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  RARE MASONIC TRACING BOARD OF EXQUISITE QUALITY, PAINTED IN OIL ON CANVAS LAID OVER WIDE, HAND-PLANED POPLAR PANELS, CA 1815-1840:
Dimensions (inches): 74" x 43"
Description:
Tracing boards were tools used to instruct new tenants in the Masonic order. Surviving examples like this one are exceptionally rare and the few that exist are largely institutionalized. Executed in oil on canvas, impressive in scale and with fantastic folk style, this one was structured in the likeness of known work by Thomas Kensett (New haven, Connecticut, 1812). Probably removed from the wall of the early 19th century building in which it was used, the stretcher is affixed to wide, hand-planed poplar panels and framed in a narrow molding that would have been the centermost portion of a section of paneled wall. Exceptional, original condition.
   
Primary Color: Multicolored
Earliest Date: 1815
Latest Date: 1840
For Sale Status: Available
Price $95,000
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