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Silk chevron quiltThis is a very striking, bold, chevron strips quilt. It has strong colors and a great design. While it certainly can be used, it would look wonderful hung and displayed. The fabrics are silks, satins, and velvets. It was previously described also as using late 19th century silk most often found in cravats and waistcoats; possibly tailoring scraps. The size of the quilt is 56 1/2" by 60 1/2", which contributes to the ease in which it can be shown. The overall condition is excellent; although there are three very small tears in the border, less than 1/4" each. One diagonal black strip is fragile, with some loss at the edges, all of the other fabrics seem strong and sturdy. On the back there is some very faint yellowing and a few tiny pin holes. The age is from the late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CRCR.   Silk chevron quilt ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of frayed strip ... Closeup, one edge ... Closer view ... Back ... Closeup, one corner of back ... Second corner of back ... Third corner of back ... Fourth corner of back ... Pin holes on back ... With a yardstick for scale.

Odd Fellows whimsy carvingThis is a rare and exceptional Odd Fellows carving and whimsey. It is very detailed. Everything is carved from one piece of wood; the whimsey portion being the 3 interlocking rings and the moveable hanging lock. The carving includes hands holding each end of the rings. The piece is then further decorated with chip carving, incising, and relief carving. Some of the wood is unfinished and oxidized from age while the surface of some of the other areas has a light gold paint. The piece is 15 1/2" long by approximately 2" in diameter. It is in excellent condition, and dates from the early 1900's. The price is $2250.00. Inventory Code: CRCT.   Odd Fellows whimsy carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... From below ... Another view from below ... Sixth view ... Side view ... The other side ... One end ... The other end ... Closeup, one hand ... Closeup, the other hand ... Closeup of center ... One hand from below ... The other hand from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved fish on a stringerThis is a very rustic stringer of five hand carved fish. They are attached together to a chain; each with a large clasp. The fish are carved partially to exposed wood with the rest having the bark left attached. They range in size from about 8 1/2" long by 1 1/2" high by 1" wide for the smallest, to about 13" long by 2" wide and high for the largest. They all have applied eyes and are finished with a light varnish. They were all found in the North Carolina Mountains and had been hanging in a collector's cabin for decoration for about 40 years. The fish were likely made around the 1940's, and are in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CRSO.   Carved fish on a stringer ... The other side ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Fourth closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Benny Carter birdhouseThis is a fairly large Benny Carter birdhouse. Done in the form of an apartment building, the house has 5 openings for birds, a shingled roof topped with 2 red chimneys, a porch roof - also shingled, and a porch with 2 vertical supports for its roof. On one side is written "John 3:16", while on the other is "Jesus Saves". On the back is "Love Your Mother". The birdhouse is in very good used condition with some appropriate wear from being outside. The paint is generally strong, however there is some loss and flaking on the chimneys and the bottom of the front porch. It is 39 1/2" high by 22" wide, by 9 1/2" deep. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CRAS.   Benny Carter birdhouse ... Another angle ... Third view ... Two side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup, from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clockThis is a Benny Carter Lady Liberty, Statue of Liberty clock. It is very well made, with good painting, decoration, and writing both on the front and back. The clock has 2 brass finials; hand carved, painted, and applied wooden rosettes; cut and applied smaller Lady Liberty pieces on the bottom support; 4 applied mirrors; wooden spool spacers; a hand painted "button" scene of New York; and a series of painted yellow cabs. Writing on the front includes his signature, and "Come up and see me sometime". On the back it is signed again, and is written "Carter Clock Co. Mayodan, N. C.", as well as the statement "Time is running out for the Slotin Nights people in the dark". The clock stands 54 1/2" high by 18" wide by 5" deep. It has a hanger on the back. Overall the piece is in excellent condition. However, at this time the clock does not run. It needs a pendulum and key to wind the mechanism. The age is unknown. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CRTH.   Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of smaller figures ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Closeup of clockwork ... Closeup, lower back ... Back view, from side ... Back, other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Bottle cap basketThis is a very good looking, nice size bottle cap basket. It has good form, color, and age. The caps are cork lined, and the surface has a nicely oxidized old muted gold. The piece is 11 1/4" high by about 12" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition and dates from about the 1930's or '40's. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRWK.   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Painting by Gloria PetyarreOrdered. (What this means.)
Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Tamerre Petyarre (1945 - 2021), an Australian Aboriginal painting. This is one of Gloria Petyarre's signature designs. The unstretched canvas is 20 1/2" by 17 1/4", while the image inside the black border is 16 1/2" by 13". It is in excellent condition. Right now there are a few wrinkles in the outer black area which should come out with stretching. It is signed but not dated. Inventory Code: CRWT.   Painting by Gloria Petyarre ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Biography and Exhibitions: The following information is taken from the from the Australian National Portrait Gallery and Kate Owen Gallery:
Gloria Tamerre Petyarre (b. 1945), an Anmatyerre woman from Aknangkere Country, near Alice Springs, is one of Australia's most acclaimed Aboriginal painters. She is probably the best-known Utopia artist after her late aunt, Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Petyarre first gained recognition for her batiks, exhibiting from 1977 with the Utopia Women's Silk Batik Group. Although she only began painting in acrylics on canvas in the late 1980s, since her first solo exhibition in 1991 she has had a dedicated following of public and private collectors in Australia and internationally. Using layers of tapering dots, dashes and swirling lines, her many paintings portray Awelye (women's ceremonies and body paint designs) and various Dreamings, including the Mountain Devil Lizard and her signature, Bush Medicine Leaves. Petyarre was awarded the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 1999 for one of her Leaves works, the first Aboriginal artist to receive this coveted award for landscape painting.

