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Steeple Chase
William F. Tuckerman
(1816-1871)
stamped on the left side of the neck TUCKERMAN / BOSTON
sheet copper weathervane with polychrome
Height 36 in. by Length 26 in.
circa 1835
Boston, Massachusetts
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Provenance

Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Booth, Jr., Gladwyne, Pennsylvania; 
David A. Schorsch, Inc., New York.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) pl. 12, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

This is one of only two known weathervanes stamped by Tuckerman. A closely related but unmarked Tuckerman weathervane is illustrated in Sotheby's The American Folk Art Collection of Frank and Karen Miele. January 28, 1984, lot 31.

No records or advertisements associated with the Boston coppersmith William F. Tuckerman mention weathervanes, but the forms of his two known stamped vanes bear striking similarities to the work of A.L. Jewell, a younger man whom he probably knew and may have influenced.

Tuckerman is listed as an exhibitor at the second exhibition and fair of The Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association held in Boston in the fall of 1839, where his "one large and two miniature copper Tea Kettles" were cited as "fine work and worthy of notice" by the judges. He appears in city directories throughout the 1840s and 50s, and the 1860 Federal Census shows him employing eight men in the manufacture of soda fountains, wash boilers, and "other articles," which was the biggest part of his business, with finished goods valued at $6,000 on hand, along with $4,200 worth of sheet copper. The tantalizing question is how many of those "finished goods" were weathervanes?

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