Here in the Objects / Sculpture Gallery you will find select examples of American folk art coupled with exceptional, but more traditional Americana. We strive to go beyond the "garden variety" and only offer unique examples that bridge antiques and art.
“Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk” is more than a clever title for this mix of carved walking sticks, figural ceramics and folk art, but also a philosophy of collecting with courage—of not playing it too safe and embracing outliers. It is finding examples of a genre that push boundaries and surprise us, yet still overlap its predecessors—objects that break preconceived notions and move the line forward.
Important Southern Figural Folk Art Stick - North Carolina
Size: 28" (h)
This is one of the finest figures to appear on a folk art walking stick extant. Though the artist is unknown it is initialed “JE” in script below the male figure and marked “NC” [North Carolina] below the rattlesnake.
Southern Stoneware Face Jug
Attributed to E. Galloway
Size: 11" (h) x 7 3/4" (d)
A highly unusual and rare “Caucasian” face jug sporting a Van Dyke mustache and beard. The life-sized face is made from a stoneware body and covered with a white bristol glaze and detailed with cobalt.
A highly unusual and rare piece of PA redware. A full figural monkey with his left hand over his partially exposed genitalia and his right hand reaching to his backside. The good-sized figure is made as both a bank and a whistle.
Folk Art Carved & Painted Cane - "A Woman's Touch"
Size: 33 1/4" (h)
The whole in high relief—a large bird's claw, followed by acorns wrapped with a rose, which leads to a woman's forearm and hand, a rattlesnake wraps a branch and then another rose, and a turtle near the end.
The Marshalltown (Iowa) Menagerie (ninety-plus carvings)
Size: display 38” (w) x 58 “ (h)
The Marshalltown Menagerie is a group of ninety-plus extraordinary carvings created by an individual, unknown carver from Marshalltown, Iowa.
Each animal is thoughtfully executed—with no repeats. Some have numerical tags, which likely, at some time, identified them as part of a key for display.
According to family history, they were acquired directly from the artist by a Mr. Calvin White in lieu of payment. They remained within the White family for at least eighty years and are now just receiving their well deserved exposure.
Extraordinary Large Scale Porcelain American Eagle
Size: 10" (d) x 9 3/4" (h)
Though its origin and maker is unknown, the artistry is first rate. The feathers are glazed in a deep cobalt blue, white and traces of red (reds are difficult to achieve in ceramics). The beak and eyes are more a bluish-green. Possibly a commissioned work as an architectural element
Limber & Nothing to Hide
Size: 5" (d)
Masterfully carved and crafted from carved mahogany and nickel plated bronze, this set of five carvings is a bit of a mystery—we don't know who carved them or exactly when, but they are quite provacative and special. The proportions and minute details are the carvings are well studied and finely executed.
German Wrought Iron Lever - Serpent with Crown and Apple
Circa: mid 16thC - early 17thC
Size: 60" oal
A remarkable large lever wrought iron with an undulating sleek body, the whole etched with scales and with a large crowned head (symbolizing a divine right) and a leafed apple in its mouth (Garden of Eden).
James W. Washington, Jr. (American 1909-2000)
Size: 12 1/4" L x 8 1/8" D x 7 1/2" H
Bird Family is a large work of a mother bird protecting and feeding three nestlings under her wing. The solid black granite metaphorically reinforces the strength of the matriarch, while Washington's sensitive carving conveys a certain intimacy and the fragility of life.
Folk Art Black-Backed Gull by Amateur Savoie
Size: 8 7/8" x 20 1/2" x 7"
Amateur Savoie (1896- 1983, Neguac, NB) was New Brunswick's most famous decoy carver. Known as, "Mat," Savoie was a self-taught barber, cobbler,and important Canadian folk artist who worked along the shores of Tabusintac, New Brunswick. This early confidence decoy is from Savoie's early period and has an overall elegant form. The head pieces are joined cross grain to discourage in-line splitting. The chrome yellow beak stands out beautifully.
Large New England Carpenters Tool Box / "HANDS OFF"
Size: 23" x15" x 9 1/2"
Bold red painted covered carpenters tool box belonging to "W. LAYMEN" who wants you to keep your "HANDS OFF!" Yellow pinstriping and flourishes. New England origin (possibly Maine). Note size...large box...not the size of a knife carrier...much, MUCH larger.
James W. Washington, Jr. (American 1909-2000)
Size: 12" L x 7" D x 6 1/2" H
Though Woodchucks do not hatch from eggs, Washington successfully reminds us that all animal life begins with an egg. Regarding a similar work, a patron who upon seeing a recent work of Washington's in which a rabbit was hatching from an egg, exclaimed, "A rabbit does not come from an egg!" Washington replied, "Doctor, all life comes from an egg."
A beautifully grain painted gameboard with the ground painted to look like walnut burl. The "live" area of the checkerboard is composed of an apple green and the faux burl (the ground) and outlined in a yellowish-green and black. Backside also fully painted in the faux burl.