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Lot 615: Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle Lot 615: Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle

Andrew Clemens (American, 1857-1894) patriotic sand art bottle, dated 1889. Glass bottle with round flat-top stopper and a tall cylindrical body filled with multicolored, layered sand in decorative stripe, swag and diamond patterns, one side with vignette of a spread-winged eagle a 36-star American flag, the alternate side with a detailed floral vignette including forget-me-nots, rose and pansy, enclosing a date of 1889. Height 6 5/8". Provenance: the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee, by descent in his family to current consignor. Note: Andrew Clemens was born in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1857 and later moved to the town of MacGregor. At the age of five, he contracted an illness (possibly encephalitis) which caused him to become deaf and mute. He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf. As an adult, he began working with sand from the naturally colored sandstone in the Pictured Rocks area of Iowa to form detailed pictures in glass bottles. Clemens created his designs using self-made tools including "brushes" of tiny hickory twigs; no glue was used. The bottles were well received by the public – particularly riverboat travelers to MacGregor, seeking souvenirs – and he was able to earn a livelihood selling sand art bottles until his death in 1894 at the age of 37. While many were sold, few have remained intact over the years. (Source: the Des Moines Register). PRE-APPROVAL IS REQUIRED TO BID ON THIS LOT. PLEASE CONTACT CASE ANTIQUES, INC. AT THE KNOXVILLE GALLERY FOR DETAILS. 865-558-3033 or BID@CASEANTIQUES.COM. CONDITION: Stopper is original with 1/8″ chip and 2 short hairlines to edge (these do not extend through (stable)). [See more photos →]

$66,000.00
Lot 121: Clementine Hunter O/B, Picking Flowers or Uncle Tom's Cabin Clementine Hunter O/B, Picking Flowers or Uncle Tom's Cabin Lot 121: Clementine Hunter O/B, Picking Flowers or Uncle Tom's Cabin

Clementine Reuben Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1988) early oil on canvasboard folk art farm scene titled "Picking Flowers", variant of her common theme, Uncle Tom's Cabin, circa 1960s. Painting depicts a man with white beard, "Uncle Tom," and young "Eliza" in a bright yellow dress with red hair ribbons, tending to and picking flowers around the base of a birdhouse on pole foreground; large white goose and vegetable garden lower left; "Simon Legree" with whip and dogs upper left; cabin lower right background, blackbirds flying above right. Monogram signature lower right. Labels en verso for Knoke Gallery (Atlanta, GA); canvas is also stamped "F.L. (Doc) Spellmon, Artist, Black Art Studio Ltd. San Antonio TX" with hand inscription "(Collection) T.O. see file Wilford Healy from Louisiana." Housed in a carved dark wood frame with gilt painted wood liner. Sight – 17 1/2" H x 23 3/8" W. Framed – 23 1/2" H x 29 1/4" W. Note: we wish to thank Thomas Whitehead for confirming the authenticity of this painting. Provenance: Private Southern Collection, ex-Knoke Galleries, Atlanta. Biography: A self-taught artist, Clementine Hunter created bright, whimsical folk paintings depicting life in and around the Melrose cotton plantation where she lived and worked, near Natchitoches, Louisiana. She did not start painting until her 50s. She used whatever surfaces she could find, and, working from memory, recorded everyday life, from work in the cotton fields to baptisms and funerals. She rendered her figures, usually black, in expressionless profile and disregarded formal perspective and scale. Though she first exhibited in 1949, Hunter did not garner public attention until the 1970s when both the Museum of American Folk Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibited her paintings. Even with such success, Hunter chose to stay in Louisiana, working at Melrose Plantation until 1970 when she moved to a small trailer a few miles away on an unmarked road. (source: The National Museum of Women in the Arts). CONDITION: Painting in overall very good condition. Wood frame with minor general wear. [See more photos →]

$8,400.00
Lot 101: Southern Folk Art Portrait of a Girl Southern Folk Art Portrait of a Girl Lot 101: Southern Folk Art Portrait of a Girl

Oil on canvas folk art portrait of a dark haired girl, believed to be Annie Eliza Tomkins Harrison of Sumner County, Tennessee (b. 1831-d. 1878). The subject is depicted wearing a green high waisted dress with pouf sleeves and gold locket around her neck, and is posed slightly turned to her left, with her left arm resting on a table and a book. Housed in a simple cove molded gilt wood frame. Sight – 24 1/2" H x 20 1/2" W. Framed – 28 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W. Circa 1845. Provenance: descended in the Tomkins family of Sumner County, Tennessee family to present consignor. Eliza Tomkins, also spelled Tompkins in some references, was the daughter of Mary Henderson Madden Tomkins (1811-1846) and John Randolph Augustus Tomkins (1800-1879), a prominent landowner, militia captain, merchant and civic leader. Mr. Tomkins was also a trustee of the Sumner Female Academy. Eliza was the couple's only daughter and seems to have lived in Sumner County all her life. She married W.A. Harrison, a Presbyterian minister in Gallatin. The portrait descended to the consignor through one of Eliza's four brothers, Dr. William R. Tomkins (1837-1887). The artist is unknown and may have been an itinerant painter passing through the area. CONDITION: Original canvas with light to moderate craquelure and stretcher creases. See black light image: significant inpainting and overpainting to left side sleeve and arm as well as girl's face and neck. Patterned marking above book on sitter's right evident with black light. Professionally cleaned. [See more photos →]

$5,040.00
Lot 300: Attr. Ralph Cahoon, Folk Art Sailor Painting Attr. Ralph Cahoon, Folk Art Sailor Painting Lot 300: Attr. Ralph Cahoon, Folk Art Sailor Painting

