Antiques and collection: Mourning image – AgriNews
Death was an important part of life in the 19th century. Life expectancy was 38 to 44 years, and many babies died at birth or before the age of one.
The mourning and the rituals that accompanied a death were very important and lasted about a year. There was a funeral, which was attended by friends and family, often held at home, and burial on a family plot in the courtyard if there was no cemetery nearby.
Black clothes were worn for the year of mourning; even the jewelry was made of black stones. Pictures, in some cases mirrors, were covered and weekly visits to a church service to say prayers were expected.
The following years also included some items that took a long time to make, such as mourning rings and commemorative images often created by a close relative. The image used symbols of death and the afterlife.
A church, tombstones, an anchor, lily of the valley, forget-me-nots, urns, weeping willows, a coffin, candles, skulls, oak leaves and, of course, the angels and the cross were part of the language.
Folk art collectors look for painted or embroidered mourning images that include some of these symbols and information about the deceased, including name, date of death, and location. Many are signed by the artist.
This framed image was sold at a Skinner auction. It depicted willows, an urn, a gravestone, a black robe, a church, flowers and a weeping relative.
The inscription on the tombstone reads “Amos Tyler”. Research revealed that he died in 1829, probably in Massachusetts, at the age of 38. No wonder it sold for $ 22,140, about 10 times the estimate.
My mom has an old table that is in good shape, but the top is warped. Can it be fixed? It’s expensive ? Is it smart money to replace it?
It depends on the value of the table if it was perfect. A repaired top will lower the retail price by approximately 20%. The cost of the repair is based on the labor, not the coin’s value, so the better the table, the more important it is to get it in the best possible condition. But it must be a very good repair, and it requires a conservator accustomed to working with antiques.
Tole coal port, black, crackle pattern, gold bands, tapered rectangle, ball feet, domed lid, 17 x 18 inches, $ 45.
American Indian Basket, Choctaw, Mississippi bamboo, river cane, natural dye, large diamond pattern, black, orange, beige, flared square base with rounded top, c. 1970, 18 x 19 inches, $ 280.
Architectural, frieze, terracotta, semi-circular, shield, 2 stylized dragons, acanthus tails, egg & dart strip, square border, composed of 10 sections, $ 480.
Advertising sign, “Twin Drive-In Theater”, “Turn Right” inside arrow imprint, metal, painted, green, reflective yellow letters, New York area, 24 inches in diameter, $ 750.
Advice: Do not store the sheets of the dining table on the end. They can warp. Flat under the bed is an ideal storage place.