Winter 1605

A wonderful carved panel depicting a charming interior scene with an old man, and a young man tending a fire, while the cat perches on a chair trying to keep warm. On the left side, a man driving hogs to the market, a task traditionally done in winter. Carved from the solid, in original paint, and dated in paint “1605” just above the cat. The panel is now displayed in a well-crafted 19th c. hinged box with glass top, but removes easily. On the reverse of the case is an 1940 typed note describing the carving, and on the reverse of the panel is carved, “This is dated in two places, 1605. One is scratched on the Timber, above the left hand of the Old Man, the other is Painted above the Cat. It was known from good authority to have been for some years in the possession of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patricks Dub.“

Holland or Germany, 1605. Panel: 9 1/2” x 15”. Case: 11 1/2’ X 17"


Two "GR" Jugs and a Friend

L to R:

A large German stoneware "GR" jug in fine condition, made for the English market. Westerwald, c. 1720-30. 10" h. 
$ 1750.

Small German stoneware "GR" mug in fine condition, made for the English market. Westerwald, c. 1760.
$ 875.

Diminutive German stoneware jug, c. 1550. 3 1/4" h. 
$ 475.

Outstanding Steel

Best pair of double wedding ring hog scrapers we've seen.
Signed "Hidson" on tabs.
Birmingham, England, c. 1790.
10 1/4" h.

Beautiful 18th c. steel snuffer stand signed "Dowler."
Birmingham, England, c. 1760.

The Chase

Rare 17th c. Westerwald jug with the most unusual decoration of a dog chasing a boar chasing a deer.
Original pewter lid.
7 ½” h. (finial); 6 ½” h. (body).


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.


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.