Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Folk ArtStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Folk Art

Folk Art (82)

Folk Art Wood Hand
This deco wood hand was made as a sculpture but would serve equally well as a way to store or display finger rings. Including the triple tiered base, the sculpture is 14 1/4 inches tall. It is made of wood; circa 1920.
Handmade Metal Woven Basket; Circa 1900
Handmade lattice weave metal basket with beautiful patina. The basket measures 10 1/2 inches wide' 9 1/2 inches deep and 9 inches to the top of the handle. Condition is excellent. Probably made circa 1900.
Nut Head Figures in Church: Circa 1900
Eleven nut head figures are dressed in their Sunday best in this charming grouping. The faces are painted black with fabric hats and kerchiefs on some of their heads. Each doll is dressed differently with handmade clothing. Tallest of the group is the preacher in a top hat and holding the Holy Bible. He is 7 inches tall. A schoolboy is carrying his textbook. Mother in a fur stole and her daughter are dressed in wool ensembles. The smallest child is carrying her rag doll while another figure... Click for details
Pair of Metal Downspouts Dated 1847: New York
This pair of metal downspouts came from an estate in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Traces of paint show the date 1847 on the front of each. The downspouts have beautiful scalloped decoration on the front and sides in addition to three raised geometric elements of different shapes and a nice rolled rim. The pair shows evidence of having been outside for some 170 years. They are still very useful as decorative planters or sconces.
Pair of Dachshund Bootscrapers
These charming dachshund bootscrapers are a bit of a mystery. They are stamped with the name Kolacek and what I believe are the letters beocgrad, although I am not certain. They are also stamped 1982Had it not been for that, I would have thought them older. The pair of metal bootscrapers consists of one standing and one seated dog. Both are painted green with expected wear from having lived outdoors for nearly 30 years. They are a heavy metal with nice detail including nostrils and a tongue.... Click for details
Faux Finishing Paint Brushes
Nine faux finishing paint brushes are artfully mounted, so to speak, to create an interesting montage. Each of the brushes is different to create a specific effect. They are professionally mounted on a stretcher measuring 21 3/4" wide and 21 1/2" tall. The brushes are early 20th century.
Mid 19th Century Leather Shoes with Label
These are barely worn leather shoes made in the second quarter of the 19th century. They have a label from Rodney's Manufacturer at 17 North Third Street in Philadelphia. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, shoemaking was one of Philadelphia's leading industries. In the 1850's, shoes began to be made shaped for left and right feet. Prior to that time, they were known as "straights" and by wearing them, they molded to each foot. These shoes are "straights" and remain so as they were probably... Click for details
Patriotic Carved Folk Art Cane
This hand carved cane says the following" Proclaim liberty throughout all land unto all the inhabitants thereof 1776 Massachusetts New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia". The cane is carved of walnut and measures 35 inches in length and the top of the handle is 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Condition is excellent; probably made late 19th century; Virginia origin.
Black Cats: Circa 1920's; Pennsylvania
Could these two black cats be any cuter? On the left is a beanbag with printed facial features and paws. Eyes are buttons with a red ribbon neck bow. It is 7 inches in height; excellent condition. SOLD On the right is a homemade cat with an embroidered face and collar. The two paws are different. I believe the right is meant to be a streamlined version of a wrap around tail. It is 8 inches tall; excellent condition. Price is $140.
High Button Shoes Store Display; Circa 1890
Handmade high button shoes that were used for store display; circa 1890. The boots measure 17 1/2 inches tall and 17 1/2 inches from toe to heel. They are made of leather in delicate condition. They have a label inside that is difficult to read but is definitely from Los Angeles. It is difficult to understand the wear on the soles that looks as though they've been walked in. It is unimaginable that someone was large enough to wear them. The mystery adds to their charm.
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Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.

During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.

Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website, stellarubin.com


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