Rare 19th c. Shaker Miniature Bowl
A rare 19th c. Shaker miniature bowl in original Vermillion red paint.
Delicately lathe turned from a small block of ash wood and profiled simply as typical in true Shaker fashion with an ever so slightly tapered bowl and finished with a subdued footed base. Careful consideration was taken when forming as slow lathe marks are evident. Equally exciting are chisel marks left on the underside.
Simply beautiful in a simplistic manner. As known, the counterpart, handled dippers were made in nesting sets and this bowl follows the form and size of dippers identically, even when set together.
Retains a wonderfully intact painted surface with some signs of in-period wear from use. Very good original condition with a small trivial age crack at the rim from shrinkage.
Probably Mt. Lebanon Shaker due to the form and likeness to the dippers being produced at Mt. Lebanon. Ca. 1850. 4"W x 2 1/4"T.
For a similar example, see plae 85 in "Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana".