvas, 25 x 20 in., in a molded black-painted frame. Condition: Relined, very minor inpainting to some craquelure.

Provenance: Collection of Horace W. Davis, Cannondale, Connecticut, sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, February 28, 1946, Lot 32; Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York; Richard W. Oliver Auction, Kennebunk, Maine, July 3, 1982. Literature: Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Thomas Ware: Vermont Portrait Painter,” The Clarion, Winter 1983/84, pp. 41-42; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Genealogical and Historical Research: On the Importance of Genealogical Methodology in Researching Early New England Folk Portraitists,” in The Art of the Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), p. 267. $3,000-5,000

Provenance: Sotheby’s, Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, January 30, 1987, Lot 965; Peter Tillou. Literature: Peter H. Tillou, Where Liberty Dwells: 19th Century Art by the American People, Works of Art from the Masterpieces of New York State Folk Painting, no. 24. Exhibitions: American Folk Art Exhibition, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 1–30, 1974; Where Liberty Dwells: 19th Century Art by the American People, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, January 17–February 22, 1976; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25–August 29, 1976; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 14–February 20, 1977; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, April 3–May 29, 1977. Note: This is thought to be the earliest known signed and dated portrait by Peckham. $6,000-8,000

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354 Thomas Skynner (New Hampshire, act. 1840-1852) Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Conklin Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in., in mahogany veneer frames. Condition: Relined, retouch. Provenance: Edgar William & Bernice Chrysler Garbisch; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Sotheby’s, January 16, 1999, Lot 272. Exhibitions: Naive American Paintings, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, July 15– August 19, 1971. $10,000-15,000

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355 Ruth Henshaw Bascom (Massachusetts, 17711848) Portrait of Sarah Flint Burton Inscribed “Mrs. Sarah Flint Burton of Crichton Hill. Sketched Dec. 1830 & copied June 1840 by RHB Fitzwilliam” in the artist’s hand on the back of the paper. Pastel on paper, 19 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., in a grainpainted frame. Condition: Few very minor spots.

356 Mary B. Tucker (Massachusetts, 1784-1853) Portrait of a Young Boy in a Black Jacket Signed “By Mary B. Tucker 1842” below the image. Watercolor on paper, 18 1/4 x 15 in., in a grain- and black-painted frame. Condition: Minor toning. $800-1,200

Provenance: Bruce McGranahan, Contoocook, New Hampshire, February 6, 1981. Literature: Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 568. Note: Sarah Flint of Wilton, New Hampshire, was born April 5, 1804, and died October 11, 1836. She married Reverend Warren Burton, June 26, 1828. Bascom painted portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Flint (Sotheby’s November 14 and 15, 1973, Lot 24). The original hairpiece illustrated on the sitter’s head is included with this lot. $4,000-6,000

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357 Emily Eastman (American, 19th Century) Lady with a Parrot Unsigned. Crayon and watercolor on paper, 17 x 15 1/2 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Minor toning/staining, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Gustav J. Ambrose; Kennedy Gallery; Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 10, 1974, Lot 167; Judy Lenett; Helen Kellogg; Fred Giampietro, October 5, 1979. Literature: Kennedy Quarterly, December 1970, p. 146. Exhibitions: Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, March 7–April 27, 1986. $800-1,200

358 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Five Bowen Family Portraits, Thompson, Connecticut Unsigned, the portraits include Millard, Lucy, Jonathan E., Lydia, and Jane Bowen. Watercolor and pencil on paper, sizes to 7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in., in various period frames. Condition: Very minor toning. Provenance: Barbara Pollock, Highland Park, Illinois, August 10, 1989.

Literature: Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “J.A. Davis: Identity Reviewed,” The Clarion, Summer 1991, p. 44; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Genealogical and Historical Research: On the Importance of Genealogical Methodology in Researching Early New England Folk Portraitists,” in The Art of the Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001); and Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “The Key to Identifying New England Folk Portraitists,” Antiques and the Arts Weekly, April 5, 2002, pp. 41-42. Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $10,000-15,000

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359 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Mrs. Almariah Arnold January 25th 1848 Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 7 1/4 x 6 1/8 in., in a red-stained frame. Condition: Slight staining. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, The Garbisch Collection, April 27, 1978, Lot 464. Literature: Three New England Watercolor Painters, 1974, p. 43; Sybil B. And Arthur B. Kern, “The Surprising Identity of J.A. Davis,” The Clarion, Winter 1981-82, p. 47.

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Exhibitions: Three New England Watercolor Painters, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 16–December 22, 1974; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, January 17–March 2, 1975; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25–May 11, 1975; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 1–September 1, 1975; Reflections of 19th Century America, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; Powder Horns to Portraits: Rhode Island Folk Art, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, October 31, 1984–March 31, 1985. $3,000-5,000

360 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Portrait of James Arnold Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in., in a red-stained frame. Condition: Minor spotting. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, The Garbisch Collection, April 27, 1978, Lot 464. Literature: Three New England Watercolor Painters, 1974, p. 43; Sybil B. And Arthur B. Kern, “The Surprising Identity of J.A. Davis,” The Clarion, Winter 1981-82, p. 47.

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Exhibitions: Three New England Watercolor Painters, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 16–December 22, 1974; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, January 17–March 2, 1975; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25–May 11, 1975; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 1–September 1, 1975; Reflections of 19th Century America, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; Powder Horns to Portraits: Rhode Island Folk Art, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, Rhode Island, October 31, 1984–March 31, 1985. $3,000-5,000


361 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Stephen N. Tingley 1839 Signed “By J.A. Davis” along the lower edge. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 7 5/8 x 5 1/2 in., in a grain-painted frame. Condition: Minor toning, water staining at lower edge. Provenance: Don Walters, Goshen, Indiana, October 26, 1984. Literature: The Old Print Shop Portfolio, vol. XIX, no. 32, May 1960; exhibition catalog for Three New England Watercolor Painters, 1974, p. 48; Arthur and Sybil Kern, “J.A. Davis: Identity Reviewed,” The Clarion, Summer 1991, p. 42. Exhibitions: Three New England Watercolor Painters, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 16–December 22, 1974; St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, January 17–March 2, 1975; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, March 25–May 11, 1975; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 1–September 1, 1975. $3,000-5,000

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362 Jane A. Davis (Connecticut/Rhode Island, 1821-1855) Portrait of Rufus W. Brackett Unsigned. Watercolor and ink on paper, 6 x 7 1/2 in., in a molded and black-painted frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Michael Gordon, Storrs, Connecticut, October 29, 1985. $1,000-1,500

363 James R. Osborne (Portland, Maine, fl. 18271832) Portrait of a Man and Wife Signed and dated “J. Osborne, 1830” l.r., inscribed “Hannah Libby” on the back panel. Watercolor and ink on paper, 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 in., in a black-painted molded frame. Condition: Very minor toning. Provenance: David Schorsch, New York, June 21, 1993. Literature: Arthur and Sybil Kern, “James Osborne, Maine Folk Painter,” Folk Art, Summer 1994, p. 49.

