Carved and Painted Bust of a Black Woman Wearing a Liberty Cap
- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2585B
- Date / Time :
- March 04, 2012 11:00AM
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.