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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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Angel Gabriel
American School, 19th century
cut and braced sheet iron weathervane with traces of polychrome, on a wrought-iron base
Height 17 in. by Length 37 in.
circa 1860
New England
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Provenance

Fred and Kathryn Giampietro, American Art and Antiques, New Haven, Connecticut.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 63, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Although Gabriel carries a male name, angels are traditionally without gender and artists throughout the centuries have been free to depict them as either male or female in appearance. This example is clearly female, with its hair primly tied up in a bun behind its head and a woman's body covered with a full-length dress.

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