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The Liberty Tool Company is now sponsoring a Fine Art sale to raise money for the Davistown Museum. 50% of the proceeds from Fine Art sales will be donated to the museum (www.davistownmuseum.org – please visit and take a photo tour). A 10% commission will be paid to anyone who can find us a buyer for one of the paintings in the Fine Art list. All other sales of tools, collectables, prints, paintings, postcards, etc. on this Liberty Tool Co. eStore result in a donation of 20% of the proceeds for museum funding, including staff and operating expenses. A 501 (c) (3) tax credit is available upon request for any individual purchase of over $100 worth of eStore inventory. The tax credit is for the 50% or 20% donation component of the purchase.
The paintings listed below, which are being sold to raise money for the Davistown Museum, all derive from 45 years of tool picking and estate lot purchases by Skip Brack, the buyer for the Jonesport Wood Co. (Liberty Tool Company, Hulls Cove Tool Barn, and Captain Tinkham’s Emporium). Each painting has its own individual provenance from various Massachusetts estate sales, all before the establishment of the Davistown Museum in 1999. After that date, the establishment of the Davistown Museum used up all the extra cash that we once had available to splurge on paintings during tool picking expeditions. Additional information not included in this online listing, including some interesting allegations of fakery, will be made available to individuals willing to come look at the paintings in person.
Please note all of the paintings are now on exhibition at the Davistown Museum with the exception of the Degas and Pontormo, which are in Hulls Cove. Visitors wishing to view the paintings should call ahead and make an appointment. The museum is currently open Thurs – Sunday, 9-5 – I am usually only at the Davistown Museum in Liberty on Saturday mornings. For visitors to Hulls Cove, I am almost always there Wed/Thur/Fri and on Sun/Mon/Tues every other week. Call 207-288-5126 or leave a message at 1-888-405-2007.
(pontormo image, name of painter under painting, )
The painting is on board and of the period (circa 1540 – 45). It is 23 inches wide and 32 inches high. The painting has very close stylistic resemblances to the Deposition by Pontormo in the church of Santa Felicita in Florence, one of the masterpieces of the early post-Renaissance mannerist style. In particular, the delicate light-toned colors and the facial expressions of the three figures are characteristic of Pontormo's ethereal and transcendental style. The painting has been located in Hulls Cove, Maine for the last 32 years and originated from a Massachusetts, estate, circa 1985. The specific provenance of the painting was lost with the death of the ancestors of the Massachusetts owners, but the oral history of the painting was that it had always been attributed to Jacopo Carucci Pontormo. A careful viewing of the stylistic elements of this painting verifies the fact that it is either by Pontormo or his workshop. Persons interested in purchasing this painting are urged to view it in Hulls Cove, Maine. The pictures do not do justice to the quality of this artwork. Several sections in the center of the painting were damaged to the extent of suffering paint loss. This damage was stabilized by John Squadra of Brooks, ME. The remaining sections of the painting are original including the faces of Mary and Joseph. A new frame was constructed by Paul Manfredo of Southwest Harbor, ME. After the painting was purchased in the 1980's, the paint loss was stabilized; the painting was not restored and the damaged areas are evident in photographs. Careful restoration could make this early 16th century painting suitable for any museum in the world. Paint loss areas include two sections above the head of Jesus in the left center of the painting at the same level as Mary's forehead, in the area of the hair and just above the head of Jesus as well as in his face around the mouth and just below the right eye. Also suffering paint loss was an area on and below the lower arm of Jesus. A photograph of the painting prior to restoration may be seen at Hulls Cove and will be available to the buyer. This painting is not accompanied by a certificate of authenticity despite our certainty that it is by Pontormo or his workshop. To avoid legal complications, the painting is being sold as Jacopo Carucci Pontormo (?) or his workshop. We do not know to what extent Pontormo participated in helping his workshop produce this painting. The age and style of this painting is not something that can be faked. It is on board and of the period. Michaelangelo (died 1564), who may have known the introverted Pontormo, was alive at the time this painting was executed but had left Florence and moved to Rome in 1534. This painting was likely executed just after that date. Due to the fragility of this painting, the buyer must pick it up in Hulls Cove, Maine. We will not ship it, but the buyer may make shipping arrangements. Payment must be made by certified check.
