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This is the first of two drawings by the reclusive Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). It is drawn in crayons, pencil, and ink on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag, approximately 12" by 17". The price is $650.00. Inventory code: LS179. We have much more of Lewis Smith's art here.   Side 1 Two Women ... Side 2: Lock and more.
Some much larger photos:   Side 1 Two Women ... Side 2: Lock and more.

"One Day in Mins. This is only a Work Sheet" This is one of Lewis Smith's more abstract pieces. It is not greatly visual, but a great outsider piece. Each column has a time range at the bottom, with one small dot for each minute of that time period above. It is drawn in ballpoint ink, crayon, and pencil on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag, approximately 12" by 17". The price is $575.00. Inventory code: LS178.   Side 1: One Day in Mins. ... Side 2: Alphabet.
Some much larger photos:   Side 1: One Day in Mins. ... Side 2: Alphabet.

More Lewis Smith drawings on brown grocery bags


Woman churning whirligigThis is a whirligig of a woman churning butter. It has good color, and the action works nicely. It is mounted on a wooden base for easy display. From the second half of the 20th c., it is 23 1/2" high by 21" long by 5 1/2" wide as mounted. The front blade has been replaced, it is 14" across. Otherwise the condition is very good, with expected weathering from use. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTAR.   Woman churning whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... The blade ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Woman churning whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... The blade ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Plant stand with starsThis is a folky plant stand decorated with applied stars around the box and smaller stars on the center support. It looks like it has seen years of outdoor use, leaving a great weathered surface of worn blue/gray paint with bright blue/green on some of the stars. The box is lined with sheet metal that has rusted through in a few spots in the bottom. One foot was broken and repaired at the end and there is some minor loss to the small decorative strips. Otherwise it is in very good condition, from about the 1930's or 40's. It is 31" high by 31 1/4" wide by 9 1/2" deep. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CATK.   Plant stand with stars ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of feet ... Feet from other side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plant stand with stars ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of feet ... Feet from other side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Chippewa by Lewis Smith"Chippewa", by the reclusive Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). It is drawn in crayon, pencil, and ink on white sketch paper. The size is 11" by 17", and the condition is excellent with a slight corner fold. The price is $975.00. Inventory code: LS177. We have much more art by Lewis Smith available.   "Chippewa" by Lewis Smith ... Larger image.

More Lewis Smith drawings on white paper


Drawing by Lewis SmithThis is a two sided drawing by Lewis Smith. It is drawn in crayon and ballpoint on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag. He preferred to use bags and other recycled materials for his work. The size is about 12" by 17" and the condition is very good - the recycled bag is a bit crinkled. The price is $975.00. Inventory code: LS181.   Two sided drawing by Lewis Smith ... Reverse.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided drawing by Lewis Smith ... Reverse.

More Lewis Smith drawings on brown grocery bags


Tramp art basketThis is a very nice tramp art basket in an unusual form. The bottom is a solid piece of wood, relief carved above and below. Individually carved and layered slats were attached around to form the sides of the basket. Each slat was decorated with a metal tack at the bottom and a small carved wood diamond in the middle. The slats look like they were made from cigar box wood, with subtle patterns in the various shades of the wood. It is in excellent condition, from the early 1900's, and measures 9" by 6 1/2" by 3 3/4" high. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHOT.   Tramp art basket ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art basket ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved dogThis is a large carved dog with strong presence. It is painted black, which looks like an old overpaint over a reddish-brown. There are also some gold paint highlights, especially around the mouth and under the chin. It is 14" high by 20 1/4" long by about 7 1/2" wide. We don't know anything about the history of this, other than the fact that it had a note taped to the bottom saying it was Alaskan. There is some paint wear, a few gouges on the back, a couple of age cracks on the bottom, and a crack that runs most of the way around the neck. We're not sure if that last is damage or if the head was carved from a separate piece of wood. In either case it is very solid, without any movement. The age is unknown, but it is old. It's a striking piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CHOA.   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carving of Abraham LincolnThis is a very well done bust of Abraham Lincoln carved from dense stone. It is flat on the bottom and back and will sit on a shelf, against a wall, or possibly as a bookend. The size is 8 3/4" high by 5 1/4" wide by 2" deep. It is in very good condition with some scratches on the back. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CHRS.   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Found object man with boatThis is a funky sculptural assemblage of a man wearing a boat. The head and arm are carved. His arm is hinged at the shoulder and can be moved. After the photos were taken we also noticed that the feet can swivel. The boat is metal, his hat is a rubber or plastic cap, the stripes on his pants and ring around his eye are strips of rubber, and there is a strategically placed key. There is a wire hanger on the back; it can be hung or stand on its own. It is signed in pencil "Wm Skrips 11/05 The Boat Costume". It is 20" high by 21 1/2" wide by about 4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CHHT.   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

PaintingThis is an expressive portrait. It appears to be painted in tempera. We can't make out the signature. It has been professionally framed with UV protective plexiglass. The frame measures 13" wide by 16 1/2" high by 2" deep. There are a few nicks and dents on the frame, and the backing paper is torn, but the overall condition is excellent. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPW.   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirdsThis is a polychrome tramp art wall box with kissing lovebirds at the top. There is also a butterfly decoration on the open pocket above the drawer. It is built from crate wood with a hand carved drawer handle. It is painted dark pumpkin, red and black and accented with dark metal tacks. Probably from the 1920's or 30's, it is in excellent, near mint condition. The size is 17 3/4" high by 13 1/2" side by 4 1/2" deep. The price is $725.00. Inventory Code: CHCK.   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved painted alligatorThis is a fun and folky painted carving of an alligator. It is 14 1/2" long by about 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is not very recent. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHWH.   Carved and painted alligator ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and painted alligator ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved, layered wall artHere is a piece of more contemporary folk art. It is a set of three layered shadowboxes in an elaborate frame, built of painted wood and molding. Two contain robed figures and are labeled "One With The Spirit" and "One With The Universe". The third contains a pizza, and is labeled "One With Everything". It is signed "A Hummell", and is from the late 1900's or early 21st c. The size is 34" wide by 23 1/2" high by 3 1/2" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CHHC.   "One With Everything" ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "One With Everything" ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved dish with beaversThis is a rustic footed wooden dish with two beavers for handles, all carved from a single piece of wood. It measures 13" by 6 1/2" by 4 3/4" high, is finished in a medium-light brown stain, and appears to be from the first half of the 1900's. It is in good condition with some slight surface wear and a couple of age splits, one of which goes across one beaver's tail. It has a really nice folky look. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHWK.   Carved dish with beavers ... The other side ... Side views ... End views ... Closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dish with beavers ... The other side ... Side views ... End views ... Closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a relief carving in stone of the portrait of an American Indian. It is well done, and initialled and dated "EW. 1942" on the back. The carving has been mounted on a custom made metal base. The stone itself measures 5 1/4" high by 3 1/2" wide by 3/8" thick. As mounted it is 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHOK.   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... With a soda can for scale.

Baseball whirligigHere is a whirligig with two baseball players. One tries to tag the other out as the blade turns. It is from the last quarter of the 20th c., nicely painted and has been mounted on a new wood base. The size is 19" long by 15 1/2" high by 14 3/4" across the blade. It is in very good, slightly weathered condition, with the vanes of the blade having been replaced. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHSW.   Baseball whirligig ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... The blade ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball whirligig ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... The blade ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

 


 

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