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Pair of carvingsPair of carvingsThis is a very strong pair of carvings. The man and woman have jointed arms and are each holding knives. They have incised details, small nails for eyes, and are weathered from outdoor use. These may have been made as whirligigs, however, though the arms can be moved, they do not now spin freely. "Maria" is written on the base of the woman. The man has an inscription on his belt: "Och Jubla Som Barnen Jubla", which Google translates as Swedish for "and rejoice as the children rejoice". The figures were found in Missouri and are from the first half of the 20th century. They are in good, weathered condition with minor surface wear as seen in the photos. The woman has chips missing from the back of her head and her left shoulder. With the arms positioned as they show in the photos, the man is 14 1/2" high by 5 3/4" wide by 10" deep. The woman is 12 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep. The price for the pair is $1750.00. Inventory Code: COHT.   Folk art carvings ... Front view ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Another overall angle ... Fourth view of both ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the woman ... Closeup, from the back ... Closeup from the side ... The woman, from above ... Her feet from above ... Another closeup of the man ... Third closeup of the man ... Closeup from the back ... Closeup of the belt ... Another closeup of the belt ... Closeup of the feet ... The man, from above ... Both, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Marquetry game tableMarquetry tableThis is an outstanding marquetry game table. The design and workmanship are beautiful. The top has a checkerboard in the center, with a pieced double border. This is flanked by two sunbursts, a wave pattern, and then a triple border. The sides, ends, legs, and lower shelf are all decorated. The edge of the top is finished with decorative tacks, and the surface is a clear lacquer or varnish. The table stands 19 1/2" high by 38 1/4" by 24 1/2". Age is unknown, maybe from the 1930's. It is in excellent condition with a few small scratches. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: COCT.   Marquetry game table ... From above ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... One end ... The other end ... Another overall view ... Closeup of the top, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of lower parts ... Extreme closeup ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Fretwork bird cageThis is a really elaborate fretwork bird cage. It has two compartments, with a spider and web design on the upper, and a cat among leaves, vines, and flowers on the lower half. The other sides, back, and top are decorated with leaf and branch cutouts. There are perches inside, and rectangular openings on the sides for food and water dishes to be inserted. The cage is cut from 1/4" plywood, finished in a warm light brown varnish. It stands 22 1/4" high by 14 1/2" wide by 10" deep, and was probably made about the 1940's. The condition is excellent. There are two small areas on the upper back where the top layer of the plywood has chipped off, visible in the photos. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: COAH.   Fretwork bird cage ... Front view ... Another angle ... Closeup of upper half ... Closeup of cat ... Side view ... The other side ... Back ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Doors open ... Another view open ... Closeup inside upper half ... Inside lower half ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky fuse boxThis is a home made small folk art cupboard made from a wood fuse box with "DANGER" and other carvings. It is put together from thick pine boards and painted an old white which has crackled, with splashes of yellow. The front of the box has a carved "X", and other initials including a backward "N" and a second "X" made into a stylized person with a head and face. The box has a slant top which indicates it was used outside. It also has an old hasp for securing. The door is easily opened. The front of the box is about 17 1/2" to the top by 13 3/4" wide. It is 7 1/2" deep, and the top is 13 1/2" high in the back. This leaves a nice storage space inside, which is about 12" by 12" by 6". This unusual piece was probably made around 1940 or earlier. Some of the paint is more recent; the red and black highlights are contemporary additions. The door was cracked down the middle and reglued. The box has some wear, loss, and soil, but is sturdy, very usable, and a real one-of-a-kind piece. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TWWH.   Folky "Danger" box ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Door open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is an odd group of relief carvings on one scrap of wood, probably from the 1800's. There is a man in profile, two flowers, a round smiling face like a moon, a cross, and a heart. The wood is very old and irregularly shaped. One edge was broken off a long time ago, likely after the carvings were done, but possibly before. The natural wood surface has oxidized to a very dark patina. There is a fair amount of surface wear as seen in the photos. The contemporary base is made of wood and plastic, and will support the carving so either side can be displayed. The carving itself measures 10 1/2" long by 2 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick. Including the base it is 11" by 4 1/2" by 5 1/2". The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COSR.   Multiple carving ... One side, off the base ... The second side ... Another view of the second side ... Second side, on the base ... Two more views ... Side view ... The other side ... End views ... The base ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky carvingThis is a very folky and unusual carved head and bust of a man. It is painted brown and tan, with big red lips and black highlights, then covered with varnish. This strange piece is approximately 8 1/4" high and about 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" at the base. The age is unknown. It likely was made in the last quarter of the 20th c. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. There is glue residue on the bottom. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHOP.   Folky carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art whimsyThis is a one of a kind tramp art whimsy. It is not a box, and does not open. The top section slides up and down on a track but does not come off. It has a groove in the top center section and may have been a toothpick or matchstick dispenser. It is very nicely made, with good, even workmanship. It is finished in a medium-dark lacquer or varnish, decorated with tiny brass tacks. We can just make out the word "District" printed on one piece, so it appears to be American. From the early 1900's, it stands 8 3/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. It is in excellent, near mint condition with no loss or damage that we can find, except to the felt on the bottom. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COSW.   Tramp art whimsy ... Three more views ... Side views ... Slid open ... From above ... From above, slid open ... From below ... Video of the action ... The other side, with a soda can for scale.

