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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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Lyre and Scroll Bannerette
American School, 19th century
sheet copper and zinc weathervane with paint and traces of gold leaf
Height 26 1/4 in. by Length 44 1/4 in.
Northeastern United States
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Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, American Folk Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. William Holland of Pennsylvania, January 28, 1995, sale 6659, lot 686

Exhibited

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Courting the Winds, April 9-13, 1988 (illus. in cat., p. 5).

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 56, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Flat sheet metal bannerettes were common church vanes throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many included openwork in their symmetrical classically themed designs, which visually lightened and added formal interest to their sometimes substantial lengths. The lyre is an ancient Greek string instrument that according to one mythological account was invented and strummed by the god Hermes and has long been associated with poetry and religion. Lyre shapes were common elements of the classical revival design style that became popular in the early years of the American republic. 

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