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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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Soaring Bird on Arrow
Attributed to Albert Zahn
(1864-1953)

weathered pine weathervane with traces of paint
Height 14 in. by Length 45 1/2 in.
1925-1940
Bailey's Harbor, Wisconsin
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Provenance

Ricco Maresca, New York.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) pl. 38, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Albert Zahn was a German-born dairy farmer who, after passing his farm to his son in 1924, built a poured-concrete retirement home in Bailey's Harbor, a small town on a peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. Inspired by the abundant birdlife around him, Zahn filled his home's inside, facade, and yard with fanciful carvings of them, along with a multitude of angels, animals, and other figures of all sizes, creating an environment that became known as Birds Park. 

Examples of his work, all colorfully painted by his wife Louise, are now in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Zahn's Birds Park house has been preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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