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

Erastus Salisbury Field (Massachusetts/New York, c. 1805-1900) Portrait of Deacon Harlow Pease

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


Erastus Salisbury Field (Massachusetts/New York, c. 1805-1900)

Portrait of Deacon Harlow Pease
Oil on canvas, 35 x 28 3/4 in., in a black-painted and oak-leaf-stenciled frame.
Condition: Scattered very minor retouch.

Provenance: Thomas D. and Constance A. Williams, Litchfield, Connecticut; Stuart E. Gregory, Wilton, Connecticut; Sotheby Parke Bernet, January 27, 1979, Lot 250.

Literature: Exhibition catalog for Erastus Salisbury Field, 1805-1900; "Stewart E. Gregory Collection," The Magazine Antiques, January 1971, p. 113; Jacqueline Oak, "American Folk Portraits from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern," The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 568; Deborah Chotner, American Naive Paintings (National Gallery of Art, 1992), p. 124.

Exhibitions: Erastus Salisbury Field, 1805-1900: A Special Exhibition Devoted to His Life and Work, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia, January-March 1963.; An Eye on America, Folk Art from the Stewart E. Gregory Collection, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, March 13-May 14, 1972.; Reflections of 19th Century America: Folk Art from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern, Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Massachusetts, September 19, 1979-June 15, 1980.

Note: The frame is one of a group of nine portraits all with identical stenciled frames made c. 1837. Deacon Pease was born in Enfield, Connecticut, April 17, 1798 and died in Alford, Massachusetts, in 1870. A portrait of Deacon Pease's son, Henry Allen Pease, also by Field, mounted in an identical frame, was sold at Christie's, January 20-21, 2006, Lot 368.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
Estimate $15,000-25,000

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Henry Allen Pease, Arthur B. Kern, Constance A. Williams, Stuart E. Gregory, Sybil Kern, Deborah Chotner, Jacqueline Oak, Deacon Pease, Alford, Enfield, Lexington, Litchfield, Williamsburg, Wilton