Ships Figurehead, Indian Maiden, Probably New England Date/Period: Circa 1840
Measurement: 30” by 17”
Material: Polychromed wood
Condition: Years of use have contributed to the beauty; trivial fragmentation and loss
reminiscent of ancient statues. Displays well.
Literature:Spiritually Moving – A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture by Tom
Geismar and Harvey Kahn; introduction by Don Walters, catalog by Ralph Sessions,
catalog number 73.
Additional Information: The individuality of this engaging figurehead suggests that it
was carved in a smaller seaport town for one of the many coastal vessels that plied the
waters of the East Coast. Ship carvers in larger urban workshops tended to work in a
more realistic style modeled after academic sculpture. 1.
1. Spiritually Moving – A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture by Tom Geismar
and Harvey Kahn
Ventriloquist’s Dummy Head, Puppet, Late Nineteenth Century,
Original Surface Date/Period: 1890-1910ish - SOLD
Measurement: Height on stand: 13.5"; height: 8"
Material: Wood, sheet iron, polychrome
Condition: Very good, oxidized patina
Literature: Wood Carvings: North American Folk Sculptures; Marian and Charles
Klamkin; 1974, page 75.
Additional Information: Carved and painted puppet head…cream colored face with
rolling eyelids and large eyeballs; dark arched eyebrows…lower jaw is also moveable
[internal mechanisms to move eyelids and mouth].
John Haley Bellamy, Carved Mahogany Gangway Board, USS Enterprise
A Rare Woodcarving Executed by Bellamy [1836-1914] for the US Navy Date/Period: 1874
Condition: Excellent, superlative original condition
Additional Information: The attribution to John Haley Bellamy was determined based
on comparison of the subject gangway board and four known and documented
examples crafted by Bellamy for decorative purposes abord the bark-rigged screw
sloop-of-war USS Enterprise launched at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in 1874. Numerous
stylistic attributes exist between this piece and the other Bellamy gangway boards
crafted for the Enterprise, particularly the shield surmounted with eagle, construction of
eagle’s body and its posture/attitude. The manner with which the eagle’s talons are
rendered atop the shield’s rim perfectly relate to other known examples. Stylistically the
way the eagle’s feathers are rendered, and the symmetry and thickness of the piece are
congruent with the other known USS Enterprise gangway boards. Further testimony to
the pieces’ authenticity is the proper oxidation being extant upon the untreated back of
the carving; the metalwork is authentic to the later nineteenth century. Analysis of this
piece and comparison between it and the four known documented examples of USS
Enterprise gangway boards crafted by Bellamy reveal that the piece was personally
carved by John Haley Bellamy, with no other hands at work. In conclusion, this USS
Enterprise gangway board stands as a truly rare and important surviving piece of
woodworking that the celebrated Bellamy executed for the United States Navy. 1.” Exceedingly rare, today only four are known to still exist. Indeed, all four gangway
boards appear to hail from the bark-rigged screw sloop-of-war USS Enterprise”, [fig. 5.4] See American Eagle – The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy by James A.
Craig, pp. 69, 70, 71 and 72. (1. As quoted from James Craig’s book.) Mr. Craig has
examined and documented the carving; notarized three-page letter of authenticity
accompanied the piece.
Antique Cigar Store Figure, Tobacconist Classical Pose, Carved and Painted
Anonymous, 19th Century
Folk Art, Carved & Painted Trade Figure of George Washington in Uniform
A relaxed and confident portrait displaying great attitude and surface
Anonymous Date/Period: Beginning of 20th Century.
Material: Carved wood, polychrome, vibrant, displays very well
Additional Information: American, beginning of the 20th Century. The flat back figure,
almost life size, shows Washington with his sword…wearing his high black boots with
spurs, ivory pants, and vest; ruffled jabot and sleaves; blue coat with brass-colored
buttons. His tricorne “cocked hat” ornamented with a red, white, and orange cockade.
May have been originally displayed at a Philadelphia theater.
Folk Art, Carved Beaver, Gilded and Painted Architectural Expression
National Symbol of the Sovereignty of Canada Date/Period: Circa 1860
Literature:Canadian Folk Art to 1950 by John Fleming and Michael Rowan, page 248
Additional Information: A powerful iconic composition, maple leaf and beaver.
Carved & Painted Folk Art Carving, George Washington, Fragment Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: 11.75" x 9" x 3"
Material: Appears to be maple, polychrome
Condition: Very good as fragments go! Missing foot & coattails, else fine
Additional Information: General George Washington in uniform holding chapeau in
position to be astride his horse. Great and original surface.
