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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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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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