Lot 1201
  • 1201

GREY HOUNDJ. HOWARD & CO. | Grey HoundJ. Howard & Co.

Estimate
25,000 - 50,000 USD
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Description

  • molded copper and cast-zinc weathervane with gold leaf
  • Height 16  1/4 in. by Length 40  1/2  in.
  • circa 1860

Provenance

Ken and Ida Manko, Welles, Maine;
Steve Miller, American Folk Art, New York.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 27, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Greyhounds are speedy sight hounds that were traditionally used for hunting or coursing- overtaking and turning- deer and rabbits. Greyhound racing, with which the breed is primarily associated today, did not develop until the 1920s.  Howard advertised a "swelled" (three-dimensional) "Grey Hound" in its wholesale price list and offered the vane for $16. Although it does not carry Howard's stamp, this vane's elegant form and emblematic cast zinc and molded copper construction identify it as one of the company's products.

This is the only Howard hound known in original condition and one of the most impressive and appealing of all American dog vanes.

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