Literature: Frances McQueeney-Jones Mascolo, “Beyond Tradition: A Folk Art
Collection in New Hampshire,” Antiques & Fine Arts, vol. VII, Issue 2, Summer/Autumn 2006, p. 138.
Provenance: Billy Pearson, California
Sotheby’s, Important American Folk Art from the Ralph, and Susanne Katz
collection. January 21, 2017. Lot 5065
Folk Art, Carving, Cowgirl and Her Horse, Original Paint, Dry Patina Date/Period: 1920-1930’s
Measurement: Height: 9"; length: 9"; width: 4.25"
Material: Pine, polychrome, leather
Condition: Excellent original condition
Scrimshaw Horn Ware Cup, Engraved Horse Drawn Carriage Scene
Incised: W. Carter Date/Period: Circa 1780-1830
Measurement: Height: 3.75"
Material: Cow horn
Condition: Losses to rim
Additional Information: Tapered cylindrical cup. Panoramic scene depicting four
horses pulling coach; seated are the driver and a woman with standing man blowing
trumpet at the rear, also twin chimney dwelling and a tree lined road.
Folk Art, Carved Doll Head Date/Period: Likely early 19th century - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 11.5"
Material: Northeastern white pine
Condition: Consistent with age and use, displays well
Additional Information: A reduction in complexity, a folk art composition likely made
for a lucky child. The well-loved doll is worn and displays a very rich and dry patina.
Folk Art Relief Carved Plaque, Woman in Defensive Pose, Armed Woodland
Camp, Volcano Date/Period: 19th century
Measurement: 19.5" x 14.25" x 2.25"
Material: Hardwood, possibly white walnut, polychrome, dry patina
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age
Additional Information: Unknown subject by anonymous artist. The barefooted
longhaired woman wearing blue robe clutches a long knife in her right hand. The subject
is posed in what appears to be a wooded camp; over her left shoulder are crossed long
arms [guns] and a red, blue, and white flag that may be French. Perhaps the clue is in
the volcanic mountain flanked by mountain peaks. Does anyone know? Please share
your translation. Thanks!
Carved Card Case, Foliate, Tavern Scene Date/Period: Late 19th Century
Measurement: 5” x 3.5” x .5”
Condition: Very Good
Additional Information: Gentlemen smoking pipes seated at a table laden with bottles
and glasses. Other side is foliated. Lid slides. Competently carved.
Clark Voorhees, Finback Whale Plaque, Carved and Painted
Clark G. Voorhees (1911-1980), Probably 1950’s
Old Lyme, Connecticut and Weston, Vermont
An outstanding silhouette typical of Clark Voorhees distinguished tradition - SOLD
The artist’s mark and C. Voorhees stamped on the reverse.
(Original untouched surface; length: 19”)
Civil War Carved Marble Match Safe with Soldier Date/Period: 1860’s
Measurement: 8.5” x 5” x 6”
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: Anonymous work depicting a soldier in uniform laying against
a tree stump
Carving, Sperm Whale, Attributed to Boston Artistic Carving Co.
Boston Artistic Carving Ceased Operation in the late 1950’s
See Catalog, page 8, number F-12 Whale Date/Period: 1900-1950
Additional Information: The Boston Artistic Carving Company was established in the
1890’s and is mostly known for their eagle plaques. This fully dimensional sculpture
painted in black enamel is quite realistic. The carving is sold with a walnut display stand
which is likely original.
Powder Flask, Folk Art Carved and Engraved, Flattened, Dated 1685
Likely Germany Date/Period: 1685
Measurement: Length: 7"; width: 3.25"; depth: 1"
Material: Cow horn, wood plug, bone, or ivory eyes
Condition: Very good, scattered trivial pesting to plug
Additional Information: Outstanding carving…one side bearing the owner’s coat of
arms…the other featuring a hunter with gun, a tree with perched birds and large floral
device; both edges carved.
Victorian Cased Ship in Bottle
Walnut case, light aqua bottle
Properly rigged steam and sail vessel is painted and displays her American flag. The
bottle is centered within box towers with canted edges. Molded base resting on carved
feet. The whole surmounted with leaf and branch carved handle. (Missing one leaf)
(Height: 13.75"; width: 15"; depth: 4.25")
Carved Bust, President William McKinley (1843-1901)
Anonymous Carver, like carved soon after assassination
25th President of U.S, 1897-1901
Walnut, fine condition, (Height: 3.5"; width: 3.5"; depth: 2")
Antique Carved Folk Art Pipe Bowl, Fruitwood
Anonymous, 19th Century
Displaying a rich patina, featuring clover and vine relief carving; front ornamented with a
harp and block lettered “HARP” beneath initials “THS”.
