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Cut paper hearts and hands are more correctly termed "love tokens" because they were given as gestures of regard on days other than Valentine's Day. This love token is an assemblage of seventeen paper hands with a paper heart interwoven on each palm; a contrasting strip of paper is woven through the wrists. The hearts are different sizes—some are varnished, and two incorporate pieces of ruled paper. One hand carries the familiar sentiment "Hand and heart shall never part / When this you see / Re
What little is known about folk artist Mary Ann Willson is derived from just two anonymous letters accompanying a portfolio of her work discovered by staff at the Harry Stone Gallery in New York City in 1943, and a short biography included in an illustrated book on the Catskills published in 1894. She is said to have had a companion named Miss Brundage (also spelled Brundidge) who farmed on their property while Wilson painted and sold her work. She was active from 1815 to 1825 when she compl...