Paint-decorated Fireboard, probably Pennsylvania, late 18th/early 19th century, the mortise and tenon-constructed pine and poplar tiger-maple grain-painted frame with reeded ends and beaded liner and raised panel fancifully painted, the sky with a fleece of clouds and orange and yellow birds above a line of trees on a knoll with a red house to the left, the foreground suggesting flowering shrubs, ht. 40 1/4, wd. 48 1/2 in.
Provenance: John Bereman, Geneva, Illinois, or David Pottinger, sold to Betty Willis. Then to Edith and Bernard Barenholtz in the early 1970s.
minor scratches, wear at base, back of bottom edge charred (not visible from front), shrinkage crack in panel, bottom ends with losses.
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