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.

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

Left:
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.

Right:
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.

Portraits of Peter and Catherine Ritter by Gerrit Schipper ( 1775-1832, active US 1802-07)

A fine pair of pastels on paper of Peter and Catherine Post Ritter, attrib. to Gerrit Schipper, c.1802-07. Born in Amsterdam in 1775, Schipper worked in New York, Charleston, Savannah, and Massachusetts from 1802 until 1807.
10 3/8” x 12 3/8.”

$ 4800. 

Peter and Catherine Post Ritter were residents of New York City and are buried there at St. George’s Church. Information on Catherine Post can be found in E. Moore Green, J.W. Jordan, and G.T. Ettinger, Douglass and Post Genealogy, 1905.

Prior Portrait of Child with Mug

American, c. 1840.  
An unusually expressive portrait of a young child holding a mug. Attributed to William Matthew Prior.
Oil on academy board in excellent condition; in period but not original frame.
10 ¼” x 14 ¾” (sight); 14 ½” x 17 ¼” (framed).  

Unlike most primitive portraits of children by Prior, this painting truly conveys a sense of the sitter and the emotion this child is feeling at being made to sit for this portrait. The expression on his face is that of a young child feeling both impatience and resignation… a wish for this “sitting" to be over.