HOME AWAY FROM HOME

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Each year thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Antiques Week in New Hampshire. For many, it’s like a home away from home—the collective shows are a huge house, with diverse dealers occupying different rooms—each inviting you in to explore, learn and take away a little bit (or a lot) of their home to yours.

“Home Away From Home” is a collection of Folk Art & Americana assembled for exhibition and sale at Antiques In Manchester: The Collector's Fair, August 9-10, 2017. Additional information: stevenspowers.com

ANTIQUES IN MANCHESTER • ST ANSELM COLLEGE • AUGUST 9-10


S T E V E N S . P O W E R S

Each year thousands of people make the pilgrimage to

Antiques Week in New Hampshire. For many, it’s like a

home away from home—the collective shows are a huge

house, with diverse dealers occupying different rooms—

each inviting you in to explore, learn and take away a little

bit (or a lot) of their home to yours.

“Home Away From Home” is a collection of Folk Art &

Americana assembled for exhibition and sale at Antiques

In Manchester: The Collector's Fair, August 9-10, 2017.

Where: Sullivan Arena | St. Anselm College

100 St. Anselm Dr, Manchester, NH 03102

Additional show information: stevenspowers.com

W O R K S O F

A R T

& a m e r i c a n a

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Detail of A Trade Sign for J.W. Hopkinson

Circa: 1925-1930

Size: 12 1/4" (h) - 15 1/2" (l)

See page 35 for more information.


Iconic Iron Indian

Miniature weathervane

Circa: 1800

Size: 12" (h) x 9" (w) x 1/8" (d)

This striking object leaves an indelible imprint on your minds’ eye—it is

powerful and mysterious.

This small chiseled and forged flat iron figure depicts a silhouetted

American Indian with calumet (pipe), hair roach and pony-tail, and wearing

a breechcloth with genitals exposed.

Historically the image of the American Indian in art was often romanticized

as the exotic or demonized as the savage “other,” through overly

generalized depictions based on broad stereotypes. Though some

illustrations show women with exposed breasts and men with buttocks

peeking through their breechcloth, sculpture of this nature is hitherto

unknown.

Provenance: Marvill Collection.

Illustrated and discussed: American Vernacular, 2002, p. 1 (title page)

and p. 149.


Folk Art Carved Coal Lion

Circa: 1860-1880

Size: 10 1/2" (l) x 6 1/4" (h)

Provenance: Peter Brams; Barbara Johnson

A large and exceptional recumbent lion

carved out of the solid of anthracite coal.

Such carvings are rare.


Five Folk Art House Portraits

Pastel, graphite, crayon and watercolor on paper

Circa: 1892-1913

Sizes vary from: 7 3/8" x 9 5/8" - 10 1/4" x 13 1/2"

These five house portraits by the same hand were collected over a

couple decades. It is speculated that they originate from Sullivan

County, Indiana. They range in date from 1892-1913.


Stoneware Bust of an African American Man

Chicago, IL

Circa: 1885-1890

Size: 5 3/4" H

African-American bust marked, "WM. M. DEE ESQ. 164 E. Adams St.

Chicago, IL." William M. Dee was a manufacturer in sewer pipe and fire

brick who’s offices were at the above address from 1885-1890.

The whole in a brown glaze with kaolin details and stamped several times

on the front and back.

Provenance: Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk and Isolate

Art; Peter Brams Collection.

Illustrated and discussed: American Primitive, 1988, p. 85.


Early American Folk Art Portrait of a Woman

Anonymous

Circa: 1830

Size: 26 1/4" (w) x 36 1/4" (h)

Provenance: David Schorsch; Marvill Collection.

A compelling American Folk Art portrait of a

young woman with her right hand over one

breast and her left hand holding a closed fan and

a crumpled handkerchief. Though the meaning

of the staging is unknown, it likely has a

symbolic message.


