Tumbling Blocks Hooked Rug: Circa 1930; Pennsylvania
Tumbling Blocks (aka Baby Blocks) is a pattern more often seen as a quilt than a rug but in either case, it is a wonderfully three dimensional design. This example is made of wool. The browns and tans are solid colors and the red has a nice variegation. Measurements are 28" x 38". The impact is equally effective whether vertical or horizontal. Condition is excellent. There are two tiny repairs to the burlap binding on the short ends. They do not show through on the front. Made circa... Click for details
Sterling Ring and Earrings by Minas
This large size sterling silver ring and earring set was made by Minas (Minas Spiridis), Greek jeweler since the 1970's. His work is characterized by fluid, streamlined designs. Minas died in April, 2020 at the age of 82. The diagonal stripe design is sterling and what I believe to be a gold wash. The ring is 1 3/16 inches in length and 13/16" in width. It is size 6 1/2 and can easily be sized up or down. Condition is excellent. Price is $435. The earrings are 1 1/4" long and 7/8" wide. Clip... Click for details
Pennsylvania Album Quilt; Circa 1860
This unusual Album Quilt is beautifully planned; quilted and appliqued. The central Democrat Rose (aka Rose of Sharon) block is four times the size of the others making a great focal point. Two of the opposing corner blocks are very similar wreaths and the other two corners are repeated thistle-like blocks. Four of the remaining blocks are very finely worked variations of open wreaths. One is "fussy cut" and the others have exquisitely fine embroidery. The quilting is at least as well done as... Click for details
Economy Patch Doll Quilt: Circa 1870; Pennsylvania
This Economy Patch doll quilt is an interesting combination of crude and sophisticated. The white diamonds really pop out against the printed fabrics surrounding them. The paisley border fabrics are certainly an elegant choice with smaller segments of the print used for rectangular corner blocks. The maker seems to have used the fabrics she had on hand and did her best to create a design well scaled to the 16" x 19 1/2" size of the quilt. Condition is very good; it has been professionally... Click for details
William Spratling Sterling Silver Butterfly Brooch; Circa 1940's
This sterling silver Butterfly brooch was one of Spratling's early, very popular designs. The streamlined form very effectively conveys the detailed body of the butterfly. The silver is adorned with two cabochon amethysts. The brooch measures 2 1/2 inches at its widest and 2 1/8 inches in length. It weighs 40 grams and is in excellent condition. The hallmark dates to the 1940's. William Spratling was well known as the leader of the mid 20th century design movement in Mexican silver. Many... Click for details
Pair of Wood Glove Stretchers
This pair of wood glove stretchers is unusually thick, measuring 9/16" in depth. The larger of the two is 15 inches long. While one is marked with an incised letter S, they seem anything but small. The pair have a wonderful look of an abstract sculpture and would be nice ornaments on a wall or table. One already has a loop for hanging and the other could easily have one added. They are priced at $235. for the pair.
Antonio Pineda Sterling Silver Feather Brooches
It's most interesting to see two interpretations of this silver feather brooch done by Antonio Pineda over a 15 year period. The example on the left, which seems the simpler of the two, is actually the later example. It has Antonio's mark used from 1953 until his death in 2009. The brooch measures 3 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" tall. It has two scrolls and is in excellent condition. The three scroll brooch on the right is signed Tono. It measures 4 5/8" wide a 1 1/4" tall. It is totally three dimensional... Click for details
Antonio Pineda Sterling Silver and Moonstone Pendant Necklace
Most unusual sterling silver and moonstone pendant by Antonio Pineda. This very rare form consists of a graceful pendant with two oval moonstones strung on a velvet cord terminating with two silver balls. The pendant measures 3 3/16" wide x 2 1/2" tall. The velvet cord is 27" long and can be tied at any length. This most unusual necklace can be worn as something either sporty or elegant. Antonio Pineda was one of the leaders of Mexican silver design in the mid 20th century. Books have been... Click for details
Handcarved Wood Frame
Hand carved wood frame depicting the amusements and vices of the 1920's. It includes: dice; a champagne bottle; playing cards; polo equipment; sheet music; a flapper girl and, most surprising of all - a dreidel. How this fits with the other images is a mystery. The dreidel is a four sided top used in a children's game at Channukah. The frame is hand carved and painted. It is titled Spice of Life. The frame measures 9 3/4" x 12". The opening is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and would be perfect for either a... Click for details
Antonio Pineda Sterling and Jade Brooch
Nicely three dimensional sterling silver brooch centered with a cabochon nephrite jade. Made by the late silver master, Antonio Pineda circa 1960. The brooch is intentionally oxidized to give a darkened finish with the edges the original silver color. The brooch measures 1 3/4" in diameter and weighs a substantial 45 grams. Condition is excellent. Pineda's work is in several museum collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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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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