Attributed to Ralph Eugene Cahoon (American, 1910-1982), gouache, pencil and possibly oil folk art painting on board, possibly a study, depicting whalers in two rowboats attempting to harpoon a whale with water being expelled from its blowhole; a whaling vessel sails near the shoreline in the background. Signed lower right "R. Cahoon". Pencil inscription en verso reading "To our Fran (sic?) Brad from Ralph C__ & Martha Ives" along with illegible numbers. Housed in a simple carved wood frame with wood liner. Sight – 22" H x 29 1/2" W. Framed – 26" H x 34" W. Circa late 1950s. Provenance: found in the Minnesota estate of American art collectors, who acquired it in the Northeast. Biography: Ralph Cahoon was born in Cape Cod and enjoyed a lifetime love of sailing and painting maritime scenes. He studied fine and graphic art at Boston's School of Practical Art. After marrying his wife Martha Farnham Cahoon (1905-1999), the couple made a name for themselves restoring, paint-decorating and selling antique furniture. They eventually transitioned to easel painting, first using plywood and later, masonite. Their individual styles were very similar, primarily pastel in tone, using greens, soft pinks, grays, and browns, with no attempt to use light or shade to create a third dimension. Mermaids became a hallmark of Ralph's style in the 1960s. Source: Michael David Zellman," 300 Years of American Art." CONDITION: Overall light grime to painting. Some toning and staining en verso. [See more photos →]

$4,864.00
Lot 126: Helen LaFrance O/C, Children Sleeping Helen LaFrance O/C, Children Sleeping Lot 126: Helen LaFrance O/C, Children Sleeping

Helen LaFrance (Kentucky, b. 1919) oil on canvas painting depicting the interior of a bedroom in an African American home, with vivid floral wall paper and two large and colorful quilt-covered beds, one containing three boys, awake and the other containing two girls, asleep; a woman, presumably their mother, is visible ironing clothes through a doorway to the left, and a kitchen with an old fashioned oven can be seen through a doorway to the right. Signed lower right and housed in a simple wood frame. Sight – 17 1/2" H x 35 1/2" W. Framed – 21" H x 38 5/8" W. American, late 20th century. Biography: Self-taught African American artist Helen LaFrance was born on a Kentucky farm and began painting in her 40s. She is known for her "memory paintings", drawn from her recollections of life growing up in the rural South. Several museums and private collectors, including Oprah Winfrey, own examples of her work. Now 100 years old, she resides in a Kentucky nursing home. (source: "Helen LaFrance Folk Art Memories" by Kathy Moses). Alternate spelling: Helen La France. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$4,608.00
Lot 125: Thornton Dial Folk Art Watercolor, Toll Bridge Thornton Dial Folk Art Watercolor, Toll Bridge Lot 125: Thornton Dial Folk Art Watercolor, Toll Bridge

Thornton Dial (Alabama, 1928-2016) folk art mixed media on paper painting (charcoal, graphite, vinyl paint, watercolor and colored pencils on paper), titled "Toll Bridge" depicting faces on both sides of a diaphanous, abstract bridge over bright blue water, with a small tiger figure in center of bridge. Signed with initials "TD" lower right. Handwritten note reading "Toll Bridge:/If you got to cross the waters,/you got to pay the toll./1992" attached en verso. Float mounted and matted under glass in a silvered molded frame with gadroon carving. Sight – 29 1/2" H x 41 31/2" W. Framed – 40" H x 52" W. American, late 20th century. Illustrated, "Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger", New Line Books, 2003, page 151. Biography: Thornton Dial Sr. was born into poverty in a rural town in West Alabama. Sometimes known as "Buck" Dial, he became a "jack-of-all-trades", doing mainly iron work and cement work to support himself and his family, while creating assemblages on the side from castoff materials. Fellow self taught artist, Lonnie Holley, brought Dial's work to the attention of art world in 1987 by introducing him to collector Bill Arnett. Arnett championed Dial's works and facilitated his involvement in museum shows, where his two and three-dimensional works began drawing comparisons to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. In 1993, "Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger" became the artist's first major solo museum exhibition of the 65-year-old African American painter. Organized by guest curator, Thomas McEvilley, this exhibition was presented at the Museum of American Folk Art and The New Museum. In the fall of 2005, the Houston Fine Arts Museum hosted a show, "Thornton Dial in the 21st Century". Dial's works have been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, the de Young Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2014. (source: The New York Times obituary, Jan. 26, 2016 and The Souls Grown Deep Foundation). Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with waviness to paper. Not examined outside of frame. [See more photos →]

$4,560.00
Lot 388: Clementine Hunter, Wash Day Clementine Hunter, Wash Day Lot 388: Clementine Hunter, Wash Day

Clementine Reuben Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1988) oil on canvasboard folk art painting titled "Wash Day" depicting a figure seated in a chair, presumably doing laundry against a brighty colored abstract background, rendered in impasto style. Monogram signature lower right. Pencil inscription en verso with artist's name, title, and date "12/7/85" with "age 99". Additional date of Feb. 1986 inscribed in marker along with B-223. Housed in a wooden frame. Sight – 13 1/2" H x 17 1/2" W. Framed – 16 1/4" H x 20 1/4" W. Note: we wish to thank Thomas Whitehead for confirming the authenticity of this painting. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$3,120.00
Lot 124: Clementine Hunter O/B Nativity Scene, Children with Flowers Clementine Hunter O/B Nativity Scene, Children with Flowers Lot 124: Clementine Hunter O/B Nativity Scene, Children with Flowers

