Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880
Property from a Martha's Vineyard Collection
Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880

22 January 2021 • New York

Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880
Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880
Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880
Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880
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Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Property from a Martha's Vineyard Collection

Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880

Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane, Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works, New York, circa 1880

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Starting bid:

18,000

USD

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

1 day, 14 hours

1 day, 14 hours

January 22, 04:08 PM (GMT)

January 22, 04:08 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from a Martha's Vineyard Collection

Fine and Rare Molded Copper 'Goddess of Liberty' Weathervane

Possibly J.L. Mott Iron Works

New York

circa 1880


Height 38 3/4 in. in. by Width 29 in.

Condition report

Rubbing and losses to the gilt and paint decoration. Signs of verdigris. Areas where gilding has been refreshed. Minor separation at seams.

 

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Catalogue note

Beginning about 1865, weathervane manufacturers marketed designs that appealed to the patriotic and expansionist spirit, and several versions of the Goddess of Liberty weathervane were produced through the turn of the twentieth century. Most exhibited common features, combining classical garb, a Phrygian cap, and an American flag. In ancient Rome the Phrygian cap was worn as an emblem of freedom by ex-slaves, and in France revolutionaries adopted the wearing of Phrygian caps after the storming of the Bastille, which accounts for its symbolic importance in American. In this Liberty weathervane, the goddess wears a Phrygian cap, and her pointing hand indicates wind direction, but it also symbolically directs the nation forward, advancing the course of empire.A similar example is in the Jane and Gerald Katcher Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery.2


1 Richard Miller, “Folk Sculpture: For Diversion and Utility,” in Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, edited by Jane Katcher, David A. Schorsch and Ruth Wolfe, (Seattle: Marquand Books in association with Yale University Press, 2006), p. 237.

Ruth Wolfe, Jane Katcher, and David Schorsch, eds., Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, I. (Seattle: Marquand Books, 2006), pp. 237-39, 382-83, no. 153.