Apart from her Wynne Prize success, Gloria went on to be a finalist another four times. The most prestigious Indigenous art competition in this country, the 'Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award' has featured her artworks on many occasions, and her works are widely collected and commonly held in the finest Aboriginal Art Collections and Museums worldwide. You can read more about her biography and exhibitions by searching on Wikipedia. There you will also find pictures of the artist and links to others sites showing more about her.

Painting by Dolly Mills PetyarreThis is is an untitled Australian Aboriginal painting by Dolly Mills Petyarre (b. 1948). This unusual work is on unstretched canvas 27 3/4" by 27 1/2". The image inside the border is 24" by 24". It is in excellent condition with a few small paint drops in the black area outside the painted portion. It is signed but not dated. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CRWO.   Painting by Dolly Mills Petyarre ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Biography and Exhibitions: Dolly Mills Petyarre was born in 1948 at Arlparra on Utopia at Boundary Bore Outstation and her language group is Anmatyerre. She is widely recognised as one of Australias leading Aboriginal artists and has work in major Australian and international collections. Her works have featured in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award as a selected entrant. This is the premier art award in Australia and is very prestigious. She has also be a part of group and solo exhibitions all over Australia and internationally. She is a skilled colourist and her delicate multi-coloured renderings of her dreamings have an ethereal beauty.

The delicate patterning and subtle colours of Dolly's work depicts her country of Alhalkere situated in the Utopia region north east of Alice Springs. Among many other exhibitions, she participated in the Utopia, A Picture Story which included 88 silk batiks from Robert Holmes a Court collection. This confirmed the artistic credibility of the Utopian artists. The major subject of her work is in association with Yam Dreamings and Wild Tobacco. You can read more about her biography and exhibitions by searching on Wikipedia. There you will also find pictures of the artist and links to others sites showing more about her.

Duck decoyThis is a canvas duck decoy with detailed painted decoration and glass eyes. The decoy is about 15 1/2" long by 5 1/2" wide. It is about 6" high to the top of the head. This piece is in very good condition with normal wear from use. There is some minor dirt staining on the front and a small crimp in the tail. The decoration is detailed and attractive. Age is unknown but it is likely from about the 1950's. It includes what seems like the original heavy lead weight. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COHO.   Canvas duck decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of tail and weight ... Tail, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.


Featured Sales: For this update we are offering 3 different pieces as feature items.

