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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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Flying Horse
American School, 19th century
molded and sheet copper weathervane with traces of paint
Height 18 1/4 in. by Length 37 1/2 in.
circa 1860
Boston, Massachusetts
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Provenance

Allan Daniel, New York;
Sotheby's New York, The American Folk Art Collection of Howard and Catherine Feldman, June 23, 1988, sale 5744, lot 57;
Allan Katz, Americana, Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Literature

Treasures of American Folk Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1979) p. 42;
Robert Bishop and Patricia Coblenz, A Gallery of American Weathervanes and Whirligigs, (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1981);
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) pl. 3, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

As is the case with many early swell-bodied copper weathervanes manufactured in Massachusetts, examples of this rare and dramatic form have often been attributed to A.L. Jewell of Waltham. However, the eyes of Jewell's vane are concave, not convex like those on this piece, and the many broadsides and trade cards he published to advertise his products do not illustrate this form.

This powerfully stylized horse's wind-blown repoussé mane and tail add to the wild careening forward motion of the vane's lean and flowing form.

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