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Old 03-14-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Looking for an antique

The original members of the Loyal Nine, which later became the Sons of Liberty, were mostly artisans and craftsmen who lived and worked in the same area of Boston. We all know Paul Revere was a silversmith. Another member of that secret rebellious society was Thomas Crafts, a "japanner" or decorative painter prior to commanding the Massachusetts Artillery. Crafts lived from 1740 to 1799.

I am looking for an example of his work.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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You have expensive tastes F.B.

Old conversation pieces would be different in other countries... ever hear of "Ned Kelly" Australian history 18 hundreds..... there are a few collectors items around.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=n...=1600&bih=1109
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Mick Jagger played "Ned"

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A museum piece will do. I wouldn't want to own anything so valuable. I'd prolly drop it on the floor or forget and leave it out in the rain.
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Did he do furniture like this:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/journal...ing-1620-1820/
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Most likely, bg. His father, Thos. Crafts Sr, was a carpenter, so it would seem logical he would enlist a talented son to add value to the items he produced.
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I've been looking for examples but can only find things of that era. Nothing as of yet is attributed to him. Might be easier to hunt for his dad's furniture and look for a piece that has been japanned.

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http://www.nhcgov.com/Library/PCAReports/r451.pdf

interesting document says he worked for another furniture company as well
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There is a picture of one of his bowls here:

http://www.antique-marks.com/bow-porcelain.html

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https://www.britishmuseum.org/explor...ainted_by.aspx
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I'm trying to find Thomas Crafts maker mark on Bow Porcelain. Ebay has a lot of Bow Porcelain c1760

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I read somewhere that his mark was "floral"
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Later on he made teapots! How appropriate. His factory was in Massachusetts.

https://thisdayinpotteryhistory.word...thomas-crafts/
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There are a lot of Thomas Crafts! I'm impressed with how many were potters and decorative painters.

The Thomas Crafts I am looking for was born in 1740 and died in 1799. He lived in Boston, MA. So the potter in MA is too young to be him and the painter in the UK is probably a distant relative.

I read that Boston was the center of japanning in the Colonies in the 1700's, with at least ten shops in operation at the time, as the style was favored by the wealthy. There are only a dozen pieces known from the early part of the century, and some are magnificent.



I assume there must be more from later decades but so far I have not been able to find anything attributed to Thomas Crafts.

btw, the reason I am looking is because Jason is a direct descendant.
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Beautiful Piece!
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Isn't it? It belonged to the Pickman family of Salem. It was in two homes that were burned to the ground by Indians - rescued both times. I'd risk flames to drag that out of my house too. It was purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for $1.5 million in 1940. More pictures here.
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