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African-American carvingAfrican-American carving
Impressive, large
African-American carving
Three industrial stocking forms
Three industrial stocking forms
Extraordinary folding whimsy carving
Extraordinary, large, intricate folding whimsy:
all one piece, chip carved and decorated
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
Very intricate bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms
Very intricately pieced Cuban bottle
whimsey: Cuban Coat of Arms
Blue wheel
Blue Wheelbarrow wheel
Carved cross
Carved, assembled cross
Carved whimsy
Early carved whimsy with
unusual form like a caged jack
60's Mirrored shelf
1960's mirrored shelf with side
cutouts and groovy metal decoration
Primitive iron goat hobble
Primitive hand forged
iron goat tie stake
Outsider art concrete faces
Group of concrete and found object faces by outsider artist Betty Davis
Tramp art medicine cabinet
Tramp art medicine cabinet
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Carved toy
Carved toy
Wood gate
Wood gate

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Primitive iron goat hobbleThis is a primitive hand forged iron object - likely a goat hobble. In other words, it would be pushed into the ground to the cross piece. Then a rope with a goat on one end would be tied through the ring. Now it is a very good looking decorative piece. Probably made in the 1800's, this is in very good used condition with a rich, dark, smooth surface and slight traces of dark rust. It is 16 1/2" long by 5 5/8" wide and 3/8" thick. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWKT.   Primitive iron goat hobble ... The other side ... From above ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved whimsyWhimsey carvingHere is a very interesting and unusual carved whimsy. The cage is a cube with rounded corners and circular openings on all sides. Inside is a stylized 6 pointed star, like a jack, which is free to move inside the cage. There is a square center from which radiate out long cone shaped rays. This piece is fairly old, probably from the late 1800's or turn of the century. The cage is about 2 1/4" across the sides, while the star is actually a little bit larger as the tips protrude from the cage. The lines visible in some of the photos are not cracks: they were put there by the maker, probably to line up his work as he carved. The condition is good, with a little bit of wear, some very slight loss to the wood, and some tiny holes that apparently were from nails and seem original to the piece. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TRPR.   Carved whimsy ... Another view ... Two more images ... Different views ... More angles ... Two more views ... With a soda can for scale ... Video in motion [4 Mb].

60's Mirrored shelfThis 1960's mirrored shelf looks great as a decorative object and makes a functional display that shows off both sides of the objects. There are openwork areas on each side of the central mirror, with groovy colorful metal inserts. It is just under four feet long by two feet high. The dimensions are 45 1/2" wide by 21" high by 4 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition. There is one unobtrusive small crack on the lower shelf that does not affect the sturdiness. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AAAW.   Image ... Label on back.

Blue wheelThis is an early, handmade, wheelbarrow wheel in great old blue paint. This was likely made in the 1800's. It has hand carved wood spokes mortised into a shaped hub and into a 4-sectioned wood outer rim which has a forged iron band around. The wheel is 15" in diameter and 12" deep, including the iron wheel supports. It is in good condition with a little flaking of the paint and a little loss in one outer area by a spoke. This piece has wonderful color and form. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: TCCA.   Blue wheel ... The other side ... A different angle ... Side view ... Side view, the other side ... Edge on ... Another overall view.

African-American carvingAfrican-American carvingAn incredible, large carving of three generations of an African-American family. It looks like a wedding, with the younger woman wearing a veil and the older woman carrying a tray of drinks. While the pictures give a reasonable indication of this pieces, there is a great deal of subtleness and richness in shading and feel that does not show. There is also much greater detail in the actual piece - more than even in the closeups. Perhaps most importantly - there is a deep, personal feeling that is conveyed through the carving in person. It can be touched on slightly in the photos, but is much stronger in reality. The word "impressive" is not quite right; rather there is an "impression" of the people and their life that is felt.

The carving is southern, we believe from Louisiana originally; the wood may be cypress. It is 26 1/2" high by 15" wide by 12" deep, probably from the early 1900's. The initials "N J" are carved into the base. The condition is very good, but as you can see, part of the child's arm has been missing for quite a while, and there is an age split in the base. The price is $6,800.00. Inventory Code: ASTO.   See a slideshow of several views. [1.7 Mb] ... African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... A third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Back views ... Closeup, from side ... Closeup other side ... Closeup from behind ... Middle back ... From above ... The child from above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of child ... Second closeup of child ... Third closeup of child ... Fourth closeup of child ... Feet ... The base, with initials ... Two more overall views ... With a soda can, for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... From above.

