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Americana and Folk Art <p><font size="4">America (ca. 18th c. - 20th c.)</font></p>

Though the pieces are timeless, folk art emerged as a collecting genre only in the 1920s. Then as now, collectors focused on American artifacts. The earliest were prompted in part by the awareness of a nation changed: in that decade, for the first time the majority of U.S. citizens lived in cities, rather than on farms and in small towns. At the same time, the ascendance of Modernism in art and design was countered by promoters of the Colonial Revival style. That movement drew from attics and barns old hand-carved furniture, stilted 19th-century family portraits, weathervanes and butter churns.

     The best folk art items were purchased by an odd mix that included bohemians and intellectuals, along with J.P. Morgan and members of the Chrysler and Rockefeller families (who began funding, for instance, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in the 1920s). If nostalgia played a role, the primary motivation for folk art collectors was — as it is today — a recognition of the artistic merit and cultural significance of pure, honest expressions of the human impulse toward beauty.

     Simplicity is its hallmark, yet folk art defies a simple definition — and covers a vast amount of ground. Folk art has been called "the art of the everyday": objects created by people, with no formal training in the arts, for use in their daily lives. These include everything from tools and toys to quilts, baskets, jugs, dowry chests and duck decoys. Folk art is generally made by hand; works might be carved, sewn, chiseled, knitted, hammered, woven or embroidered and more. Such techniques were passed down through the generations — one reason folk-art collecting has been described as "a kind of archaeology." Folk art reveals the inherent values and traditions of a community, through time-honored crafts, decorative motifs and pictorial subject matter.

     All folk art intrinsically reflects a sense of pride. "Americana" is folk art that does so overtly: through work that honors civic ideals and celebrates national and local achievements. Americana includes flags, bunting, carved bald eagles, and needlework with allegorical figures representing Liberty and Democracy; or helmets and buckets used by a volunteer fire brigade; or the trappings of fraternal organizations such as the Oddfellows. Collectors of Americana typically also collect American antique furniture that, while made in the workshops of a master cabinetmaker or joiner, reflects regional stylistic traits, tastes and quirks.

     Almost all folk art is anonymous — and the prominent exception being signed work by early 19th-century itinerant portrait artists like the New Englander Ammi Phillips, whose 1835 portrait of a young girl and her pets was the first piece of folk art to sell for $1 million at auction. Until relatively recently, work by Phillips and his ilk was the prime focus of folk art collectors: the folk art of the Northeast defined the category. But recently, more attention and more scholarship have been devoted to the folk art of other regions: to the South, and the artwork of enslaved African Americans and their descendants; and to the Southwestern and early Latino folk art. Born in a time of change, folk art collecting is changing along with the nation.

Pair of Restoration Rosewood Grecian Recamier Couches, circa 1835-1840
Pair of Restoration Rosewood Grecian Recamier C...
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1830s American Federal Chaise Longues
Rosewood
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) or D. Phyfe & Sons (active 1837-1840), New York, 1835-1840. Each with undulating veneered crest rail terminating in two scrolls with concen...
Halladay H37 Star Red Windmill Weight
Halladay H37 Star Red Windmill Weight
U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Company
Antique 19th Century American More Furniture and Collectibles
Iron
Fantastic piece of Americana! Halladay H37 cast iron red windmill weight made by the U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Company between 1880-1916 in Nebraska. Please note: Only the red windmi...
Rare Patriotic Presidential Applique Quilt from 1925
Rare Patriotic Presidential Applique Quilt from...
Early 20th Century American Quilts
Cotton
This is such a fine example of Americana at its best. This fantastic applique quilt has the profile of George Washington and Abe Lincoln along with the Uncle Sam hat and the Patrioti...