Clementine Reuben Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1988) oil on canvasboard folk art painting, Southern "Nativity" or "Mary with Child" scene, depicting with young girls in brightly colored dresses bringing flower bouquets to Mary and child Jesus, seated under a tree; house in the background and thin band of sky at top, over a light pink background. Monogram signature lower right. Housed in a molded wood frame with linen matte. Sight – 13 1/2" H x 17 1/4" W. Framed – 17 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. American, circa 1980. Note: we wish to thank Thomas Whitehead for confirming the authenticity of this painting. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Some minor flaking upper left corner, abrasions lower right corner. Frame with scattered abrasions and wear. [See more photos →]

$2,560.00
Lot 387: Clementine Hunter painting, Bouquet of Flowers Clementine Hunter painting, Bouquet of Flowers Lot 387: Clementine Hunter painting, Bouquet of Flowers

Clementine Reuben Hunter (Louisiana, 1886-1988) oil on canvasboard folk art painting depicting a bouquet of flowers against a bright yellow backdrop with flat grey sky at top. Monogram signature lower right. Inscribed "Black Jesus" and "D-225" en verso and dated Feb-Mar 1985. Note: we wish to thank Thomas Whitehead for confirming the authenticity of this painting. Sight – 13 1/4" H x 10 1/4" W. Framed – 17 1/4" H x 14 3/8" W. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Painting overall good condition with a few areas of minor wear, frame with scattered abrasions and wear. [See more photos →]

$2,048.00
Lot 191: Gilt Eagle Weathervane w/ Stand Gilt Eagle Weathervane w/ Stand Lot 191: Gilt Eagle Weathervane w/ Stand

American molded gilt metal, likely copper, eagle weathervane with outstretched wings poised on a ball, mounted onto a cast iron decorative stand. Eagle makes a complete rotation on base and is removable. 22" total H x 21" W x 13 1/2" D. Late 19th century. Provenance: The estate of James (Jimmy) Neely, Smyrna, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition with expected wear and oxidation to surface. No obvious repairs or defects. [See more photos →]

$1,664.00
Lot 385: 16 TN & Southern Baskets, inc. 15 miniatures 16 TN & Southern Baskets, inc. 15 miniatures Lot 385: 16 TN & Southern Baskets, inc. 15 miniatures

Assembled grouping of Tennessee and Southern split oak baskets, some contemporary including one (1) buttocks basket attributed to Nelda Joan Merritt (Woodbury, TN); one (1) miniature buttocks basket by Ken & Kathleen Dalton (Coker Creek, TN) with the original tag; two (2) miniature buttocks baskets by Alvin & Trevle Wood (Murfreesboro, TN); a set of four (4) graduated miniature buttocks baskets; a group of seven (7) assorted miniature buttocks and carrying baskets and one (1) miniature coiled pine needle and twine basket. Large basket – 8″ H x 8 1/2″ D x 9 1/4″ W. Miniatures range in size from 1 1/4″ H to 3 1/4″ H. All baskets 20th century. Those listed with maker’s names, last quarter of the 20th century. Provenance: Nancy Walton Collection, Gatlinburg, TN. CONDITION: All baskets overall very good condition. A couple with light stains, uneven patina. [See more photos →]

$1,664.00
Lot 406: Pair Gilt-Embellished Watercolor Theorems, c. 1850 Pair Gilt-Embellished Watercolor Theorems, c. 1850 Lot 406: Pair Gilt-Embellished Watercolor Theorems, c. 1850

Pair of New England gilt-embellished theorems, watercolor and gouache paintings of flower arrangements in urns with applied gold leaf. Unsigned. Housed in burlwood frames with gilt rabbet edges. Sight – 9-7/8" x 7-1/2". Framed – 15-1/8" x 12-7/8". American, circa 1840-1850. CONDITION: Very good condition. Area of discoloration to paper at left center edge of one image and at right edge of upper leaf depiction of other image. Not examined out of frame. [See more photos →]

$1,664.00
Lot 287: East TN L & N Train Depot O/C Painting East TN L & N Train Depot O/C Painting Lot 287: East TN L & N Train Depot O/C Painting

Folk art panoramic oil on canvas painting by Francis Patterson (American, 20th century) depicting the Louisville & Nashville Train Depot in Etowah, Tennessee. Features the Victorian L & N railway station with a red L & N train to the right and a dog walking toward the station foreground and a female figure in a bright green dress and hat and male figure standing outside of the station. Signed lower right FRANCIS PATTERSON and titled L & N DEPOT ETOWAH, TENN. Housed in the original wood frame. Sight – 21 3/4" H x 43 3/4" W. Framed – 25 1/8" H x 47 1/8" W. Early 20th century. Provenance: Painting was given by the artist Francis Patterson to her friend Agnes Young. Note: The Victorian style Louisville & Nashville Depot in Etowah, Tennessee was constructed in 1906. The structure now serves as a railroad museum. CONDITION: Canvas overall very good condition, light general grime. [See more photos →]

$1,560.00
Lot 91: 4 Framed Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos 4 Framed Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos Lot 91: 4 Framed Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos

Group of four (4) early 20th century Mexican religious painted folk art retablos, all painted on tin and float mounted onto a painted wood backing, three housed in gilt wood frames and one housed in a black wood frame. One is titled "The Powerful Hand" and depicts the nailed hand of Christ to the center, one depicts a healing scene of a child and Our Lady of Talpa, one depicts a weeping female saint, and one depicts The Trinity, floating in heaven with angels to the corners above. Ranging is size framed: 16 3/4" H x 13" W to 18" H x 14" W. CONDITION: All with minor wear and oxidation. A couple retablos secured to board with pins with slight shifting in the frames. [See more photos →]