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Exhibitions: For the Record: Art and Artifacts of the American Family, Bennington, Museum, Bennington, Vermont, November 1–December 31, 2008. $4,000-6,000

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364 American School, Mid-19th Century

365 American School, Early 19th Century

Pair of Portraits of a Boy in a Blue Jacket and a Boy in a Gray Suit Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in., each in an ebonized oval frame. Condition: Toned; boy in blue has small areas of surface loss in the background and pants.

Watercolor Portraits of Nancy Hays and James Hays Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., in brown-painted frames with raised corner blocks. Condition: Toned, scattered spots.

Provenance: Ellen Neily, Essex, Massachusetts, April 12, 1985. $1,500-2,500

Provenance: Chris Machmer; Howard Feldman; Sotheby’s, July 23, 1988, Lot 154; Greg K. Kramer, Philadelphia Antiques Show, April 14, 1996. Note: Typed label on the reverse reads: “These pictures of Great-grandmother and Great-grandfather Hayes were done by an old Indian who came through the village of Terra Alta, W. Va. some time after 1845, which was the year James Hayes settled in W. Va.” $4,000-6,000

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366 James Guild (Vermont/New York, 17971841) Portraits of Phineas and Janette McArthur Bailey Inscribed “J. Bailey 1818 By James Guild” and “P. Bailey By James Guild” below the images. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 in., in molded frames. Condition: Minor toning, closed tears, wrinkles with associated pigment loss. Provenance: Duane Merrill Auction, Williston, Vermont, July 21, 1987. Literature: Arthur and Sybil Kern, “James Guild: Quintessential Itinerant Portrait Painter,” The Clarion, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer 1982, p. 49. Note: The sitters are reported to be from Berkshire, Vermont. $1,500-2,500


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367 Thomas Skynner (New England, act. 18401852)

368 James H. Gillespie (British/American, 1793-after 1849)

Profile Portrait of a Woman Unsigned, later inscription “BETSEY WHITE AGED 72/born 1800” on the back. Watercolor on paper, 3 3/8 x 2 3/4 in., in a giltwood frame. Condition: Minor staining.

Portrait of a Mother and Daughter Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/8 x 2 1/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Very minor toning, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Latchman House Antiques, Waterville, Ohio, August 8, 2008. $800-1,200

Provenance: Don Walters, May 23, 1978. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $1,500-2,500

369 J.M. Crowley (American, 19th Century) Miniature Profile Portrait of a Woman in a Chair Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: American Folk Art Gallery, New York; Don Walters; David Wheatcroft, July 25, 2008. $1,500-2,500

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370 J.M. Crowley (American, 19th Century) Full-length Portrait of a Young Girl Signed “J.M. Crowley/Del.” in pencil on the reverse. Pencil on paper, 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in., in a brownpainted frame. Condition: Minor toning and small spot at edge of dress. Provenance: Paul J. DeCoste, Newburyport, Massachusetts, September 29, 1984. $800-1,200 371 Roswell Park (American, Mid-19th Century) Profile Portrait of a Young Woman with a Large Comb Signed “R. Park” in pencil below the image. Watercolor on paper, 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in., in a gilt frame. Condition: Minor toning and spotting, not examined out of frame.

374 Thomas Chambers (New York/England, 1808-1869)

378 American School, Probably New Hampshire, c. 1820

Tropical Scene with Churches and Palms Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Very minor scattered retouch.

Unlucky Girls Unsigned. Watercolor, ink, and gouache on paper, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in., in a red-painted frame. Condition: Minor darkening near u.r. corner.

Provenance: Ralph and Suzanne Katz, January 7, 2014.

Provenance: Found in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire; Stephen Score, Essex, Massachusetts; Daphne Farago, Providence, Rhode Island; Zweig Gallery, Salem, New York, May 4, 1993.

Note: The image is thought to be a scene in Mexico and closely resembles figure 3-34 in Kathleen A. Foster, Thomas Chambers: American Marine and Landscape Painter, 1808-1869. $3,000-5,000 375 Thomas Chambers (New York/England, 1808-1869)

Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 29, 1977, Lot 322; Ron Bourgeault Auction, August 8, 1977. $600-800

Ship on Stormy Seas Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 14 1/4 x 18 in., in a molded gilt frame. Condition: Relined, minor retouch in some areas of craquelure.

372 Clarissa Barnes (Connecticut, 1819-1836)

Provenance: Ralph and Suzanne Katz, February 13, 2014. $2,000-3,000

Martha Barnes Aged 96 Years and 6 Months Inscribed “Painted by her grand daughter Clarissa Barnes” on the backing board. Watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper, 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in., in a brown-painted molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Skinner, March 23, 1997, Lot 9. $800-1,200 373 J.T. Newton (American, 19th Century) Portrait of Adaline B. Eddy, 1824 Signed “J.T. Newton, Pxt.” l.r., subject identified and dated l.c. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 in., in a wood and pressed brass frame. Condition: Toning. Provenance: Madeline Fisher, March 23, 1980. $1,000-1,500

376 Attributed to Frederick Kemmelmeyer (Maryland/Virginia, 1752/53-1820/25) General Washington Reviewing the Troops at Trenton Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 47 1/2 x 36 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Relined on Masonite, retouch, primarily in the sky. $3,000-5,000 377 Attributed to Mary Ann Willson (American, act. 1810-1825) Man in Striped Pants Shooting at a Bird in a Tree Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/4 x 11 3/4 in., in a grain-painted frame. Condition: Losses at corners, near separation of sheet to left of tree, scattered spotting.

