Let's start by defining terms: a triptych refers to the type of three-panel, hinged artworks that emerged in Christian art during the Middle Ages and that are perhaps most famously epitomized by "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (Hieronymus Bosch, circa 1500). In the realm of sports memorabilia, tobacco companies have been the main producers of triptych-style advertising pieces, with notable examples from Beech-Nut, Lucky Strike and Old Gold. Back in 2002, a Hillerich & Bradsby triptych featuring Ruth and Cobb sold for the princely sum of $75,000. Yet among the handful of different three-panel sports pieces that have ever surfaced, we find no record whatsoever of this Chesterfield survivor that has rested in the Paynter Collection for many decades. The first-and-only such display to reach the auction block, it features the fine artistry of Chesterfield's premier illustrator, Charles Edward Chambers (1883-1941). Each framed panel measures 3 feet tall, and the widths are 2 feet for the central panel and 1 foot for each of the side panels (captioned "LEFT" and "RIGHT" at the bottom edges). Heavy peripheral wear and professional restoration/in-painting detracts little from the extraordinary visual appeal and historical importance. Baseball tobacciana at its very best!
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