Checking out the catalog for Cowan's upcoming Americana auction. These two pieces caught my eyes both for the great use of color and composition.
Here's the auction descriptions:
1. Hand-Drawn and -Painted Masonic Apron, ca 1800, watercolor on silk with a hand-sewn green silk binding, likely a Blue Lodge secretary's apron, symbols including the key to King Solomon's temple. In a newer wooden frame; 18.5" x 22.5" (apron); 21" x 25" (frame).
2. Mariners Compass Appliquéd & Pieced Quilt, ca 1878, wool and cotton, treadle and hand pieced, hand quilted. Pieced compasses outlined in fine gold embroidery, arranged on a ground of burgundy, green and brown bars; Front is wool, back is gold sateen cotton, the front and back are quilted separately and joined with burgundy binding; 67" x 77".Provenance Dubois family NC attached to back.