VERY FINE AND RARE PATRIOTIC CARVED AND GILTWOOD SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE WITH PAINTED SEASCAPE BACKGROUND WALL PLAQUE, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MASON (JOHN WILLIAMS) (ABT.1780) AND WILLIAM HENRY COFFIN (1812-1898), PROBABLY NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850
VERY FINE AND RARE PATRIOTIC CARVED AND GILTWOOD SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE WITH PAINTED SEASCAPE BACKGROUND WALL PLAQUE, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MASON (JOHN WILLIAMS) (ABT.1780) AND WILLIAM HENRY COFFIN (1812-1898), PROBABLY NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850
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VERY FINE AND RARE PATRIOTIC CARVED AND GILTWOOD SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE WITH PAINTED SEASCAPE BACKGROUND WALL PLAQUE, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MASON (JOHN WILLIAMS) (ABT.1780) AND WILLIAM HENRY COFFIN (1812-1898), PROBABLY NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850

Estimate: 25,000 - 50,000 USD

VERY FINE AND RARE PATRIOTIC CARVED AND GILTWOOD SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE WITH PAINTED SEASCAPE BACKGROUND WALL PLAQUE, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MASON (JOHN WILLIAMS) (ABT.1780) AND WILLIAM HENRY COFFIN (1812-1898), PROBABLY NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850

Estimate: 25,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

VERY FINE AND RARE PATRIOTIC CARVED AND GILTWOOD SPREAD-WINGED AMERICAN EAGLE WITH PAINTED SEASCAPE BACKGROUND WALL PLAQUE, POSSIBLY JOSEPH MASON (JOHN WILLIAMS) (ABT.1780) AND WILLIAM HENRY COFFIN (1812-1898), PROBABLY NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1850


Signed J. Williams, carpenter and W.H. Coffin, painter


Height 25 ½ in. by Width 49 in. by Depth 3 ¼ in.

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Provenance

Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Catalogue Note

This remarkable patriotic American Eagle wall plaque maybe the product of the free slave tradesman, Joseph Mason, who was born into an enslaved Maryland family and escaped from the Peters of Georgetown, DC in about 1823. He landed in Nantucket where he assumed the name John Williams out of fear of being recaptured. The artist is likely William Henry Coffin who was the son of William Coffin, Jr. who advertised art instruction in the Nantucker Inquirer (1824-1828). He lived on Nantucket Island until c. 1863. For additional information on Joseph Mason see Michael R. Harrison, Collecting Nantucket: Artifacts from an Island Community, (Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Historical Association, 2018), pp. 20-1. A closely related wall plaque was sold at Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Dingman Collection, October 27-28, 2018, lot 58.

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