Lot 1307
  • 1307

Carved and Painted Pine Figure of a Baseball Player, New York, 20th Century

10,000 - 20,000 USD
68,750 USD
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  • painted pine wood
a rare, diminutive figure of a baseball player with his left foot advanced in batting stance, wearing a peaked cap, handle bar mustache, blue and white jersey and trousers over blue and white shoes, the figure grasped a wood turned wood bat; mounted on a tapered  pedestal base; with several coats of in-use repaint. 


James Kronen, New York.


New York, American Folk Art Museum, The Image Business: Shop and Cigar Store Figures in America, November 8, 1997-January 11, 1998.

Catalogue Note

It is thought that the player depicted in this carving is Michael J. "King" Kelly, one of the most popular players of the 1880s.  Kelly had an illustrious career, playing for the Boston Reds, the Chicago White Stockings, the Boston Beaneaters and Cincinnati's Kelly's Killers, also known as the Cincinnati Reds.

For a similar example of a baseball player signed by Robb see Frederick Fried, Artists in Wood, (New York: Bramhall House, 1970), p. 213, fig. 191.