Swan, American, circa 1880-1900


Pine, laminated and carved, with layered old white paint, in weathered condition, with areas of paint loss, wear, abrasions and losses to tail feathers, old “in use” touch-ups to areas of paint loss, 14 ¾ x 21 x 6 inches.

This highly stylized swan is the work of a highly original folk sculptor, having an elegantly curved neck. Of laminated construction with a worn and weathered surface of old white paint showing evidence of outdoor display over an extended period of time.


James Kronen Gallery, New York;

Collection of Isobel and Harvey Kahn, Milburn, NJ;

“The Kahn Collection Part One,” Northeast Auctions on site in Manchester, NH, August 3, 2002, lot 116, as a “Swan Decoy.”

Private collection, until 2018.

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