These five country store bottles are appealing for their history as well as their shapes. The bottles contain their original merchandise. Two, with labels, contain Knox Sparkling Gelatin. The others have seeds, grains and beans. They range in height from 5 1/4" to 9 1/4".
Probably from the 1890's; excellent condition.
This wonderfully detailed and sculptural briefcase was made by mid 20th century designer, Don Shoemaker. Shoemaker was an American who worked in Morelia, Mexico from 1947 until his death in 1990. He has come to be known as the Nakashima of Mexico and this piece validates that honorific. Shoemaker made small objects as well as furniture, all combining various tropical woods. This briefcase is a sculpture as well as a functional piece. The handle and knobs as well as the three dimensional pattern... Click for details
This miniature blanket chest is charming in its homemade effort to be fancy. Bracket feet and reeding over them indicate the maker's desire to make more than a functional miniature chest. Original green paint; butt hinges. Very good condition. Measures 12 3/4" wide; 7" deep and 8" tall. Circa 1850.
This carved stone piece was likely made as a grave marker. Regardless of its original purpose, it is a wonderful sculpture. A different motif is carved on each side. It measures 4 1/2" tall; 4 3/4" wide and 3 1/2" deep. Condition is very good with s small area chipped out of the top rear a long time ago based upon the patina. Found in Pennsylvania.
Two carved ducks from the workshop of Los Castillo, Mexican silver designers. The atelier included a wood shop as wood was somtimes incorporated with metal jewelry and hollow ware. These ducks were made especially for the home of Antonio Castillo who was the last surviving brother to carry on the workshop. Made probably 1970's and were purchased directly from his collection.
Large duck measures 19" long and 10" tall. Unknown woods are heavy weight.
Skillfully carved bowl and pitcher on an Empire stand that is remarkable because it is all made of one piece of wood. Pitcher is attached to the table base. The bowl is free standing but is too large to fall off the table. Measures 5 3/4" tall and 2 5/8" wide. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.
Handmade foot stool on which is painted the biblical proverb "With All Thy Getting Get Understanding". Stool measures 8" tall; 14 1/4" wide and 7" deep. Nice cutouts on the canted legs. Good wear to the top of the stool. Circa 1900.
Stone carved face of a bearded man. Features are very convex with the exception of his eyes that are indented. Measures 7 1/2" tall. Difficult to determine age precisely but probably in the neighborhood of 100 years old.
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