The Swimming Hole, circa 1890, In the style of Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
This is a great little painting; is it a study by Eakins or by his students, or by another hand? We have yet to bring this painting down to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to get their opinion. The painting has been on display in the main hall of the museum since we opened; please visit the museum and give us some feedback if you have knowledge of the work of Tom Eakins and his students. Oil on board, 9 1/2"w X 13 1/2"h. Unsigned.
William Ratcliffe was a student of Walter Sickert and one of the first English Impressionists, if one excepts T. M. W. Turner. As one of the first impressionist paintings made in England, this is a most interesting little fragment of English art history.
This Avery landscape was painted at Cole Pond in Rawsonville, VT, in the late spring or early summer of 1945, before Milton went to Gloucester, MA to paint – a frequent summer hangout for Milton and many other painters. Milton had previously spent the summer of 1939 at Cole Pond, and unique landscape may have been painted for a neighbor or friend who also spent time at Cole Pond that summer. One among thousands of Avery’s quick sketches and paintings, this canvas illustrates his occasional use of the bare ground of the canvas as background, and also incorporates his habitual use of orthogonals and his occasional use of linear slashes to express structure – in this case the structures of the houses on the far side of Cole Pond. This painting is an important expression, despite its realism, of Avery’s ability to express space and form with color, his penultimate achievement as one of America’s most important abstract painters. This painting hung in a darkened second floor hallway of a Boston suburb for almost 40 years before it came into the possession of the curator of the Davistown Museum (1984). For more information on this piece, click here.
Portrait of Mlle. Carpentier by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Oil on canvas, signed "Degas" on the front lower left hand corner, also signed "Degas" on the back of the frame with the inscription "Mlle. Carpentier." This painting has been in the Jonesport Wood Co. collection for over a quarter of a century. It has an interesting possible Havermayer provenance via a Beverly Farms, MA, property sold circa 1990.
16" x 20".
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This painting is currently on display at the Davistown Museum in Liberty, Maine. Framed, 9.5" x 7.5". No date. This painting is unsigned but is in the style of William Morris Hunt and came from a Boston area estate in the 1990s
All sales of tools, collectables, prints, paintings, postcards, etc. on the Liberty Tool Co. eStore result in a donation of 20% of the proceeds for museum funding, including staff and operating expenses. A 501 (c) (3) tax credit is available upon request for any individual purchase of over $100 worth of eStore inventory. The tax credit is for the 20% donation component of the purchase.
Paintings and Drawings
Antique "HW" Chesapeake Bay, Maryland area painting
This circa 19th Century painting is signed HW and came from the Chesapeake Bay area. Any information would be appreciated. Measures 29 1/2" x 24" in the frame.
Set of 12 Antique French Prints: Agrarian Scenes for Each Month
These 12 antique framed color prints show a domestic scene for each month of the year, which is written at the top in French. Each has a little description of the scene on the back (possibly from an agricultural encyclopedia, I think?). 8 1/2" x 6" images, 10 1/4" x 7 1/2" in frames, which have "BATES STATIONERY CO. IRVING SQ. FRAMINGHAM, MASS." stickers on them. Lots of interesting scenes of people using agricultural tools to sow, harvest and maintain crops and livestock.
Antique 1882 W.E. Lockhart Print: The Chase, Pompei
This antique steel plate print is signed, "The Chase, Pompei WE Lockhart RSA 1882" on the right, "(obscured) DeLaines." Comes in an antique frame, gold lacquered wood with glass and matting. Measures 19" x 15 3/4".
