IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED SCULPTURE OF M. PAVESE, ROCCO PAVESE, CIRCA 1910
With incised "hair" and black tailcoat and vest with relief-carved buttons and lapels, secured to a square platform base with an egg-and-dart molded edge. lacking two fingers on right hand.
Height 31 in. by Width 13 in. by Depth 13 in.
Likely lacking violin. several fingers lost.
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Pavese family, Grand Rapids, Michigan;
Jim Fisher Collection;
Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan;
Maurice Cohen Collection, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan;
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Raymond and Susan Egan Collection, August 5, 2006, lot 774;
Allan Katz, Woodbridge, Connecticut.
A turn-of-the-century photograph shows Rocco with this carving of his brother in the background, and a sign in front of him that reads: “Rocco Pavese in his profession is considered good musician, can play various instruments and wrote 6 pieces of music. In his early days was hand shoe maker having won prizes at stae [sic] fairs in Detroit year 1901 and year 1904 in Saginaw other cities in Mich. He carved out of wood the statues of St. Anthony also his brother M. Pavese. He made artificial limbs of wood and banana crate patent.”