Lot 1207
  • 1207

HORSEATTRIBUTED TO J. WHITTICKER | HorseAttributed to J. Whitticker

2,500 - 3,500 USD
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  • carved wood and iron weathervane with traces of paint
  • Height 24 1/2 in. by Length 24 1/2 in.
  • circa 1860


Patricia Guthman Collection, Westport, Connecticut;
Mary Allis, Southport, Connecticut;
Fred and Kathryn Giampietro, New Haven, Connecticut.


Museum of Early American Folk Arts, September 18 - December 13, 1964.


Kenneth Fitzgerald, Weathervanes & Whirligigs (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1967) p. 95;
Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, American Primitive (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988) p. 118;
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 21, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that J. Whitticker, the probable maker of this vane, operated a farm in Winooski, Vermont, a river town just north of Burlington. Both of the horses attributed to Whitticker in the Teiger Collection are similarly constructed, carved of several pieces of wood, but they differ in size and the amount of detail provided by the carver. This example, which is the smaller of the two, has a delicately carved mane and tail with iron shoes and is mounted on an iron scroll bannerette perfectly proportioned to its small size.