Early Paint

Vermont Painted and Vinegar Decorated Dome Top Box

Attributed to Thomas Matteson, South Shaftsbury (see "American Painted Furniture 1660-1880 by Dean Fales, Jr., p 221).  With demilune fan decoration in brown and green on yellow ground.   28" wide X 12 1/2" deep X 11" tall.  Recent research, subsequent to Fales' publication, suggests that the Matteson family were engaged in the sale of such dome top boxes in this region.  

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19th Century Chalkware Parrots

These two parrots, - figures frequently featured in Pennsylvania Frakturs, are each perched on balls on a stand. Original green, yellow, red and sienna brown paint. Both are hollow cast and in very good condition with minor paint wear as expected from mid-19th century age and usage. 8 3/4 “ tall.

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19th Century Shaftsbury, Vermont Chest

Fancy paint decorated Vermont chest, likely Shaftesbury School. Exceptionally rich, exuberant paint decoration. Circa 1825.  Wonderful crisp dry painted surface.  Very fine condition.  40" Wide X 18" Deep X 27 " tall.

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Circa 1790 Windsor Stool

This wonderful painted Windsor stool is both unique and a masterpiece of handcrafting.

A marvelous, hand shaved, out-of-round, nearly 2” thick seat is actually formed into the iconic Windsor saddle. Bamboo turned legs with tapered feet are joined by an H-plan stretcher.

The surface is probably original: blue paint now highly oxidized toward green with gold detailing on seat. The undersides of the stretcher and spots on the underside of the saddle seat reveal the original blue.  Note the shrinkage as evidenced by an even more pronounced irregularity of the round seat. The surface is dry with a good patina.

This is a delightful expression of Windsor design, Pennsylvania, 1770 - 1800.

14 1/2" tall, seat diameter: 14 - 15"

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Early 18th Century Blue Painted Casket

Prepossessing 18th century William and Mary New England ball-foot storage, dower or bible box.  Original, very dry,  blue milk-painted surface with great patina.  Constructed throughout with rose-head nails and retaining original hinges. Initials "H x N" painted on the front in white.   All original in every way.  Interior of top has 2 batten boards on inside of  lid.  26" wide X 14" deep X 11 1/2" tall (including ball feet).

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Small Green Painted Cupboard

Small cupboard with original green paint surface and brass knobs.  This handsome little piece - similar to an apothecary case - sports seven drawers, each with chamfered bottoms.  Has two holes upon which it can hang on the wall, or it can stand - and does so in perfect balance.  Outstanding original condition.  15" X 15" X 8" (18" total height at back) .

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Paint Decorated Razor Box

Rare gentleman's razor box carved from block of pine wood.  No nails, very fine condition.  Slider top circa 1850. 8" long, 2 1/4" tall, 2 3/8" wide.  


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Fliegerbauer Song Bird Carving


Signed John Fliegerbauer (1909-1992, Altoona, PA) sprightly Red Eye carving.  The red-eyed vireo is a small, warbler-like American songbird.   5 1/2" long.  Perfect condition.

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Flamboyant Yellow Painted “Birdcage” Candle Stand

18th to early 19th century Pennsylvania “birdcage” candle stand. Cabriole leg base with graceful snake feet and full pads. Squarish top with rounded corners. “Birdcage” support construction allows the table top to rotate as well as lift off. Old “make do” repair near bottom of one snake foot served, no doubt, to strengthen the foot. Stand is sturdy and balanced. Original yellow painted surface. Excellent condition. Size: 30” tall, top: 20” x 20”

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Early Green Painted Bowl

New England green painted bowl having great character, outstanding painted surface, lipped edge, bottom “heel” and displaying wonderful turnings. Out of round beehive form. One old, very tight shrinkage crack. Original green paint. Size: 11″ to  11 1/2" diameter, 3 1/2" deep.

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Perfect Stack of Blue Pantry Boxes

Remarkable, perfectly coordinated stack of ten pantry boxes, c 1830-1850, each in outstanding condition and original blue paint. Several boxes are marked/incised (e.g., “Cin,” “Startch”). Taken from the top of our kitchen cantback cupboard, having been put together over more than thirty five years. New England origin. All original, this is a collection that may never be duplicated.

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Very Early Dome Top Box

A very early New England dome top box with red and black paint and large dovetails. Date is ~ turn of 18th century and origin is probably Maine. Dovetail work is clearly extremely old irregular form from front to back (i.e., one side is rectangular and one side is wedged). Old surface scratches reveal salmon underpainting. Size: 17″ wide, 10″ deep, 10 1/2″ tall at dome peak.

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