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Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Americana and Folk Art (UNITED STATES, CA. 18th C.–20th C.)
Americana and Folk Art (UNITED STATES, CA. 18th C.–20th C.)

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.

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Halladay H37 Star Red Windmill Weight
By U. S. Wind Engine and Pump Company
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

Rare Patriotic Presidential Applique Quilt from 1925
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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Early 20th Century American Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

American Mahogany and Églomisé Banjo Clock, E. Howard, Boston # 5, Circa 1860
Located in Charleston, SC
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...
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1860s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

American Federal Period Cast Iron Eagle
Located in York County, PA
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...
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1810s American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

American Carnival Wagon or Band Organ Carved Female Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
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.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Pennsylvania Backgammon Board, Signed "Wise"
Located in York County, PA
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...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

American 18th Century Child's Chair with Original Woven Seat
Located in Carmel, CA
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...
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Late 18th Century American American Colonial Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Mariner's Compass Quilt with Swag and Bow Border
Located in Darnestown, MD
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...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

Rare George Hunzinger Rocking Chair with Patented Steel Webbing, 1869
By George Hunzinger
Located in Bridgeport, CT
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 ...
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19th Century American American Craftsman Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

American Empire Side Table with Writing Surface in Mahogany, circa 1825
Located in Miami, FL
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...
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1820s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Mahogany

George Hunzinger Mechanical Rocker
Located in Hudson, NY
Contabt Dealer
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19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Patriotic Crib Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
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...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Velvet, Satin

Pair of Colt Victorian Wicker Fan Back and Red Velvet Armchairs
By Colt
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Victorian dark stained wicker character fan back armchairs with filigree scroll design and red velvet upholstered seats and headrests. (manufactured by COLT) (PRICED...
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19th Century American Victorian Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Velvet, Wicker

Rustic American Victorian Horn Chaise
By Wenzel Friedrich
Located in New York, NY
Rustic American Victorian steer horn chaise with stars & leaping fish motif (Attributed WENZEL FRIEDRICH)
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19th Century American Rustic Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Leather, Horn

Early 19th Century Original Surface Child's Chair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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...
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19th Century American American Classical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Pine

American Mahogany Classical Swan Sofa, Philadelphia, Circa 1815
Located in Charleston, SC
American mahogany classical upholstered sofa with swans head arm rest, carved corner cornucopia, and terminating on ebonized lions paw feet. Philadelphia.
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18th Century and Earlier American American Classical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

American Fancy Painted Grape Vine Spindle Bench . Baltimore , Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
American carved wood and painted bench with grape vine motif, one board seat, scrolled arms, spindle carvings, and ending on turned painted legs. Fancy Furniture, Baltimore. Early 1...
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1820s American American Colonial Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Paint, Wood

60" 19th Century American Hooked Rug Framed
Located in Water Mill, NY
Monumental 19th American hooked rug mounted as a wall hanging.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

19th Century American Water Gilt Gold Hand-Carved Eagle
Located in Southampton, NY
19th century American water gilt gold hand-carved eagle.
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19th Century American American Classical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Pair of American Eagle Gilt Carved Wood Girandole Mirrors, Circa 1800
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American gilt carved wood girandole mirrors with flanking eagles on rock plinths perched to flee , upper and lower acanthus carved floral motif, ebonized reeded circular mold...
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Early 1800s American American Colonial Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Bronze

American Mural of New York City Harbor
Located in New York, NY
American (circa 1880) painted mural of a panoramic view of the New York City harbor with boats & city landmarks. Originally in the American Stock Exchange. 79 feet wide.
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19th Century American Late Victorian Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Paint

Early American Turned Burl Bowl
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A large turned circa 1790 birch burl bowl from New England in fine original condition and having an untouched surface and patina.
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1790s American American Craftsman Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Birch

Monumental Overmantel or Pier Mirror in the Aesthetic Taste
Located in New York, NY
American, third quarter of the 19th century. Pine, gessoed and gilded, with mirror plate. Measures: 81 ½ in. high, 59 ½ in. wide. Condition: Excellent. The gilding has been cle...
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19th Century American Aesthetic Movement Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mirror, Pine

Recumbent Dog Hooked Rug
Located in Darnestown, MD
A vibrant kaleidoscopic background sets off this charming reclining dog hooked rug. The dog has whimsical yellow paws; ears and nose adding to his unique charm. The initials EG are...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Wool

