MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
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MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880

Estimate: 250,000 - 350,000 USD

MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880

Estimate: 250,000 - 350,000 USD

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Lot Details

Description

MONUMENTAL MOLDED COPPER AND ZINC 'COOPERSTOWN' COW WEATHERVANE, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880


double-sided with a realistically rendered face, horns, and hooves with remnants of original gilding and variegated paints.


Height 42 ½ in. by Length 61 in.

Condition Report

much wear, several repaired bullet holes


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Removed from the dairy barn owned by Edward Cabot Clark, Cooperstown, New York;

Descended in the family of Edward Severin Clark, Cooperstown, New York;

Private Collection;

Sotheby's New York, Important Americana, January 19-21, 2007, sale 8278, lot 424.

Catalogue Note

This unique and monumental vane originally topped the Edward Severin Clark’s dairy barn, the heir of Singer sewing machine company, in Cooperstown, New York, which was built on land once owned by James Fenimore Cooper. Clark (1870–1933) lived the life of a gentleman farmer on his 1,182-acre dairy farm, which supplied milk to local businesses and citizens. His “Fenimore Barn” was dedicated in 1881 and the cow remained on it until Clark had an enormous Colonial Revival fieldstone barn built to replace it in 1918. The second barn became the entrance to the Farmer’s Museum, which was opened to the public in 1943 at the invitation of Edward Clark’s brother, Stephen.

A New Dimension of Tradition: Important American Folk Art, Proceeds of the Sale to Benefit a New Folk Art Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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