Pair of Robin's Egg Blue-Painted Benches
Pair of Robin's Egg Blue-Painted Benches
Antique 19th Century American Painted Furniture
PAIR OF ROBIN'S EGG BLUE-PAINTED BENCHES FROM A PORTICO ON AN 1890'S HOME IN CANAAN, NEW YORK: Rare pair of matching high-back settle benches, made circa 1890, found on the front po...
Hepplewhite Mahogany, Birch Inlaid Chest of Drawers, New Hampshire, circa 1815
Hepplewhite Mahogany, Birch Inlaid Chest of Dra...
Antique Early 19th Century American Hepplewhite Commodes and Chests of D...
Birch, Mahogany
This is an interesting chest with the full complement of inlays seen on the highly developed school of Portsmouth chests that usually have French feet. (See image below from Levy’s i...
Elaborate Silk Banner with Gilded Text of George Washington
Elaborate Silk Banner with Gilded Text of Georg...
Early 20th Century American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
ELABORATE SILK BANNER WITH GILDED TEXT, SPECTACULAR BULLION TRIM, AND A BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED RENDITION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FAMOUS "PRAYER AT VALLEY FORGE", MADE FOR THE PATRIOTIC O...
Pair of Restauration Lotus Carved Rosewood Side Chairs by Duncan Phyfe
Pair of Restauration Lotus Carved Rosewood Side...
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1830s American Neoclassical Side Chairs
Upholstery, Rosewood
Attributed to Phyfe & Sons (1837-1840) or D. Phyfe & Son (1840-1847), New York circa 1835-1840. The oxbow shaped crest rail above a vertical central carved and pierced splat abov...
Mahogany Sheraton or Federal Upholstered Open Armchair, New England, circa 1810
Mahogany Sheraton or Federal Upholstered Open A...
Antique 19th Century American Sheraton Armchairs
Mahogany
This is a Provincial example of the lolling chair form and is delicately executed throughout. Note the baluster shaped front legs and the stylized arm supports which lend a feeling o...
New Hampshire Settee
New Hampshire Settee
Antique 19th Century American Settees
NEW HAMPSHIRE SETTEE, FOUND IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE TOWN OF DOVER, CA 1800: This marvelous, country windsor settee was recently found in the basement of the public library in D...
Rare Carved Mahogany Upholstered Classical Armc...
Antique Early 19th Century American American Classical Armchairs
Mahogany
This is an interesting chair. The wood is heavy, dark, dense mahogany and is very heavy. The arms and their supports are beautifully crafted, as are the legs. Of particular interest ...
Classical Mahogany Settee, Brass Inlay, Dolphin...
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Settees
Brass, Mahogany
This settee is an absolute knockout. It is a tour de force of the classical motifs of the day, hand-carved and fully embellished. Starting from the top, note the beautiful carved scr...
American Mahogany and Églomisé Banjo Clock, ...
Antique 1860s American American Empire Wall Clocks
American mahogany and églomisé banjo clock with original signed and numeral paper dial under glass, decorative painted and gilt throat panel, with a hinged painted and gilt door co...
Cherry Federal Tilt-Top Table with Shaped Top, ...
Antique 19th Century American Federal Dessert Tables and Tilt-top Tables
Cherry
This table has beautiful lines with feet that seem to go on forever. The shaft is a slender baluster form and the top, in general oval form. This is a very delicate table with cherry...
American Architectural Wood Carved Eagles
Unknown
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Sculptures
Wood
Terrific find! A wonderful pair of carved architectural American eagles. Found on the east coast and were said to have originally been part of a circa 1876 Federal building in St. Lo...
Classical Carved and Gilt Stencilled Mahogany C...
Antique 1820s American American Classical Center Tables
Marble, Mahogany
With figured marble inset top, New York, circa 1825. The circular top with dark figured marble inset held by a wood frame, above a conforming apron with three large foliate gilt-...
Carved Mahogany Mechanical Armchair, circa 1830
Thomas Cook
Antique 1830s American American Classical Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Possibly by Cook &amp; Parkin (active1819-1833). Philadelphia, circa 1830. The lotus-carved arched crest rail above a beaded frame holding an upholstered back, hinged at the base...
