Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Bracket Fungus Folk Art Etching of Sitting Bull
















Available here.

From the seller's description:

Up for auction is an extraordinarily rare archive consisting of an American Indian Fungus etching depicting the famous Chief Sitting Bull. Supporting the provenance or the history of the origin of this extraordinarily uncommon piece of art are three original silver gelatin photographs, the third photograph depicting a very rare image of the interior of the rustic home—which proudly displayed the first flag of the United States—13 stars and stripes! The flag appears to be battle worn (see detailed images below). The 13-Star Flag became the Official United States Flag on June 14, 1777 and is the result of the congressional action that took place on that date. The only President to serve under this flag was George Washington (1789-1797). In existence for 18 years, each star and stripe represented a Colony which were united nearly one year earlier by the Declaration of Independence.

The collection originates from Port Townsend, Washington with a connection to Everett, Washington. On the reverse of two of the photographs is the description of the art. These photographs also depict the “Sitting Bull” etching. It is apparent from a comparison of the photograph to the actual artwork that there was some loss of the wood over the last 100+ years, but the image is amazingly preserved. The fact that this collection survived all these years in tact is amazing.

4 comments:

Dull Tool Dim Bulb Books said...

An interesting post and an interesting collection, not to mention odd photographs. And yet still, I can not help thinking there is a fungus among us.

Holly Hall said...

That is amazing!

DS said...

Yes...This is a homerun post.

Joey said...

I love it when a piece of folk art is documented in vintage photos. Amazing to see that type of record.