Karin Fielding describes a vibrant needlework pocketbook made by young Elizabeth Fellows in 1776. The piece, done in a flame-stitch pattern, includes a delicate length of handmade tape, used to close the purse.
With his wife Karin looking on, Jonathan Fielding describes A. Ellis’s painting of Albert G. Gilman, made in 1831. Only 15 portraits by Ellis are now known to exist and many of those are in disrepair; this is as Fielding says, quite an “exceptional piece” with vibrant colors and a modern flair.
Jonathan Fielding talks about an untitled portrait painted in the 1820s by Sheldon Peck. The painting was uncovered in 1997 by the popular Antiques Roadshow television series. Peck, an itinerant artist and one of the best-known painters of the time, was an abolitionist, an activist in the temperance movement, and a proponent of universal education.
Jonathan and Karin Fielding talk about what they collect and why and their interest in the pieces with respect to how they were made and how they were used. Their focus: American ingenuity manifested in American art made for utilitarian purposes by craftspeople in rural New England from the 18th through 19th centuries.
Standing in his kitchen at home, Jonathan Fielding talks about the Caverly family painting hanging on the wall. The beloved piece, by Joseph S. Davis, painted in the early 1836, is rich with detail, providing insight into the lives of Charles and Comfort Caverly and their son, Isaac.