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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
3121M Marlborough
August 12, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Carved Tobacconist Indian Maiden Figure with Child

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3121M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: August 12, 2018 10:00AM


Carved Tobacconist Indian Maiden Figure with Child, James Brown, late 19th century, the maiden with raised left arm holding a bundle of cigars and right arm cradling more, lettering incised into the child's back and highlighted in red reads: "James Brown/717 Sansom St/Phila 1887.," ht. 58 1/2 in.

Provenance: Joan Brownstein Antiques, August, 12, 2010.

Note: In Artists in Wood, Frederick Fried notes that "James Brown was also carving garden ornaments, steamboat eagles, figures, church ornaments... and cigar store Indians" and that he is listed in Philadelphia directories.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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James Brown, Frederick Fried, Joan Brownstein Antiques, Sybil Kern, Brownstein, Cigar, Guilder, One cent coin, Tobacconist, Philadelphia