Carved geeseA wonderful assemblage of a dozen carved geese. Each one is carved in a different position, and they are very lifelike and active with multicolored paint and an excellent surface. See the feature sales

Carved dogA very lifelike wood carving of a Great Dane dog. It is completely carved from one block of hard, close grained wood. The dog has a lot of personality. See the feature sales

Crocodile root carvingA wonderful root carving of a crocodile. It has an open mouth, with very finely carved feet, teeth and tongue. The spiky, curving shape of the root forms the length of its body. See the feature sales

Please visit the feature sale for full details and more photos.
 

Some previous "Most recent additions" still available:

Intricately carved frameThis is a large, amazingly intricate carved frame. On the lower border is carved "All Vanity", with a snake between the words. It is dated 1877 on the top, and elsewhere there are a heart, cross, apple, infinity sign, chain links, anchor, rope coils, the letters "A", "S", "H", "USD", and much more. The more you look the more you see. The back is signed "D W. Fox". There is no glass or mounting hardware, it is currently supported by a loop of fishing line. It measures 24 1/2" high by 21" wide by 3" deep, with an opening 19" by 14 3/4". There is a small, old break on the lower right, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $2995.00. Inventory Code: CRCH.   Intricately carved frame ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Upper half, from above ... Lower half, from above ... Closeup of "All Vanity" ... From below ... Inner border, from below ... Back view ... Closeup of top, from back ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Painted industrial pulleyHere are three colorful, large industrial cast iron pulleys with older working overpaint. They are in excellent condition, likely from the last quarter of the 20th c. They are mounted on contemporary metal display bases, priced individually below.

This pulley is painted dark maroon and teal. It is slightly different in form and seems somewhat older than the other two. It measures 17" high by 14 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COKA.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the body ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painted industrial pulleyThis pulley is painted dark blue and teal. It has two manufacturer's stickers that are partly missing. The size is 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COKP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painted industrial pulleyThis pulley is painted bright blue and pink. The paint seems more recent than the other two. It measures 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. There are two manufacturer's stickers that have been painted over. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CORP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... Closeup other side ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painting of American IndianThis is a portrait of an American Indian holding a gun. It is drawn in pastels and ink on heavy chipboard, with fine detail, unsigned. It is mounted under glass in a beautiful frame with deeply textured gesso in a pattern of bark, vines, and leaves, painted an old, oxidized gold. There is some very slight loss to the surface of the frame, visible in the closeup photos. The overall size of the frame is 26 1/2" high by 22 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The visible opening for the drawing is 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". The age appears to be from the first half of the 20th c., and the frame may be older. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: COKO.   Painting of American Indian ... Closeup, top half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... The other side ... Two more side views ... From above and below ... Closeup of frame ... Another closeup of frame ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting of Native AmericanThis is a portrait of a Native American man painted in oil or acrylic on heavy chipboard. There is a signature we cannot make out. The condition is excellent. It is mounted in a frame under glass. The overall size is 21 1/2" high by 17 1/2" wide by 3/4" deep, with a visible opening of 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". It is from the first half of the 20th c. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COKR.   Painting of Native American ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale

Benny Carter Bird MotelThis is a birdhouse by Benny Carter made from wood and found metal. The front has four openings, painted windows, door, and brick foundations, and is signed and labeled "Bird Motel". The dark red strip across the front top with prongs sticking up is metal. The top has a chimney, and says "Love Jesus". The back says "Love Mother", and the bottom is signed again. It is 26" wide by 12 1/2" high by 6 1/2" deep. The condition is very good with weathering and minor paint loss from outdoor use. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRAC.   Benny Carter Bird Motel ... Another angle ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Benny Carter Apple cutoutThis is a painted plywood cutout by Benny Carter. It is lettered with "You Are The Apple Of My Eye", "New York City", and "I Love New York", and signed in the lower right. There are two eyebolts and a wire on the back for hanging. The size is 25 1/2" high by 20 1/4" wide by 1/2" thick, and the condition is excellent. The price is $315.00. Inventory Code: CRTC.   Benny Carter Apple cutout, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back view.

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