Carved Wooden Rooster Weathervane, America, c. 1860-80, flattened full-body figure finely carved from a single piece of wood, constructed with three long internal dowels, the carved legs attached to the body with mortise and tenon joinery, secured with wooden pegs, weathered original gold leaf, with stand, overall ht. 22 1/2, lg. 16 in.
Provenance: Walters-Benisek, purchased in 2002.
The three reinforcement dowels are now protruding due to shrinkage of the wood, the bottom of feet are pierced for attachment to mounting device, with small loss on bottom of one foot attachment , there is a 1 1/2 in. abrasion to edge of tail. The construction and carving of the piece demonstrate the skill and knowledge of the maker.
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