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Crowell Carved and Painted Woodcock Ornamental Mantel Figure

Auction:
2509
Lot:
857
Sold for:
$18,960$16,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2509
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 15, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Crowell Carved and Painted Woodcock Ornamental Mantel Figure, A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, Massachusetts, with inset glass eyes, subtle delineated tail tip, the figure mounted on a burl base, signed "A.E. Crowell/Maker/Cape Cod," (small paint loss on bill and tail tips, losses on feet, minor craquelure to paint on back), ht. 4 1/2 in.

Literature: This bird carving was made early in Crowell's career, sometime before 1912. His signature bears the additional inscription "Maker" which according to Brian Cullity in The Songless Aviary: The World of A.E. Crowell, Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, 1992, p. 20-21. "...early carvings by Elmer are signed "Maker"- a reflection of craftsmanship and the pride of making an individual object. Crowell begins using the word 'manufacturer' in 1912 to reflect his entry into the business world."
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Cracks around and a couple small losses to gesso joining legs to the body.

Keywords

A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, Brian Cullity, The Songless Aviary

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