Antique Early Latin Lignum Vitae Gregorian Chant Print
This antique early copper plate print is framed in rich hardwood. Print itself measures 6 1/2" x 4", frame is 12 1/2" x 10 1/2". Titled, "LIGNUM VITAE." Has script in what appears to be Latin, Dutch and obsolete French, the latin seems to be some kind of prayer, maybe a Gregorian chant.
Antique 1845 Lithograph Print: Death of Andrew Jackson
This antique lithograph is framed and marked, "DEATH OF GENL ANDREW JACKSON. Lith & Pub by N. Currier; Died 8th June 1845 "I am in the hands of a merciful god...I have full confidence in his goodness and mercy. The Bible is true."
1901 Print Book: White House Gallery of Presidential Portraits
This extremely rare publication by the Bureau of National Literature and Art is the 1901 edition of The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents. This one's seal of authenticity denotes this copy as number 588, alloted to J. George Cooper on September 25, 1905 by "Sen. R. Black." There is some water damage on the bottom that doesn't quite reach the prints and it looks like it has been rebound, but the steel plate prints are intact aside from some slight warp from the water damage a the bottom. Prints are protected by rice paper.
Contains Prints of
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin van Buren, W.H. Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, U.S. Grant, R.B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley. Also contains a description of each, a sort of eulogy for McKinley, and McKinley's last speech at the end. Pages measure 20" x 16". Individual prints from this book usually sell for $30+.
Scripture Prints from the Frescoes of Raphael in the Vatican
This antique collection of prints is edited by Lewis Gruner with an introductory preface by the Rev. Charles H.H. Wright. Published in London by Houlston and Wright, 1866. Cover page and cover are worn, spine is missing. Water damage on lower right corner of some of the prints. 62 prints total. 18" x 22" pages.
18th C. Copper Plate: Temple of Great Snake by Marchais
This antique circa late 18th century (according to accession notes from museum on the back) Copperplate engraving print depicts a huge assembly of people in rows assembled for a coronation ceremony, grass huts and two-mast ships in the distance. Framed and matted in wood and glass. 15 1/2" x 23" in frame, print itself is approximately 8" x 13 3/4". Copper plate print reads: "Procefsion to ye Temple of ye Great Snake on Crowning ye King from Marchais." Legend refers to small letters labeling the various portions of the print's depiction, "a. The People Sitting, b. Beadles, c. 40 Musketeers, d. 20 Trumpets, e. 20 Drums, f. 20 Flutes, g. King's Wives with Presents, h. King's Valet de Chambre, i. 12 Kings Wives with provisions, k. 3 Dwarfs, l. Master of the Ceremonies, m. 12 King's Wives with presents for his Mother, n. Queen Mother's Chair, o. the Queen Mother, p. 3 Ladys of ye Palace, q. Musick of ye Palace of ye Queens, r. Great Sacrifice or High Priest."
Antique London, Brain & Payne Steel Print of Newcastle
This antique steel plate engraving print has been matted and carefully stored in a poly bag. Image itself is 6 1/4" x 4" and 10 1/2" x 11 3/4" in matting. Signed, "J.H. Hair pinxt & sculp.; Newcastle; London, Brain & Payne, 12, Paternoster Row."
Circa 1777 Copperplate Print: Mount Stewart Bute Isle
This antique circa late 18th century (1777 according to the print) copperplate engraving print is lavishly framed in an antique wooden frame and glass (from the era of President Taft judging by the remaining scraps of newsprint on the back of the frame, probably used as the original backing). 13" x 18" in frame. Actual print is approximately 7 1/4" x 8 3/4". Signed, "Moses Griffiths, del." and "J. Ellis So." Labeled "Mount Stewart in the Isle of Bute. Pub'd May 1st, 1777 by F. Blyth." Depicts some colonial folk on a plantation with three bulls and a horse.