Literature: Americana from the Daphne Farago Collection (Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1985), p. 85. Exhibitions: Four Rhode Island Collectors of American Folk Art: Eliza Greene Metcalf Radeke, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Maxim Karolik, and Daphne Farago, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, September 27–November 17, 1986. $1,500-2,500 379 Possibly Lucius Barnes (Connecticut, 1819-1836) Adrift Inscribed “Lucius Barnes” in pencil l.r. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 6 x 6 in., in a black-painted molded frame. Condition: Staining at upper edge, not examined out of frame. Provenance: Dow’s Corner Shop at New Hampshire Dealer’s Show, Concord, New Hampshire, August 11, 1983. $400-600

380 Olivia J. Record (act. Buckfield, Maine, Mid-19th Century) Buckfield, Maine Signed “Painted by Olivia J. Record” along lower edge, titled l.c. Watercolor on paper, 9 1/4 x 12 3/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Mike Gordon, May 11, 1980. $1,000-1,500

Provenance: Judy Lenett, Silver Spring Farm, Ridgefield, Connecticut, November 17, 1979. $1,500-2,500

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381 Attributed to Leopold Fiedler (American, 19th Century) Fort Custer, Montana Signed “L. Fiedler” l.r. Watercolor on paper, 12 1/2 x 22 1/2 in., in a molded walnut frame with gilt liner. Condition: Minor toning, short tears and losses to edges, u.l. corner with an area of paper restoration. Provenance: Steve Kochenburger, Keeping Room Antiques, West Willington, Connecticut, March 15, 1986. Literature: Kennedy Quarterly, January 1974, pl. 29. Exhibitions: Pride of Place: Vernacular Architecture in American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, September 14, 1986–January 1987. Note: Fort Custer was established in 1877/78 as an unfortified military post above the right bank of the Big Horn River near the junction of the Little Big Horn River. This image shows the fort prior to 1883. Leopold Fiedler served in several U.S. infantry and cavalry units between 1866 and 1885. Comprehensive information of Fiedler’s service available upon request. $800-1,200 383

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382 Warren Nixon (Framingham, Massachusetts, 1816) To Herman’s cave, thy feeble steps His fostering arm shall lead... Signed “By Warren Nixon” l.l., titled l.l. and l.r. Watercolor on paper, 11 x 14 1/2 in., in a giltgesso frame. Condition: Minor spotting and staining, a few closed or repaired tears, not examined out of frame. Provenance: The Old Parsonage Antiques, Hopkinton, New Hampshire, April 13, 1980. Literature: Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Joseph Stone and Warren Nixon of Framingham, Massachusetts,” Antiques, September 1983, pp. 514-18. $800-1,200

383 Watercolor Marriage Record of Charles Addems and Mary Chaine, America, 1851, image features the man in a dark blue jacket with brown trousers and a woman in a green gown with wavy red stripes, she holds a flower, above the inscription “Charles Addems and his wife Mary Chaine 1851,” in a walnut frame, image ht. 10, wd. 8 in. Provenance: Found in Hoosick Falls, New York; Christie’s, January 21, 2005, Lot 488. $2,000-4,000 384 Attributed to Moses Connor Jr. (New Hampshire, act. 1800-1832) Birth Record for Anna B. Cochran, Born July 6, 1804 Unsigned. Watercolor and ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in., in a molded frame. Condition: Toned and faded.

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385 Watercolor Birth and Baptismal Fraktur for Anna Gesgardin, Pennsylvania, 1787, the central German inscription with in a heart flanked by polychrome birds, flowers, and vines, sheet ht. 8 1/4, wd. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Bury Farm Antiques, Morrisville, New York, September 5, 1978. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America; Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 31, 1991; Albany Institute of History and Art, April 1–May 27, 1991. $800-1,200

387 Watercolor Picture of George Washington on Horseback, probably Pennsylvania, late 18th century, on laid paper, depicted in a blue military coat and holding a sword, flanked by the letters “G” and “W,” back of sheet inscribed “No. 7978/Debenture/Upper house/ Octr 1783,” in a black-painted frame, ht. 5 3/4, wd. 5 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Julia’s Auction, Nashua, New Hampshire, January 13, 1991, Lot 650. $1,500-2,500

Provenance: Skinner, June 4, 2006, Lot 109. Literature: A similar birth record is illustrated in By Good Hands: New Hampshire Folk Art, cooperative exhibition catalog with The Currier Gallery of Art, University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, 1989, p. 31. $800-1,200

386 Watercolor Taufschein for Magdalena Kern, Frederick Krebs, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, c. 1793, central inscription within a heart flanked by polychrome flowers and birds, on laid paper, ht. 7 3/4, wd. 12 3/4 in. $2,500-3,500

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388 Watercolor Birth and Baptismal Fraktur for Maria Zollner, the Blowsy Angel artist, Upper Milford, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1796, the circular central frame with German inscription and heart flanked by angels, birds, and flowers, ht. 13, wd. 15 1/2 in. Provenance: Arthur J. Sussell Collection, Sotheby’s, October 24, 1953, Lot 330; Sotheby’s, February 1, 1991, Lot 919. $2,000-3,000 389 Watercolor Tavern Rhyme Fraktur, Berks County, Pennsylvania, early 19th century, German inscription within a red and yellow triangle border flanked by a man in a red jacket and military hat and a man in a blue jacket and top hat, in a tiger maple frame, ht. 7 3/4, wd. 12 1/4 in. (sight). Provenance: Kribel Collection, Reading, Pennsylvania; Joe Kindig & Son, York, Pennsylvania; Sotheby Parke Bernet, April 30, 1981, Lot 61. $2,000-3,000 388

390 Johann Friedrich Krebs (Pennsylvania, Late 18th/Early 19th Century) Soldier on Horseback Unsigned. Watercolor and ink on paper, 16 x 13 1/2 in., in a modern grain-painted frame. Condition: Toned, fold, areas of paper restoration at edges. Provenance: Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Shelley, Oley, Pennsylvania; Pook & Pook, October 2004; Olde Hope Antiques, New Hope, Pennsylvania, March 28, 2005. Literature: Shelley, Fraktur-writings or Illuminated Manuscripts, fig. 1999. $3,000-5,000

391 Polychrome Watercolor Fraktur Birth Record for Mary Tyson, John Van Minian, Pennsylvania, 1814, the central figure of a woman in a black gown flanked by red and yellow tulips on tall leafy and flower stems above a text block reading “Mary Tyson daughter of Isaac &/ Susannah Tyson was born on the 4 day/January anno domini 1814, in Limerick Town-/ship Montgomery County Pennsylvania,” all within a red and yellow border, in a molded mahogany frame with square corner blocks, ht. 9 1/2, wd. 7 3/4 in.

