PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF A COUNTRY SQUIRE AND HIS WIFE, CIRCA 1830-31. ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN S. BLUNT, THE BORDEN LIMNER (1798-1835).

Est. $10,000-$15,000

Sold: $9,000 ($7,500)

Each oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches.

Provenance: Rhetta C. Robertson Collection of American Folk Art; Robert Bishop, New York; purchased in the 1960’s and descended in the purchaser’s family to the present owner.

Literature: Illustrated in the Robert Bishop’s exhibition catalog “The Borden Limner and His Contemporaries,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1975, pp. 32-33, nos. 12 and 13. Also illustrated in Bishop’s “John Blunt: The Man, The Artist and His Times,” The Clarion, Spring 1980, pp. 31-32, nos. 49 and 49.