Wonderfully sculptural silver plate Leaf Tray by Los Castillo. Handle is inlaid with azur malachite. Heavy weight. Excellent condition; slight evidence of silver wearing through on the bottom, but all else is as good as new. Measures 12" long; 8 1/8" wide. Handle is 3 1/4" tall. Circa 1970.
Crisp and unwashed Hourglass (aka Bow Tie) quilt in typically late 19th century calico prints. Wonderful small scale to the blocks; each is
3 1/2" square. Lights and darks give a crisscross effect with lots of movement. Measures 77 " square. Frederick County, Maryland origin; circa 1880.
Two beautiful sterling with ebony serving pieces by silver master, William Spratling. Both are in excellent condition.
Large serving spoon measures 11 1/4" long. Hallmark dates it to 1949 - 56.
Small ladle is 6 3/4" long. Rope twist on silver part of handle. Hand hammering visible on inside of bowl. 1940 - 46 hallmark.
Finely woven Navaho pictorial rug that is simultaneously detailed and streamlined. Subtle color change shows a corral fence in the distance. Mesas are wonderfully abstracted into geometric forms. Rich, warm colors with punchy red flowers. Measures 32 1/2" wide and 34" tall. Circa 1930; excellent condition.
Los Castillo married metals pitcher in three different colors. Made of silver, copper and brass. Leaf top is continuation of gracefully curved stem handle. Top is hinged to make for easier filling with liquid and ice cubes. Measures 10" to top of lid. Could use a good cleaning but otherwise in perfect condition.
Streamlined and elegant belt buckle and cuff links by Sigi in sterling silver and ebony. Straightforward and perfectly proportioned. All are well hallmarked.
Buckle measures is very slightly curved; measures 2 5/8" wide and 1 1/4" tall.
Cuff links are flat; 5/8" x 7/8"
Sterling silver cuff links by Sigfrido Pineda (aka Sigi). All 1950's; excellent condition and well hallmarked.
Left - Very three dimensional with silver ball in the center. Measures 1" x 3/4".
Center - Trapezoid 1" x 5/8".
Right - 2 equal size silver balls and one slightly larger on each cuff link. 1" x 3/4".
Extraordinary Sun Face Ashtray by silver master, William Spratling. The only other known example is illustrated in "William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance". Described as an ashtray but without indentations for the cigarette, it makes an equally wonderful table sculpture or container for small jewelry or change. Measures 4" x 4 1/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall. Ebony and sterling; circa 1940.
Early Variable Stars Crib Quilt done with a nice assembly of calico prints. The center four stars, all in the same materials, form a center medallion. Nicely quilted. The front is in very good condition. Damage to the back, visible in thumbnail photos, does not go through to the front. Measures 41" square. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
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