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A LARGE NATIVE AMERICAN RED-PAINTED BURLWOOD OPEN-HANDLED BOWL
PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK GENTLEMAN
A LARGE NATIVE AMERICAN RED-PAINTED BURLWOOD OPEN-HANDLED BOWL

AMERICAN, POSSIBLY NORTHEASTERN WOODLANDS, LATE 17TH/ EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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A LARGE NATIVE AMERICAN RED-PAINTED BURLWOOD OPEN-HANDLED BOWL
AMERICAN, POSSIBLY NORTHEASTERN WOODLANDS, LATE 17TH/ EARLY 18TH CENTURY
9 ¾ in. high, 25 in. wide, 19 ¼ in. deep
Provenance
Henry Francis du Pont, Chestertown House, Southampton, New York
George E. Schoelkopf, New York
Sold, Sotheby's, New York, 26 January 1990, lot 1016
Marguerite and Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut
Sold, Christie's, New York, 18 January 2008, lot 240
Leigh Keno, Inc., New York

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Exceptional in size and condition, this burlwood bowl was likely used as a feast bowl by Native Americans of the Northeastern woodlands. Burl, a sacred material for Native peoples, is dense, irregular in grain and extremely strong, all of which make it hard to carve. Furthermore, with unusually thin walls and carved out handles, this bowl suggests the hand of a master carver (Trotta-Bono, correspondence, 18 November 2016).
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