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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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Trumeau Mirror with Verre Eglomise Panel

Trumeau or pier mirror with beautifully executed verre églomisé (Hinterglasmalerei) panel.

This classical, split baluster mirror is in untouched mint condition, retaining its original reverse painting of a charming country house and landscape scene. The frame is carved throughout including the block corners with a medallion design. The gold leaf and mirror are original. Reverse painting often fails over time, but this example is perfect, and the painting is very fine. Note: The original, chamfered backboard is in untouched condition. It is rare to find a mirror that practically looks like it was made yesterday, this one, though, is real and of the period.

The mirror measures 24” X 11 ½”.

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Early 19th C Pine Mirror - Original Plate

Measures 11 x 14 1/4;  inside dimensions are: 6 5/8 X 10 and the rabbet is ~ 3/8"

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Tiny Ornate Mirror

Exceptional, tiny, hand-carved mirror.  New England.  Painted pine.  

One can discern that it is hand carved in a couple of ways:

  • the entire case is slightly concave, 
  • the bottom ornament is not centered,
  • the top is actually not centered.  
There are two paint surfaces:  an initial brown (including some traces still on the back) and then a green over that.  We surmise the green was painted over it after the mirror plate needed replacement.  The way the replacement would have been done is this:  
  • there are three square-head nails on each side and two at the top and bottom, and
  • on the bottom corners one can barely see the very slightest, barely discernible hairline opening at each corner suggesting it had been pried open a bit to insert the new plate.  
Then the green paint was applied almost totally obscuring evidence of the nails. Although we could not get images clear enough to clearly reveal these over-painted square-head nails,  they can be seen in bright light. Note also square nails securing back.

The size is as follows:
Mirror size - 2" X 3"'  rectangular portion of frame:  2 5/8" X 3 7/8"  length from top to tip:  6"


Decorative Pier Mirror with Vibrant Verre Eglomise

A charming Federal mirror with églomisé panel, American, circa 1810. Features a carved wood frame with exuberant reverse-glass painting of basket with pumpkins on frieze panel above the original mirror.  20" X 10 1/2"

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"Seven Mirrors on The Wall..."

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20th Century Hooked Rug

This lively hand-made shirred rug depicts an assertive ram against a bold dark background with floating whimsical shapes, grapes and birds, framed by a sawtooth border. The artist hand-dyed each wool scrap using nineteenth century technique and palette.

Originally fashioned by rural housewives for use as floor coverings, hooked rugs provided color, pattern and warmth to 19th century country homes. American rug hooking techniques originated in Maine, with fabric scraps tightly packed together and stitched onto homespun backing. The design motifs on early American hooked rugs varied, consisting predominantly of geometric patterns, floral designs, and animals. No matter what the motif, hooked rugs displayed a great sense of individual expression.


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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19th C "Flying Geese" Crib Quilt

Richly colored pieced Flying Geese quilt (aka Geese in Flight) from the early 19th century. This lively crib quilt has a triangles of a wonderful variety of fabrics from the mid 19th century, mostly in prints of blue or red, with a few earthier colors, on a cream background.  Border is an indigo and white print.  Nicely quilted in diagonal lines throughout. Excellent condition; Pennsylvania origin. Cotton front with plain homespun back.

Excellent condition.  33" x 39"

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19th Century New England Folk Art Landscape Painting

Charming rural scene depicts a fine, large farmhouse peaking through a stand of deciduous trees in autumnal foliage.  The white fence and out-buildings reinforce this property as an affluent homestead. An elegant carriage drawn by two white horses pulls up on the drive, with a group of three persons and a dog readying to greet the passengers. A cheerful group of four finely dressed figures and two dogs in the foreground is meticulously rendered.  

Unsigned. Watercolor, pencil, ink and gouache on paper.  New England, circa 1825.

Fine condition, 15 inches x 20 inches (sight) and 27 ½ inches x 32inches framed.

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19th Century Pennsylvania Landscapes

Pencil with touches of watercolor and gouache on paper.  

The main image depicts a Pennsylvania countryside scene with farmhouse and associated outbuildings along with figures (human and horse) in the foreground, with rolling hills and hints of building structures in the distance.  

Mounted for visibility on the back is a second picture by the same hand, delicately rendered in pencil with black and gray watercolor tinting on trees and four distinct horse-drawn vehicles.  Delicate pencil depiction of fencing, hills, trees and remote buildings creates atmospheric distance.  

Framed size: 22" X 19"  Conservation mounted.

Although unsigned, these drawings strongly bear characteristics of the work of Ferdinand Arnold Brader (December 7, 1833 – December 20, 1901), known for his detailed pencil drawings of farms and other dwellings in rural Pennsylvania and Ohio. His first pencil drawings of farms and homes were done while he was in Pennsylvania as early as 1876, in Berks County, Lancaster Co., Montgomery Co., Lebanon Co. and from as far west as Somerset, Beaver and Allegheny Counties. 
It is thought he did some 300 pictures in Pennsylvania, although the exact number is not known as he did not number and sign many of his Pennsylvania pictures.  

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19th Century Portrait of a Woman

19th Century miniature portrait of a woman wearing a bonnet. 

Watercolor on paper.

Excellent handling of the medium to render a distinguished profile likeness. Exceptional detail . . . especially in the treatment of the netting and lace bonnet.

Circa 1830, it is in excellent condition and housed in its original oval ebony frame.  The framed size is 11" x 9-1/2"

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