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 1/8â³ chip and 2 short hairlines to edge (these do not extend through (stable)).
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