$1,536.00
Lot 640: Roy Pace Folk Art Nativity Scene Roy Pace Folk Art Nativity Scene Lot 640: Roy Pace Folk Art Nativity Scene

Roy Pace (Tennessee, 1911-2011) hand carved and painted Nativity Set depicting the Holy Family in a manger, surrounded by three wisemen, a shepherd, and animals including camels, cow, donkey and sheep. All figures are attached to a wooden base. Signed and dated "Roy Pace 1989" at rear of base. 13 1/2" H x 31" W x 12 1/2" D. Late 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. Note: Pace made Nativity sets with attached figures for only one year; subsequent sets featured separate figures. All are scarce. CONDITION: Overall excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$1,440.00
Lot 602: 7 Southern Wax Folk Art Figures, attrib. to Vargas 7 Southern Wax Folk Art Figures, attrib. to Vargas Lot 602: 7 Southern Wax Folk Art Figures, attrib. to Vargas

Grouping of seven (7) Southern African American wax folk art figures, made by the Francisco Vargas family of New Orleans, known for their waxwork figures, circa 1900. All figures having finely carved details with handmade clothing and mounted onto wood stands. Figures include a man with sack of cotton on his back (right arm damaged), a female with market basket holding a list and standing next to a bale of hay , a female figure holding fish in left hand (right hand broken), a standing female figure with outstretched right arm (damage to right hand), a young girl with sack of cotton on her back (damage to left arm), a young girl seated with basket of produce in her lap (damage to both arms, missing bale hale seat), and a young boy shown standing and holding a corn stalk in his right hand (missing object at left foot). All child figures and female figure standing next to bale stamped on the base "Genuine Vargas/New Orleans, LA". Ranging is size from 4 3/8" H to 7" H. All Circa 1900. Provenance: The Estate of Mrs. Frank Wood, Evansville, Indiana and Dickson, Tennessee. CONDITION: See description above. All figures with wear and grime. [See more photos →]

$1,216.00
Lot 653: Large Mid-Atlantic Burlwood Bowl Large Mid-Atlantic Burlwood Bowl Lot 653: Large Mid-Atlantic Burlwood Bowl

Large 19th century American ash burlwood bowl with half round carved rim edge. Mid Atlantic or possibly Pennsylvania. 5 1/2" H x 16 1/4" dia. CONDITION: General wear with dry surface. Minor losses to rim with a couple areas of wood separation at rim, largest 1 1/4". [See more photos →]

$1,200.00
Lot 305: 3 Himalayan Carved Masks 3 Himalayan Carved Masks Lot 305: 3 Himalayan Carved Masks

Three (3) Himalayan Masks, carved and painted wood, including male and female ceremonial masks and a Rakshasa mask with gaping mouth. All India or Nepal, late 18th to early 19th century. Provenance: Originally purchased at Sotheby's sale of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, March 26, 1998. Provenance: Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville, Tennessee CONDITION: Male ceremonial mask with vertical split and old metal repairs; long vertical split to Nobleman mask. All masks exhibit wear, abrasions, and small losses and shrinkage splits. [See more photos →]

$1,152.00
Lot 603: 19th c. Pair Scrimshaw Folk Art Carvings 19th c. Pair Scrimshaw Folk Art Carvings Lot 603: 19th c. Pair Scrimshaw Folk Art Carvings

19th century pair of folk art carved scrimshaw sperm whale teeth, one with engraved decoration depicting a man and woman with outstretched arms, the woman with a wreath in one hand and a banner above reading LOVE and the other tooth with engraved decoration depicting a woman and a masted ship. Both measure 4 3/4" L. American, first half of 19th century. CONDITION: Horn with man and woman with hairline to base, approx. 7/8" long. The other carvng with old chip to base. Both with old patina and general wear. [See more photos →]

$1,020.00
Lot 123: 4 19th Cent. Burl & Treenware Items 4 19th Cent. Burl & Treenware Items Lot 123: 4 19th Cent. Burl & Treenware Items

Group of four (4) 19th century treenware items including a large figured burl wood dough bowl; tiger maple scoop; figured burl wood turned bowl with wood top and a carved maple butter mold with carved eagle and shield design. Ranging in size from 3 1/2" H to 5" H x 19" W x 15 3/4" D. Provenance: Nancy Walton Collection, Gatlinburg, TN. CONDITION: All pieces with general wear commensurate with age and use. Hairline to one side of small lidded bowl. Dough bowl with cracks to interior center. [See more photos →]

$1,020.00
Lot 122: Collection of 12 Wood Boxes, incl. Shaker Collection of 12 Wood Boxes, incl. Shaker Lot 122: Collection of 12 Wood Boxes, incl. Shaker

Assembled collection of twelve (12) wood boxes, including five (5) graduated oval Shaker style boxes – each with two fingers fastened with nails; two (2) miniature pill boxes with one retaining the original "Ayer's Pills" label; one (1) folk art box with a brass bail handle, mother of pearl heart and diamond inlay and the initials I & I; one (1) pipe box with a beveled and sliding lid; one (1) small hinged tobacco box with carved figural lid; one (1) longer pipe box with sliding lid; and one (1) hanging wall box with dovetailed sides and a shaped back. Ranging in size from 3/4" H to 5 3/8" H x 11 5/8" W x 7 5/8" D. Late 19th century/early 20th century. Provenance: Nancy Walton Collection, Gatlinburg, TN. CONDITION: One shaker box with damage to base and one side, label to one small pill box absent. Remaining boxes with overall general use wear. [See more photos →]