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392 Taufschein or Baptismal Certificate for Elias Braun, Conrad Trevits, Union County, Pennsylvania, c. 1820, central green heart containing German text below a green, red, and yellow rosette, flanked by yellow and red birds and tulips and other flowers, in a modern cherry frame, ht. 12 3/8, wd. 15 1/2 in. Provenance: Horst Auction, May 11, 1991, Lot 193. $1,500-2,500 393 Watercolor and Ink “Vorschrift,” possibly by Carl Munch, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 1827, the central German verse framed by elaborate panels of young couples, trees with climbers, and meandering floral vines, ht. 11, wd. 14 1/2 in. Provenance: David Sabriskie, November 22, 1987.

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Note: Attribution made on the basis of similarity to “Birth and Baptismal Certificate of Margarita Munch,” fig. 19, p. 35, in 101 American Primitive Water Colors and Pastels from the Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch. $2,500-3,500 394 Watercolor Marriage Certificate, Centre County, Pennsylvania, c. 1843, two large urns on a mantelpiece framing a German inscription, flanked by women in red and yellow gowns, in a red-painted frame, ht. 15 1/4, wd. 12 1/4 in. (sight). $1,500-2,500

395 Polychrome Watercolor Baptism Fraktur for Rahel Portzline, Francis Portzline, Union County, Pennsylvania, c. 1854, the central heart with German inscriptions below a heart pinwheel flanked by birds on tulip vines above a pair of birds and a woman in a dark green gown, signed “Francis Portzline” l.l., in a black-painted frame, ht. 12 1/4, wd. 15 1/2 in. (sight). Provenance: Joan Johnson, Hidden Glen, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania. Exhibitions: Painters of Record: William Murray and his School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History and Art, April 1–May 27, 1991. $4,000-6,000

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396 Watercolor Birth Certificate for John Wesly Amspacher, Daniel Peterman, York County, Pennsylvania, 1861, the central inked birth inscription and verse framed by flowers, birds, and two women dressed in brightly colored gowns, in a modern cherry frame, ht. 14, wd. 11 3/4 in. $800-1,200 397 Jacob Maentel (Pennsylvania/Maryland/Indiana/ Germany, 1763-1863) Portrait of a Young Boy with a Parrot Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 7 5/8 x 6 3/8 in., in a modern maple frame. Condition: Minor toning, small spots, two areas of paper loss near u.r. corner. Provenance: Henry B. Gleason, Marietta, Pennsylvania; Mr. & Mrs. William E. Wiltshire III, Richmond, Virginia; Sotheby’s, American Folk Paintings and Watercolors, April 30, 1981, Lot 23; Christie’s, January 16, 1998, Lot 319.

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Literature: American Folk Paintings: Selections from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Wiltshire III, The Virginia Museum (Richmond, Virginia, 1977), p. 44. Exhibitions: American Folk Paintings: Selections from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Wiltshire III, The Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia, November 29, 1977–January 8, 1978. $3,000-5,000 398 Jacob Maentel (Pennsylvania/Maryland/Indiana/ Germany, 1763-1863) Portrait of a Woman in Profile Sitting on a Paintdecorated Chair with Book Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/2 x 5 5/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Toned, 1 1/2-in. tear at left edge. Provenance: Sotheby’s, December 8, 1984, Lot 50; David Wheatcroft; Cyr Auction of Jean Curtain Collection, Gray, Maine, Lot 205. $4,000-6,000 399 Jacob Maentel (Pennsylvania/Maryland/Indiana/ Germany, 1763-1863) Portrait of Catharine Cuthbert Grumbine Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 7 7/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Minor toning, restored losses along lower edge.

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400 Jacob Maentel (Pennsylvania/Maryland/Indiana/ Germany, 1763-1863) Portrait of Peter Grumbine Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/8 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Toned, minor abrasions and staining. Provenance: Fred Giampietro at the Southport-Westport Antiques Show, April 18, 1986. $4,000-6,000 401 Jacob Maentel (Pennsylvania/Maryland/Indiana/ Germany, 1763-1863) Portrait of Henry Potter Stichter Unsigned, dated “April 9th 1833.” Watercolor on paper, 6 x 5 1/2 in., in a grain-painted frame. Condition: Toned. Provenance: Don Walters; Sotheby Parke Bernet, February 1, 1978, Lot 216. Literature: Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 564. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. 402

Note: In 1833 the Stichter family was living in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery, County, Pennsylvania, where Maentel is known to have painted. $1,500-2,500

402 Robert Seevers (act. Delaware, 1830s) Portrait of R.E.M. Bartrum Unsigned, name of subject stamped below image. Watercolor and graphite on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 in., in a molded mahogany frame with gilt liner. Condition: Minor toning, fold near bottom edge, 3/4 in tear at left edge, paper loss at right edge. Provenance: Don Walters at Danbury, Connecticut, Antique Show, December 7, 1980. $3,000-5,000

403 Robert Seever (act. Delaware, 1830s) Portrait of Olive Unsigned, inscribed “Olive aged 6 months” at top center. Watercolor and ink on paper, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Laid down on rice paper, fold lines, tears with associated losses.

