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Jasper52 presents Americana, Folk Art & Outsider Art April 8

The fascinating world of Americana, folk art, and outsider art takes center stage in Jasper52’s new auction, beginning Thursday, April 8, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.

Handcrafted tramp art boxes, collectible vintage signage, and detailed wooden frames are just a few of the whimsical treasures offered in this Americana sale. These artisan objects vary from folk art paintings, ceramics, and more formal Americana. This collection of 19th-20th century rural life will create a unique sense of welcome in any home.

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Learn more about the auction on Auction Central News.

6 Nostalgic Folk Art Works to Take You Back in Time

Every Americana auction is filled with unique treasures and original finds ranging from tramp art to vintage frames to collectible decoys. This week’s curated collection highlights stellar pieces of folk art and outsider art as well as more traditional Americana. See below for 6 of the most special pieces.

A matched pair of folk art portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are relief carved on sheet rock and painted. Together, these pictures are estimated at $1,500-$1,800.

Folk art portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, relief carved on sheet rock and painted. Estimate: $1,500-$1,800. Jasper52 image

 

An untitled painting by outsider artist Purvis Young (1943-2010) is typically executed on salvaged material. In this piece, Young used the backside of a broken billboard for model homes to make a statement about splintered neighborhoods and lives. The use of thinly applied house paint and vertical brushstrokes bring the splintered edges and grainy imperfections of the wood into the visual story.

Purvis Young (1943-2010) untitled painting on salvaged wood, 40in x 34in, late 1980s-1994. Estimate: $2,400-$2,800. Jasper52 image

 

This 48-star American flag “jack” and 40-inch staff from a mid-20th century pleasure craft is presented in a unique shadowbox frame. A jack is one of the three primary signals flown on a U.S. Navy ship. When at anchor or moored, the jack is flown at the bow (front), the national flag or “ensign” is flown at the stern (back), and the commission pendant is flown from the main mast. When under way, the Jack is furled and the ensign may be kept in place or shifted to a gaff if the ship is so equipped. The American Navy jack is a blue flag with a field of white stars. The design is the mirror image of the canton of an American national flag. In scale, the jack was meant to be the same size as the canton of the corresponding Stars & Stripes ensign with which it was flown. The owners of private yachts sometimes emulated the Navy’s use of traditional signals. This was perhaps especially true when the captain was a former Navy man. This particular 48-star jack was not made for a Navy boat, but for a smaller, private one.

Forty-eight star ‘jack’ American flag and staff, circa 1930-1955, frame size: 49.25in x 34in. Estimate: $2,300-$2,500. Jasper52 image

 

This triple mourning portrait of firemen, while rendered by a child, has great folk attributes. The wax crayon and watercolor artwork dates to the 1870s. Each subject is wearing a numbered parade hat and the man on the right may have been the chief, because his coat is blue instead of black. The portraits are painted on a piece of brown parchment and are recessed behind a piece of mat board with oval windows. Black mourning draperies hang above each window.

Triple mourning portrait of firemen, rendered by a child with wax crayon and watercolor, circa 1870, frame size: 10.75in x 16.5in. Estimate: $1,800-$2,000. Jasper52 image

 

“Votes for Women,” declares this suffragette pennant from the early 20th century. The pennant, made from a length of yellow cotton cloth with applied paper, set in a solid walnut frame, dates to the period between 1860 and 1880.

Suffragette pennant, ‘Votes For Women,’ 1910-1920, yellow cotton cloth with applied yellow paper, frame size: 12.75in x 17.5in. Estimate: $1,600-$1,800. Jasper52 image

 

There are several trade signs included in this collection. One of the largest advertises “Fresh and Smoked Fish.” This sign features an iron bracket made by a blacksmith.

Double-sided trade sign found in northeastern Pennsylvania, circa 1890-1910, 24.25in tall (not including the hand-wrought hooks) x 60in wide x 2in deep. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

 

There is a lot of treasure to be found in this week’s Americana collection. Take a look at the full catalog.