Caesar's Crown Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Beautifully quilted version of a Caesar's Crown quilt. The diamond shapes of the border are repeated in each crown block, making for a nice interplay between the two. It is also inte...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

American Federal Bostonian Game Table , circa 1815
Located in Miami, FL
A fine Boston Federal game table in mahogany with fire gilded bronze doré ormolu mounts in the corners of the apron and original brass paw foot casters. Carving is well articulated ...
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19th Century American Federal Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Brass, Ormolu

Pair of American Gilt Bronze and Crystal Argand Lamps, Philadelphia. Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American two arm git bronze and crystal argand lamps with centered crystal reservoirs surmounted by gilt swans, original etched floral globes with prisms, terminating on trip...
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1820s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Maple William & Mary Dish-Top Candlestand
Located in West Chester, PA
Candlestand with circular top, turned pedestal, three turned legs and ball feet. Black paint is not original.
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18th Century and Earlier Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Maple

19th Century American Hobby Horse Rocker
Located in New York, NY
19th century American parchment veneered hobby horse supported by a green painted and decorated rocker base.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood, Parchment Paper, Paint

19th c. American Empire Carved Canterbury or Magazine Rack
Located in New York, NY
American Empire dark green painted magazine rack or canterbury with one drawer supported by four ball footed legs with an upper portion decorated with ball finials and gilt trimmed c...
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19th Century American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Gold Leaf

19th Century American Oil Painting of a Gentleman
Located in Water Mill, NY
19th century American portrait of a gentleman in a wood frame.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Canvas

Portrait of Elizabeth Van Dyck Vosburg by Pieter Vanderlyn (The Gansevoort Limne
By Gansevoort Limner
Located in West Chester, PA
Portrait of Elizabeth "Betje" Van Dyck Vosburg., c. 1725. Unsigned, in original frame; accompanied by a Van Dyke family bible printed in Amsterdam in 1702. Condition: Minor repairs, ...
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18th Century and Earlier American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Canvas

Rufus Porter Mural from New Hampshire Tavern
By Rufus Porter
Located in Milford, NH
Mural by Rufus Porter from Prescott Tavern in East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, circa 1824. This panel was removed from the tavern prior to its being torn down in 1950. This mural hung in...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

American Maple Tilt Tea Table
By A. Belokopytoff
Located in Charleston, SC
American Maple Chippendale serpentine tilt top tea table with turned bulbous tri pod pedestal terminating on scrolled knee with slipper feet. Table has the original locking mechanism.
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

19-Drawer Hand Stenciled Apothecary
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Functional general store herb and spice apothecary drawers found in New Hampshire. All dovetailed and hand stenciled drawers with handwritten notes on the inside for measurements and...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Wood

Pair of Heartback Hepplewhite Chairs
Located in Asheville, NC
This stunning pair of heartback Hepplewhite mahogany chairs were created during the American Federal period, and popular throughout the eastern seaboard to the Carolinas from 1780 -1...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century Painted Ship Weathervane on Iron Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wonderful painted sailing ship weathervane has a great worn patina on the painted cream surface. It is on a custom-made black iron stand. The condition is very good.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Iron

American Mahogany Game Table. Circa 1790
Located in Charleston, SC
American mahogany flip top game table with hand stenciled centered lyre pedestal, resting on saber legs with stenciled acanthus motif and original brass casters.
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Pair of American Brass Intertwined Dolphin & Ship Andirons. Circa 1840
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American brass andirons with perched flanking ships, intertwined dolphins, matching finial log stops , and resting on rectangular plinths. Mid -19th Century.
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1840s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Brass, Wrought Iron

American Mahogany Satinwood Inlaid Pembroke Table. Rhode Island. Circa 1790
Located in Charleston, SC
American Hepplewhite mahogany one drawer drop leaf pembroke with inlaid birds eye maple oval corners, satinwood string inlays, graduated bell flowers, and terminating on tapered legs...
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1790s American Hepplewhite Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Sofa Table
By Duncan Phyfe
Located in New York, NY
Attributed to Duncan Phyfe and Sons (active 1837-40), New York Mahogany, with gilt brass castors 29 7/8 in. high, 24 in. wide, 36 3/4 in. long; 56 1/8 in. long (with both leaves e...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Brass

Economy Patch Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squ...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

American Gilded Mirror
Located in New York, NY
A Mid to Late 19th Century American gilded mirror. Maintains original blue glass mirror.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mirror

