Early Paint

Exuberantly Decorated Connecticut Trinket Box

An exuberantly freehand paint decorated trinket box.  Circa 1840 from Mary Warner estate, Salisbury, CT.

10 1/2" long, 6" deep.

The top decoration is an extravagance of stylized doughnut-shaped flowers, flower petals, buds and vines, three cherries (depicted with a remarkably convincing sense of volume) and an ornate red border.

The front and sides are similarly decorated with primary colored stylized “doughnut” flowers, surrounded by small blue flowers, leaves and pineapples, framed by a hexagonal red border. Its interior is also cheerfully decorated: painted in a bright salmon with white, hand painted alternating bands of hearts and scrolled lines. Square nailed construction, nicely carved bracket feet and  clever, “make-do” wire hinges. All original with a dry, oxidized surface and virtually no signs of wear on outside or inside.   Clearly made with love for someone special.  

10 1/2" long, 6" deep.

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Early 19th Century Paint Decorated PA Chest

Early 19th Century painted blanket chest features ornate bracket feet with scrolling detail. Beautiful black over red painted original, heavily oxidized surface, the whole executed very skillfully to imitate mahogany veneer. Originating from the Southeastern counties of Pennsylvania ~ 1830-1840, this chest was crafted of poplar. Molded edge of lid and molding above bracket feet are affixed with wooden pegs around the perimeter.  Original iron hinges (retaining original hand filed screws) open to reveal a clean and large interior with lidded till on the left.

For anyone passionate about painted Pennsylvania antiques, this is an absolute treasure. Untouched and retaining originality in every aspect, this is an outstanding addition to both classically styled and modern interiors.

Sought-after size: 36 1/2" wide x 19" deep x 21" high

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Pier Mirror With Verre Eglomise Panel

This is a delightful American, 19th C. pier glass with robust, intricately carved wood frame  and a lovely vere eglomise panel to the upper frieze.  Beautifully carved wood frame has tenon and mortise construction, block corners, decorative relief carving and is grain painted.  The contrasting ochre-colored grain painted bands are comb painted.  The mirror also retains its original reverse painting of a charming country house and landscape scene, the fence in front of the house features pin-prick detailing.  It retains its original glass and chamfered back, in super order. A really fine, original and appealing example.

Measures 23" X 13"

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Mirror With Early 19th C Polychrome Painted Frame

Original black-painted frame stenciled in salmon and green decoration.  Chrome yellow pinstripe.  15" X 18".  Provenance: frame possibly by Arson Clark.

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Small Blue Painted Mirror

Charming small-sized blue-painted mirror measures 7 X 10 1/2 on the outside, 5 X 8 1/2" on the inside with ~ 1/2" rabbet.  

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Early Paint Decorated Candle Stand

Very early, ornate 19th century candle stand retains original black-over-salmon painted surface and gilt-painted decoration, which features a songbird and dragonflies nestled among profuse vine foliage border.

Hexagon shaped top above an extravagantly turned column, raised on spider shaped legs, ending in scroll feet with spur pads.

15” x 16” top, 29” height.

Circa 1820, provenance: estate of Harry Hartmann.

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Circa 1835 Paint Decorated Stand

Pennsylvania paint decorated one-drawer stand with turned legs and fine feet, circa 1835.

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19th Century PA Hanging Caddy

Hanging Pennsylvania caddy  with two pockets, hand cut nail construction, grain painted, decoratively carved edging on top and lower compartment.  Jaunty overall form and excellent surface.


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Large Round Early 19th Century Box

Prepossessing and very large round box having traces of sage paint.  Circa 1820, box construction sports square-head nails with strong oxidation and very thick box walls and wrap on the lid.  Box is very sturdy without splits or cracks.  Appears to have been an early painted box which was later "cleaned" to reveal original wood, but leaving traces of old sage paint.  

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Polychrome 19th Century Flacon

Handsome turned wooden flacon painted in three colors (red, black and ivory, applied to resemble marble veining).  Well-proportioned, with lovely turning.  Curvaceous form topped with a shapely finial stopper.  Excellent condition.

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Decorated Worcester Box

Paint decorated Worcester box, Massachusetts.

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Lehnware Cup and Saucer

Lehnware - paint decorated cup and saucer, Pennsylvania.  

Lehn was a prolific Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania German turner, cooper, cabinetmaker and decorator who worked near the town of Clay in northern Lancaster County. 

Lehnware is paint-decorated woodenware made and decorated by Lehn in northeastern Lancaster County in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. This distinctive group of woodenware is characterized by a repetition of the position of decorative colors, background, style of decoration and designs.

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