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Lot Number: 151
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c. 1824 Marquis de Lafayette’s Return Tour of America Decorated Commemorative Painted Fireplace Bellows

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c. 1824 Commemorative Portrait Painted Fireplace Bellows of Marquis de Lafayette’s Return Tour of America, Hand-Painted and Decorated, built of Pine wood, with a Handcolored Print of Lafayette attached, measuring 18.5" long and 7" across, Very Fine.

These Patriotic Bellows are painted in rich orange-red paint with additional Hand-Stenciled decoration. When General Lafayette made his return to American in 1824 the entire Nation treating his visit as a National holiday. No doubt rare, if not unique, original “Folk Art” style Fireplace Bellows dating to circa 1824 during the period of the Marquis de Lafayette’s triumphant Return Tour of America. The Hand-Painted portions are pleasing showing light wear from use, displaying a natural patina. Near center, these Bellows display an original decorative, period Hand-colored Print of Lafayette in oval, measuring about 2” tall x 1.5” wide. Original varnish is still mostly intact with some expected darkening from age. Its ornately designed brass nozzle is also original. Leather side panels were professionally replaced by a prior collector long ago, accomplished so as to be true to the original. Its original paint shows similar wear, yet remains in remarkable condition with just minor losses. Overall, these bellows display typical wear commensurate with age. There were numerous decorative commemorative ceramics, banners and prints made for display, as well as ceremonies and parades in his honor. This remarkable and useful household piece was made for that occasion.
Lot Number: 151
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