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.


  1. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard for this event - the website is terrific, the invitations are lovely, and the list of items for auction is very impressive. Thank you!!

  2. Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!


  3. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.