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Carved and Painted Bust of a Black Woman Wearing a Liberty Cap

Auction:
2585B
Lot:
312
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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2585B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
March 04, 2012 11:00AM

Description:

Carved and Painted Bust of a Black Woman Wearing a Liberty Cap, possibly New England, c. 1850-60, depicting a young black woman wearing a tasseled cap painted red with a gold band, ht. 19, wd. 10, dp. 5 in.

Note: The bust was reportedly found in the mid-20th century, by New York City antiques dealer Gerald Kornblau; ex-collection of Mrs. Jacob (Alice) M. Kaplan.

Literature: American Folk Sculpture by Robert Bishop, (E.P. Dutton, 1974), p. 319. The bust is illustrated and noted that, "the sculpture possibly reflects the fact that prior to the Civil War, New England was a hotbed of passionate Abolitionist sentiment, which was fanned by such literary efforts as Harriet Beecher Stowe's sensational novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Exhibitions: American Folk Art, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 1-30, 1974.
Estimate $50,000-75,000

Keywords

New England, New York City, Gerald Kornblau, Jacob (Alice) M. Kaplan, dealer, Robert Bishop, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tom, Amherst College, Massachusetts, Amherst, Beecher, Hat, Uncle Tom's Cabin

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