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Tramp art shelf with hidden drawersThis is a large tramp art shelf with five secret puzzle box compartments. The shelf has an unusual trapezoidal shape, and is decorated with chip carved pyramids, a heart, flat work, and mirrors on the front and sides. On the back are latches made from spoon handles that lock the three hidden drawers shut. On the top back corners are two metal latches that release hinged side panels to reveal compartments behind the mirrors. The front and sides are painted and decorated with metal tacks, the top is varnished. There are three metal hangars to mount it on a wall, or it can sit on a shelf. The size is 35 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep by 10 1/4" high. It is in excellent, near mint condition with only the slightest wear on the back corners. Age appears to be from the 1930's or so. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CCCO.   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Giant hand made trophyThis is a giant hand made metal presentation trophy from a Shriner's club benefit football bowl game, dated Dec. 6, 1969. This is the oldest high school all-star bowl game in the country, still played between North Carolina and South Carolina. It stands 41 1/2" high by 15" in diameter by 24" wide across the handles. The condition is very good with some surface wear as seen in the photos. The price is $485.00. Inventory Code: CCCK.   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Cherokee dulcimerThis is a hand made eight string dulcimer with Cherokee themed carved and painted decoration. The top is a carved Indian chief's head, the tuning pegs are carved into arrowheads, the sound holes are arrow shaped cutouts, and the top, sides, and back are painted with Indian motifs. The back is inscribed "Cherokee" in ballpoint ink. It is 40 1/2" long by 6 1/2" wide by 3" deep and appears to be from about the 1950's or 60's. The condition is very good with minor wear. One peg looks like an older replacement. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCHC.   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Painted hutchThis is a folk art cabinet with wonderful, crazed gray and blue paint and a scalloped top. The top skirt has applied, carved decoration. This glass fronted piece is 45" high by 36 1/2" wide by 15 1/2" deep. It is in good, used condition with paint wear as seen in the photos, especially on the doors. The bottom board on the back is broken at one end. The age is unknown, either late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $1900.00. Inventory Code: TRWW.   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

High blanket chest with carved arrowheadsThis is a blanket chest on legs with applied carved arrowheads. It is a striking piece. The chest is of single board construction with a varnish finish and good patina. The inside is divided into two compartments. The lid lifts off. "J.R.D. 1926" is carved into the front edge of the lid, more letters on one side of the lid, and the letter "M" is carved on one side of the chest. The lower front is decorated with incised circles and inverted "Y" shapes. It stands 31" high by 42" wide by 17" deep. The condition is good with a fair amount of surface scratches. It was most likely found in western NC or eastern TN. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: TRWR.   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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.


     
Club house model by Jim Popso
Featured Sale

A wonderfully detailed folk art assemblage by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The "Eckley PA Social Club" has carved figures and painted details both inside and out depicting life in coal country. It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's, 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4".

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Carved bandThis is an assemblage of four carved, painted musicians. They are playing guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass, and are all singing. It is signed "By Tim Ratliff 3-94" and also signed again underneath. It is 11 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCAH.   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Whimsy carved smoking standThis is a whimsy carved stand with a great look. There are three very round, smooth balls in cages in the pedestal. The top and base are carved into strong geometric forms, and a glass ashtray is set into the top. The stand was carved from light colored wood with a varnish finish. It is 25 1/4" tall by 10" by 10" at the base. Age appears to be from about the 1920's or 30's. There is some surface wear as visible in the photos, and several old repaired breaks on the handle at the top and to the top of the lowest ball cage, where a large chip is also missing. The repairs are solid, and the stand is sturdy and functional. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCHA.   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Drummer whirligigThis is a good looking and colorful whirligig of a uniformed drummer. As the vividly striped blade turns, the drummer's arms alternate up and down, beating the sticks on the drum. The whirligig is made from 1/2" pine, mounted on a metal base. It is 11 1/2" long by 20 1/2" high as mounted. The man is 8 1/2" tall and the blade is 12" across. From the second half of the 20th c., it is in very good, slightly weathered condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CCWP.   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].

Tramp art and bottle whimsyThis is an elaborate tramp art enclosure holding a bottle whimsy mounted for display. It is the only one we have ever seen - either in person or books. The bottle is a gallon jug with the handle and part of the spout cut off. Inside it is a detailed two story house with chip, notch, and incised carving surrounded by a "garden" of dried flowers, with a fence around it. The house has windows of glass or plastic set in.

The tramp art enclosure includes flat work tramp art, incised carving, and fretwork, with clover shaped and more abstract cutouts. It is built from crate and cigar box wood, with a lacquer or varnish finish that is lightly crazed. One end slides out like a drawer and the bottle can then be removed. On the bottom and inside are printed crate labels for American Flag Candied Peels from New York. The condition is exceptional - near mint. We can see one small age split by a nail on top and a tiny loss to a bit of the end of a diamond decoration on the right end; but can't find anything else missing. The overall size is 13 3/4" long by 8" deep by 8 3/4" high, from the early 1900's. The price is $2400.00. Inventory Code: CCCW.   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below.

Carved band by MattinglyHere are four carved musicians by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly. They are coated with gesso, painted, and decorated, with beads for eyes. The women have hair made from polyurethane spray foam insulation, ribbons, fabric skirts, and plastic necklaces. The men's hair is made from glued sawdust, and they have painted clothes with felt hats and braid belts. Each is mounted on a round wood base 11" in diameter; they are unsigned. They range in size from 28 1/2" to 32" tall. They are in good condition with slight cracking and minor surface loss as seen in the photos. They woman in the floral skirt is missing one hand. Mattingly was from Kentucky, and carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. We have a similar, smaller group of musicians by him here. The price is $550.00 for the group. Inventory Code: CTTO.   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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