Americana takes center stage at Jasper52, Feb. 10
NEW YORK – A red, white and blue Lone Star quilt; a Native American squash blossom necklace; and a 19th-century sampler stitched by a New Hampshire girl should earn top lot status at Jasper52’s New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana sale, which will be offered on Thursday, February 10, commencing at 6 pm Eastern time. As always, the auction is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Native American sterling silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace bears the signature “J.M. Begay,” which stands for Johnny Mike Begay of Houck, Arizona, a jewelry artist who died in 1976. The necklace itself dates to the 1960s, measures 16in long, and features a double-beaded chain and a substantial Naja with wonderfully matched stones. It is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
The sampler is the work of nine-year-old Maria M. Cressy of Bradford, New Hampshire, who stitched the silk-on-linen circa 1826. It includes an alphabet and two verses of a poem bordered by flowers, birds and vines. While the name of the school where young Cressy created the piece is unknown, the lot notes state “An accompanying hand written note mentions she danced with President Franklin D. Pierce at a ball given in his honor. Pierce was a native of New Hampshire and president of the United States from 1853 to 1857.” The sampler carries an estimate of $3,000-$3,500.
The red, white and blue Lone Star quilt dates to the 1910s or 1920s, and, fittingly enough, emerged from a source in Dallas, Texas. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted, the visually striking work of textile art features a petal border and a scalloped edge. It measures 84in by 88in and is described as being in “excellent condition, with light surface dirt in places and no wear.” The quilt’s estimate is $600-$800.
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