Tole is "one stroke" painting almost always done on flat black tin. Paper Mache is sometimes called tole and is in a league all its own-quite a good league.
Offered for sale is a significant, American, antique tole tray from the late 19th c. It is the FINEST EXAMPLE OF EARLY AMERICAN TOLE , I have ever carried. It is large measuring 27.5 inches in diameter and was acquired out of South Central PA, where much of the best American Tole originated because of the PA Dutch and German influence. The techniques used actually remind me of many of the single stroke found in Florentine, Italian, tole, painting. More importantly, they are masterly executed. This was no amateur artist whether folk art or not! The edge is pierced. This is a unique, scarce, piece, the best example of tole I've ever carried. I've only seen one other similar, large, round tray like this and that was over twenty years ago. Notice the crazing of the surface as well as the soldered seam to the tin edge. I'd date this to the middle of the 19th century and, in my opinion, for toleware it is in remarkably well preserved and all original condition, a museum quality piece.
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