LeMoyne Stars and Maple Leaves Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This is an early and unusual quilt combining LeMoyne Stars and Tulip patterns. It is made with a wonderful array of early 19th century fabrics. The tan sashing was the perfect color...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

String Stars Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Bold String Stars (aka Spider Stars) quilt done in the fabrics typical of southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The blue calico ground and double pink sashing and borde...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

19th Century Mahogany Game Table With Elaborate Carved Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
A 19th century Mahogany and Satinwood Game Table with Elaborate Carved Base and Flip Top, American. William Word Fine Antiques: Atlanta's source for antique interiors since 1956.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mahogany, Satinwood

American Poplar Greek Key & Sunburst Fire Place Mantel . Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
American fire place mantel made of poplar with Greek key motif and carved corner sunburst supported by turned column legs. All original . Early 19th Century . Fire Box measurements ...
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1820s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Poplar, Wood

Early 19th Century American Oil on Board
By J. Neagle
Located in Buchanan, MI
Charming early 19th century American oil on board. Signed and dated lower left. Framed in original birds eye maple frame.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

American (New Hampshire) Carved Eagle
Located in Natchez, MS
New Hampshire Eagle carved from Tulip Poplar with gilt and paint decoration. This by oral tradition came from a New Hampshire courthouse from the center of the broken pediment in the...
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18th Century and Earlier American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Pair of American Mahogany Urn Cutlery Boxes with Fluted Medallion Gallery C 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Pair of American mahogany flanking Urn telescopic cutlery boxes with acorn finials, fluted medallion gallery, original interior cutlery slots, and resting on turned ringed circular s...
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1820s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mahogany, Pine

American Sheraton Mahogany Marble Top Console
By A. Belokopytoff
Located in Charleston, SC
American Sheraton marble top console with turned legs. All original.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

American Scrolled Wrought Iron and Stained Glass Hanging Hall Lantern, C. 1850
Located in Charleston, SC
American scrolled foliage wrought iron and stained glass hanging hall lantern with three light interior cluster. Originally candle powered and has been electrified. Mid 19th Century
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1850s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Wrought Iron

Rhode Island Games Table ca. 1800
Located in Woodbury, CT
Hepplewhite mahogany demi-lune games table: hinged mahogany top with double line satinwood edges, on a crotch mahogany veneered frame with satinwood lower border. The four square...
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18th Century and Earlier American Hepplewhite Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Satinwood

Set of 16 Klismos-Form Dining Chairs
Located in New York, NY
Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1820. Mahogany (secondary woods: Birch and maple; slip seats: Birch and pine) Measures: 33 1/4 in. high, 18 5/8 in. wide, 19 ¼ in. deep (overall). E...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of American Neo-Classical Pier Mirrors
By Historic New England
Located in New York, NY
Boston, Massachusetts, about 1820 Eastern white pine, gessoed and gilded, with ebonized liners and mirror Each, 65 1/8 in. high; 37 1/2 in. wide Inscribed (on back of frame and ba...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Mirror, Wood

American Federal Gilt and Ebonized Dolphin Foliage Convex Mirror. Circa 1800
By A. Belokopytoff
Located in Charleston, SC
American Federal gilt carved wood convex mirror with a perched intertwined dolphin on a rocky ledge, ebonized reeded banding, circular ball motif, and adorned with foliage pendants. ...
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Early 1800s American Federal Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Giltwood, Gesso, Glass, Wood, Ebony

Pier Mirror in the Neoclassical Taste
Located in New York, NY
New York, circa 1815-1820. Wood, gessoed and gilded, with mirror plate. 75 1/2 in. high, 44 1/8 in. wide (at the cornice), 8 1/2 in. deep (at the cornice). Condition: Some resto...
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19th Century American Neoclassical Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Cotton Crazy Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Cotton Crazy Quilt is truly a collage of fabrics. The center has the structure of a Nine Patch within a Diamond in a Square. This unusual touch pulls in your eye before wanderin...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Cotton

Set of 8 American Rococo Style Dining Chairs, Attributable to Charles Baudouine
By Charles Boudouine
Located in Miami, FL
A very fine set of eight (8) American Rococo-style dining chairs attributable to highly regarded New York cabinetmaker Charles A. Baudouine (1809-1895) that relate to a set of 42 cha...
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1840s American Rococo Revival Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pots of Flowers Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Pots of Flowers Quilt is unusual in that it is simultaneously fanciful and elegant. The blossoms are far larger than their container giving this otherwise elegant quilt a touch ...
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Early 20th Century American Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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