Copper Plate Print: Vision of St. Jerome by D&J Sadlier
This antique copper plate print is framed and matted in beautiful hardwood. It depicts an angel with a small loincloth-garbed boy levitating over a spear-bearing caveman as he gives the finger to an old man who is passed out next to a lampshade, a scene typical of the clear and straightforward imagery used in 19th century religious artwork. Circa 1850-1880. Labeled, "Vision of St. Jerome. D & J Sadlier, New York," indicating the circa 1840-1850's religious guild publisher, and signed, "Parmegiano, Pinx" and "Parker, Sc." 14" x 17" in frame.
Antique Steel Plate Print: The Holy Family, D&J Sadliar
This antique framed and matted steel plate print is beautifully framed in an ornate deeply set wooden frame. Signed "Baroccio pinxt," "Parker Sc." and "D & J Sadlier, New York," and titled "The Holy Family." Measures 11 1/4" x 13 1/2" x 1 3/4" in the frame.
This antique steel plate print is signed, "Drawn by W. Goodacre, New York," "Engraved & Printed by Fenner Sears & Co.," "EPISCOPAL CHURCH AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.," and "London. Published May 15, 1831 by L.T. Hanton & Simpkin & Marshall." Framed and matted. Graphical portion of print measures 5 3/4" x 4 1/4", frame is 12 1/4" x 10 1/4".
W.H. Bartlett Steel Print of Bognor by Joseph Robins
This antique steel or copper plate print is matted and framed in wood and glass. Depicts a fleet of small recreational skiffs and sailboats being tossed about on ocean waves outside of a European city. Signed "W.H. Bartlett," "J. Rogers," and "Joseph Robins, London." Titled "BOGNOR." Robins worked circa 1805-1810.
8" x 10 1/4" in frame, actual illustration is about 4 1/4" x 6 1/4".
This antique copper or steel plate print is labeled unlabeled and unsigned. Depicts an ornate church in great detail with a number of parishoners gathering around it. 8" x 10" in frame. Looks circa early 1800's.
This antique copperplate engraving is handsomely framed in wood and glass. Depicts some sort of vaguely Christian religious ritual under the moon with leaf-crowned figures carrying swords and scepters (and one severed head). Possibly a druidic or witchcraft ritual? A very unique and unusual print. 12 1/2" x 14 1/2" in frame.
Actual print is approximately 3 1/2" x 6". Text reads (as best as I can tell), "19. Pulchra ut Luna. Luna fubobicuro diffindit lumine noctem; nocte fed haec media dat fine nocte diem. (alternate language text--old english?) La lune fend la nuit, d'une clairte fort sombre: Mais la votre reluit, fans iecter aucune ombre."
Copper Plate Print: Nateley Scures Hampshire Church
This antique copper plate print is labeled, "Church at Nateley Scures, Hampshire." Shows the church layout and doorway. Looks circa 18th-19th century. 11" x 13 1/2" in frame. Handsome hardwood and glass frame.
This antique copperplate engraving is framed in wood and glass. 8" x 11" in frame. Actual print is approximately 4 1/2" x 7". Print is signed "Charles T. DeLacy" and labeled, "The great June rain as an impediment to yachting: yachts for the heligoland race detained at Dover. Drawn by C. De Lacy, our special artist at Dover.
This antique copper or steel plate print is framed in wood and glass. 6 3/4" x 8 1/2" in frame. Actual print is approximately 3" x 4 1/2". Print is labeled, "Drawn by J. D. Arms, for the Fort Folio, & Eng'd by J. & H.S. Storer, Pub'd by Sherwood, & Co March 1, 1823. Newark Church. East End."
Antique E.W. Kelley Stereoview Stereocard Robbery Under the Eyes of Police Kids
This antique stereocard is marked, "Sold only by E.W. Kelley Chicago, Dallas, Tex. Augusta, Ga. "Committing Robbery Under the Eyes of the Police Copyrighted 1904, by E.W. Kelley 4311" Measures 7" x 3 3/8". Wear on the edges.
