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Trapeze Toy

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, Oklahoma
Period 1920-1949
Materials Carved and polychrome decorated wood and metal
W. 24 in; H. 36 in; D. 9 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 91.44 cm; D. 22.86 cm;
Creation Date Circa 1930
Description American. Earl Eyman. Drumright, Oklahoma. Powered by a Victrola mechanism. Circa 1930.

The Oklahoma oil rigs on which Eyman worked may have suggested the construction of the trapeze. Eyman never sold his works but instead gave them as gifts. His carving style is very distinctive making his pieces easy to recognize. When wound and set in motion the figures come alive with a coordinated graceful flow. This wonderful folk sculpture brings to mind Alexander Calder’s Circus, which was also created in the 1920s and is now housed in the Whitney Museum in New York City.
Styles / Movements Americana, Folk Art, Traditional
Book References Pictured: American Vernacular by Ricco/Maresca, page 136.
Incollect Reference Number 188731
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