Wood Cut-Out Hand Pointing to the Heavens
Unknown
Antique 1890s American Folk Art More Folk Art
Wood
Unusual architectural piece with a cut-out pointing hand in a heart. This architectural piece hung down from the peak of a Victorian house with a form sometimes referred to as a Hand...
Fine Carved Lyre Mahogany Window Seat, NY, Earn...
Antique 19th Century American Neoclassical Benches
Mahogany
As Peter Kenny talks about in his recent book on Duncan Phyfe: Without Hagen, we wouldn't know of Phyfe and his work. It seems Hagen bought Phyfe's tools, etc. and continued to make ...
Classical Gilt Mantel Mirror
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Mantel Mirrors and Fire...
Gesso, Mirror
An American Classical mantel mirror with robustly carved acanthus corners, maintains brilliant and unrestored gilt frame.
American Carnival Wagon or Band Organ Carved Fe...
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art
Wood
Late 19th century American carnival wagon or band organ female head carving. Very detailed wood carving with great old white painted surface. Presented on a custom marble museum stand.
American Federal Period Cast Iron Eagle
Antique 1810s American Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
This cast iron eagle is one of the earliest sculptural forms that one will encounter in the marketplace. It is also one of the most attractive and iconic depictions of what some Amer...
Federal/Hepplewhite Mahogany Mirror, Flowered U...
Antique 1780s American Hepplewhite Wall Mirrors
Mahogany
This mirror, retaining its early glass, is in a fine state of preservation and is complete in all its parts. These mirrors are very delicate and often lose their embellishments. The ...
Pennsylvania Backgammon Board, Signed "Wise"
Antique 19th Century American Game Boards
PENNSYLVANIA BACKGAMMON BOARD, SIGNED "WISE" WITH IMAGES OF A WAGON WHEEL AND A STAR OF DAVID, 1850-1880 Found near the town of Milford, in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, is...

SIX Philadelphia Klismos Dining Chairs

By Anthony Gabriel Quervelle
SIX Philadelphia Klismos Dining Chairs
Anthony Gabriel Quervelle
Antique Early 19th Century American American Classical Dining Room Chairs
Padouk
Six gadroon crested padauk klismos sabre-legged dining chairs, with hand-stitched needlepoint slip seats in mint condition. Attributed to Antoine Gabriel Quervelle, French trained Ph...
Restoration Grecian or Recamier Couch, circa 1835
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1830s American Federal Chaise Longues
Mahogany
New York, circa 1835. The undulating veneered crest rail terminating in a scroll with a characteristic rimmed disk boss above an upholstered back and seat with a scrolled arm at o...
Antique Hooked American Rug
Antique 19th Century American American Colonial North and South American...
Wool
Antique Hooked Rug, Country of Origin: America, Circa Date: Early 20th Century - This spectacular antique American hooked rug features a grand latticework frame with beautifully exec...
Tiger Maple Queen Anne High Chest with Bonnet T...
Antique Late 18th Century American Queen Anne Commodes and Chests of Dra...
Maple
This highboy is of a small-scale with a width of only 35 in. and has a very delicate, fine appearance, with a beautifully formed pediment, which flanks its original urn and finial. W...
Federal Mahogany Secretary and Bookcase, circa ...
Duncan Phyfe
Antique 1810s American American Classical Secretaires
Brass, Glass, Mahogany
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854), New York, circa 1820. Comprised of two parts: The projecting pediment top above a veneered frieze above a pair of glazed cabinet doors wit...
Rare 81-Star "1776-1876" Centennial American Pa...
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Political and Patriotic Memorabilia
This is an extremely rare 1876 U.S. Centennial celebration parade flag design, that was popular at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and was sold in a number of differen...
