NEW YORK – On Thursday, June 29, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present its next sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in Americana, tramp art and folk art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Delivering a generous 601 lots, the June 29 auction almost certainly has something for everyone. Choices include an 1889 American flag emblazoned with the words Welcome President Harrison; a tramp art box by Gus Wynn with a photo mounted on top; a bail-handle pantry box that has retained its original green paint; an 1873 cast iron mechanical Tammany bank in the form of a seated, well-dressed politician who takes the proffered coin in his hand, pockets it, and bows to show his gratitude; an eight-gallon copper whiskey still; and an intricately carved wooden folk art rooster.
Also featured is a Pabst Blue Ribbon tin tray decorated with the image of a smiling woman in a flapper ensemble; 1950s Dunster Canada goose decoys, offered as a flock of four; an alluring Hollywood Regency-style scale of justice with ruby glass accents; and a range of trade signs touting fresh squeezed orange juice for 10 cents, ice cream for five cents, lemonade and iced tea for five cents, and a vaguely ominous white-on-black tin sign that simply promises “Information.”
The lineup includes several pieces of blue Staffordshire wares, and one of the most compelling is a circa-1825 hexagonal soup tureen that features an image of Lafayette visiting George Washington’s tomb. The scene appears on the tureen’s exterior as well as at the bottom of its interior, revealed as it is emptied of soup. The lot notes state the piece is “In good condition but does have some professional restoration to the lid and a crack on the side. … This is a great scarce pattern on an unusual form.” The tureen carries an estimate of $3,000-$3,500.
Jasper52 sales of this type always feature a range of antique quilts, and the June 29 sale is no exception. Of note is an 1870s cotton quilt with a red and white flying geese pattern, made in or around Rochester, New York and measuring 74 by 90in. According to the lot notes, the top of the quilt might date to before 1830. It is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
Equally worth of mention is a mid-19th-century cotton quilt from Maryland that has an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Its blocks feature elaborate floral appliques, as well as bird, lyre, wreath, berry, heart, fleur-de-lis and other designs. Described as “museum quality,” its lot notes further state that “The hand quilting is superb, with quilting around and within the applique and in clam shell, braided, floral, ripple, and other designs in the background, all at 7-8 stitches to the inch.”
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