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Provenance: F.O. Bailey, Portland, Maine; Robert Avery Smith; Don Walters, October 10, 2001. $3,000-5,000

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404 Fancy Cutwork Picture, America, c. 1860, white paper cutout featuring an American flag flanked by men, women, and a child above a pair of peacocks, bordered by a bird and leafy vine border with central spreadwing eagle, all against a blue background, ht. 10 1/2, wd. 15 1/2 in. Provenance: David Wheatcroft, Westborough, Massachusetts, October 29, 1999. Note: A similar example is illustrated in Flowering of American Folk Art (Whitney Museum of Art, 1974), p. 98. $3,000-5,000

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405 Cupid Cutwork Valentine Picture, probably Pennsylvania, 19th century, Cupid in the center surrounded by a heart and diamond border, rosettes, crossed arrows, leafy vines, and double heart and dove corners, with pencil details, ht. 12, wd. 12 1/4 in. Provenance: Col. Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 9, 1974, Lot 17; Betty Sterling Auction, Randolph, Vermont, August 28, 1981. $500-700

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406 Liberty Cutwork Picture, attributed to Isaac Faust Stiehly, 19th century, spreadwing eagle with embossed wing details holding an American flag in its beak, talons clutching a rattlesnake, surrounded by a rosette, chain, and floral border, “Liberty” above the eagle’s head, all against a blue background, ht. 11 1/4, wd. 13 1/4 in. Provenance: Betty Sterling Auction, Randolph, Vermont, August 28, 1981. $800-1,200


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407 American School, Mid-19th Century

408 Fritz G. Vogt (New York, 1842-1900)

409 Fritz G. Vogt (New York, 1842-1900)

Chalybeate Spring Unsigned. Sepia on paper, 13 x 20 1/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Minor toning, small stain at left edge.

Residence of Mrs. Mary E. Failing. Fort Plain, N.Y. Signed and dated “July 2, 1897 Fritz G. Vogt” at corners, titled l.c. Artist’s crayon and pencil on paper, 26 x 40 in., in a molded gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Minor toning. $10,000-15,000

Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oneil. Otsego Co., N.Y. Signed and dated “July 16, 1892 Fritz G. Vogt.” at bottom edge, titled l.c. Pencil on paper, 19 x 24 in., in a grain-painted frame. Condition: Minor staining. $800-1,200

Provenance: Cleveland’s Antiques, Somerset, Massachusetts, May 1977. Note: Chalybeate Spring is located in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, just outside the town of Hamburg. $400-600

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410 Early Carved Doll, probably Pennsylvania, early 19th century, the doll with subtle face and clothing details, articulated arms, traces of polychrome paint, ht. 10 in. Provenance: The New-York Historical Society; Collection of Gary Stass; Don Walters, Goshen, Indiana, acquired at the Philadelphia Antiques Show, April 8, 1990. Literature: A similar example by the same hand is illustrated in Carl Fox’s The Doll (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1972), #140. $1,000-1,500 411 Carved “Debborah” Figure, 19th century, the figure holding a bird, carved from a single block of pine with fine details on face and clothing, mounted on a pine base, ht. 9 1/8 in. Provenance: Leda Roberts, New Preston, Connecticut, September 8, 1979. Exhibitions: Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991– May 27, 1991; Empire State Mosaic, Folk Art of New York, Fennimore Museum, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, April 1–December 31, 1999. Note: The census index for 1800 shows an Isaac Schultz living in Orange County, New York. $600-800

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412 Small Watch-form Trade Sign, 19th century, watch with hinged gilt-tin case opening to a faux marble-painted dial with roman numerals, ht. 10 3/4, wd. 7 1/4 in. $1,500-2,500 413 Carved and Painted Battling Militia Soldiers Whirligig, 19th century, the figures dressed in blue jackets with white trousers, heads with painted facial details and lead-rim hats, their arms with sword and paddles, ht. 19, lg. 24 1/2 in. Provenance: Judy Milne, January 1977. $800-1,200 414 Carved and Painted Man on Horseback, late 19th century, the man wearing a red-painted jacket with yellow-painted hat and trousers, and black-painted boots, riding a white-painted horse with leather bridle, ht. 8 3/8 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, January 27, 1984. $600-800 415 Carved and Painted Militia Soldier on Horseback, 19th century, carved from a single block of hardwood, the soldier with carved body and clothing details, blue-painted hat and jacket, on a horse, ht. 11 1/8 in. $800-1,200 416 Carved Snake Cane, Hardwick, Vermont, late 19th century, with chip-carved scales, lg. 36 in. Provenance: Paul Chouinard, Danville, Vermont, July 10, 1978. $600-800 417 Carved and Painted Hooded Cobra, late 19th/early 20th century, the articulated body segments joined by hollow iron pins, lg. 28 3/4 in. Provenance: Beverly Labe, Glens Falls, New York, November 17, 1979. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $400-600

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418 Carved and Painted Pine and Tin Figures, c. 1860-65, figure of a man and woman with articulated arms and legs and tin hats, the woman dressed in a gown, the man in a jacket with large buttons, on a custom stand, ht. to 18 in. Provenance: Dr. William Greenspon; Fred Giampietro American Art and Antiques, New York, September 28, 1996. $2,000-3,000

419 Painted Papier-mâché “Carnival Cat,” America, late 19th century, original painted surface in black with white spots, glass eyes, and a stuffed velvet tail, with an interior mechanism for animating the head and mouth, (paint losses, some cracking, minor losses, mechanism damaged), ht. 20 1/4 in. Provenance: Lapham and Dibble Gallery, Shoreham, Vermont, August 13, 1977.

420 Polychrome Painted Bird on a Branch Carving, “Bernier the Lumberman,” Saco/ Biddeford, Maine, c. 1900, the red and blue bird with white spots holding a berry in its beak mounted on a green and white branch and stand, ht. 9 1/4 in.

421 Polychrome Painted Bird and Fish Carving, “Bernier the Lumberman,” Saco/Biddeford, Maine, c. 1900, the brown and white bird holding a brown fish in its beak, iron legs mounted in tall brown- and white-painted woman’s boots, ht. 7 1/2 in.

Provenance: Purchased at an antiques show in Burlington, Vermont. $600-800

Provenance: School House Antiques, Essex, New York, August, 1977. $400-600

Literature: American Cat-alogue, The Cat in American Folk Art, exhibition catalog. Exhibitions: The Cat in American Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art, 1976. $3,000-5,000

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422 Carved and Painted Bird on a Swing, late 19th/ early 20th century, the yellow and white bird with black crest perched on a white-painted swing, with custom stand, ht. 6 in. $600-800 423 Carved and Painted Mahogany Sailor and Horse Wall Shelf, possibly Maine, 1872, the backing with cutout sailor and flag above a shelf with scalloped edge and cutout horse, ht. 11 1/2 in. Provenance: Stephen Douglas Antiques, at the New Hampshire Antique Dealers Show, Manchester, New Hampshire, August 11, 1988. $800-1,200

424 Sturtevant J. Hamblen (Maine/Massachusetts, act. 1837-1856)

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Portrait of Mr. Hosmer Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in., in a molded walnut frame with gilt liner. Condition: Very small spots of retouch in the face. Provenance: From the home of L. Phelps of Concord and Lowell, Massachusetts; F.O. Bailey Auction, South Paris, Maine, August 6, 1980. $4,000-6,000 425 George Hartwell (Massachusetts, 1815-1901) Pair of Portraits of a Man and Wife Unsigned. Oil on academy board, 14 x 10 in., in molded pine frames. Condition: Very small spots of retouch in the upper corners of the portrait of the man. Provenance: David Wheatcroft, Westborough, Massachusetts, August 8, 2014. $3,000-5,000

426 Sturtevant J. Hamblen (Maine/Massachusetts, act. 1837-1856) Portrait of a Young Woman with a Book and a Bird Unsigned. Oil on board, 14 1/4 x 10 1/4 in., in a pine frame. Condition: Scattered minor retouch. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, August 31, 1977.