Painted Tall Case Clock, Eight-Day Moon Dial Works
Antique 19th Century American Chippendale Clocks
This clock is in its original red paint and retains its original finials and unique rosettes, signed "Josiah Smith, Reading." The face is quite beautiful and untouched and the hands ...
19th Century Chest on Chest, Two Shells Style o...
Dunlap Cabinetmakers
Antique 19th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
19th century chest on chest, two shells style of Dunlap, circa 1820.
Large School or Church Bell with Mounting Base,...
Antique 19th Century American Balustrades and Fixtures
Metal
This bell was in a Greek Revival home in a cupola in the Framingham - Sudbury area of Massachusetts, 1830-1850. This bell is complete with supports and original mounting board and bo...
19th Century Faux Bamboo Bed
R.J. Horner & Co.
Antique Late 19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Beds and Bed Frames
Birdseye Maple, Maple
Maple and bird's-eye maple (Aesthetic Movement) faux bamboo bed, New York City, circa 1885. Fits standard full size mattress. Note: Martha Stewart owns a similar bed, and this 19th ...
Pair of Walnut Queen Anne Side Chairs with Shel...
Antique 1750s American Queen Anne Side Chairs
Walnut
Pairs of these chairs are hard to find and these have no breaks or alterations. They have the beautiful style that many consider the finest of American Queen Anne chair design. They ...
Antique Quilt, "Robbing-Peter-to-Pay-Paul"
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
Skilfully pieced and elaborately quilted, a superb example of a very difficult design to execute. A less ambitious quilter might have been content to create all of those perfect, nev...
Small Mahogany Queen Anne Oval, Drop-Leaf Table...
Antique Mid-18th Century British Queen Anne Drop-leaf and Pembroke Tables
Mahogany
This table is composed of three solid unjoined boards, the top, and two drop leaves. The mahogany is a deep red-brown, with deep figure throughout (see detail). The legs are a very d...
FOURTEEN American Queen Anne Revival Dining Chairs
Antique 1870s American Queen Anne Dining Room Chairs
Walnut
Circa 1875 Virginia bench-made walnut matched set of two armchairs and 12 side chairs; with shell carved knees, slippered front feet, wavy back splats, and distinctive flat serpentin...
Vintage Painted Metal Miniature Train Depot
Vintage 1930s American Models and Miniatures
Sheet Metal
Vintage painted metal miniature depot from 1930s for toy train set.
American 18th Century Child's Chair with Origin...
Antique Late 18th Century American American Colonial Chairs
Wood
Charming child's chair in pine with original hickory woven seat. This slat back chair is very likely Shaker. Mushroom button top on arm. The turned finial on the back is of good prop...
Mariner's Compass Quilt with Swag and Bow Border
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Cotton
Elegant version of the always desirable Mariner's Compass quilt pattern. It is an extremely difficult pattern to execute with the numerous fine points and this is particularly well d...
Map Plan of the City of Washington in the Terri...
Antique Late 18th Century American Maps
Plan (Map) of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia Published 1796, in the American Atlas by John Reid Published in 1796, this map is by John Reid, and was part of o...
Rare George Hunzinger Rocking Chair with Patent...
George Hunzinger
Antique 19th Century American American Craftsman Rocking Chairs
Fine form and condition, with one broken strap and geometric moulding at upper right missing. The back with the wire webbing flanked by bamboo form frame, and bold swirled arms with ...
Classical Gilt and Paint Decorated Games Table,...
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Game Tables
Paint
The following is the text of an extensive report on this piece done by Philip Zimmerman, Ph.D. The full report, including footnotes and images, is available upon request. An impo...
Classical Painted Armchair, Baltimore, circa 1820
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Armchairs
Of grand proportions, this painted chair in Baltimore painted furniture, page 67 (see scan below). It appears that the center was a defining place for individual embellishment, i.e. ...
American Empire Side Table with Writing Surface...
