Condition: Sliding door sticks but does open and close. Animals may have minor chips
or maybe a missing ear, but they are in overall excellent condition. Presents well.
Additional Information: Sunday in 19th Century America was not always enjoyable for
the whole family. While the parents might be immersed in the church, the children were
often bored and somewhat disruptive. The church made a decision to allow children to
play with the Noah's Ark toy already popular in Western Europe. The arks and animals
were carved by families in remote regions of Germany, with each member specializing
in a vessel or animal, bird or people figures. The sets were sold throughout Europe
beginning in the 1850's, and by 1860 had made their way to mainstream American
homes. The Noah's Ark was considered a teaching tool and although a toy, was a
savior to children and parents alike. After a bible lesson of Noah and the Great Flood,
any child could let their imagination run wild while playing out the bible story, imagining
the pairing of these great animals, many of which just recently reached mainstream
knowledge through Livingstone's mid-century African Discoveries, and whatever else
the imagination could conjure, and all with the blessings of the adults.
An excellent display size, this large 25 1/2" x 16" x 6.75" Ark displays above average
construction, with the hull being hand shaped after joining, and is nicely hand painted in
bold colors. The ark has a sliding door allowing for storage of many animals and figures,
which is the common practice. A 25" Ark Set with a nice set of passengers was
affordable to America's Middle Class, but somewhat out of reach for the lesser
financially blessed. This set would be among the family's treasured possessions.
In a remarkable state of preservation, this large ark brags an impressive passenger list
of 8 people (Noah, wife, 3 sons and their wives); plus more than 200 animals, birds and
bugs, all in pairs including elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc. birds of various species in
pairs, and the notable monkey pairs upfront for a total passenger count of 216 (or
so…they occasionally fall off the ark and have to swim) The colors, carving, and finish
detail make us believe these passengers were made by the same family, all at the time
the ark was built. It is unusual to find this many passengers of the same origin as these
sets often lost and gained members along the way.
A small folk art carved and painted wooden bird featuring split and raised wings and groove-carved tail. Excellent painted detail, dry patina. The figure mounted on a lovely delicate baluster continuing to a domed out-of-round base turned of walnut. (Height: 4")
John apprenticed under John Russell and married Russell's daughter who was an artist and art teacher; she painted most of her husband's carvings. The artists' work enjoyed great international publicity, recognition and demand.
Additional information available. (Dimensions: 48" L, 13.5" H, 4" D.)
Beautifully carved wooden jockeys on race horses displayed in full gallop; fine original condition. Likely part of a game that involved betting on individual numbered race horses; popular on cruise ships during the early twentieth through the mid-twentieth century.
(Dimensions: Overall L on stand: 33"; H: 10.5"; W: 7.5"; Individual Horse: H: 5.75"; L: 16"; W: 1.75".)
In fine condition; early gilt over original gilt surface.
(Height: 34.5-inches; width: 59-inches; depth: 9-inches.)
195-9 - SOLD
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