NEW YORK – On Thursday, July 13, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale of Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art. Of course, the auction, as with many before it, 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 442-lot sale spans a generous range of categories. Vintage sign choices include a circa-1950s horse stall sign giving the occupant’s name as JOY in black letters on a school bus yellow background; a circa-1940s sign announcing an EXIT in raised letters painted red; one from the 1930s, lined in pale blue, that says BALL PLAYER; and a fourth example dating to the mid-20th-century, for a country store, which lays the letters over painted images of a yellow wheel of cheese, a jar of red jam, and a green box of tea.
Other lots of worthy of mention are a Wedgwood turquoise majolica fish platter; a folk art elephant pull toy, painted a cheerful yellow; a linsey-woolsey needlework sampler completed in 1806 by a girl named Emma Smith; a hand-painted Nippon chocolate pot set; a photographic negative on gelatin of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, in baseball uniforms; a 1930s English hunting cap; an American Brilliant Cut Glass two-piece punch bowl; five early 19th-century hand-colored prints of parrots; and a cast brass paperweight in the form of a penguin.
The first highlight is a decorated stoneware pitcher by the Wingender brothers. It dates to the 1880s or 1890s and is described as being in “Excellent condition.” It is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
Definitely of interest is a starched muslin American flag, designed for waving at passing parades and dating to 1816-1817. It bears just 19 stars, and that is how we can know its date, because that brief span is the only time the American flag displayed that number of stars. The flag measures four by six inches and carries an estimate of $2,000-$2,500.
Completing the highlights is a blue and white cotton sampler quilt from 1918, made in Ohio. It measures 60 by 74in and is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
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