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Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979– June 15, 1980. $3,000-5,000


427 William W. Kennedy (act. Maryland/ Massachusetts, 1817-1871) Portrait of a Young Woman Unsigned. Oil on academy board, 14 1/2 x 10 in., in a mahogany veneer frame. Condition: Surface grime, varnish discoloration, no obvious retouch. Provenance: Meryl Weiss, Judy & Jim Milne, January 26, 1979. $1,500-2,500 428 Amos M. Holbrook (American, act. 183031) Two Portraits of Women in Black Dresses Unsigned, one woman initialed “S.S.,” the other “A.W.S.” Watercolor on paper, 3 5/8 x 2 5/8 in., each in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Manchester Antiques Show, August 10, 1994. $1,500-2,500 429

429 Amos M. Holbrook (American, act. 183031) Portrait of a Gentleman Unsigned. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in., in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Roy M. Farier Antiques, Commonwealth Pier Antique Show, Boston, May 21, 1978. $1,000-1,500 430 Amos M. Holbrook (American, act. 183031) Portrait of a Gentleman Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 3 1/2 x 2 5/8 in., in a wood frame with pressed brass mat. Condition: Toning. Provenance: Northeast Auctions, April 8, 1978.

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Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil and Arthur Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $1,000-1,500

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431 Amos M. Holbrook (American, act. 183031) Portrait of Abigail Rumrill, East Brookfield, Massachusetts Signed “A.M. Holbrook del. 1831” in pencil along the bust line. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 4 x 3 in., in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: John Sideli Art & Antiques, North Egremont, Massachusetts, September 21, 1997. $1,000-1,500 432 American School, Early 19th Century Five Portraits of Members of the Nessly Family Unsigned, with identities of sitters on the reverse. Watercolor on paper, 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in., variously framed. Condition: Toning, spotting, some paper loss. Provenance: Lapham & Dibble, Shoreham, Vermont, February 2, 1980. Note: The Nessly family lived in the area of New Cumberland, West Virginia. $6,000-8,000

433 Attributed to Joseph Partridge (Rhode Island/England, b. 1792) Portrait of Isaac Cowell Unsigned. Watercolor and ink on paper, 5 x 3 3/4 in., in a gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Descended through the family of Miss Elizabeth Jones, Milton, New Hampshire; Roger Bacon, 1970; Sotheby’s, The Bertram K. and Nina F. Little Collection, Part II, October 21, 1994. Exhibitions: New England on Land and Sea, An Exhibition from the Collection of Bertram K. and Nina F. Little, The Peabody Museum, Massachusetts, Salem, September 7, 1970. 432

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Note: The Index to War of 1812 Pension Files lists Isaac Cowell as living in Lebanon, Maine, married to Lucy Cottle as his first wife and to Mercy Keith as his second. The Partridge attribution is based on similarity to signed watercolors of Moses Brown and Joseph Chapman. $6,000-8,000


434 Joseph Partridge (American, 1792-1833) Portrait of Joseph Chapman Inscribed and dated “Painted by Jos. Partridge, May 15th, 1825 (age 41 years)” on the backboard. Watercolor on paper, 8 x 6 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Toned and with scattered small spots. Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, February 1980, Lot 1432; Mike Gordon, Storrs, Connecticut, March 16, 1980. Literature: Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Joseph Partridge, Painter,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1984, pp. 582-89; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Genealogy and Historical Research: On the Importance of Genealogical Methodology in Researching Early New England Folk Portraitists,” in The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2001), p. 249. $400-600

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435 Charles E. Burlingame (Providence, Rhode Island, Late 19th Century) Broadway, Providence Street Scene Signed “C.E. Burlingame/1871” l.l. Oil on canvas, 10 5/8 x 15 1/8 in., unframed. Condition: Relined, area of retouch in the sky at top of central building. Provenance: Flotsam and Jetsam, Providence, Rhode Island, October 14, 1977. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern; Rhode Island Collects, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, October 1–November 15, 1981. Note: Charles E. Burlingame is listed in the 1871 Providence City Directory as an architect at 63 Broadway. The church in the center of the image is the Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church of Providence. $2,000-3,000

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436 Ruby Devol (Vicinity of Westport Point, Massachusetts, 1804-1866) Portrait of Ann Potter Signed “Ann Potter’s Profile drawn by Ruby Devol” at top of image. Watercolor and ink on paper, 8 x 6 in., in a molded and red-painted frame. Condition: Toned, not examined out of frame. $6,000-8,000

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437 Eunice Pinney (Connecticut, 1770-1849) Couple in a Landscape Unsigned. Watercolor on paper, 10 5/8 x 14 7/8 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: A few short tears at edges. Provenance: Mr. & Mrs. William Gunn; Mary Allis; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet; Mr. & Mrs. William E. Wiltshire III; Sotheby’s, February 1, 1985, Lot 507. Literature: Richard B. Woodward, American Folk Paintings: Selections from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William Wiltshire III, 1977, pp. 48-49; Susan Foster, “Couple & Casualty: The Art of Eunice Pinney Unveiled,” Folk Art, Summer 1996, p. 30. Exhibitions: 19th Century American Women Artists, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, January 14– February 25, 1976; American Folk Painting: Selections from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. William Wiltshire III, November 29, 1977– January 8, 1978; Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, March 7–April 27, 1986. $2,500-3,500