Three industrial stocking formsThis is a collection of three different sized metal industrial sock or stocking forms. The actual forms are made from heavy aluminum, attached to an iron or steel top. Impressed onto the form are the numbers 6, 8, and 10 (for the various sizes), together with molding and patent numbers. They were probably made in the 1960's, as the patent indicates 1962. The lengths and widths are slightly different. They are 29 1/2", 30 3/4", and 32 1/2" long, by 5 1/2", 6 3/4", and 8" wide respectively. They are in excellent used and old condition. The price for the group of all three is $475.00. Inventory Code: CPCS.   See a slideshow of several views [403k] ... Three industrial stocking forms ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Side views ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three industrial stocking forms ... The other side
Closeups of the largest form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.
Closeups of the medium size form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.
Closeups of the smallest form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

Outsider art concrete faces

Here are eight unusual and folky faces made from concrete and found objects then painted. These were done by Betty Davis, an outsider artist from Gonzales, TX. Each face has its own personality. These were made approximately 1999 and are in excellent condition. They are described and priced individually below.   Larger view of all.

Outsider art concrete faceThis is the largest face. It is painted yellow, blue, and white. It is 19 1/2" high by 15 1/2" wide by about 1 1/2" deep. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCOP.   Largest face ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Largest face ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis heart-shaped face is painted blue, red, and black, with eyes bulging out and hair standing on end. It is 11" high by 7 1/2" wide by about 2 1/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWC.   Blue and red face, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Blue and red face, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face is painted white, with iridescent green glass eyes. It is 8 1/2" high by 6" wide by about 2 1/2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWH.   White face with green eyes ... Side views ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   White face with green eyes ... Side views ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three faces. They have colored beads for eyes. It is 7 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCOS.   Group of three faces ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Group of three faces ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three women's faces. Two of them are wearing costume jewelry. It is 8" high by 12" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCWR.   Three faces, with costume jewelry ... Side view ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three faces, with costume jewelry ... Side view ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face is painted a greenish/gray with blue/gray lips. It has rows of Phillips head screws for eyebrows. It is 11 3/4" high by 6 3/4" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWW.   Gray face, screws for eyebrows ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Gray face, screws for eyebrows ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face has metal discs for eyebrows, metal watch band teeth, and a tongue of either ceramic or polished stone. It is unpainted except for the lips and measures 14 1/2" high by 9" wide by about 2 3/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWO.   Face with metal teeth, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Face with metal teeth, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back.

Outsider art concrete faceThis blue face has darker blue lips and large glass or plastic marbles for eyes. The eyes were painted over, then part of the paint removed in the center. They glow when they catch the light at the right angle. It is 13 1/2" high by 10 wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWK.   Blue face with glass eyes ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Blue face with glass eyes ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Ordered. (What this means.)
This is a very folky and rustic medicine cabinet in a carved, layered, tramp art style. The edges of each layer are cut into intricate scallops, with a different pattern for each layer. Both sides are decorated with layered wood, scallops, diamonds, and a circle. The top and back are plain. There is a door with inset mirror above a drawer. Behind the door are three shelves. It is built from 1/2" and 1/4" plywood, with pine trim. The cabinet measures 18" high, 12" wide, and 5 1/2" deep, and was probably made about the 1930's or 40's. It is in very good condition, with one small strip on the right hand edge where the top layer of plywood is missing. Inventory Code: AOHC.   Front ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Open ... From above ... Back ... Bottom.

This is an interesting sculptural plaque made from found objects. The materials include wood, masonite, fiberboard, shell, and some unidentified pieces that might be bone. The colors are warm shades of tan, brown, and gray. It measures 14" square and is in excellent condition. The age is difficult to tell - possibly 1950's or earlier. The price is $140.00. Inventory code: PPTA.   Overall view ... Closeup.

