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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
3121M Marlborough
August 12, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821) Portrait of Mary Ann Cushing Nichols

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3121M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: August 12, 2018 10:00AM


Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821)

Portrait of Mary Ann Cushing Nichols
Inscribed and signed "The portrait of Mary Ann C. Nichols. Age 5 years and half. Painted by Benjamin Greenleaf at Boston July the 17th 1817" on a paper label on the backing.
Oil reverse-painting on glass, 17 x 12 in., in a gilt molded frame.
Condition: Scattered spots of paint lifting.

Provenance: Mrs. Frank Beasen, Palm City, Florida; Florene Maine Antiques, Ridgefield, Connecticut, May 18, 1980.

Literature: Catalog for Early American Art at the Whitney Studio Club, 1924, #27; advertisement in Antiques, September 1973, p. 301; Ian M.G. Quimby and Scott T. Swank, eds., Perspectives on American Folk Art (Winterthur, 1980), pp. 18-19; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, "Who was Benjamin Greenleaf," Antiques World, September 1981, p. 42; Jacqueline Oak, "American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern," The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 566.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Scattered spots of paint lifting or possible flaking as you can see, at least one small area of retouch in the girl's right sleeve.

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