$960.00
Lot 634: Black Americana Dancing Automaton Black Americana Dancing Automaton Lot 634: Black Americana Dancing Automaton

Folk Art clockwork dancing automaton comprised of two (2) articulated and painted wooden African American female figures, mounted atop an oak box, the interior fitted with clockwork gears and one side with a decal of a young woman. Figures – 5 5/8" H, 9 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W x 3 1/2" D. American, 2nd half 19th century. CONDITION: Gears functional. Abrasions and wear to figures, wear and tear to clothing, Losses to decal. [See more photos →]

$900.00
Lot 651: Pair of American Weathervanes, incl. Horse & Cow Pair of American Weathervanes, incl. Horse & Cow Lot 651: Pair of American Weathervanes, incl. Horse & Cow

Two (2) American molded hollow sheet copper weathervanes, including one (1) in the shape of a horse and sulky and one (1) in the shape of a cow. Ranging in size from 15 1/2" H x 32 1/4" W x 11" D to 24 1/2" H x 30 1/4" W x 2" D. Early 20th century. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Sara Parks Pendleton, Owensboro, KY. CONDITION: Overall good condition with surface grime, verdigris to be expected from age and manner of use. Sulky wheels are stationary. [See more photos →]

$900.00
Lot 180: Large 19th Century Burl Wood Bowl, 14" Large 19th Century Burl Wood Bowl, 14" Lot 180: Large 19th Century Burl Wood Bowl, 14"

Large 19th century American ash burl wood bowl, turned with carved rim. Likely Mid-Atlantic or Northeastern. 14 1/2" dia. x 5 3/4" H. Provenance: The estate of James (Jimmy) Neely, Smyrna, TN. CONDITION: Nice old patina. General losses and wear to rim from use. [See more photos →]

$840.00
Lot 883: 4 Tiger Maple Benchmade Miniatures by Marion "Mac" Spencer 4 Tiger Maple Benchmade Miniatures by Marion "Mac" Spencer Lot 883: 4 Tiger Maple Benchmade Miniatures by Marion "Mac" Spencer

Group of four (4) Middle Tennessee benchmade miniature or dollhouse items, comprised of tiger maple primary and poplar secondary, including a sugar chest with pull out tray, an Empire style chest of drawers, a 2-drawer stand, and a one-drawer work table or stand, all with label or signature for the maker Marion "Mac" Spencer of Chapel Hill, TN. Ranging in size from 7" H x 6 1/8" W x 5 3/8" D to 9 7/8" H x 8 3/4" W x 4 5/8" D. 20th century. Note: All items were purchased in the early 1990's. Provenance: The estate of James (Jimmy) Neely, Smyrna, TN. CONDITION: All items overall good condition with light wear. [See more photos →]

$832.00
Lot 635: 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Painted Carvings 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Painted Carvings Lot 635: 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Painted Carvings

Two (2) Sulton Rogers (Mississippi, 1922-2003) carved and painted wood figures, including one depicting a woman wearing a low cut red dress and red high-heeled shoes; the other depicting a bald man wearing a black suit. Unsigned. 21 1/2" H and 16 1/4" H. 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Both with minor abrasions, a couple of areas of paint loss. Some scattered white spots on male figure. [See more photos →]

$832.00
Lot 382: 2 James Harold Jennings Folk Art Wood Carvings 2 James Harold Jennings Folk Art Wood Carvings Lot 382: 2 James Harold Jennings Folk Art Wood Carvings

Two (2) James Harold Jennings (North Carolina, 1931-1999) brightly painted and carved wood folk art items, including one (1) titled "The Big Boy Is No Match for the Girl Street Fighter", depicting a street fight between a man and woman, and one (1) comprised of various arranged shapes with the head of a mule in the center. Both signed en verso together with symbols depicting the sun, moon, and stars. Ranging in size from 14 3/4" H x 17 3/8" W to 13 3/4" H x 26 1/2" W. Both items 20th century. Provenance: Private Southern Collection. CONDITION: Both overall good condition with light wear. [See more photos →]

$768.00
Lot 384: Jimmy Lee Sudduth Self Portrait with Toto Jimmy Lee Sudduth Self Portrait with Toto Lot 384: Jimmy Lee Sudduth Self Portrait with Toto

Jimmie Lee Sudduth (Alabama, 1910-2007) mud and paint on board outsider art painting, a self portrait of the artist in overalls and railroad hat, standing on a patch of grass with dog Toto, against a white background surrounded by a brown border. Signed "Jim Suddth" top left and center. Hanging wire affixed en verso. 29 1/2" H x 18 5/8" W. Late 20th century. CONDITION: Overall good condition with natural age cracks to wood. [See more photos →]

$768.00
Lot 357: 2 Southern Folk Art Paintings incl. KY Ferry 2 Southern Folk Art Paintings incl. KY Ferry Lot 357: 2 Southern Folk Art Paintings incl. KY Ferry

Two (2) Southern Folk Art Paintings. 1st item: Attributed to Kentucky, watercolor on paper landscape painting of a man crossing a river on a ferry with his wagon and two horses. Scene is likely the Valley View ferry in the Fayette/Madison County, Kentucky area. Signed "Duncan" lower right. 18" x 10 1/3", unframed. Circa 1915. Ex-Tommy Sapp, Campbellsville, KY, acquired from a private Madison County, KY estate 1985. The Duncans were a prominent pioneer family in Madison County with several branches still present in the early 20th century. 2nd item: Southern folk art painting of a black man standing beside a bare tree between two cabins, set on a small hill. Signed "B. Shepherd" and dated "Sep. 15, '64" lower right. Narrow wood frame. 17 1/2" x 23" sight, 19" x 24 3/4" framed. CONDITION: 1st item: Toning throughout, minor foxing upper edge. 2nd item: Some yellowing to clouds, painting does not fit well in frame, overall good condition. [See more photos →]

