Art

19th Century Pennsylvania Scherenschnitte

Masterpiece quality Pennsylvania  Scherenschnitte*.   Intricately cut, pin pricked and painted paper valentine depicts a blindfolded, winged cherub being led by two doves trailing red ribbons to a red and white gazebo, all surrounded by flowers inside an elaborately cut and pricked circle.  Beneath this is a white, yellow and red parrot on a vine of thistle flowers. A truly exceptional work.  12" X 14" (framed).

*Art tradition of cutting continuous paper, founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century and brought to colonial America in the 1700s by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.
 

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American School, 19th Century Watercolor Portrait


Charming naive watercolor portrait of a young red-haired girl dressed in blue.  She is holding a red-bound book in her right hand and bouquet of pink flowers in her left, and is depicted against roiling blue and rose clouds.  Her attire: a high-waisted cap-sleeved blue dress, delicate laced slippers and coral bead necklace date the piece as 1810-1815.  Her tiny, pink-shod feet are a very desirable element of naive folk art and much appreciated by collectors.  See American Folk Portraits, Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center (Number 223) for related examples.   Period frame.  Size: (Interior) - 3 5/8" X 4 7/8";  With frame: 5 1/2" X 6 1/2"

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Watercolor On Ivory Portrait Miniature

Delicate image of young woman (watercolor on ivory). The bust-length oval portrait depicts the young woman in 3/4 pose facing left.  The painting is housed in an oval gilt pendant frame with chased bezel.  The painting itself is excellent and very sensitively done by an artist of some merit.  The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration.   Back is glazed and displays braided hair work and gold initials behind glass. Dress and hair style suggest circa 1805-1814.   3" long.  See Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures for related examples.  

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Signed Ellinger Strawberry Basket Theorem

David Y. Ellinger [American/Pennsylvania, 1913-2003] watercolor on velvet theorem depicts a basket filled with bright red strawberries. Signed on the front. The portrait of a basket of strawberries is an unusual theme for Ellinger, whose work most often features birds and floral motifs. 10 ¾ W X 10 ½H


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