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438 Samuel Lyman Richardson (Maine, act. 1830s) Portrait of Colonel Daniel Lewis Inscribed with subject’s name and date of death in red pencil on the reverse of the frame and the stretcher, further inscribed, including with the artist’s name along the bottom stretcher. Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 22 1/4 in., in the original painted frame. Condition: Dry, thin surface with minor losses, no evidence of restoration. Provenance: Purchased at French show from David Wiggins, July 29, 1983. Note: A later inscription in blue pen along the lower stretcher relates the story known about this portrait of Colonel Lewis, which reportedly was finished two days after Lewis’s death of “the numb palsy,” as quoted in Country Life in Maine, a Century Ago. According to the note, the Colonel’s son John posed for the artist to finish the portrait, “as John was supposed to look like his father.” $600-800 439 Sheldon Peck (Illinois/Vermont, 1797-1868) Portrait of a Gentleman Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 26 x 21 in., in a black-painted molded frame with oval mat. Condition: Lined on board, minor retouch primarily at edge of mat. $2,000-4,000 440 Joseph Chase Rutherford (American, Mid19th Century) Portrait of William B. Denison, 1843 Inscribed on back of canvas “by J.C. Rutherford, Feb. 13th/Burke, VT.” and on backing paper “Portrait of William B. Rutherford/(grandfather of Rebecca & Robert).” Oil on canvas, 27 x 21 3/4 in., in a modern brown-stained frame. Condition: No obvious retouch. Provenance: CRN Auction, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 20, 1995. $1,500-2,500

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441 American School, 19th Century Sill Life with Fruit Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 21 x 26 in., in a modern blackpainted frame with gilt liner. Condition: Relined, scattered spots of retouch. Provenance: Found in Waltham, Massachusetts; Judy and Jim Milne, March 1977. $1,000-1,500 442 American School, 19th Century Portrait of a Black and White Dog Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 22 x 26 in., in a dark-stained frame and gilt liner. Condition: Surface grime. Provenance: Purchased from William Benton, Vergennes, Vermont, for $73. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980 $800-1,200

443 Attributed to Jonathan Adams Bartlett (Maine, 1817-1902) Portrait of a Young Man with a Ledger Book Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 27 x 24 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Relined, scattered retouch. Provenance: Found in a house in Brunswick, Maine; Corey Daniels; Stephen-Douglas Antiques, April 13, 1984. $3,000-5,000 444 American School, 19th Century Portrait of Miriam Gobin Shindel Unsigned, sitter’s name inscribed on the frame backing. Pastel on paper, 21 1/2 x 17 1/2 in., in a walnut frame with gilt liner. Condition: Minor spotting. Provenance: Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Fine Americana, April 27, 1978, Lot 532. Exhibitions: Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980. $2,000-3,000

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445 Joseph Whiting Stock (Massachusetts, 1815-1855) Portrait of a Woman in Black Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., in an ogee molded giltwood frame. Condition: Relined; scattered spots, lines, and small areas of retouch, including to face, neck, and hands. Provenance: From the auction of a dealer’s collection in Woodstock, Vermont; to Winifred Harding; to Gerald W. Moory of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; Auction, Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, June 21, 1979, Lot 200. Literature: Exhibition catalog Joseph Whiting Stock, Smith College Museum of Art, February 4, 1977, #36, p. 40; Jacqueline Oak, “American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern,” The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 567; exhibition catalog A Useful Trade: 19th Century Itinerant Portrait Artists, p. 17.

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Exhibitions: Joseph Whiting Stock, Smith College Museum of Art, February 4–March 20, 1977; Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979–June 15, 1980; A Useful Trade: 19th Century Itinerant Portrait Artists, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont, October 25–November 25, 1984 and Holyoke Museum, Holyoke, Massachusetts, December 5, 1984–January 30, 1985. $2,000-3,000

446 American School, 19th Century Portrait of a Mother and Daughter Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 9 5/8 in., in a blackpainted frame. Condition: Minor retouch in spots adjoining the girl’s head and in the lower portion of her dress. Provenance: Dennis Raleigh Antiques, August 8, 2012. Note: The painting is very similar to Mother and Daughter with Almond-shaped Eyes, c. 1828, attributed to Joseph Stone in the collection of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. $2,000-3,000 447

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447 Cast Copper Man on Horseback Weathervane, A.L. Jewell & Co., Waltham, Massachusetts, c. 1870, flattened full-body form of heavy gauge copper and some applied sheet copper, old surface of verdigris and gilt, (minor seam separation, bullet dents), ht. 19 1/2, lg. 22 1/2 in. Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York; Sotheby’s Auction, January 27, 1989, Lot 1167; purchased by the consignor at the above. Literature: Kennedy Quarterly, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, January 1978, p. 31, item #28, titled Soldier on Horse. For a similar weathervane, see Folk Art, Fall 1983, for an example advertised for sale by Ron and Penny Dionne. Note: According to the consignor, in the quarterly referenced above the author writes: “like the Arabian horse made by A.L. Jewell, this weathervane is cast of heavy gauge copper sheet with heavy soldering seams. Quite probably like the Jewell it is also an early example of a commercially manufactured vane.” $6,000-8,000

448 Copper Bicycle Weathervane, New England, late 19th century, constructed of copper tubes, wires and sheet on an arrow with cast iron point, with custom stand, lg. 38 in. Provenance: David L. Davies, August 1995. Literature: Architectural Digest, (October, 1990), p. 245. $4,000-6,000 449 Painted Pine and Sheet Tin Rooster Weathervane, America, early 19th century, the black-painted full-body form with applied red-painted comb, beak, and wattle, on a custom stand, (paint wear and loss, losses, cracks), overall ht. 27 1/2, lg. 21 in.

