RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880
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RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880

Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 USD

RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880

Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 USD

Lot Sold:187,500USD

Lot Details

Description

RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED PINE TOBACCONIST TRADE FIGURE DEPICTING A THEATRICAL FIGURE, POSSIBLY THE WORK OF WILLIAM DEMUTH OR SAMUEL ROBB, PROBABLY NEW YORK, CIRCA 1880


standing in an erect pose with arms crossed at her chest, she wears belted pantaloons with tasseled sides.


Height 62 ½ in. by Width 18 in. by Depth 17 ¼ in.

Condition Report

Bottom boards replaced.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

William Greenspon, New York;

Fred Giampietro;

Rob and Michelle Wyles;

Giampietro American Folk Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

Literature

Frederick Fried, Artists in Wood: American Carvers of Cigar-Store Indians, Show Figures, and Circus Wagons, (New York: Bramhall House, 1970), back cover and col. fig. 6;

Ralph Sessions, The Shipcarvers' Art: Figureheads and Cigar-Store Indians in Nineteenth-Century America, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005), p. 147, pl. 88.

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