Elegant alabaster bowl with sterling silver ornamentation by Emilia Castillo.
The bowl measures 14 inches in diameter. Five leaves, that I believe are philodendron, are folded over the rim. Irregularities in the color of the bowl are not cracks - they are natural to the stone. The piece is in excellent condition. Made circa 1990.
Modernist design ring of 14 karat gold with a rectangular aquamarine. The stone measures 7/16" x 5/16". It is set with four prongs on an asymmetrical gold band. Current ring size is 4 1/2. It can easily be made larger or smaller. Made in the 1960's.
Showing the Lone Star (aka Star of Bethlehem or Texas Star) on a blue ground gives the pattern more "oomph" than usual. All of the fabrics are printed with the exception of the red tips. The appliqued border is a nice, unusual feature. There are two light spots on the pink inner star. One corner shows edge wear about the size of a dime but all else is in excellent condition. Measurements are 18 inches square. Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1870.
The Melon Patch (aka Orange Peel) is done with a strong solid blue that enhances the positive/negative effect of the quilt. It is in excellent, unwashed condition. A variety of designs includes a cable pattern throughout the border. Measurements are 72 inches square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
This unusual Center Medallion would be described by most as a mother-daughter quilt. The center pieced and appliqued original design was done in the 1860's and the outer frames completed some twenty or thirty years later. The center is a quirky and original design surrounded by more traditional tulips. The red outer frames are done in a calico print from the late 19th century. The quilt has been professionally laundered. There is a little bit of popping to the red sawtooth border as shown inn... Click for details
What quilt could be more bright and cheerful? The choice of colors done all in solid fabrics makes for the most wonderful, mood elevating quilt. The use of the blue for the end strips creates an additional diagonal design that adds to the strong movement of the pattern.
Measurements are 69" x 77' Pennsylvania origin; circa 1930. Excellent condition.
This unusual country quilt combines both large and small LeMoyne Stars. The large ones repeat seven printed fabrics with a solid red and the small ones use the same two calico prints throughout. The stars are set on a tiny checked ground that "reads" as gray, a tone one does not often see.. Quilting is done with straight and diagonal lines. The quilt is in excellent, unwashed condition with two light spots in the border about the size of a pea.
Measurements are 76" x 84". Pennsylvania origin;... Click for details
Splashy Starburst quilt with many additional patterns.
The corners hold the pattern together while LeMoyne Stars dance around the perimeter. Half stars and two rows of triangles make for additional patterning with a wonderful finish of Bowtie corner blocks. The use of the same fabrics throughout make for a very unified whole.
Quilted with the same diamond pattern throughout; excellent condition. Measurements are 80 " square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880
The maker of this Sawtooth quilt chose an exceptionally rich, and unusual combination of fabrics. A variety of large and small floral prints as well as plaids and dots are perfectly color coordinated with a variety of red and brown tones. The quilt has never been laundered and is in pristine condition. Measurements are 84" x 86. It is quilted throughout with diagonal lines. York County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870's.
Mennonite Irish Chain quilt done in solid colors of red and two tones of dark blue. The quilt appears to be in excellent, unwashed condition with a few tiny areas of color loss. The red of the chain makes the background color appear to recede giving a subtle three dimensional quality. Quilted with wreaths in the body and feathers in the border.
Measurements are 76" x 78". Pennsylvania origin; made circa 1880.
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.
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