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    Martin Van Buren: Spectacular Wall Plaque Incorporating Hand-Painted Miniatures on Ivory. We have consulted several sophisticated long-term collectors and dealers in early political and presidential display items, and, like ourselves, none has ever seen or heard of anything quite like this wonderful plaque. Presumably produced in Europe for sale in America at the time of Van Buren's presidency, it shows him along with the four Founding Fathers: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. Each portrait is hand-painted on ivory, measuring 2" x 1.65", protected by a thin domed glass cover. All are signed by the artists. Not surprisingly given that these were produced in a workshop environment, three different artists were involved, none of whom is listed in modern registries of significant artists of the period. Like many of the hand-painted Stobwasser snuff boxes of the early 19th-century, this may well have been a custom order for presentation purposes. It is encased in an elegant openwork brass frame with original hanging loop, measuring 6.75" 8.5". Overall display condition is excellent, although there is very slight deterioration of the blue fabric background along the edge at seven o'clock, and scattered staining of the cloth which, thanks to its even distribution, is not objectionable. As seasoned hobbyists know, Van Buren is one of the most difficult presidents for whom to obtain contemporary items, particularly of a display nature. The appearance of this unique and beautiful plaque is a significant event indeed. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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