NEW YORK – On Thursday, October 14 at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale titled New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana, featuring 345 lots in all. As always, the auction is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert on tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Excellent schoolgirl samplers are always in demand, and the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana has a strong contender in lot 0277, which was stitched in 1843 by one C.R. Brown of Pennsylvania, age unknown. The budding artist chose to immortalize an extract from an original song that accompanies a poem, The Scots Soldier’s Lament, published in the January 6, 1827 issue of The Literary Gazette of London. Brown’s selection reads: In early youth when hope was high / Gaily i sang of love and truth. / But those sweet hours are all gone by. / Gone the dear dreams of early youth. The wool-on-linen sampler has survived the decades within its original mahogany frame and carries an estimate of $1,100-$1,500.
Lot 0007 represents the work of another female artist, though her name is lost to history. Native American pottery, blankets, and baskets were typically made by women, few of whom signed their masterpieces. At some point in the 1920s, an Apache woman or girl created a woven basket decorated with 10 crosses and 15 dogs. The basket measures just shy of 14 inches in diameter, which qualifies it as large. It is described as being in “near mint condition with possibly one missing rim stitch,” and is estimated at $1,800-$2,200.
Tall case clocks, aka grandfather clocks, might seem mundane to us today, but when they were new, they were something like a cross between an iPad and a luxury car – a technological marvel and a status symbol in one. The mahogany example in the Jasper52 auction stands almost seven feet, six inches tall, dates to circa 1785, and was made in Massachusetts. It is estimated at $18,000-$22,000.
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