In this issue: For outdoor summer pastimes this July, we travel back to the 1890s to a lawn tennis club, the Long Island shore, and a Vermont horse farm. We also have great items to decorate your vacation home or sunporch: horse head wall brackets and a colorful armillary sphere. For the garden room or outdoor patio we also have a bronze armillary sphere sundial and an iron fountain spout in the form of a dolphin.
Sale prices in effect through August 20, 2021.
TENNIS ON THE GRASS
Wimbledon aside, grass tennis courts are a rarity today. Going back in time, this large etching after Frederick Arthur Bridgman's 1892 painting Lawn Tennis Club shows recreational players on a grass court with picnickers in the foreground. It is signed in pencil by Bridgman beside a small portrait of the artist etched in the lower left margin. Regularly $3,600, sale price $3,200. More information.
Rare bird’s-eye view advertising broadside for real estate in Suffolk County, Long Island, in the vicinity of present-day Patchogue and Bellport. The ad copy promotes Long Island’s amenities and boasts, “Nothing Like It in the Wide World!” It was published in the 1890s by Oakley H. Bailey, a prolific panoramic map artist and publisher. Printed in tones of gray and neutral green. Regularly $4,250, sale price $3,800. More information.
Bird’s-eye view promotional print for the Forest Park Farm in Brandon, Vermont in 1896, showing a prosperous and busy farm. At that time it was owned by H.R.C. Watson, who bred and trained thoroughbred trotter horses for racing. He also raised cattle and sheep and made maple syrup. It was drawn by Cole Springstein, an artist known for animal, horse, and sporting subjects. Regularly $900, sale price $800. More information.
This pair of matching painted and gilt Wall Brackets each centers on a horse head, whimsically portrayed with bright eyes and an open mouth showing its teeth. Each measures 11 x 11.5 x 6.75 inches. Regularly $750, the pair, sale price $600. More information.
CIRCLING THE GLOBE
Ptolemaic armillary sphere in the Baroque taste, probably made in Italy or Spain in the mid 20th century. It is of traditional form, pasteboard with applied printed paper, and a rotating sphere in the center representing Earth. The rotating ring structure includes the polar circles, tropical circles and equator — surrounded by a zodiac band with colored images of the zodiac signs. The bright red painted wooden stand rests on a base with a compass needle set under glass. Regularly $3,800, sale price $3,500. More information.
A bronze armillary sundial of typical form with a pierced sun-form support on the stand and having a round base. It has numerous other decorative sun motifs on the zodiac band and rings. Roman numerals are inscribed on the inner side of the zodiac band. Made for outdoor use — and having a natural outdoor patina — but suitable for indoor decor. Regularly $2,250, sale price $2,000. More information.
This cast iron fountain spout in the form of a stylized dolphin was made in the early 20th century but follows the conventions of classical and Renaissance art, depicting the animal as having fins and scales and a fishlike face. The face has an open rectangular mouth for spouting water. This object has three holes for hanging as a plaque. Regularly $1,900, sale price $1,700. More information.