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")
Renowned folk artist, and carver (b. 1947); known for multiple mediums, including
wood, stone, bone and shell, Finney is discussed in numerous books and publications
and is represented in well-known collections. Finney is considered by many experts in
the decoy Folk Art world to be the best of his generation.
Age splits limited to one side otherwise excellent condition; seam separation is
purposeful with leather inserted into seams at shoulders.
(Height: 17"; width: 21.25"; depth: 3.25") Includes display stand.
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