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Group of Items Pertaining to Martha Ann Hays (b. 1820), Heartland, Vermont

Auction:
2789M
Lot:
652
Sold for:
$2,952$2,400

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Auction:
Discovery - 2789M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
March 19, 2015 10:00AM

Description:

Group of Items Pertaining to Martha Ann Hays (b. 1820), Heartland, Vermont, first half 19th century, comprising: a portrait of Martha as a child, in a white dress shown holding a red doll and seated in a paint-decorated tablet-back child's armchair, 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in., in a later giltwood frame; a portrait of Martha as a young woman in a brown dress, 27 x 22 1/2 in., in a later giltwood frame; a small red dress-clad china head doll, purportedly the one shown in the portrait of Martha as a child, in a shadow box frame; a photograph of Ruth Johnson (a descendant of Martha Ann Hays), who owned this group until 2003 (paintings restored).

Provenance: Purchased from Ruth Johnson, a descendant of the sitter, and reportedly a double for Ava Gardner in films.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

restorations to both paintings, cleaning, relined and stretched, minor scuffs


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Martha Ann Hays, Vermont, Heartland, Ruth Johnson, paint-decorated tablet-back child, Ava Gardner

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