NHADA dealers offer choice Americana in Jasper52 auction

Hand-pieced sampler quilt top commemorating the 1876 Centennial, estimated at $1,200-$1,500

Hand-pieced sampler quilt top commemorating the 1876 Centennial, estimated at $1,200-$1,500

NEW YORK – Few can match the quality and the reputation of the members of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA). Once again, Jasper52 will devote a sale to wares from these dealers. The 299-lot auction kicks off at 6 pm Eastern time on July 22. As always, 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.

Leading the lots on offer is an elaborate 1743 needlework sampler, completed by Elizabeth Eawin when she was just eight years old. Festooned with flowers and vines, it features the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father, who art in heaven…”) at its center. Lettered in all caps at the bottom of the sampler is the phrase, “ELIZABETH EAWIN FINISHED THIS SAMPLER IN THE 9TH YEAR OF HER AGE MARCH THE 8TH 1743.” With its frame (which appears to be original), the remarkable piece measures 16 by 15 inches. It carries an estimate of $3,800-$6,500.

1743 needlework sampler, completed by eight-year-old Elizabeth Eawin, estimated at $3,800-$6,500

1743 needlework sampler, completed by eight-year-old Elizabeth Eawin, estimated at $3,800-$6,500

Also of note is an unusually old and scarce Native American bowl, believed to date to 1,200 BCE. It is graced with appealing abstract decorations done in red, black and white; it stands about four inches high; and it is described as being in “excellent condition.” It is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.

Native American bowl, believed to date to 1,200 BCE, estimated at $1,200-$1,500

Native American bowl, believed to date to 1,200 BCE, estimated at $1,200-$1,500

Another strong work in textile is a hand-pieced sampler quilt top measuring 82 by 82 inches and featuring blocks rendered in vibrant reds and greens. Hand-embroidered within a jagged green diamond at the center of the work is the phrase, “Centennial 1876.” The first American centennial inspired feelings of patriotism and gratitude in citizens across the country, particularly because many had suffered through the Civil War and survived to see the divided nation become one again. The quilt top is described as being in “excellent condition, with the occasional small spot and no wear.” It is estimated at $1,200-$1,500.

 

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