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Circa-1910 tin pumpkin head Halloween lantern, est. $1,500-$2,000

Jasper52 embraces Americana, folk and outsider art, Feb. 24

Circa-1910 tin pumpkin head Halloween lantern, est. $1,500-$2,000
Circa-1910 tin pumpkin head Halloween lantern, est. $1,500-$2,000

NEW YORK – A needlework sampler stitched in New Hampshire in 1793, a large carved dolphin head from the bannister of a staircase, and a circa-1910 tin Halloween lantern will likely earn top lot status at Jasper52’s Americana, Folk Art, and Outsider Art auction, which will be held Thursday, February 24 at 6 pm Eastern time. Other items in the 558-lot sale include a circa-1920s vanity recovered from an Odd Fellows lodge, fitted with secret compartments; a Staffordshire bust of George Washington; a carved Art Nouveau stand; stoneware jugs; trade signs, including one that boasts the single word ‘CHOICE’ in white letters on a black background; a Bakongo maternity figure; windmill weights and whirligigs; a goose decoy from Prince Edward Island; a swing handle Nantucket basket; an elaborate fretwork bird cage; numerous quilts, including a 1930s example with a Wedding Ring pattern and blue accents; an Art Deco nutcracker in the shape of an elephant’s head and a large folk art robot made from found objects. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A standout among the needlework samplers in the sale lineup was stitched by 13-year-old Sally Tebbets of New Hampshire in 1793. The boldly colored sampler features two tiers of trees and flowering motifs, alphabets and verses and a three-sided flowering vine border. The verses read: ‘Fear to Offend / Your God and Friend. / Happy is He the Only Happy / Man Who Out of Choice / Does All the Good He Can. / Fear to Offend / Your God and Friend,’ followed by, ‘The Rose is Red the Grass is Green / Those Days Are Past That I Have Seen.’ The sampler carries an estimate of $9,000-$11,000.

1793 schoolgirl sampler from 13-year-old Sally Tebbets of New Hampshire, est. $9,000-$11,000
1793 schoolgirl sampler from 13-year-old Sally Tebbets of New Hampshire, est. $9,000-$11,000

Another head-turner is a large circa 18th-century carved dolphin head from the bannister of a staircase that the lot notes describe as having ‘Mick Jagger type lips or Botox lips.’ It is mounted on a later display stand and is estimated at $750-$1,800.

Large 18th-century carved dolphin head from the bannister of a staircase, est. $750-$1,800
Large 18th-century carved dolphin head from the bannister of a staircase, est. $750-$1,800

The final highlight is a circa-1910 tin pumpkin head Halloween lantern, apparently created in or around Toledo, Ohio. The lantern has a candle holder in the bottom. It once had a paper face, but the naked tin visage bears an unmissable resemblance to Jack Skellington from the film The Nightmare Before Christmas. The lantern is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.

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