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Frank W. Benson--Flying Eddy
Summer 2003
Frank Benson was an avid outdoorsman and recorded many of his experiences in his paintings. He began actively using watercolor, a portable medium ideal for plein air work, in the early 1920s. During this period Benson frequented Canada's Gaspe Peninsula w
Philip Little--Making Harbor
Summer 2003
While most artists of his day painted portraits as a means of supporting themselves, Philip Little had the financial independence to exclusively paint subjects of interest to him. His father's wealth came from ownership of the textile manufacturing compan
Racetrack Tout Trade Figure
Summer 2003
This racetrack tout is recognized as an icon of American folk sculpture. It is one of several figures attributed to Charles Parker Dowler, a woodworker first identified by Jane Lipman as the maker of a nearly identical figure illustrated in her pioneering
A Federal Washstand
Early Summer 2003
This washstand has vibrant panels of bird's-eye veneer applied to white pine laminated backing, a construction technique employed by federal-era Boston cabinetmaker John Seymour.
Antique Serapi Carpet
Early Summer 2003
Most carpets from the weaving center of Northwest Persia, present day Iran, are of geometric design, and Serapi carpets are best known for their large, bold geometric patterns.
Carved and Painted Figurehead of a Native American
Early Summer 2003
This figurehead is one of a very few known signed and dated American ship carvings. Much of its original paint has been retained as well as a greater amount of original features than most figureheads extant.
Charles Barque Painting
Early Summer 2003
One of the first in a series of important small genre oils on panel, this was Bargue's first orientalist work, no doubt inspired by J. L. Gerome, with whom he shared a studio at the time.
Diminutive Walnut Chippendale Four-Drawer Chest
Early Summer 2003
This remarkably small chest remained in the Smith-Coleman family of Philadelphia from 1760 to the present. Bearing ogee feet and a molded overhanging top with notched corners, this piece is only 32 inches across. The average width for similar chests is 38
Mahogany Bracket Clock with Enamel Dials
Early Summer 2003
Royal clockmaker Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy invoiced St. James's Palace for this clock (on right) in 1814. He described it as "one of the best spring chime quarter clocks…in a neat mahogany case."
Paint-Decorated Tall Case Clock
Early Summer 2003
This exceptional paint-decorated clock retains its original wooden movement inside a pine case and is in extraordinary condition overall. The movement includes hours, minutes, seconds, and a calendar.
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