This antique stereoview is marked on the front, "Copyright 1898, by B. W. Kilburn," "JAMES M. DAVIS, New York, St. Louis, Liverpool, Toronto, Sydney," and "12750. The Hottest of the Fight, Battle of Manila, May 1st, 1898." Back reads, "Photographed and Published by B. W. Kilburn, = Littleton, N.H."
Card is 7" x 3.5"
Hand Colored Photograph: A May Drive by Wallace Nutting
This beautiful hand tinted photograph is signed, "A May Drive - Wallace Nutting" and is a perfect example of his style, the most famous of the hand colored photograph artists, pioneered. Photograph is slightly warped. Comes in antique hardwood frame.
Wallace Nutting is by far the most popular and collectible hand-colored photograph artist. He was a man of diverse interests, including antique furniture reproduction (often accurate to the point of being virtually indiscernable from the original article). He was born in Rockbottom, Massachusetts, and spent most of his life in New England, eventually being buried in Augusta, Maine. Antique Frame. 15 1/4" x 18 1/4" (in hardwood and glass frame), actual photo is 9 1/2" x 7 1/4"
World War II 148 NCB Soldier's Okinawan Photo Album
This antique World War II era photograph album is from 1945 and is from the estate of a man named Sumner Davis who took the photos. 160 photos in all, mounted in a photo album with black construction paper pages. Atypical of most war photograph albums, this features more than photos of soldiers, (though it includes many of individuals and groups, mostly from the 148th NCB).
Especially interesting and unusual photos include what appears to be a night shot of an battle between aircraft and ships, numerous beached, destroyed and active battleships, wrecked shrines and villages in the aftermath of war, one photo of a corpse, a couple photos of a monkey sitting in a tank tread mark, lots of shots of daily Okinawan life including planting crops and carrying baggage to and from the market, soldiers interacting with Okinawan children, the infamous early airbase construction, lots of landscape shots including a grave with hundreds (maybe thousands) of white crosses and oceans flecked with massive steel warships as far as the eye can see.
Additional photos of this item available for serious investors.
Hand Colored Photograph: The Old Homestead by Villau
This antique hand colored photograph is in the style of Wallace Nutting and his contemporaries who followed. It is untitled and signed "Whitney" (looks like it--possibly Mary C. Whitney's signature?) on the matting. Frame has a lot of chips out of it, back has been taped up. Beautifully colored photograph depicts a young boy and girl sitting on a bridge overlooking a stream flowing past a farm. 11 1/2" x 13 1/2" frame, photo itself is 6 1/4" x 8 1/4".
This antique hand colored photograph is in the style of Wallace Nutting and his contemporaries who followed. It is signed "Alone" and "R C Leupold." Back has a sticker with "Leupold Studios Fitzwilliam, N.H." on it. Photograph depicts a lone birch tree at the edge of a clearing. Frame is in nice condition with no major scratches, dings or chips, even the paper on the back is intact. Frame is 11" x 14", photo itself is 6 3/4" x 9 3/4".
Hand Colored Photo, "Fisherman's Paradise," by Walter Sheldon
This antique hand-colored photograph bears the style that developed around the period of Wallace Nutting and is signed "Fisherman's Paradise, Walter Sheldon." Portrays a picturesque river scene with a blooming cherry tree. Matted, unframed, some water marks on matting. 10" x 12" with matting, 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" photograph.
1936 Silver Gelatin Prints: Fly Fishing, Tom Waring
This pair of antique photographs are signed, "FLY CASTING BY TOM WARING - 1936" and "FISHING BY TOM WARING - 1936." Acquired from an estate sale with the original sales papers showing they went for $10 each originally. Matted, no frames. Each photograph (not counting the matting) is 7 3/4" x 10"
This antique photograph is labeled "A country stream," and signed "W.J. Stillman" on the back. Very tiny type on corners reads, "W.J. Stillman, Photo. Photo Gravure Co. N.Y." Matted but unframed, matting a bit smudged, photo itself is 4 1/4" x 7".