Folk Art Etched Easter Egg

Dated: April 17, 1854

Size: 2 3/8" (oah)

A charming survivor (with dried yolk

still within). The dyed egg is scratch

carved with a bird on a tree with a

complex star at the apex. It is signed

“E. Witmer” and tells us a little

something about the weather, “It is

snowing to-day | April th 17 1854.”


"The Sacred Family”

Buffalo, New York

Italian-American

Circa: 1930

16” x 13”

Provenance: Tim Hill,

David Wheatcroft, Peter Brams


Oblivious To Danger

Oil on canvas

Circa: 1930

Size: 31 1/2" (w) x 29 1/2" (h)

Amusing allegorical folk art painting of a man fishing

on a river or lake with a bear coming up behind him, a

thunder storm with sharp lightning, a fish out of the

creel, a 'No Trespassing / Private Property' sign, a spilt

bottle, and a sinking boat...but there is a rainbow on

the horizon! I am not a fisherman, but I guess the

message here is, "I'd Rather Be Fishing."

Provenance: Patty Gagarin, Private New York

Collection; Private California Collection.


Rare Folk Art Carved Civil War Veteran Stool

Dated: 1887

Size: 26 3/4"(h) x 14 1/2" (d)

I have had several great Civil War / GAR

Folk Art carved pipes, but have never seen

anything on this scale.

In the form of an hourglass, the entire

surface is carved from a 40lb. timber. The

lower half in high relief with large stars,

crossed rifles, cannons, swords, and the

medal of the Grand Army of The Republic

including a flag and an eagle.

The upper half has a repeating star and

sunburst pattern.


Folk Art Carved Civil War Maple Burl Cup

Lookout Mountain

Circa: 1860-1880

3 3/4" (oaw) x 3" (h)

Provenance: Private, Peter Brams, Private

Illustrated and discussed: North American Burl Treen,

2005, p. 91, pl. 5/9.1

Only one of these I have seen. In the manner of Civil

War carved pipes, this hewn burl cup bears the name

of James Hammond of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry,

3rd Division, Company D.


Three Maine House Portraits by George E. Morgan (1870-1969)

Metcalf House: Hallowell

Oil on canvas board

Circa: 1962/1963

Size: 9" x 12"

Signed and inscribed on verso: “The old

Metcalf house in Hallowell Built during

Washington’s first administration - for Mrs.

Wadwill [sic] Hallowell.” George E. Morgan

age 92.

In 1792 Joseph Metcalf built the above house.

He was a furniture maker and planes bearing

his name are known.

White House

Oil on canvas board

Circa: 1962/1963

Size: 9" x 12"

Randolph Methodist Church

Oil on canvas board

Circa: 1962/1963

Size: 8" x 12"

Signed and inscribed on

verso: “Randolph Methodist

Church Windsor St. Burnt

1961 [the church was built

1847] painted by George E.

Morgan 44 Windsor St.”

Signed and inscribed on verso: George E.

Morgan age 92 - for Mrs. Wadwill [sic]

Hallowell

Provenance: Anne K. Wardwell; Mr. & Mrs. Sumner and Helen Johnston; Joe Wetherell;

Raymond Saroff and Howard Rose; Peter Brams

Exhibitions: The Playhouse, Boothbay, ME 1963; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME,

July 16 - October 11, 1998; The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, IL,

February 5 - April 10,1999


Lead Head

Lead pipe

Circa: 1900

Size: 10" (h) x 8 1/4" (d)

An unusual portrait sculpted out

of a large lead water pipe. The

whole has a remarkable gun-metal

like color and patina. Traces of

paint remain on the forehead and

hair.


Large Hessian Whirligig

Circa: 1840

Size: 32" (h) x 12 1/2" (w)

A most remarkable Folk Art

object made more beautiful

and complex by Mother

Nature herself. A small lead

buckshot pellet is embedded

on his right side (proper).

Found on a farm between Port

Henry and Crown Point, NY.

