Catalogue: Folk Art (71)

Don Shoemaker Wood Briefcase: Circa 1960   $3400.00   

This wonderfully detailed and sculptural briefcase was made by mid 20th century designer, Don Shoemaker. Shoemaker was an American who worked in Morelia, Mexico from 1947 until his death in 1990. He has come to be known as the Nakashima of Mexico and this piece validates that honorific. Shoemaker made small objects as well as furniture, all combining various tropical woods. This briefcase is a sculpture as well as a functional piece. The handle and knobs as well as the three dimensional pattern... Click for details      
Don Shoemaker Wood Briefcase: Circa 1960
Miniature Painted Blanket Chest: Circa 1850
  Miniature Painted Blanket Chest: Circa 1850   $1,075

This miniature blanket chest is charming in its homemade effort to be fancy. Bracket feet and reeding over them indicate the maker's desire to make more than a functional miniature chest. Original green paint; butt hinges. Very good condition. Measures 12 3/4" wide; 7" deep and 8" tall. Circa 1850.

Carved Stone (probably Grave Marker); Dated 1905   $1,200  

This carved stone piece was likely made as a grave marker. Regardless of its original purpose, it is a wonderful sculpture. A different motif is carved on each side. It measures 4 1/2" tall; 4 3/4" wide and 3 1/2" deep. Condition is very good with s small area chipped out of the top rear a long time ago based upon the patina. Found in Pennsylvania.
Carved Stone (probably Grave Marker); Dated 1905
Folk Art Mirror with Hearts; Circa 1880
  Folk Art Mirror with Hearts; Circa 1880   $1,275

Wonderful frame with three dimensional carved hearts has its original mirror. Frame measures 6" x 9". Pennsylvania origin; circa 1880. Excellent, completely original condition.

Los Castillo Carved Ducks   $595  

Two carved ducks from the workshop of Los Castillo, Mexican silver designers. The atelier included a wood shop as wood was somtimes incorporated with metal jewelry and hollow ware. These ducks were made especially for the home of Antonio Castillo who was the last surviving brother to carry on the workshop. Made probably 1970's and were purchased directly from his collection. Large duck measures 19" long and 10" tall. Unknown woods are heavy weight.
Los Castillo Carved Ducks
Carved Washbowl on Stand; Circa 1890; Pennsylvania
  Carved Washbowl on Stand; Circa 1890; Pennsylvania   $425

Skillfully carved bowl and pitcher on an Empire stand that is remarkable because it is all made of one piece of wood. Pitcher is attached to the table base. The bowl is free standing but is too large to fall off the table. Measures 5 3/4" tall and 2 5/8" wide. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1890.

Foot Stool with Proverb   $825  

Handmade foot stool on which is painted the biblical proverb "With All Thy Getting Get Understanding". Stool measures 8" tall; 14 1/4" wide and 7" deep. Nice cutouts on the canted legs. Good wear to the top of the stool. Circa 1900.
Foot Stool with Proverb
Navajo Doll
  Navajo Doll   $265

Elaborately dressed and coiffed Navajo doll dating to the 1940's or 50's. Silver colored buttons on her shirt and boots. Measures 11 3/4" tall. Excellent condition.

Carved Stone Face   $625  

Stone carved face of a bearded man. Features are very convex with the exception of his eyes that are indented. Measures 7 1/2" tall. Difficult to determine age precisely but probably in the neighborhood of 100 years old.
Carved Stone Face
Articulated Wood Card Players in a Bottle
  Articulated Wood Card Players in a Bottle   $250

Articulated wood figures are playing cards and enjoying a drink in this recycled wine bottle. Figures are seated on carved casks. Bottle measures 10 7/8"; figures are 3" tall in seated position. Excellent condition. Circa 1930; Pennsylvania origin.

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