NEW YORK – A Juan Quezada Celado Mata Ortiz jar with a snake motif, a circa-1850s quilt with a tree border, and an 1890 folk portrait of a man identified as “Cy” will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s next Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art auction, which will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 6 pm Eastern time. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Other items in the 454-lot sale include a circa-1930s Frigidaire ice bucket in green frosted glass; an early 19th-century farmhouse corner cupboard, made from cherry wood; a wide range of Native American objects and artifacts, including several sets of children’s moccasins; a cast iron lobster-form boot jack, painted bright red; blue spatterware plates; and a Staffordshire bust of George Washington.
Also on offer is a circa-1960s weathervane topped by a mallard duck with splayed wings; a hand-knitted mid-century Harvard sweater; a few large Dresden vases by Helena Wolfsohn, decorated with Victorian scenes; a French brass table mirror with a built-in stand, dating to the 1950s; a selection of vases by Inarco that take the forms of the heads of chic, fashionable women; and a circa-1920s bell-shaped topiary.
Worthy of mention as well is a cast iron bank themed on the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale; a set of Disney Viewmaster reels from 1973; a vintage dart board, with darts; a Corgi Toys diecast James Bond Aston Martin DB5; a pin cushion in the shape of a ladies’ lace-up boot; a few Christmas-themed Barbie dolls from the 1990s; and a set of 59 glass marbles made sometime in the 1950s.
The Juan Quezada Celado (Mexican, b. 1940-) Mata Ortiz jar is one of three highlights in the August 4 sale. Quezada’s hometown of Mata Ortiz lies in the Mexican region of Chihuahua. During the 1970s, Quezada Celado learned about Casa Grandes pottery, which had its heyday in the area between 1175 and 1400. Inspired, he embarked on a mission to replicate and revive the craft. The jar in the sale is the product of his efforts. Decorated with an image of a snake, it is estimated at $5,000-$6,000.
Another standout is a circa-1850s cotton red, green and white coxcomb quilt, its border festooned with images of trees, hearts, diamonds and moons. It measures 70 by 86in and is described as being in “excellent condition, with a couple of small, faint spots and no wear.” It is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
The final highlight is a folk art painting on pine, bearing a date of 1890 and evidently titled “CY,” which is probably the name of the sitter. It is described as sporting “Fabulous original paint” and was found in central New York state. Its estimate is $900-$1,100.
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