Private Collection, New York; Peter H. Tillou, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving: A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) pl. 13, illus. in color.
This fine horse and sulky with rider vane was undoubtedly intended to represent a champion trotter who would have been a household name in his own time, but the horse's identity and the vane's manufacturer can only be guessed at today's distance. Because harness racing was such a rage in the second half of the nineteenth century, every weathervane manufacturer offered several horse and sulky vane models, and they also freely borrowed designs from one another, making firm identification even more problematic.
Wear and loss to the various stages of paint and gilded surfaces consistent with age and use. The two ears on the horse have been restored.
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