450 Cast Iron Horse Weathervane, Rochester Iron Works, Rochester, New Hampshire, c. 1850, full-body horse with body details and sheet iron tail, on a custom stand, ht. 26, lg. 37 1/2 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, March 12, 1994. Literature: Steve Miller, The Art of the Weathervane (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1984), p. 27. $6,000-8,000

Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, October 21, 1988. $2,500-3,500

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451 Carved and White-painted Woodsman Weathervane, early 20th century, carved, flattened full-body figure with carved clothing and facial details, standing in front of a sawhorse cutting a log, white paint over older gold-painted surface, with custom stand, ht. 28, lg. 28 1/2 in. Provenance: Sotheby’s, The Howard and Jean Lipman Collection, November 14, 1981, Lot 25; Rico-Johnson Gallery, New York, April 29, 1984. Literature: Catalog for the exhibition Young America: A Folk Art History, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, at IBM Gallery of Art; Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, American Primitive: Discoveries in Folk Sculpture, 1988, p. 121; and a Newsweek article “The Outsiders are In,” December 25, 1989, p. 72. Exhibitions: Young America: A Folk Art History, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, at IBM Gallery of Art, September 29– November 15, 1986; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, January 24–March 15, 1987; Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, April 6–September 13, 1987; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 5, 1978–January 3, 1988; Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, Illinois, February 15– April 25, 1988. $4,000-6,000

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452 Yellow-painted Coupe Weathervane, probably southern Maine, early 20th century, sheet iron automobile with four wheels, driver, wire windscreen, and steering wheel, on a directional with scroll decoration, on turned and white-painted stand, lg. 14 in.

454 Carved and Painted Tobacconist Figure, Julius Theodore Melchers, c. 1860, figure presented wearing a red blanket with feather and cloth skirt, buckskin trousers and moccasins, feather headdress, on a custom base, old paint, ht. 49 3/4 in.

Provenance: David L. Davies, August, 1995.

Provenance: Allan and Penny Katz, Woodbridge, Connecticut, January 10, 2001.

Literature: Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblentz, A Gallery of American Weathervanes and Whirligigs (New York: Dutton, 1981), p. 100; and Robert Bishop and Jacqueline M. Atkins, Folk Art in American Life (Viking Studio Books, 1995). $2,000-3,000 453 Painted Ring-necked Pheasant Whirligig, New England, 19th century, (paint wear), ht. with wing up 23 3/4, lg. 23 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, October 20, 1994. $1,200-1,800

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Note: The figure stood in front of Mecklenburg’s Tobacco Shop at 1828 South Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri, which operated from 1856 to 1962. $20,000-30,000 455 Carved Tobacconist Indian Maiden Figure with Child, James Brown, late 19th century, the maiden with raised left arm holding a bundle of cigars and right arm cradling more, lettering incised into the child’s back and highlighted in red reads: “James Brown/717 Sansom St/Phila 1887.,” ht. 58 1/2 in. Provenance: Joan Brownstein Antiques, August, 12, 2010. Note: In Artists in Wood, Frederick Fried notes that “James Brown was also carving garden ornaments, steamboat eagles, figures, church ornaments…, and cigar store Indians” and that he is listed in Philadelphia directories. $3,000-5,000


456 Carved “Shrank’s Tobacco Store” Indian, America, 19th century, maple plank profile cutout with “SHRANKS/TOBACCO/STORE” in yellow paint on the base, remnants of painted body and clothing features, ht. 55 in. $1,500-2,500 457 Carved and Polychrome Painted Cupid Circus Bench Side, 19th century, Cupid within a scroll border holding a stylized bow, ht. 29, wd. 34 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, January 29, 1979. $600-800 458 Carved and Painted Tavern or Carousel Wagon Figure, late 19th century, carved with bold facial features and wearing a red scarf, ht. 13 1/2, wd. 10 1/4 in. Provenance: Wayne Pratt, October 6, 1978. $1,000-1,500 459 Lawrence W. Ladd, The Utica Master (Utica, New York, act. Late 19th Century) The Side Show: Siamese Twins Unsigned, titled on a label affixed to the reverse. Watercolor on paper, 17 3/4 x 29 in., framed. Condition: Not examined out of frame. Provenance: J. Stuart Halladay and Herril G. Thomas. Acquired from Anita Swatkovsky, Hubbardsville, New York, May 7, 1983. Exhibitions: Panoramas for the People, MunsonWilliams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, March 2– May 20, 1984, cat. no. 67. $1,500-2,500 460 Carnival Ball Toss Figure, late 19th/early 20th century, the torso dressed in blue cloth with large brass buttons, carved and painted face with remnants of hair, mounted on a wood base, ht. 10 1/2 in. Provenance: Judy and Jim Milne, January 28, 1979. $600-800 461 D.G. Payson (American, Early 20th Century) Sidewheel Steamer Queen of the West Signed “D.G. Payson” l.l. Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 1/4 in., in a gilt molded frame. Condition: Few very minor spots of retouch. Provenance: Northeast Auctions, August 21, 2004, Lot 527; Ken Manko, January 11, 2010. Note: This painting is based on the 1866 Currier and Ives lithograph Rounding a Bend on the Mississippi: The Parting Salute. $2,500-3,500

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462 William Murray (Vermont, Early 19th Century) Masonic Insignia Inscribed and dated “Drawn For Joseph Fish Senr BY WILm MURRAY Novemb 1818.” Watercolor on paper, 9 x 7 in., in a molded and grain-painted frame. Condition: Repaired tears at lower corners, soil. Provenance: John Rice, Putney, Vermont, October 23, 1983. Literature: Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, “Painters of Record: William Murray and His School,” The Clarion, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 1987. Exhibitions: Painters of Record: William Murray and His School, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, December 6, 1990–March 3, 1991; Albany Institute of History & Art, April 1, 1991– May 27, 1991. $800-1,200

463 Painted Silk Masonic Apron, 19th century, watercolor Masonic symbols within and flanking an arch and pillars, “All Seeing Eye” in the clouds above, female figures in yellow gowns along the lower edge, edges trimmed in blue silk, ht. 15 1/4 x 13 in. 463

Provenance: John Walton Jr., from a descendant of Joseph Brant; Leonard Balish, Ellis Memorial Antiques Show, Boston, October 28, 1987. Exhibitions: Empire State Mosaic: Folk Art of New York, Fennimore Art Museum, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York, April 1–December 31, 1999. $2,000-3,000

464 Carved, Painted, and Gilded Oddfellows Lodge Serpent and Rod Staff, America, c. 1850, the black and gold serpent with detailed head and mouth, spiraling around a tapered green-painted staff with a gold ball top, with custom stand, lg. 64 in. Provenance: Richard W. Oliver Auction, Kennebunk, Maine, June 26, 1988. $3,000-5,000 465 Carved United American Mechanics Sign, America, mid-19th century, in the form of a shield with applied square, compass, and arm and hammer surrounded by stars, ht. 38, wd. 35 in. 464

Provenance: David Zabriskie, Jamesville, New York, November 22, 1987. $1,000-1,500

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