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American Indian Whirligig. Probably New England, c. 1870

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Period 19th Century
Creation Date 1870
Description Wood, zinc, and copper with original paint
Figure height 17 inches, Overall height 23 inches

There appear to be four known American Indian whirligigs created by this important unidentified artist. They all have similar physical characteristics and are interestingly ornamented with zinc, copper, and tin outfits and headdresses. Of the four known examples, the first is in the collection of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont; the second is in the collection of Isabel and Harvey Kahn, New York; the third formerly in the collection of the late Bernard M. Barenholtz, New York, and the example
presented here.

Reference:
Important American Folk Art from the collection of the late Bernard Barenholtz, Sotheby’s, New York, January 27, 1990 Lot 1744.
Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca American Primitive discoveries in folk sculpture (1988), p.127, Fig. 172.
Charles Klamkin, Weathervanes the history, manufacturer and design of an American Folk Art (1973), p. 198
Time Life Books, American Country Folk Art (1990), p.130.
Styles / Movements Folk Art
Incollect Reference Number 197903
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