$720.00
Lot 391: 5 Wooden Storage Boxes, incl. Painted Candle Box 5 Wooden Storage Boxes, incl. Painted Candle Box Lot 391: 5 Wooden Storage Boxes, incl. Painted Candle Box

Group of five (5) wooden storage boxes, all with dovetailed construction, including one (1) pine candle box with green paint and carved top, one (1) walnut and poplar document box with a partial hinged top and molded base, one (1) rectangular stained walnut and pine candlebox with fitted interior and illegible pencil inscription to underside of lid, one (1) walnut and poplar square box with partitioned interior and beveled sliding top, and one (1) small walnut match or keepsake box with sliding top. Ranging in size from 2 1/4" H x 5 1/8" L x 4" W to 3 1/4" H x 7" W x 14" L. All American, 19th century. Provenance: The estate of James (Jimmy) Neely, Smyrna, TN. CONDITION: All items with in good condition with expected wear. Painted box with scattered paint loss. 3rd box with old repair to top of one side. [See more photos →]

$704.00
Lot 84: 4 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos 4 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos Lot 84: 4 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos

Group of four (4) 20th century Mexican religious painted folk art retablos depicting Christ and/or Saints, all painted on tin, three with shaped tin and painted glass frames and one float mounted into a carved wood frame. Saints depicted include Santa Rita, the Virgin Mary with the Christ child, and Christ holding a small child. Ranging in size from 10" H x 6 3/4" W to 24 1/4" H x 16 1/2" W. All tin and tin framed retablos 19th century. Float mounted retablo 20th century. Provenance: The Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville/Cottontown, Tennessee. CONDITION: All with oxidation, bending and losses to paint. All tin framed retablos with losses and/or breaks to glass. Float mounted retablo with losses to lower right corner. Largest retablo frame detached to three sides. [See more photos →]

$704.00
Lot 325: Myrtice West Folk Art Painting, Why American? Myrtice West Folk Art Painting, Why American? Lot 325: Myrtice West Folk Art Painting, Why American?

Myrtice West (Alabama, 1923-2010) folk art oil on canvas painting titled "Why American?" depicting a crucified Christ standing against an American flag backdrop with various biblical messages throughout. Signed lower right "MWest" and housed in a blue painted wood frame with painted multi-color angel border. Sight – 29 1/4" H x 23" W. Framed – 33" H x 26 1/2" W. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$660.00
Lot 76: Assembled Group of 5 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos Assembled Group of 5 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos Lot 76: Assembled Group of 5 Ex-Voto Mexican Retablos

Grouping of five (5) 20th century Mexican religious painted folk art ex-voto retablos, including one (1) bus accident miracle, one (1) car accident miracle, and three (3) healing miracles. Four (4) framed and painted on tin, one (1) unframed and painted on board. Ranging in size from 10" H x 15" W to 18" H x 14" W. Provenance: The Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville/Cottontown, Tennessee. CONDITION: All with general wear and losses. A couple retablos secured to frame with pins with shifting in the frames. Loss to upper left corner of retablo on board. [See more photos →]

$640.00
Lot 324: Ronald Cooper Carved Folk Art Sculpture Ronald Cooper Carved Folk Art Sculpture Lot 324: Ronald Cooper Carved Folk Art Sculpture

Ronald Cooper (Kentucky, 1932-2012) painted wood folk art carved sculpture titled "He's Got You and Me Brother in His Hands", depicting Jesus with arms outstretched and each hand holding a male figure, one black and one white. Titled, signed and dated "Ronald Cooper copyright 97" lower right side. 23 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W x 4 3/4" D. American, late 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Figure's right arm slightly loose. Black paint residue between eyes and on right arm sleeve. [See more photos →]

$600.00
Lot 383: 19th Century Wood Artist Mannequin 19th Century Wood Artist Mannequin Lot 383: 19th Century Wood Artist Mannequin

19th century folk art wood artist lay figure or mannequin, modeled as a female with hand painted facial features, articulated head, arms and legs. Incised initials on back of head reading "L. S.". Wrought iron stand included. Torso – 31 3/4" H x 13" W x 6" D. Legs – 31 3/4" L. 63 1/2" total H. Provenance: Brad Swanson Collection, Abingdon, VA. CONDITION: Figure is missing hands and feet, possibly never fitted for them. Legs currently not attached and no evidence that they were permanently attached, legs fit into the lower torso. Figure articulates at the arm and leg joints. Old repaired break to lower front torso. Back of head with wear, not fully finished. General wear and abrasions to torso. Inconsistencies in patina to wood. [See more photos →]

$576.00
Lot 811: Folk Art Portrait of a Girl, poss. Southern Folk Art Portrait of a Girl, poss. Southern Lot 811: Folk Art Portrait of a Girl, poss. Southern

Folk art portrait of a girl, pencil and watercolor on paper. Subject is identified in pencil en verso as Margaret Adamson, age 6 3/4 or 7 years. She holds a small red book and stands in front of a door, partly visible behind a red drape background. Appears unsigned; not examined out of frame. Sight – 7" H x 5 3/8" W. Original wood panel frame – 10 1/2" H x 8 7/8" W. Second quarter 19th century. Provenance: Private Tennessee collection, purchased in the 1980s in Bowling Green, Kentucky. CONDITION: Fading and toning throughout; a half dozen tiny scratches/abrasions to paper on neck and face of subject. Frame has some minor wear, shrinkage and scratches; back panel has been cut and hinged to allow viewing of inscription en verso of paper. [See more photos →]