(Height: 3.5"; width: 2.5"; depth: 4")
Wick Ahrens Carved & Painted Finback Whale Plaque,
Ahrens, a renown whale sculptor had a gallery in Vermont
(Born: 1944, died: 2016) Date/Period: 1991 - SOLD
Additional Information: Naturalistically modelled, inset glass eye, signed, and dated…
Wick Ahrens carved whales for 50-years. The respected sculptor was inspired by and
studied under Clark Voorhees, continuing his education at the Vesper George School of
Art in Boston and the San Francisco School of Art. The artist’s work is found across the
country in Aiken, South Carolina, Newport, Rhode Island, Los Angeles and Berkeley,
California as well as in the collections of the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental
Education in San Mateo, CA, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Nantucket
Historical Association. Ahrens produced only a few pieces each year. Completely
original yet authentic interpretations of various species result. His work is represented in
NMNA America bank, in other private collections at Newport RI, Aiken SC, Pt. Reyes
CA, Berkeley and Los Angeles, as well as public museums and galleries. He is a
member of the Copley Society of Boston, and the Society of Animal Artists.
Oakland Museum, Oakland CA
Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo CA
Maui Art Exposition, Maui HI
Mystic Maritime Museum, Mystic CT
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester VT
Early 20th Century Decorative Carving, Hen, Drake and Ducklings, Original Paint
Unknown maker - SOLD
(H: 5”, L: 10”, W: 5”)
Eagle, Carved and Gilt, Spread Wings, Original Surface
Possibly North Shore, Massachusetts, Circa 1800
Architectural, finial for furniture, mirror or clock - SOLD
(Excellent condition; h: 8", W: 5.5", D: 1.75")
Carved, Pierced, and Painted Architectural Whimsey Tower, Obelisk, Puzzle Ball Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Height: 19.25 inches
Material: Pine, paint, and varnish
Condition: Excellent, varnish is darkly oxidized, tiny chip to center spire that does not
Additional Information: Elaborately carved, whimsy [or whimsey] likely a gift from a groom to
his bride. Three tier graduated stepped base, steps with canted edges and brick foundation
raised on cutout feet. Within the tiered steps is carved a concave stairway leading to door above
which are four chip carved frontal sections; the sides display two sections. The arched window
openings contain a large olive green painted ball; finials are gold. Underside of base scratch
carved “H. Collins”. A gem!
Elmer Crowell, Male Kingfisher Poised on Rock, East Harwich, Massachusetts
Full Size Decorative Mantel Carving, Crowell (Anthony Elmer), 1862-1952
Base Displays Stamp of Joseph French Collection. [J.B. FRENCH] Date/Period: Base marked with rectangular impressed stamp. See The Songless
Aviary: The World of A.E. Crowell & Son by Brian Cullity,
published by the Trustees of
Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, 1992, pp. 54 & 55 for a discussion on stamps.
Bust of Shakespeare, Carved Wood, Possibly an Architectural Element Date/Period: Antique
Measurement: Height: 13.5"
Condition: Light shrinkage lines, weathered surface, loss and thinning to paint,
Tip of nose is abraded; wood loss to base of left proper shoulder.
Additional Information: An original hand carved figure depicting a Shakespeare like
bust in a dry surface/patina
Carved Wood Folk Art Rocking Desktop Ink Blotter, Lion, Best Patina
Anonymous, Likely Unique, 19th Century…Circa 1860ish
(Minor wood losses to underside of corners that don’t distract, otherwise fine.
(8.5 x 3.5 x 3.5")
Chinese Ink Stone, Fu Dog Guards the Ink Pool
Anonymous, Antique (likely 17th to 19th centuries)
Carved pool within incised square border supported by bracket feet joining scalloped aprons; carved of a single piece of stone. (10 x 8 x 5")
Folk Art Carving, Man Carrying Pail, Original Paint
Anonymous Date/Period: Early 20th Century
Measurement: Height: 6.25"
Material: Pine, polychrome, brass pail
Condition: Excellent original condition, old repair to wrist that does not distract
Additional Information: The barefoot man, his sleeves rolled up, wearing shorts
supported by suspenders wears a hat. The figure retains original painted surface
displaying a dry patina.
Carousel Horse, Jumper, Glass Eyes, Original Surface
Attributed to Herschell Spillman
North Tonawanda, New York - SOLD
A carved and painted jumping wooden carousel horse, the figure with glass eyes and carved mane. The breast collar is ornamented with a carved and painted American shield. This horse is painted reddish-brown dapple with black mane; the slightly curved saddle is yellow, blankets are painted yellow with red trim, the tack done in yellow and green. (Dimensions: 59" H, 4.5" W, 12" D.)
