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salmon paintings

Pair of Salmon Paintings
These watercolors depict the beautiful shape, colors, and dimorphic forms of breeding Atlantic salmon. Handwriting below the top salmon says "Atlantic Salmon Breeding Female Penobscot River, ME" and the caption below the bottom salmon says "Atlantic Salmon Breeding Male." These were painted by an accomplished artist who was astutely observant of salmon's physical characteristics. Newly rematted in acid free matboard, and housed in an antique gilt-lined frame.
Circa 1890
Frame: 24.5" w, 20.5" h
Each painting: 16" w, 5.75" h

What's to love: The accurately portrayed fierceness of the breeding male's hooked lower jaw.


twin gables sign

Early Cottage or Inn Sign

The double-shadowed, black and gray lettering on this sign is among the best we've seen. "Twin Gables" is painted on metal that is nailed to a wooden frame with tight spacing all around. It probably hung beneath the eaves of a house, sized to be seen from a distance, so it was likely the name of a lodging establishment. The long, narrow dimensions make it suitable for hanging indoors above a doorway, or higher in a room with a cathedral ceiling. Ex personal collection of Bert Savage.
Circa 1910
10’ w, 16.25” h

What's to love: House names that highlight their most distinctive architectural feature.


trout tray

Trout Serving Tray

A taxidermy brook trout chasing a fly on a line is attached to an air-brushed aluminum base and framed by a mask-shaped piece of wood. The sides, edges, and handles of the tray are also aluminum. It is stamped by the maker on the bottom: E. W. Seiler, E. Sebago, Maine.
Circa 1950
20" w, 12" d, 1.5" h

What's to love: Such a clever creation by a taxidermist in the Sebago Lake region, one of Maine's summer tourist hubs.


turtle carving

Carved and Painted Turtle
A folk art rendition of a turtle, with incised shell plates and attached legs, tail, and head. The red eye and painted mouth add a bit of personality.
Circa 1940
9" l, 5" w, 1.25" h

What's to love: What's not to love about having a turtle around the house?


gull carving

Herring Gull Carving

This is an incredibly graceful carving of a herring gull with open wings, poised to take off or just landing. The thin, curved wings are masterfully painted in a stylized manner to evoke feathers. There is light crazing to the old, dry paint surface. The bird's metal legs attach it to the driftwood base, and two carved feet are applied directly to the base.
Circa 1940
31" w, 11" d, 16" h

What's to love
: This captures not only the gull's streamlined form, but also its handsome gray and white coloration.


yellow birch stand

Yellow Birch Side Table

Although we seldom acquire contemporary rustic furniture, this yellow birch piece from the 1980s is well made, very solid (with a thick walnut top), and attractive. It is also a great size for a side table, and has a functional lower shelf.
26" w, 19.5" d, 24" h

What's to love
: One never tires of the natural golden sheen of yellow birch.


tramp art lamp

Tramp Art Table Lamp

This folk art lamp is shaped from layers of notch-carved wood. The central hearts are 8-layers deep, and the rest of the lamp is also covered in geometric shapes formed by multiple notched layers. It has been rewired and has a new shade.
Circa 1920
7" square base, 33" h (20" diameter shade)

What's to love: This was likely a gift from a tramp art hobbyist to his true love (i.e., a wife that tolerated the obsessive hours he spent in a workshop carving notches!).


moose carving

Stately Moose Carving
This moose, from its antlers to its base, is carved from a single basswood log. It stands majestically on a slope, which is a signature posture for the moose carvings created by Ottawa River Valley folk artist Albert Demers, whose animal carvings purportedly graced the rustic lodges of Al Capone and Cary Grant.
Circa 1940
11" diameter base, 21.5" h

What's to love
: Transforming a log cylinder into a finely detailed moose sculpture would require considerable skill.


eggs sign

Farm Stand Sign
This homemade, black & white "Fresh Eggs" sign is double-sided, with one side more weathered than the other. It is painted on a tapered board, perhaps an old clapboard that was kicking around the farm.
36” w, 11.25” h

What's to love: Its pure country simplicity.


hickory hall tree

Rustic Hickory Coat Tree
Hickory coat trees were made in a variety of styles, but this compact form is one of our favorites. The top is turned to mimic an applied finial, and the base has bent legs, curved stretchers, and two decorative turned rings. It is an uncommon form made by Rustic Hickory Furniture Company of LaPorte, Indiana.
Circa 1920
23" diameter base, 63" h

What's to love: It is super sturdy without an inordinate amount of leg splay.


fish prints

Pair of Embossed Lithographs

Each of these framed lithographs features a stringer of three fish hanging against spruce boughs and sedges. The prints are embossed, which gives the fish texture and dimensionality. They are in their original oak frames (minor losses to the gold beading along the outer edge).
Circa 1900
Each: 15.5" w, 19.5" h

What's to love: The little embossed fly-on-the-wall in each portrait.


birch bark canoe sign

Birch Bark Canoe with Paddler
These figures of a birch bark canoe and a Native American paddler have appealing paint decoration with a slightly aged-crazed surface. Both shapes are cut from 1/4" beaverboard, with the canoe then attached to a solid 3/4" board to comprise a sturdy wall hanging. It was perhaps made as a sporting goods outfitter's trade sign, or for a lodge or summer camp. It has a few chips and dings, but is in great condition overall. Its substantial size gives it a dramatic, but not overwhelming presence - it would look fabulous hanging over a large fireplace, for instance.
Circa 1950
54" w, 28" h

What's to love: The painted faux birch bark lenticels and stylized tarred seams successfully convey the essence of a birch bark canoe's exterior.


fish andirons

Trout Andirons
A pair of rising trout form the figural fronts of these cast iron andirons. They retain their original painted surface (some rust and wear) which will add light and color to a firebox even when it's not in use.
Circa 1920-40
Each: 8.5" w, 16.5" d, 13" h

What's to love: The trout truly look like they're about to capture a fly (but no telling if it is camouflaging a hook).


birch bark frame

Birch Bark Picture Frame
Penobscot Indians made frames from birch bark to sell to rusticators and local homeowners in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Horseshoe-shaped frames are less common than rectangular forms, and this one has all of its sweet grass edging intact. The back has a wire easel and a slot for inserting a new picture behind the glass.
Circa 1890
6.25" h, 5" w (opening size: 2.5" w, 3" h)

What's to love: The decorative appeal of aged birch bark surrounding a treasured photo.

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