Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Henry Clay portrait purchase : unidentified elderly man.

Being on Auctionzip has allowed me to view live sales all over the country.  The framed canvas above was up for bids in an auction house in New Orleans.  The catalog description said,  " Portrait of an elderly man...on canvas...presented in a period oval gilt and gesso frame.  15 3/4 in. by 13 in.   " 

Since I am more familiar with people who lived before 1860 than those who are active today,  I recognized the face as that of the great Kentucky Senator Henry Clay.  I bid the minimum and won.

There was a time I would email people and volunteer information about things they had for sale but didn't know much about. Those days are over.   I guess I'm not the road-show type anymore. 

3 comments:

  1. Wow love this and you know I agree. They have a chance to do research and find out info. I hope you got a deal and being very knowledgeable paid off.

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  2. Good eye, I remember seeing this at a local auction house here in New Orleans.Henry Clay's brother lived in New Orleans on Bourbon street. The house still stands!

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  3. Good eye, I remember seeing this at a local auction house here in New Orleans.Henry Clay's brother lived in New Orleans on Bourbon street. The house still stands!

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