NEW YORK – On Thursday, May 26, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art. Its 310 lots are, as always, curated by the unimpeachable Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The delights on offer include a Frank Finney carving of a loon; a mid-19th-century wooden horse pull toy; a circa-1960s weathervane topped by the figure of a mallard duck with spread wings; a generous selection of quilts, led by a 19th-century early Heart Wreath applique quilt; an absolutely irresistible handmade double-sided no smoking sign, with one side graced with a hat-wearing figure who declares, “Let’s smoke out front!”; and a pin cushion in the shape of a ladies’ lace-up Victorian-style boot.
Other prizes in the May 26 lineup include numerous needlework samplers, among them an 1893 example from Guatemala that prominently features a donkey; an autographed poster of Football Hall-of-Famer Mel Renfro of the Dallas Cowboys; a circa-1950s yellow and black dart board with feathered darts, which was made in England; a souvenir laundry sprinkler bottle from 1963, touting the Six Flags Over Texas theme park; a circa-1920s cast iron doorstop in the shape of a wine merchant who carries a truly impossible number of bottles in his hands; and a collection of vintage glass marbles.
Also worthy of mention is a circa-1930s cast metal goose, described as having an attitude (it does); a purse fashioned from Guinness beer bottle caps; several sets of collectible glasses and tumblers, some with Coca-Cola motifs; a circa-1900 Black Forest carved bear chandelier; and a book titled Antique Ohio Amish Quilts, by Darwin D. Bearley.
First among the highlights is a circa-1860s-1870s early Heart Wreath applique quilt, measuring 94 by 94in and described as being “museum quality.” Its decorations of blossoms, leaves, swags and ribbons, rendered in red and green on a white background, are impeccably crisp. The quilt is estimated at $2,500-$3,000.
A notable and well-rendered curiosity in the sale is a circa-1900 Black Forest carved bear chandelier of Swiss origin. It is festooned with three bears riding tree branches and holding balls with bell-shaped wicker shades. The electrified fixture is estimated at $1,800-$4,500.
Completing the highlights is a circa-1920s cast iron doorstop of a wine merchant laden with bottles – his left hand carrying red wine, and his right hand full of white wine. The lot notes observe that the wine-seller has a name and a backstory: “The subject matter of this doorstop has a charming and delightful history. The Nicholas chain of wines shops was founded in 1822 in France and were the first to sell wine in bottles. In 1921 they began a strong advertising campaign with posters, advertisements, etc. using the image of Nectar, the frail deliveryman with mustache and wide eyes, loaded with bottles in each hand. The advertising campaign became an immediate and long lasting success.” The doorstop, which you are free to call Nectar or rename as you please, is estimated at $1,800-$2,000.
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