NEW YORK – On Thursday, December 9, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. The generous selection, spanning 410 lots, includes a wide range of American quilts and schoolgirl needlework samplers; a circa-1930s Mickey Mouse inlaid folk art Parcheesi game board; a mid-19th-century primitive horse pull toy; an early 19th-century chest on turned feet; and numerous advertising and trade signs, led by an example touting ‘Cuban Cigars from Havana’s Finest’ in gilded letters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Antique schoolgirl needlework samplers are, rightfully, mainstays of Jasper52’s Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art sales. The one to be offered on December 9 was the work of Anna Coates of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and bears a 1797 date. Ms. Coates did not include her age in the finished work, nor did she test herself by stitching lines from a favorite poem. (Maybe it wasn’t the done thing in late 18th-century America.) Instead, she was content to include a few religious verses and list the names of her parents, William and Anna Maria Coates, and her siblings: William, Jane, Sarah, Elisabeth, Abner, Susanna, Tacy, Rachel and Benjamin, embellishing the whole with stylized trees and flowering motifs. The Coates sampler carries an estimate of $2,000-$2,500.
Furniture selections include a circa-1815 chest on turned feet with exceptional painted decoration, made in South Paris, Maine. Under the section of the lot notes that describe its condition, it says “brasses replaced and minor touch up.” The early 19th-century American chest carries an estimate of $6,000-$7,000.
The final highlight is a circa-1830s cotton stars quilt, all hand pieced and hand quilted, with a red double sawtooth border. It measures an impressive 108in by 108 in, and the lot notes state “The quilting is superb, with quilting around the piecework and in various detailed floral, leaf and vine designs in the background, all at an even 10-12 stitches to the inch.” The alluring textile is estimated at $800-$1,000.
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