Carved Bedpost Doll, a Folk-Art Plaything
Carved from Old Bedpost, Original Paint
Anonymous, 19th Century
Original paint and fabric arms - SOLD
sold with professionally fabricated display stand
(Height: 14”, depth: 4”, depth 4”)
Antique Carved and Painted Spread Wing Dove,
Folk Art Bird in Dry White Paint
Anonymous, Late 19th Century
The birds wire toes are slipped under staples on the orb of a 19th century steeple finial creating a nice presentation;
the steeple sits on a museum style steel plate base. Our fabricator is available to create a table or wall mounting fixture.
(Wingspan: 13.75” , length: 12” , height approx. 11.75” )
Folk Art Carving, Mustached Man’s Head, Original Surface
Anonymous, Late 19th Century
(Height: 5”, width: 3”; includes cube mount)
Carved and Painted Lake Trout by Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine, Signed
Signed on Reverse by Maine’s Master Carver Lawrence Irvine (1918-1998) Date/Period: 1970
Measurement: 43.5" x 18"; trout length: 38"
Condition: Fine, including all fins!
Additional Information: Finely carved and painted realistic lake trout mounted on a
rectangular plywood, brown painted edge, stained backboard. Marked faintly on reverse "Carved by Lawrence Irvine. Caught Moosehead Lake March 22, 1970 20lb. 4 oz.”
Elaborately carved, stop-and-start groove-carved tail, leather and copper wire bridal;
carved saddle and leather flap, carved stirrups [separated]. The sculpture is mounted on a pierced and carved
base…center section displays a fan carving and the letters “BBQ”.
[BBQ" must be a Quebecois version of Boofaloe Beel Quoidy]
Literature: FOLK SCULPTURE USA, the catalog of a fabulous exhibition at the Brooklyn
Museum and LACMA in 1976. Our horse is illustrated on page 50, as part of the Margaret Woodbury
Strong Museum collection, Rochester, NY.
See: American Folk Sculpture by Robert Bishop, pp. 196-197, figure 361 and Young
America, A Folk Art History by Lipman, Warren and Bishop, page 143. Also, see
Pioneer Couple, in the Peabody Essex Museum Collection, illustrated without oxcart on
page 155 and discussed on page 36, In the American Spirit: Folk Art from The Collection.
For a great cognate see, The Collection of Raymond and Susan Egan, Northeast Auction,
August 5, 2006, pp. 114-115, lot 871. This example sold 10 October 2019 achieving
$30,000.00; Sculptural Fantasy, The Important American Folk Art Collection of Stephen
and Petra Levin, lot 106. See the Clarion, Fall 1982, page 37. The published examples were
apparently part of the group of forty figures; a diorama of American
life exhibited in a Vermont country store.
(The work sans carving depicting Cody remains in fine original condition;
horse: height: 17.75"; width: 4.25"; length: 22"; platform: 14.75 x 9")
Folk Art Carving, Horse Drawn Wagon and Riders
New York State, Circa 1920
Equally successful and charming, we hope they remain together!
(Excellent original condition; one of the horses ears restored, else fine; H: 5.25”, L: 11.5”, W: 4”)
Vintage Eagle Carved Pen & Paperclip Desk Stand
Anonymous, inscribed “Made in Poland”
Height: 15.25"; width: 6.75"; depth: 4"
Sculpture, Recumbent Lamb, Likely for Gravestone, Never Used Date/Period: 19th Century
Additional Information: This sculpture, likely for a child’s gravestone shows no
evidence of weathering or outside use.
Carved Folk Art Horse, Original Paint
Anonymous… 19th century
(Tips of ears worn; height: 9.25"; length: 8.75"; width: 2.5")
Mackerel Plow, New England, Possible Maine Date/Period: Circa 1830-1880 - SOLD
Measurement: 9.5" x 2.25" x .5"
Material: Birch, pewter, and iron
Condition: Excellent, great patina
Additional Information: Fishermen generally had their own mackerel plows which
were of varied designs…this pierced example of scrolled design and large comfortable
open handle is inlayed with pewter ad retains its filed iron blade. Used by New England
fisherman aboard mackerel schooners to slice the fish.
Antique Tortoise Shell Backcomb, 18th Century Hair Ornament
Relief decorated…” V” over “R” centering “FDL / 70” within shield flanked by floral and scroll ornament against a finely checkered background within a bulleted border. The comb is missing two tines. (3,5 by 5”)
Carved Oak Portrait Plaques, Lot of Three, By Beguin, 1895, Original Surface
(Fine original condition; 15 by 11”, 20.5 by 16.5”, 18 by 16”)
$1,575 for the lot of three
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