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February 27, 2016 10:00 AMCalender

Polychrome Decorated Overmantel Painting on Pine

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2880BLocation: BostonDate / Time: February 27, 2016 10:00AM


Polychrome Decorated Overmantel Painting on Pine, Haddam Neck, Connecticut, c. 1815, composed of two joined pine boards with chamfered edges thought to depict a stylized representation of the capture of the United States frigate President by the British frigate Endymion on January 15, 1815, ht. 32, wd. 64 in.

Provenance: Originally mounted in a home built by Josiah Brainerd, Jr. (1739-1805) and his son Ansel (1765-1840) at Haddam Neck, Connecticut, in 1792. In 1901 Josiah Brainerd's great-grandson, Cyprian S. Brainerd, Jr., corresponded with historian Charles W. Noyes regarding the painting. Noyes drafted a lengthy letter regarding his thoughts on the painting and included an excerpt from a naval history text describing the engagement. The painting remained in-situ in the Brainerd house at Haddam Neck until it was removed in 1981 by the consignor.
Estimate $30,000-50,000

Scattered spots of retouch in the sky effecting less than 1% of the panel, scattered spots of varnish in the sky.

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Cyprian S. Brainerd , Jr., Josiah Brainerd , Jr., Charles W. Noyes, Ansel, Josiah Brainerd, United States