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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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Uncle Sam on a Bicycle
Jack Mongillo
(1879-1973)
the iron tail with painted star decoration
wood and sheet-iron wind toy with traces of polychrome
Height 33 in. by Length 56 in. by Width 44 in.
circa 1940
Salamanca, New York
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Provenance

Ricco/Johnson Gallery, New York;
Marvel Collection, White Plains, New York;
Ricco Maresca, New York.

Bibliographie

Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, American Primitive (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988) p. 123, fig. 164;
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 76, illus. in color.

Description

Mongillo, an Italian-born immigrant who lived most of his long life in the northwestern New York city of Salamanca, about sixty miles south of Buffalo, created this large whirligig of Uncle Sam on a bike to top his barn. A windmill at the back of the structure kept the figure and wheels in motion. “Early Bird Gets the Worm,” another amusing whirligig attributed to Mongillo, is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum.

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