Extraordinary folding whimsy carvingThis is a really extraordinary, large whimsy carving - the most elaborate we have come across. It is a variation on the folding pliers carved from a single piece of wood, but when you unfold the pliers, each side unfolds into two more, which then unfold again, and again. Finally, many of the free ends are carved into hanging baskets. Again, this is all from one piece of wood.

The whimsy was then decorated by chip carving all of the edges and most of the larger flat surfaces in detail, giving it something of a tramp art effect. Finally, the surface was decorated with applied pieces of darker veneer, and colored ribbons and just a little glitter were added. The three largest joints were reinforced with nails.

When folded, the whole thing fits into an original, custom made wood box. The whimsy is 30 1/4" long by 2 3/4" by 1 3/4" when completely folded. When unfolded, it is about 22" high by 30" by 17". The box measures 31 3/4" long by 4 1/4" wide by 3 1/4" high.

It was made in the early 1900's and is in excellent condition. One of the small baskets is missing: the break is very old, and may even have happened while the carving was being made. Also one corner of the box lid is broken, and the box surface is somewhat worn. Otherwise, the carving itself is pristine. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: CTKH.   See a slideshow of several views [1.5 Mb] ... Intricate folding whimsy ... Another angle ... Folded up ... Open, another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Partially folded ... Partially folded, another angle ... Folded, with box and lid ... Side and back views folded up ... Folded, in the box ... The box ... Closeup of the loss to the box ... Another side angle ... Other side, from above ... Closeup of top, partly folded ... Top, side view ... Closeup of top, folded ... Closeups, folded up ... Closeup center section ... Another closeup of middle ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup: missing small hanging basket would be on left ... Third closeup of feet ... With a soda can for scale ... In box, with a yardstick for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Intricate folding whimsy ... Another angle ... Folded up ... Open, another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Partially folded ... Partially folded, another angle ... Folded, with box and lid ... Side and back views folded up ... Folded, in the box ... The box ... Closeup of the loss to the box ... Another side angle ... Other side, from above ... Closeup of top, partly folded ... Top, side view ... Closeup of top, folded ... Closeups, folded up ... Closeup center section ... Another closeup of middle ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup: missing small hanging basket would be on left ... Third closeup of feet ... With a soda can for scale ... In box, with a yardstick for scale.

Very intricate bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of armsThis is a very detailed bottle whimsy containing the Cuban coat of arms on an intricately pieced pedestal stand. It is carved and inlaid using many different colored woods, built inside a Havana Club bottle. A turned wooden stopper is glued into the top. The workmanship is wonderful. Including the stopper, it is 13 3/4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter, in excellent condition. This is one of a small group of bottle whimsies we have that were made in Cuba in the early 2000's by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez. He is a former musician who has never left Cuba. He taught himself to make bottle whimsies after seeing one at an exhibition, and makes his own tools for working on them. This bottle is not signed, but others are signed "Puky". You can see the others here. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: CSRW.   See a slideshow of several views [551k] ... Bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup of other side ... Four more angles ... Closeup from above ... Top of bottle ... From below ... Bottom of bottle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup of other side ... Four more angles ... Closeup from above

A push-me-pull-you toy with two carved bears. (The two sticks slide back and forth, tilting the bears one way and then the other.) 11 1/2" long, 5" high, 1 1/4" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: PHSW. Image.

This carved folk art cross is built up from many individual pieces - all carved or worked on in some way. It is finished in black paint and crazed varnish with a super surface. From the early 1900's, it is very detailed. It is 16 3/4" high by 9 1/4" wide by 5 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: PRAP.   Image ... Another view ... 3/4 view ... Closeup of the top (color does not show as well in this photo ... Closeup of the base ... Another closeup of the top ... Back view.

Wood gateThis is an old wooden gate with a wonderful weatherbeaten, rustic country look. It has a great surface and feeling of age, with nice old weathered hardware. The gate itself stands 43" high by 24" wide by 2" deep. With the support piece it is hinged to, the overall size is 49 1/2" high, 28 1/2" wide, 2" deep. It is from the early 20th century. This is a good visual piece for hanging or display, and can also function as a working door, either swinging or fixed. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: AKHK.   Wood gate ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the other side ... Second closeup of the other side.

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