NEW YORK – On Thursday, January 20, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will conduct a sale of Americana, Folk Art and Outsider Art. It features more than 600 lots, curated with care, as always, by Clifford Wallach, a noted expert on tramp art, folk art and Americana. Selections include a pair of circa-1770 Dutch delft tobacco jars; an 18th-century New Hampshire School Chippendale cherrywood chest; a pair of mid-18th-century English brass candlesticks; a range of quilts, led by a circa-1850s princess feather quilt with a swag border; paintings and engravings; trade signs; daguerreotypes; an early 16th century alms dish, its bowl decorated with the image of an angel; folk art wood carvings; antique toys, many by Hubley; a Black Forest bear carving that functions as a whip holder; a circa-1900 tramp art box decorated with doves, hearts and horseshoes; needlework samplers, including an 1826 example from Philadelphia; alabaster stone fruits; an articulated felt rabbit doll; and an Art Nouveau Bohemian glass bowl decorated with cobalt and silver overlay. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the needlework and schoolgirl samplers is an 1826 silk-on-linen stitched by one Mary Florence of Philadelphia, who festooned it with two verses of a religious poem and elsewhere includes the line, ‘innocence is sweet.’ It’s described as a ‘house sampler’ for its depiction of a large and handsome image of a house placed on a green lawn among trees, flowers and animals. The sampler is estimated at $6,000-$7,000.
Equally worthy is an 18th-century New Hampshire School Chippendale cherrywood chest, estimated at $3,500-$4,000. It features four graduated drawers over a scrolled lower apron.
Rounding out the highlights is a circa-1850s princess feather quilt, hand appliqued and hand quilted with unusual wheel-like centers, background leaves, and tri-colored feathers. In addition to its swag border, it has a sawtooth border. Sourced from an estate in central Indiana, the quilt measures 90in by 92in and the lot notes describe the quality of the quilting as “SUPERB” and also notes that “You can see cotton seed residue inside when you hold the quilt up to the light.” It carries an estimate of $1,200-$1,500.
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