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American Furniture & Decorative Arts

by Skinner


669 lots | 1 with images

February 17, 2008

357 Main Street

Bolton, MA, 01740 USA

Phone: +1 978 779 6241

Fax: +1 978 779 5144

Email: info@skinnerinc.com

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Lot 1: Justus DaLee (New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, 1793-1878) Portrait of a Baby Seated on Pillow Holding a Rattle. Unsigned. Wate

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Description: Justus DaLee (New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, 1793-1878) Portrait of a Baby Seated on Pillow Holding a Rattle. Unsigned. Watercolor, graphite, and ink on card, full-length profile portrait, 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in., in a period molded red-painted wooden frame. Condition: Minor toning. Provenance: Don Walters. Note: Justus DaLee was a musician in the War of 1812, a husband and father of ten children, and had a twenty-one year artistic career as an itinerant painter of portrait miniatures, producing elaborate calligraphic family records for his clientele. Publications referring to his work indicate that he was working in the Albany, New York, area by the 1830s, and was in Rochester, New York in 1840, traveling to Massachusetts and then to Ohio in search of work. His last listing as a portrait painter was in 1847 in Buffalo, New York. He advertised himself as the "Side Portrait Painter," often painting the sitter's head in profile and the body in a full frontal view. While his drawing of ears has been considered stylized, his details of costume, hairstyle, features, and jewelry are very detailed, as may be seen in this lot.

Condition Report: not laid down.

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Lot 2: Justus DaLee (New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, 1793-1878) Five Family Portrait Miniatures. Unsigned. Watercolor, graphite, and

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Description: Justus DaLee (New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, 1793-1878) Five Family Portrait Miniatures. Unsigned. Watercolor, graphite, and ink half-length profile portraits, depicting a gentleman and his wife in a double portrait and three single portraits of their three young adult children, two young ladies and a young man, sizes ranging from 2 1/2 x 2 7/8-3 3/8 x 5 3/8 in., in likely original molded giltwood frames. Condition: Toning, one portrait of a young lady has been cut down on lower edge about 1/2 in.

Condition Report: none of the five portraits has been laid down, the two portraits of the parents are housed in one frame together.

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Lot 3: American School, 19th Century Portrait Miniature of a Woman Wearing a Blue Dress. Unsigned. Watercolor and gouache on paper, c. 1835, 5

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Description: American School, 19th Century Portrait Miniature of a Woman Wearing a Blue Dress. Unsigned. Watercolor and gouache on paper, c. 1835, 5 x 4 1/4 in., in a period grain-painted mitered wood frame. Condition: Minor toning and a few small light stains u.r. Provenance: Don Walters.

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Lot 4: Painted Silhouette Portrait of a Woman Wearing a White Frilly Bonnet, America, second quarter 19th century, b...

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Description: Painted Silhouette Portrait of a Woman Wearing a White Frilly Bonnet, America, second quarter 19th century, ink on paper bust-length portrait with bronze painted curls, 4 x 3 in., in a black and gilt oval eglomise mat and giltwood frame. Condition: Minor toning.

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Lot 5: Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and Gentleman, America, c. 1825, hollow-cut bust-length portraits backed with black paper, (tonin

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Description: Double Silhouette Portraits of a Lady and Gentleman, America, c. 1825, hollow-cut bust-length portraits backed with black paper, (toning), sight size 7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in., in likely original eglomise mat and gilt brass frame.

Condition Report: tinytear above her bonnet, also some paint and gilt losses to eglomise mat.

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