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

Folk Art (82)

Appliqued and Embroidered Mantel Cover; Circa 1870; Pa.
A variety of flowers and a bird and butterfly adorn this unusual mantelpiece cover. The embroidery is all done in wool. Most of the applique is wool with a bit of velvet. It measures 70" long and 9" deep. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Homemade Steanroller Toy
Homemade steamroller toy made of heavy metals. The roof is corrugated metal and the steering wheel turns. Measures 12" tall and 16" long. Barn red paint; circa 1920. While mothers were making doll quilts for their children, a loving father may have created this miniature piece of farm equipment.
Child's Navajo Concho Belt: Circa 1950
Child's concho belt with holes allowing it to be worn between 30 and 33 inches. There are 15 oval silver conchos plus the buckle with a variety of motifs. This is most likely a trading post piece rather than ceremonial; made circa 1950; excellent condition. The conchos are 13/16" wide.
Walking Stick with Man's Head
Handcarved walking stick with the head of a man. He has a prominent nose and a chine much like Jay Leno. Eyes are nailheads. Well worn green paint to the head; the body of the cane natural color. The cane measures 33" tall. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Carved Cane Chronicling Life of Thomas Jefferson; Va.
Unique carved cane that chronicles the life and achievements of Thomas Jefferson. Among the carved words are "Thos. Jefferson of Va Born Apr 2,1743 Was President USA 1801 to 1809" and ""Wrote Declaration of Independence 1776 Founder of University Va 1819". Closest to the tip is written"Jeffersons Dying Words I resign my spirit to God My Daughter to my country". The carver also wrote "This cane was cut near Jeffersons' tomb Monticello Va." The cane measures 36 3/4" tall and has a metal tip. In... Click for details
Dog's Head Walking Stick
Handmade cane with the handle of a dog's face utilizing the natural contours of the wood. The face is painted dark green with metal eyes. The stick measures 36" tall. The widest part of the ears are 6 1/2". Found in Virginia; circa 1920.
Folk Art Gate in Form of a Face: Ca. 1920
One of a kind iron gate in the shape of an elongated face. It would be functional as a gate but would also be terrific hung indoors as a piece of outsider art. The movable earrings are an especially whimsical touch. One spike is missing from the hairdo but all else is intact. Measurements are 62" tall and 24" at the widest point. Found in Virginia.; circa 1920.
Amish Homemade Animal Toys
Two delightfully homemade Amish animals - the white cotton horse measures 12" long and 9 1/2" tall. He (or she) has wonderfully detailed tack; embroidered facial features and a braided tail. Dates to about 1950. Elephant - made of dark brown velvet with glass (?) bead eyes. The rubber ears are mostly broken off. Measurements are a11 1/4" from head to tail and 7 1/4" tall. Made circa 1930.
Basket of Flowers Doorstop: Circa 1920
Elongated Flower Basket doorstop dating to the 1920's. Made of heavy cast iron. Nice patina.
Painted Frame with Mirror; Circa 1900
Beautifully painted frame with red flowers that extend over the beveled glass mirror. An unusual feature of the frame are the painted gold three dimensional circles around the edge. The frame measures 22 3/4" square. There is a small piece missing from the upper right corner of the frame; everything else in very good condition.
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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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