$576.00
Lot 304: 4 Himalayan Carved & Painted Ritual Masks 4 Himalayan Carved & Painted Ritual Masks Lot 304: 4 Himalayan Carved & Painted Ritual Masks

Four (4) Himalayan Masks, carved and painted wood, including nobleman, ogress, monkey, and Monpa. All India or Nepal, late 18th/early 19th century. Ranging in size from 9 1/2" H x 6" W to 13" H x 9 1/2" W. Provenance: Originally purchased at Sotheby's sale of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, March 26, 1998. Provenance: Estates of Olen Bryant and late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville, Tennessee. CONDITION: All masks exhibit wear, abrasions, and small losses and shrinkage splits. Monkey mask with losses to ear tips and insect damage. Monpa mask with metal staple repair to upper left side. Long vertical split to Nobleman mask. [See more photos →]

$570.00
Lot 333: Pr. George Williams Southern Carved Folk Art Figures Pr. George Williams Southern Carved Folk Art Figures Lot 333: Pr. George Williams Southern Carved Folk Art Figures

Pair of George Williams (Louisiana, b. 1911) Folk Art carved and painted figures of a man attired in a 1960s style black suit and woman attired in a bright red dress, possibly John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. Signed on the base of the feet "G. W.". Male – 27 3/4" H. Female – 23 3/4" H. Both 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Both pieces overall very good condition with general wear. [See more photos →]

$544.00
Lot 111: 3 Folk Art Works 3 Folk Art Works Lot 111: 3 Folk Art Works

Three (3) Folk Art works. 1st item: Sam Ezell (American/North Carolina, b. 1953) Southern folk art oil on canvas painting depicting a young Native American brave against a white backdrop, playing with a yo-yo and with the word "MOM" tattooed on his left arm. Signed lower right. Unframed. 24" H x 18" W. 2nd item: Brian Dowdall (American, 1948-2018) outsider art collage consisting of a brightly painted pizza parlor scene depicting faces and animals on cardboard pizza box with a figure cutting a pizza to the center, mounted onto a pink and glitter painted wooden background. 24" Square. 20th century. 3rd item: Sister Juanita Leonard (LA, 20th century) oil on plywood panel painting of colorful green chicken against bright yellow background. Signed "J Leonard" lower left center. 13 5/8" x 10 5/8" unframed. Southern, 20th century. CONDITION: 1st item: Some scattered rubbing to perimeter of canvas, otherwise overall good condition. 2nd item: Overall good condition. 3rd item: 5/8 inch diagonal break to lower left corner. [See more photos →]

$544.00
Lot 378: 26 Folk Art Animal Wood Carvings 26 Folk Art Animal Wood Carvings Lot 378: 26 Folk Art Animal Wood Carvings

Twenty-six (26) folk art wooden carvings of animals by artists including Braxton Ponder. 1st item: Braxton Ponder (Alabama, 1915-2001) painted wood carving depicting a red hound dog barking at a rotating raccoon in a tree. Signed "B. Ponder" underside of base. 18" H x 13" W x 3" D. 2nd item: Painted wood carving with glass bead elements depicting a brown hound dog gazing at a raccoon situated in a tree stump, affixed to a wooden base. Unsigned. 10 1/2" H x 11" W x 6 1/4" D. 3rd item: Painted wood carving depicting a donkey, with a movable wooden tail with metal lever to neck, affixed to a wooden base. Unsigned. 8 3/4" H x 10 1/2" W x 3 3/4" D. 4th item: Wooden carving of a stylized rooster with long, spindly legs that fit into corresponding holes in a naturalistic tree stump base. Signed "By Jerry W. Ayers" underside of base. 16 1/2" H x 4 3/4" dia. 5th item: Painted wood carving with glass bead elements depicting a pheasant,affixed to a wooden base with green felt to underside. Titled, signed and dated "Pheasant By M. Barter 1968" front edge of base. 5 3/4' H x 3 1/4" W x 6" D. 6th item: Wooden carving depicting a pheasant perched on a naturalistic base. Signed "G.B." right side of base. 6 1/8" H x 2 5/8" W x 4 1/2" D. 7th-26th items: Twenty (20) wooden animal carvings, some painted and some with glass bead elements, including sixteen (16) dogs, three (3) raccoons, and one (1) llama or alpaca. All unsigned. Ranging in size from 1 1/2" H x 1 5/8" W x 1 1/4" D to 2 1/2" H x 1 7/8" W x 8" D to 5 1/4" H x 1 1/2" W x 3 5/8" D. All items 20th century. CONDITION: Most items with wear, natural wood shrinkage, surface grime, areas of loss to paint. 3rd item: Right ear is broken away. 3 3/4" x 1/2" section of back is not present.7th-26th items: Two dogs with broken tail and right foot. [See more photos →]

$540.00
Lot 380: Adkins Folk Art Carved & Painted Pole Cat Adkins Folk Art Carved & Painted Pole Cat Lot 380: Adkins Folk Art Carved & Painted Pole Cat

Minnie & Greg Adkins Folk Art carved and painted polecat, painted in colors of yellow, brown, black and white. Signed on the underside of the belly "M. Adkins/Chester Adkins" and dated 1985 to underside of front paw. 14 1/2" H x 58" L x 4 1/2" W. 20th century. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$540.00
Lot 330: Gerald DePrie Christopher Columbus Drawing Gerald DePrie Christopher Columbus Drawing Lot 330: Gerald DePrie Christopher Columbus Drawing

