Two unique, handmade pillows
Black face on left - made of cotton sateen with wool embroidery. Wonderful plaited hairstyle. Three dimensional lips; oilcloth eyes are cut out to enhance her coy smile. Measures 12" in diameter; circa 1920.
Circle pillow with appliqued date 1893 and initials SM. Hearts appliqued on both sides. Made of wool suiting with some old, very well done repairs. Measures 13" in diameter.
Cleverly designed metal guitar made entirely of recycled parts. Center is a clock face; includes many nails,bolts,screws,coils and pieces I cannot identify. Back opens and can have clock works installed, although I believe it more than stands on its own as a musical sculpture. Measures 25 1/2" tall and 7 1/2" wide. Circa 1950?
Pristine condition Star of Bethlehem quilt on an unusual indigo calico ground. Nicely planned with the central star repeating the fabrics of the corner stars. Unwashed condition. Border fabric may "read" as pink but is actually a tiny red and white stripe. Measures 76" x 78: Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Well crafted, substantial weight silver bracelet by Antonio Pineda. Fits medium/large wrist. Made of 970 silver, higher quality than sterling. Each link is 3/4" at widest point. Excellent condition; circa 1960.
Amish Bricks Quilt embellished with floral embroidery. This type of embroidery is usually done by the Amish on pillows or seat cushions; I have not seen it on a quilt. Made of wools with cotton binding and backing; circa 1930. Inner frame cleverly relates to the primary bricks pattern. Mid-west origin, probably Indiana as the feather quilting pattern in the border is most often from that area. Excellent condition; measures 67" x 72".Outer border is more of a gray color than shows on my monitor.
A traditional Double T pattern quilt becomes more elaborate by the addition of triangles, making it more like a variation of Delectable Mountains. Very nicely quilted with wreaths in each of the white blocks. Professionally laundered; pristine condition. Lovely paisley type red printed fabric throughout. Measures 78" x 80"; circa 1890. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania origin. Name tag of Dora V. Williams attached and the initials DVW are written in ink on the binding.
Elegant sterling silver with moonstones necklace and bracelet set by Antonio Pineda. Oval stones work well with the trapezoidal silver links. Stones have wonderful translucence. Necklace measures approximately 17"; bracelet about 8". Both are 970 silver. Excellent condition; circa 1960.
Extraordinarily unusual quilt made entirely of folded triangles known as prairie points. Has an unbelievable array of late 19th century printed fabrics. Each triangle measures about 3/4" wide at the base.
Backing is made of Centennial flags. Front is in excellent condition; some water staining to the back that does not come through to the front. Measures 61" x 70".
Tiffany brooches in eighteen karat gold
Star on left designed by Paloma Picasso. Measures 1 1/2" x 1 3/4". Looks as though a comet is swirling through the star. SOLD
Open heart topped by a bow is wonderfully tailored simplicity. Measures 1" wide and 1" tall. $735.
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