December 05, 2020 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Rare American Queen Anne Filigree and Wax Sconce

probably Boston, early to mid 18th century, scrolled paper gilt edged urn with elaborate arrangement of wax fruit, shell flowers, and cut fabric leaves on a textured papered ground embellished with scattered mica chips or glass flakes, original double arched, dovetailed, and black painted white pine (tested by microanalysis) shadowbox case with drop and single brass candle arm, 23 x 12-1/4 x 4 in. 

Note: American filigree or quillwork sconces are rare and most of the approximately 25 documented double arch examples are currently in important institutional collections including Colonial Williamsburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Winterthur Museum.  For other related examples, please see Nina Fletcher Little, Little by Little: Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1984, p. 28, figure 36 and Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glenn Farms, January 20-22, 2016, lot 599, hammering at $125,000. Waxwork variants are even more rare and most have been attributed to schoolgirls in the Boston area during the early 18th century. For a full discussion of these early waxworks, please see Anne Vogel's article in Antiques & Fine Art Magazine, Spring 2006, 

Provenance:Joe Kindig, York, Pennsylvania; Property from the Collection of Dudley and Constance Godfrey


replaced brass candle arm, tears and losses to textured papered ground, several loose elements, fading and discoloration, abrasions and paint loss to frame, small area of loss verso where sample taken for microanalysis

Estimate: $70,000 - $90,000
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