Antique 1820s American American Empire Side Tables
Mahogany
A fine Empire work table in mahogany on foliate-carved, baluster-turned pedestal resting on quatre-form base and terminating with winged carved lions' paw feet. Top opens to baize-li...
Hepplewhite Shield Back Armchair, Mahogany, New...
George Shipley
Antique 1790s American Hepplewhite Armchairs
Mahogany
Attribution is based on a labelled chair, antiques April, 1961, page 374, George Shipley: His Furniture and His Label. The arched crest in this example centers on a finely carved...
Mahogany Chippendale, Six Leg Claw and Ball Dro...
Antique Mid-18th Century American Chippendale Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
Six-legged dining tables are very desirable and relatively rare. They offer an obviously greater stability than the four-legged form and cost a good deal more. The mahogany is bea...
Patriotic Crib Quilt
Antique 19th Century American Quilts
Satin, Velvet
The construction of this Patriotic Crib Quilt is as unusual as the combination of motifs. Each of the black background areas is actually made of thin strips of satin (about 1/4" wid...
American Painted Rocking Chair
Antique 19th Century American Rocking Chairs
Painted and stenciled rocking chair
George Hunzinger Mechanical Rocker
Antique 19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Rocking Chairs
Contabt Dealer
RARE, MUSEUM QUALITY ca 1850 Decanter Stand 4 B...
Lincoln Lighting Company
Antique 19th Century American Sterling Silver
Glass
Please visit Lauren Stanley in New York City - telephone for an appointment -- convenient Midtown location! Coin silver four-bottle decanter stand by Lincoln &amp; Foss of Boston, M...
Pair of 19th c. Filigree Wicker And Velvet Fan ...
Colt
Antique 19th Century American Victorian Armchairs
Velvet, Wicker
Pair of American Victorian dark stained wicker character fan back arm chairs featuring filigree scroll designs and red velvet upholstered seats and headrests. Manufactured by Colt.
Important 19th C. American Steer Horn Chaise
Wenzel Friedrich
Antique 19th Century American Rustic Chaise Longues
Horn, Leather
Rustic steer horn chaise attributed to the nineteenth century German-American furniture maker Wenzel Friedrich. The chaise features a studded, leather-upholstered seat and decorative...
Classic Work Table with Original Brasses
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Side Tables
Mahogany
This work table has beautifully figured striped mahogany panels on all sides. Note the use of tiger mahogany between the front drawers. The legs are Classic Seymour; see the related ...
Early 19th Century Original Surface Child's Chair
Antique 19th Century American American Classical Chairs
Pine
This amazing untouched surface is to beat the band. It was found in New England & the chair is in great condition and has wonderful form. It has been well love and used.The wear is...
Federal Serpentine Inlaid Mahogany Bureau, circ...
Antique Early 1800s American Neoclassical Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
New York, circa 1800. The oblong top with exaggerated serpentine front edge and string edging above a conforming case with inlaid light-wood stringing at every edge, having four g...
American Mahogany Classical Swan Sofa, Philadel...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American American Classical Sofas
American mahogany classical upholstered sofa with swans head arm rest, carved corner cornucopia, and terminating on ebonized lions paw feet. Philadelphia.
American Kinetic Whirligig on Grand Pedestal 19...
Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes
Wood
Belonged to an Oil Tycoon at his Family Estate. 19th-early 20th century charming Huge American Folk Art original polychrome Kinetic whirligig of a man sawing wood, when the wind blow...
Cherry Corner Chair, Probably New Hampshire, La...
Antique 18th Century and Earlier American Chippendale Corner Chairs
Cherry
This is a most interesting corner chair of good-sized proportions. For starters, look at the image showing the chair from above. Note the beautifully formed arms and medial support b...
Mahogany Drop-Leaf Table with Eight Reeded Legs...
Antique 19th Century American Sheraton Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
This mahogany table is extremely wide and composed of solid mahogany boards of the finest ribbon grain. The leaves are very heavy, and the table was composed two have the two middle ...