A Moulded and Gilded Copper Prancing Horse Weathervane. Attributed to A.L. Jewell, Boston, Late 19th Century


Copper and sheet metal mane, ears, tail and turf, with original verdigris surface with traces of original sizing. Height of horse 26 in; length of horse: 36 in; overall length: 51 in.

A prancing horse with three-dimensional body and sheet metal mane, ears and tail on a sheet-metal strip of turf, with verdigris copper surface. An exemplary folk art weathervane, the bodies of this equestrian Jewell weathervane are fully moulded with sheet metal ears, mane and tail. Whether represented prancing, as in this example, or leaping, Jewell’s horses demonstrate a striking energy and character typical of this coveted folk artist.

For similar examples, see Steve Miller, Art of the Weathervane (Exton, PA, 1997), p. 26; Charles Klamkin, Weathervanes: The History, Manufacture and Design of an American Folk Art (New York, 1973), p. 103; and one from the Collection of Priscilla and Howard Richmond that sold at Northeast Auctions, Manchester, New
Hampshire, August 2, 1997.

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