NEW YORK – American culture and crafts of the 19th and 20th centuries are featured in a Jasper52 online auction scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8. Handmade needlework, woodcarving and metalwork are included in this eclectic collection of Americana. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
An American needlework sampler by Roxana Holmes dated 1830 measures 19 by 17 inches (above). Flanking a religious verse are two columns with flowering vines and next to the left column is a very well-stitched image of a young girl holding a spray of flowers. There are three renditions of the alphabet and one set of numerals along with a bold floral and vine border of large round flowers. In excellent condition, the entire sampler is done in silk thread in greens, pinks and browns.
Several quilts are offered in the auction including a hand-stitched Oak Reel applique quilt made in the 1870s. It measures a generous 84 by 86 inches and is in excellent, unused condition (below).
Nearly every barn and carriage house in America sported a figural weathervane in the 19th century. Among the most popular figures is that of a trotting horse. The example in the auction depicts Smuggler, a harness racing champion of the 1870s. The flattened full-body form measures 31 inches long and is mounted on a black painted museum stand. It was manufactured by Harris & Co. Boston.
A freshly cut watermelon is the subject of an oil on canvas still life painting done around the turn of the 20th century. The framed work measures 18½ by 24½ inches.
Carved wooden owls were used to scare away birds from barns and gardens. A life-size carved owl in the auction features a worn original finish.
Classic items from the first half of the 20th century include an original sign advertising Cleo Cola, which pictures a stylish young woman holding a glass of the soda.
The Jasper52 Americana auction will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time.