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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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Horse
J. Howard & Co.
molded copper and cast zinc weathervane with gold leaf and paint
Height 20 in. by Length 24 in.
circa 1860
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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Provenance

Nathan S. Kline, New York;
Marna Anderson, New Paltz, New York.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 19.

Catalogue Note

J. Howard & Co. was first listed as a weathervane manufacturer in 1856 and last appeared in the 1865 New England Business Directory, listed beneath A.L. Jewell, who, unlike Howard, paid for an ad in the book. The only record of the company's products is an unillustrated wholesale price list. While this list gives us no clear idea what these vanes looked like, some of the firm's vanes are stamped, "Made by J. Howard & Co. W. Bridgewater, Mass," offering a basis of comparison with examples, like this one, that are not stamped. All of the stamped vanes have Howard's distinctive combination of cast zinc forebodies and molded copper rears. The legs, ears, and tails of their horses were also copper.

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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New York