Painted Pine Fireboard, New England, early 19th century, the mortise and tenon-constructed board with two beaded panels, each with an abundant and colorful arrangement of flowers and berries in blue urns on stands framed by leafy vines, with two willow trees at lower edge, (minor imperfections), ht. 32, wd. 42 3/4 in.
Literature: See Little by Little, E.P. Dutton, New York, 1984, for a fireboard by the same traveling artist, p. 97, fig. 129. The example illustrated there was sold in the Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, Part II, Sotheby's, New York, October 21 and 22, 1994, as lot 782, and is now in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute's catalogue entry lists the maker as "Possibly 'Stimp.'"
minor paint losses, burned area below left panel, backed with Connecticut or New York newspaper from 1872.
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