William King Silhouette

Another rare item, although not as rare as Jennys or Williams, is this silhouette by William King in black frame by the same auction company, Conestoga Auction Company. They also have a very rare Day's Patent. Unfortunately, the stamp does not show on their photograph. I have written them asking for the close-up of the stamp but nothing comes my way, yet. At any rate, many of King's men have similarities. To illustrate this, I have also attached a King from my collection for comparison. The auction item is the one in the black frame. Other images are mine.

Rare Henry Williams Silhouette

When I first saw this silhouette, I thought it was the same example that Carrick illustrated in her book. Upon closer examination, there are some differences with the detailing of the hair. This is also from Conestoga Auction Company.

We no longer consider those silhouettes stamped WILLIAMS to be the works by Henry Williams. This silhouette here seems to be period and more likely done by Doyle. WILLIAMS stamp is NOT from the 19th century but 20th century. For more on this subject, see 1/10/2012 posting.

Rare William Jennys Silhouette

This is a rare artist. Groce says, "Portrait painter working in and around New Milford (Conn.) in mid-1790's and at NYC in 1797-98. After 1800 he moved northward along the Connecticut Valley into Central Massachusetts and Vermont and eastward to Portsmouth (NH). Not in McKechnie, Carrick, Harper, or Jackson.

Silhouette of Young Lady, cut paper with cloth background, stamped "W. Jennys" in black painted frame, 5" x 4-1/2". From Conestoga Auction Company

Does anyone own another Jennys?

Rare Buncombe for Sure

Although this is not an American silhouette, it is one of the important artists from the other side so decided to list it. It is from eBay with a starting bid of $800. I do not know if the seller is pulling our legs or what. If anyone bids on this, I will tear my illustrations out of books and start selling!

"This is an original work of the well known and highly praised John Buncombe. The beauty of this piece is that the illustration is followed by a caption authenticating the work as described " PAINTED MILITARY PORTRAIT OF THE 18TH CENTURY, BY J BUNCOMBE OF NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT " printed on the work itself.

Damage to this piece has occured and is described as follows :
Throughought its entirity there is a very light bleeding that is concentrated just to the right of the soldier's apparel.This peice has slight mold along the top edge where it was affixed to the tilt hinge mounting originaly. There is a slight scuff bellow the numerals in the prefix 18th seen in the caption bellow the soldier.

Deminsions are 4.5 inches wide by 6 inches tall. All of the slight imperfections are minute and give the piece a truely delightfull charm."