Gerald "Creative" DePrie (Kentucky, 1935-1999) Southern folk art drawing on paper depicting Christopher Columbus on one of his ships, with various sea creatures depicted in the sea below. Signed "G. C. DePrie/Creative" lower right. Housed in a painted wood frame. Paper – 16" H x 19 3/4" W. Framed – 26 1/4" H x 30" W. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Minor abrasions to the frame, drawing excellent condition. [See more photos →]

$512.00
Lot 311: 3 Vannoy Streeter wire sculptures 3 Vannoy Streeter wire sculptures Lot 311: 3 Vannoy Streeter wire sculptures

Three (3) Vannoy Streeter (Tennessee, 1919-1998) wire sculptures. 1st item: Man on horse. Unsigned. 12" H x 5" W x 11 1/2" D. 2nd item: Man with guitar. Unsigned. 8 1/4" H x 8" W x 3" D. 3rd item: Man on horse. unsigned. 5 1/4" H x 3" W x 6 5/8" D. CONDITION: All pieces very good condition. [See more photos →]

$480.00
Lot 363: 5 East TN Split Oak Baskets 5 East TN Split Oak Baskets Lot 363: 5 East TN Split Oak Baskets

Group of five (5) East Tennessee split oak baskets including three (3) buttocks baskets, one (1) small rectangular basket with fixed handle and one (1) square form low basket. Ranging in size from 7 1/4" H x 9" W to 14 3/4" H x 14 1/4" L x 14" W. All 1st half 20th century. CONDITION: All with general use wear, slight losses and light grime. Largest basket with errant paint residue, square basket with residue to inside base, medium sized buttocks basket with paint residue to the handle. [See more photos →]

$480.00
Lot 315: Six Folk Art Carved Walking Sticks, inc. Hargis Six Folk Art Carved Walking Sticks, inc. Hargis Lot 315: Six Folk Art Carved Walking Sticks, inc. Hargis

Group of six (6) Southern folk art carved and painted walking sticks or canes. 1st-3rd items: Three carved and painted canes by Gary Hargis (Kentucky, 20th century) one painted and carved cane with painted male head finial, carved shaft, with biblical verse, signed and dated 1995, one red painted cane with animal finial titled "Homeless" with biblical verse, signed and dated 1993, and one animal head painted cane, signed and dated '95. 4th item: Naturalistic carved wood folk art cane with carved bird or eagle with spread wings to the mid- shaft and snake heads to the upper shaft, unsigned. 5th item: Carved and painted folk art cane with a full size black painted alligator to the shaft with smaller alligators carved beneath, signed "W. F. Hale". 6th item: Folk art carved and painted cane, with painted copperhead snake encircling the shaft. All sticks ranging in size from 34" L to 38" L. All 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: All overall very good condition with light general wear. [See more photos →]

$480.00
Lot 314: 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Carvings 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Carvings Lot 314: 2 Sultan Rogers Folk Art Carvings

Two (2) Sulton Rogers (Mississippi, 1922-2003) carved and painted wood figures, one depicting a male figure in a black suit with a pistol on his side and the other depicting a male figure with a grotesque face wearing a pink suit. Unsigned. 14" H and 11 3/4" H. 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Both with minor abrasions, a couple of areas of paint loss. Foot of taller figure broken and reglued. [See more photos →]

$450.00
Lot 390: 3 Cutting Boards incl. Bird's Eye Maple 3 Cutting Boards incl. Bird's Eye Maple Lot 390: 3 Cutting Boards incl. Bird's Eye Maple

Three (3) primitive wooden cutting boards, including one (1) comprised of tiger maple with nailed construction and applied cherry molding to three sides and two knob feet, and two (2) with breadboard ends. For the cutting boards with breadboard ends, one is comprised of poplar with joined construction and one is comprised of walnut with nailed construction. Ranging in size from 1" H x 20" W x 16 3/4" D to 2 3/4" H x 18 3/4" W x 12 1/4" D. All items late 19th/early 20th century.Provenance: The estate of James (Jimmy) Neely, Smyrna, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition with wear, natural wood shrinkage to be expected from age. [See more photos →]

$450.00
Lot 321: Mose Tolliver Folk Art Dog Painting Mose Tolliver Folk Art Dog Painting Lot 321: Mose Tolliver Folk Art Dog Painting

Mose Ernest Tolliver (Alabama, 1919-2006) house paint on wood panel painting depicting a panting black dog. Signed lower mid-margin "MSET". Housed in a rustic wood frame. Sight – 15 1/2" H x 23 1/4" W. Framed – 20 1/4" H x 27 3/4" W. 20th century. Provenance: The living estate of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition, general expected wear. [See more photos →]

$448.00
Lot 336: Carved Wimp Gibson Abraham Lincoln Figure Carved Wimp Gibson Abraham Lincoln Figure Lot 336: Carved Wimp Gibson Abraham Lincoln Figure

Winford Estill "Wimp" Gibson (Tennessee/Kentucky, 1944-1994) painted wood folk art carving depicting President Abraham Lincoln attired in a black suit with a top hat. Signed on the bottom of each foot. 19" H. 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$420.00
Lot 322: Mose Tolliver Bird Painting Mose Tolliver Bird Painting Lot 322: Mose Tolliver Bird Painting

Mose Ernest Tolliver (Alabama, 1919-2006) house paint on wood folk art panel painting depicting two colorful flying birds. Signed lower right "MOSET". 13 1/2" H x 16" W. Provenance: Private Nashville, TN collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition, natural fissures to wood panel. [See more photos →]

$330.00