NEW YORK – On Thursday, December 23, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale of Americana, Folk Art & Outsider Art, numbering 589 lots in all. Included are a mid-18th-century Dutch delft tobacco jar; cast iron door stops; trade signs; Native American jewelry; a circa-1780 turned ash burl bowl; antique checkerboards; needlework samplers, quilts, and other textile arts; a mid-18th-century Connecticut cherry bonnet top chest; stoneware jars; a New England whale form copper weathervane dating to 1950; a Chemehuevi tribal community Native American basket; hand-colored engravings; a 45-star American flag; a mid-18th-century lady’s foot stool; a Victorian-style wicker doll buggy; and hundreds more. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert on tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the highlights is a finely woven Native American basket, made in the early 20th century by a member of the Chemehuevi, a tribal community in the Southwestern region of the United States. The weaver was almost certainly female; most Southwestern Native American communities in that area assigned the vital task to women. The basket features a stacked diamond design, with solid borders at the rim and at the bottom of the diamond design, and it is described as being in “excellent” condition. It is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
Also of note is a circa 1840-1850 red, white and green applique quilt. The lot notes state “It was found in Ohio but may have been created somewhere else, perhaps Pennsylvania or the mid-Atlantic area. The unusual border is similar to those found on quilts from the Maryland area.” The antique quilt measures 88in by 90in and carries an estimate of $1,100-$1,500.
The final highlight is a visually compelling late 19th-century copper apothecary trade sign that depicts a mortar and pestle. Found in Massachusetts, the sign was constructed from sheet copper and measures 40in by 36in. It is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
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