EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897
EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897
EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897
EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897
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EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

EXCEPTIONAL CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR REINDEER CAROUSEL FIGURE, E. JOY MORRIS CAROUSEL COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1897


Height 63 ½ in. by Width 56 in. by Depth 11 ½ in.

Condition Report

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Provenance

Gemini Antiques, Bridgehampton, New York;

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, January 15, 2004, sale 7959, lot 287

Literature

Antiques and the Arts Weekly, February 6, 2004, p. 33.

Catalogue Note

Joy Morris was a prolific carousel manufacturer. Though the company existed for only five years, it produced numerous carousels before the company was purchased by Henry Auchy, the founder of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Some of the best carousel carvers worked in the Morris shop—including Charles Leopold, Frank Carretta and David Lightfoot. While other makers were still creating square saddle blankets, the carving team at E. Joy Morris began using sweeping lines and ornate tassels—innovative details that spurred other companies to modernize and adapt.

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