Horse Sculpture, Laminated and Carved, Geometric Puzzle, Precise Anatomy

Likely Vermont

Horse Sculpture, Laminated and Carved, Geometric Puzzle, Precise Anatomy, Image 1

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]

Date: Circa 1880-1900

Measurement: Horse: height: 17.75"; width: 4.25"; length: 22"; platform: 14.75 x 9"

Material: Walnut, butternut and maple

Condition: The work sans carving depicting Cody remains in fine original condition.

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.


SKU: 195-43

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