Redware bustThis is a redware head of a woman. It is finished in glossy clear and black glaze. As far as we know, it was made in Georgia. The letters "K S" are incised in the bottom. It is a little on the "strange" side and is out of perspective. It appears old, but the age is unknown. It is 7" high, the base is approximately 6 3/4" in diameter, and it is in excellent condition with one very small flake on the side of the base. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: PSAP.   Redware bust ... Front view ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Pelican whimsyThis is an unusual small whimsy carving of a pelican with a fish. The fish is free to turn within the pelican's beak, but can't be removed. The carving is highlighted with pencil markings for eyes and gills. It stands 2 5/8" high by 2 5/8" wide by 2 1/4" deep, with an unfinished, oxidized surface. The condition is excellent. It is from the second half of the 20th c. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOW.   Pelican whimsy carving ... Front view ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Marquetry standMarquetry standThis is a very intricate small marquetry pedestal stand. Each side of the upright is decorated in a different pattern. The four feet also have incised designs. The different colors of wood are finished in a clear lacquer or varnish. It stands 13" high by 7 3/4" by 7 3/4". From the early 1900's, it is in very good condition with some minor surface wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: COAO.   Marquetry stand ... Another view ... From above ... Fourth view ... Another side view ... Third side ... Fourth side ... Closeups of the upright ... Another view from above ... Closeup of the base ... Another closeup of the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art boxThis is an unusual tramp art box with four triangular hinged lids and eight small mirrors set into the sides and lids. From the early 1900's, it is built from alternating lighter and darker layers. The surface is very dry and oxidized. It is 9" high by 11 1/2" by 11 1/2". The condition is fairly good with some small areas of loss and surface wear. The price is $990.00. Inventory Code: CWHK.   Tramp art box ... Another view ... From above ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side, with a soda can for scale ... Another view from above ... Two of the lids open ... Third lid open ... Fourth lid open ... From below.

Carved lizardThis is a folk art carved and painted lizard. It has metal (heavy wire) claws, and is signed JMT on the bottom of one foot. Probably from the late 20th century, it measures about 8" long by 3 1/2" wide and is in excellent condition with one claw missing. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CHTW.   Carved lizard ... Side view ... The other side ... Another view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved snakeThis is a carved and painted folk art snake. It has good decoration and is coiled as if to strike. There is a wonderful little carved piece nailed to the bottom to make it stand up higher. The snake is in fairly good condition with a worn surface and nicely aged paint. It is about 7 1/2" by 5" by 5", probably from the mid 20th century. The price is $110.00. Inventory code: TKHA-A.   Carved snake, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eighth view ... From below ... Closeup from below.



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