Mallard, A Chapter in the Legend

A Chapter in the Mallard Legend: The Family Offers His Personal Possessions at Auction

Families that inherit historical artifacts related to their famous or infamous ancestors often possess both a blessing and a burden. So it was for the descendants of Prudent Mallard (1809 to 1879), the renowned New Orleans 19th century merchant and probable cabinetmaker.

When Mallard’s widow, Augustine, died in 1889 (ten years after Prudent) her will contained instructions for the division [...] Click here to continue reading.


Nutting, Wallace – American Photographer, Furniture Maker & Publisher

Wallace Nutting (1861-1941)

Wallace Nutting was born in Rockbottom, Massachusetts, in 1861. He was ordained a Congregational Minister in 1887 and while he appeared to excel in this profession, he continually declined calls from one church or another all over the country. He finally settled in 1894 in Providence, Rhode Island, as minister of the Union Church. He resigned from Union Church after a nervous breakdown in 1904 and began to take photographs in [...] Click here to continue reading.


Verner, Elizabeth Quale O’Neill – American Artist – South Carolina

Elizabeth Quale O’Neill Verner (American, 1883 to 1979)

Elizabeth O’Neill was born in Charleston, South Carolina, December 21, 1883. Her artistic gifts were encouraged and developed by her maternal grandfather, Henry Franklin Baker, who had been a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, a Charleston artist. After graduating in 1900 from Ursuline College in Columbia, South Carolina, Miss O’Neill enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Talbot, William Henry Fox – Photographer

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)

Noteworthy for the early appearance of a photographic print in a periodical, a Talbotype, or “sun picture,” commonly known as a calotype. William Henry Fox Talbot, began experimenting with capturing images on light-sensitive paper around 1834, and patented the calotype, also called a Talbotype, in 1840. It was the first instance of a photograph secured on paper and produced with paper negatives, which allowed for multiple copies of the [...] Click here to continue reading.


Smith, Jessie Willcox – American Artist

Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935)

Jessie Smith was among the most gifted of the students of Howard Pyle, and she took to heart his precept of (loosely put) studying a particular subject thoroughly, and conversely, painting what one knows best in order to bring the subject alive. Quite early, she settled on exploring the universe of the child, and did so with great sensitivity and tenderness over the first 30 years of this century.

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Sloane, Eric (Everard Jean Hinrichs) – American Artist

Eric Sloane (American, 1905 to 1985)

Born in New York City as Everard Jean Hinrichs, Sloane ran away from home at the age of fourteen and worked his way across the country by painting signs. Along the way he became avidly interested in the American farmer and architectural icons of the American Colonial era such as covered bridges, barns and homes. He settled in Taos, New Mexico in 1926 and worked in an artist [...] Click here to continue reading.


Schoonover, Frank Earle – American Artist & Illustrator

Frank Earle Schoonover (American, 1877 to 1972)

Frank Schoonover is well known as one of America’s great illustrators. His journeys into the wilderness of Canada, Alaska and the American West provided the subject matter for his prolific output of illustrations and paintings and made him a leader of the Golden Age of Illustration during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Schoonover’s illustrations can be found in hundreds of popular books and magazines of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe – American Geologist, Ethnologist & Author

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864)

Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was one of the United States’ earliest geologists, ethnologists, and antiquarians. Born in Albany County, New York, he attended both Union and Middlebury Colleges. After a failed attempt at career in glassmaking, his propensity for geology and mineralogy inspired him to explore Missouri and Arkansas. This trip resulted in his 1819 publication, A View of the Lead Mines of Missouri. Additional explorations in the upper Mississippi Valley [...] Click here to continue reading.


Roseville Pottery Company – Ohio

Roseville Pottery

Roseville Pottery Company thrived for 65 years (1890 to 1954) moving from Victorian to Arts and Crafts, from Art Deco to 50s Modern. Its unique “Roseville look” can be spotted across a room. In its day, Roseville produced over 100 innovative lines of art pottery some with as many as 65 shapes in three different colors. But the Zanesville, Ohio, manufactory was hardly innovative or unique in 1900 when it first branched [...] Click here to continue reading.


Rawson, Albert Leighton – American Artist & Author

Albert Leighton Rawson (American, 1829 to 1902)

Albert Leighton Rawson was born at Chester, Vermont. He traveled extensively throughout the United States, Central America, and Middle and Far East. An author, Rawson published books on the history of world religions, Central American Mound Builders, European and Middle Eastern languages, archaeology, and antiquities. He also provided illustrations and maps to magazines and to the books of other authors. A founder of the Theosophical Society in [...] Click here to continue reading.


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