FINE AND RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WHITE PINE SHIP FIGUREHEAD OF A WOMAN WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, PROBABLY AMERICA, CIRCA 1855
FINE AND RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WHITE PINE SHIP FIGUREHEAD OF A WOMAN WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, PROBABLY AMERICA, CIRCA 1855
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FINE AND RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WHITE PINE SHIP FIGUREHEAD OF A WOMAN WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, PROBABLY AMERICA, CIRCA 1855

Estimate: 20,000 - 40,000 USD

FINE AND RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WHITE PINE SHIP FIGUREHEAD OF A WOMAN WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, PROBABLY AMERICA, CIRCA 1855

Estimate: 20,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot Details

Description

FINE AND RARE CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED WHITE PINE SHIP FIGUREHEAD OF A WOMAN WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARMS, PROBABLY AMERICA, CIRCA 1855


Height 77 ¾ in. by Width 17 in. by Depth 42 in.

Condition Report

The figurehead has been conserved. Many coats of varnish and paint were removed and much of the painted surface which remains was old in-service paint. A section along the left side of her hair was replaced and there were a few other small patches filled. The areas where the original paint was worn away were in-painted to match. The right foot was repaired using all the original parts. At the top and bottom of the mount, there is a small amount of rot as one would expect in a figurehead of this age. The back of the mount also retains some of the original heavy duty iron mounting rods. The figurehead is mounted to a newly constructed wood and metal base which is roped carved. Note: Wood samples from the figurehead were microscopically analyzed by Harry Alden is a professional wood analyst. Mr. Alden determined that the figure was constructed of white pine, a wood indigenous in New England and Canada.


To request further information for this lot, please email americana@sothebys.com. Please note, however, detailed condition reports and photographs will be available starting September 30th after property arrives at Sotheby’s.


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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Saleroom Notice

Please note the majority of the proper right oustretched arm is replaced.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Hyland Granby Antiques, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

Sculptural Fantasy: The Important American Folk Art Collection of Stephen and Petra Levin
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