Paint played a pivotal role during the 55th annual Thanksgiving Americana sale held by Garth’s Auctions on November 27, 2015, in Delaware, Ohio. Not that anyone was surprised. Garth’s is known for great pieces in early paint, and on Black Friday color was king. Topping the sale was a document box with its original decoration of checkered ends and central pinwheels, all freehand painted within incised lines. The darkened varnish somewhat subdued the colors of cream and orange on a black ground, but bidders still chased the box with abandon. It sold for $63,000 (including buyer’s premium), nowhere near its $1000/2000 estimate. Garth’s cataloged the box simply as American and dated it to the mi
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