NEW YORK – On Thursday, December 8, beginning at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a sale of Special Holiday Americana & Folk Art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale, consisting of almost 600 lots, has something for everyone and a lot of somethings for certain collectors who are on the hunt. Textiles appear in the forms of quilts, needlework samplers, a Pendleton blanket in a teepee pattern, a 1920s black flapper dress decorated with gold metallic lace and a 38-star American flag made in 1876.
It also features Native American turquoise jewelry; tramp art boxes; a circa-1960s Mickey Mouse telephone; a set of nine numbered, red heart-shape golf markers; a carving of a wood duck by Arthur Francis Adams Jr.; trade signs, including a 1970s example with an image of a tree and emblazoned with the legend “APPLE PEAR PLUMS FRUIT TREES CHERRY PEACH etc.”; and a cast brass paperweight in the form of a whippet, dating to the 1950s.
Other prizes include a folk art checkers and Parchesi board dating to 1873; a 1950s bar-room dart board ringed in bright, alternating hoops of red and yellow; an abundance of vintage Christmas ornaments, including several offered in lots of three; a Steiff gnome toy from the 1960s; two lots with carnival connections, one a painted, two-dimensional figure of a scantily clad magician’s assistant and the other a set of oversize dice; antique prints depicting fish; and a burgundy-colored Eli Lilly pharmaceutical jar that once held lactucarium, a substance derived from a milk-like solution secreted by certain species of lettuce, which can impart mild sensations of euphoria as well as calming and pain-killing effects.
Highlights include a tin fireboard dating to around 1880, hand-painted with an image of a blazing fire, andirons and tongs, a cat gazing out from a boot and a pair of hanging cobs laden with corn. The lot notes explain that these boards covered the mouths of fireplaces during the summer months, when sources of heat were less in-demand. This particular example was found in Ohio and retains its original paint. It is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
A standout among the needlework samplers is an 1836 example by an 11-year-old named Mary Baldwin. She stitched it with a verse that reads, “Jesus, permit thy gracious name to stand / As the first efforts of an infant hand / And while her fingers on the canvass move / Engage her tender heart to seek thy love / With thy dear children let her have a part / And write thy name, thyself, upon her heart.” Baldwin’s sampler is estimated at $800-$1,000.
The final highlight is a circa-1880s Northern Plains Indian beaded tanned leather pouch, decorated with images of flags, arrows and morning stars. It has an estimate of $600-$800.
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