Sunday, March 7, 2010
Featured Item: Original Folly Cove Designers Print "Home Port"
This is an original block print from the Folly Cove Designers, a group founded by Virginia Lee Burton, the beloved author of such classics as Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, and The Little House. Production of these textiles ceased in 1968, when Burton died.
The design is "Home Port" by Louise Kenyon, circa 1949, showing a sequence from bottom to top of fish, sailing ships, sailors, dancing girls, and a Main Street. It measures approximately 21" by 17".
It is block printed onto cotton. It has been archivally framed, invisibly sewn onto linen backing, and framed with UV-protected plexiglass. This is the definition of "museum-quality framing".
This item will be part of the live auction, and its estimated value is from $500 to $600.
This print was generously donated by East Gloucester resident Andrew Spindler, owner of Andrew Spindler Antiques in Essex, MA. He has several original Folly Cove prints on display at his shop on Main Street.