The objects of everyday life, folk art, are the carved and decorated objects (weathervanes, whirligigs, and paintings) often made outside of urban areas by itinerant or self-taught artists and craftspeople. These naive and sometimes primitive objects are often colorful, highly individual and whimsical interpretations of utilitarian or decorative forms.… Read More
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BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live auction featuring Country Americana on Thursday, November 17 and a Studio Art online auction November 10 through November 18. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on November 15 and November 16 or anytime online.
Highlights featured in Country Americana on November 17:
♦ A selection of carved polychrome contemporary folk art, including historical and whimsical figures and weathervanes.… Read More
BOSTON, MA – February 19, 2014 – A fine selection of American antique furniture and historic art, including a rare Paul Revere, Jr. drawing, in addition to property formerly in the collection of folk art pioneer Edith Halpert, will be offered at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on March 2nd.… Read More
Collectors of American antiques love weathervanes. In fact, people love them so much that during the 60s and 70s antique weathervanes started disappearing from roofs across America. Thieves were stealing the valuable vanes in the middle of the night. I heard stories of weathervanes being stolen away by helicopter – they swooped down and lifted weathervanes off of barn roofs.
When you see a nice rooster or running horse weathervane with great original surface, you might comment, “What fabulous folk art!” In reality, most antique weathervanes that collectors buy and sell were actually manufactured in large quantities and marketed to the general public. These weathervanes do not fit the traditional definition of folk art, or objects made by a person who wasn’t academically trained working in an isolated area.