Rare, rare sterling salt and pepper shakers by Salvador Teran. Done with the biomorphic designs for which he is well known. Three dimensional; the swirled designs are actually separate pieces of metal that are soldered with small posts to the body of the shaker. Excellent condition; circa 1960. Measure 2" tall.
Cross Roads Crib Quilt done with unusual prints in a very sophisticated color palette. Each of the light color fabrics depicts nail heads in red and black. Symmetrically arranged to create the appearance of a grid in the center that seems to be underneath the criss cross of each block. Unwashed condition confirmed on the back by remnants of the paper label from the fabric bolt. Has several light smudges. Measures 42" square; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1890.
Unusual amethyst with sterling brooch by the earliest of Mexican silver designers, Fred Davis. Outer ring of amethysts are cleverly set with a crimped bezel allowing the stones to abut one another. Measures 1 1/2" in diameter. Excellent condition; circa 1950.
Graceful swirled ribbon brooch of silver and copper; matching earrings are all silver. Done in William Spratling's earliest design period - late 1930's - mid 1940's. Pin measures a substantial 3 1/2" long and 2 3/4" wide.
Privy pocket that is extraordinary in several ways. Most wonderful are the graphics; the Irish Chain is set to create striking diamond and X patterns. This is the only privy pocket I have seen that is quilted; usually they are simply pieced like a quilt top.This is also earlier than other with which I am familiar; dates circa 1860. Hanging tabs; binding and one edge show some wear but the body of the piece is in very good condition.Measures 21" square; Pennsylvania origin.
Charming Schoolhouse quilt made very lively by the use of solid red fabrics. While traditional in some ways, the quilt also has an interesting abstract quality due to the placement of the varied colored vertical and horizontal blocks. Has several very light smudges but essentially in excellent condition. Measures 64" x 69"; Pennsylvania origin. Circa 1880.
Twentyfive Patch quilt done in a beautiful, soft shade of blue. Sawtooth border is a slightly different fabric that is perhaps 2% darker than the interior. Pristine, unwashed condition. Body is quilted in straight lines; border is a cable variation. Circa 1920; Pennsylvania origin. Measures 72" x 74".
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