Illustrated and discussed:

American Primitive, 1986, p.

126, fig. 169.

Provenance: Mr & Mrs Frank

Moran Auction, November 15,

1974; Marvill Collection.


Folk Art Carved Coal Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Circa: 1860-1880

Size: 8 3/4" (w) x 7" (h)

A large an unusual portrait of Abraham Lincoln

carved from anthracite coal.

Illustrated and discussed: American Primitive,

1988, p. 95, fig. 126.


Two Folk Art Trade Signs for J.W. Hopkinson

Winthrop, ME

Oil on canvas on metal substrates

Circa: 1925-1930

Size: 12 1/4" (h) - 15 1/2" (l)


These two signs presumably painted by Hopkinson

himself were advertisements that hung over the

windows of his truck.

One shows him working a floor sander in a room

(which is rendered in an exaggerated perspective)

and the other shows a brightly painted house on a

lake.


End of Day Black Glass Whimsy - Hand Holding Bottle

Circa: 1910-20

Size: 11 1/2"

Sand cast black glass (with grains still embedded) of

hand holding a glass bottle. It might be a take off of

the early Whistle Soda advertisements.

On a custom base.


Woolwork Picture of Menands, NY

Wool over perforated board

Circa: 1905

Size: 26 1/2" (h) x 39" (l)

This unique large scale woolwork

resembles folk art paintings of

the period. A large Victorian

home is wrought along a brick

wall with an iron gate. A mill,

lake with over-sized swans, train

tracks and a tunnel, as well as a

farm and “The Cathedral of All

Saints,” are also depicted.

Many of the buildings are

finished with windows that have

crushed colored glass.


Large Folk Art Carved and Painted Rhinoceros

Fred Alten (1872-1945)

Michigan

Circa: 1910-20

17" (oal)

Provenance: Peter Brams; Barbara Johnson

An exceptional example of a large Fred Alten animal.

Fred Alten was a machinist in Wyandotte, Michigan

and carved animals based on illustrations in Jonson’s

Book of Nature. A garage full of his works was found

thirty years after his death.


Eastern Woodlands Ash Burl Effigy Ladle

Circa: 1820-1840

Size: 10 1/4" (oal) x 5 1/4" (w)

Provenance: George Abraham, Herbert Wellington

Collection, Private

Illustrated and discussed: Pleasing The Spirits, 1982, p.

352, fig. 433, left.

Likely depicting an abstracted Underwater

Panther, the whole is masterfully hewn with a

sophisticated underlying geometry.


The Three Trees

Jacob Semiatin (1915-2003)

Circa: 1940-1950

Size: 26" (w) x 19" (h)

Jacob Semiatin, a Hungarian Jew born in

Ireland immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1920.

Semiatin was a member of the Brooklyn

Society of Artists and exhibited at The

Brooklyn Museum in the 1940’s. After WWII,

he move towards abstraction and developed a

friendship with James Johnson Sweeney of

the Guggenheim Museum.

Semiatin's first one-man show was at the

Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York,

(notable as the gallery that introduced Mark

Rothko).

Semiatin’s work is in many collections

including: The Houston Museum of Modern

Art; The Jewish Museum, Dublin, Ireland;

Mr. Ted Turner; and the William Clinton

Library.


Folk Art Pipe with Two Men Around The Bowl

Circa: 1860-1880

Size: 3 1/2" (w) x 3" (h)

Provenance: Tim Hill, Peter Brams, Private

With a great original, crazed paint surface.


Early Folk Art Doll

Circa: 1820-40

Size: 12" (h)

A rare and early intact Folk Art doll.


Steven Powers (1968 -)

Moosehead Mountains & Marsh

Oil on panel

2017

Size: 11" (h) x 14" (w)


Steven Powers (1968 -)

Big Sky & Flat Lands

Oil on panel

2017

Size: 9" (h) x 12" (w)


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