Left - Pre-Columbian motif with substantial amethyst cabochon. Measures 1 1/2" in height; 1 1/8" in width.
Middle - Spratling's representation of "continental solidarity" during World War II. Double pronged fur clip on back. Measures 1 5/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall.
Right - Chupamirta Azteca was Spratling's title for this pin also based upon a pre-Columbian motif. Measures 1 1/2" wide and 1 1/4" tall.
All signed Spratling and all in excellent condition.
Left and middle are sold. Right is... Click for details
Greek Key design necklace, earrings and brooch by Margot de Taxco; circa 1950. Necklace measures 14 1/4" in length; pin can easily be adapted to create an additional link to the necklace, adding 1 1/4". It is possible that it was originally on the necklace, as it is the only piece of the set without Margot's mark. Excellent condition.
This extraordinary quilt is so much more than a traditional Double Nine Patch pattern. Not only do the alternate blocks form an additional strong pattern; when seen from a distance, the viewer realizes that each Nine Patch block is set in a brown circle, all of which are gracefully connected. Excellent condition; measures 82" x 84". Well crafted. Likely an original patern. Circa 1870.
Classic Windmill Blades (aka Pineapple) Log Cabin quilt done in beautiful light wools. Has a great deal of whirling movement for which this pattern is known. Excellent condition; desirable piano key border on three sides. Measures 68" x 75". Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.
Large sterling silver and ebony Ladle by master designer, William Spratling. Rope design ornamentation, typical of his early design period. Measures 12 1/2" in length. Wood handle is smooth and lustrous.
Made circa 1945.
Bright and cheerful quilt of Pots of Flowers that I believe are meant to be poppies. Unexpected black accents give it a deco feel. It's especially effective next to the clear red of the border and flowers. Unwashed condition; circa 1930. Measures 77" x 102"; Pennsylvania origin.
This velvet Tumbling Blocks quilt is as lush and sensuous as a sable coat - but more politically correct. Rich, dense colors combined with the depth of the fabric make this an exceptional example of an always desirable pattern. Wonderfully three dimensional. Tied on the back which is cafe au lait colored cotton sateen that also forms the binding. Albany, New York origin. Measures 67" x 78"; circa 1880.
Incredibly realistic Hooked Rug in the shape of a Cat, seriously guarding her ball. Mounted on board; measures 30" wide and 23" to tip of ears. Repairs to two areas of the green base do not detract from the droll image. Circa 1940; Pennsylvania origin.
This Four Baskets pattern was immortalized some twenty years ago when it was used as a United States postage stamp. The placement of color in this example makes it even more interesting than most. The use of two colors gives both the original block of two red (it "reads" pink but the material is actually a soft brick color with a white print) and two green baskets. One can see equally prominently a block of four red and four green baskets. Finally, there are diagonal crisscrosses of the two... Click for details
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