"Liberty" Needlework Picture

An unusually large and beautifully wrought silk needlework picture, based on the 1796 Philadelphia engraving by Edward Savage. “Liberty. In the form of the Goddess of Youth; giving Support to the Bald Eagle." Transcribed on back of frame: “Done by Harriet Merriam (born Dec. 5, 1797) in her sixteenth year." Hannah later married Joseph Fisher, master mate on the USS Constitution during the war of 1812.
American, c. 1813.
24 1/2” x 21 1/2” framed.

Descended in the original family.

Very Fine and Rare Courting Mirror

America, prob. CT,  and northern Europe, 2nd half 18th c.
An unusually sophisticated courting mirror with carved broken-arch pediment and scalloped bottom surrounding reverse-painted glass. The elaborate cherry carved frame appears to have been made here to encase a simple European courting mirror.
In excellent condition, missing two tiny pieces of glass from interior eglomise frame.
19 ½” h. x 13” w.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York, Sotheby’s, Sale 6483, Oct 24, 1993, Lot 283.

Exhibited: Museum of American Folk Art, 1983, ”The Keene Eye,” fig. 69.


Rare Andirons

American, 2nd half 18th c. 
Extremely rare 18th c. American cast-iron andirons depicting men in 18th c. dress with tricorn hats,  smoking long pipes.
In fine condition.
12 1/2” h., 15” d.

$ 4800.

A related pair is illustrated in Kauffman, The American Fireplace, wherein he notes their rarity and similarity to a pair illustrated on the trade card of Joseph Webb, Boston.

Exceptional Rushlight Holders

A group of three exceptional 18th c. rushlight holders on original treen bases with excellent patina.
Left to Right:

English, 18th c.
Extremely rare rushlight holder with twisted iron stem and counterweight arm on treen cross-base stand in fine old finish. 8” h.
$ 2200.

English, 18th c.
Rushlight with scrolled iron counterweight arm on treen base in fine old color. Vertical shrinkage crack to base. 11 1/2” h.
$ 1850.

English, 18th c. 
Finely wrought steel rushlight and candleholder on turned wooden base with old finish. Small vertical shrinkage crack to base. 10 1/4’ h.
$ 1850.

Westerwald Jugs

Westerwald, Germany, last quarter 17th c.
A large and impressive bulbous stoneware jug with flowers and vine decoration in excellent condition. 10 1/2” h. 

$ 2200.

For related pieces, cf. Unger, Die Kunst des deutschen Steinzugs, p. 181, fig. 147.

Westerwald, Germany, last quarter 17th c. 
Charming small bulbous jug with applied rosettes.
5” h. (stoneware), 6” h. to top of thumb piece. Two small hairlines to neck.

$ 750.

For related piece, cf. German Stoneware: A Catalogue of the Frank Thomas Collection of German Stoneware, fig, 219.

Rare Raeren

Raeren, Germany, c. 1580.
A very fine 16th c. German stoneware jug with a large frieze depicting soldiers.
In fine condition with minor loss to bottom of pewter soap.
11 1/4” h.

$ 5500.

For related pieces, cf. Unger, Die Kunst des deutschen Steinzugs, p. 135, fig 106.