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    Folk Art/African Americana: Federal Period Watercolor. 7.5" x 9" pencil & watercolor on paper of two young girls playing "dress up" in front of a portable vanity. The style of clothing dates it to the 1800-1810 period. We are not sure if the African-American girl is a "free person of color" and a playmate of the white girl, or if she is a house slave who is enjoying dressing up in the "finery" of the times. Given the idealized features of the white girl and the less-than-ideal features of her model, we assume the portrait has some hidden meaning or it may, in fact, depict actual persons drawn from life. Not signed or dated, with some pencil measurements on the verso and minor glue remnants on the extreme right back side.

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    December, 2017
    2nd Saturday
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