Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Elwood Graham James

Elwood Graham James (1890 - 1960), was a deaf artist who made eccentric sculptural birdhouses in Mingo County, West Virginia, primarily during the 1930's - 1940's. He would construct them from
things he picked up while assisting a traveling roofer, who used tin to repair roofs of local houses.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kump/Houser Family Folk Art Carved Rhododendron Root Stand Table

Auction House description: KUMP / HOUSER FAMILY, ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA FOLK ART CARVED OAK AND RHODODENDRON ROOT STAND TABLE, a tour-de-force of root carving and ingenious design with two fixed shelves, two drawers, and slightly splayed legs supporting an exuberant display of root carvings including birds, turtles, snakes, a stag, and human figures. Over 20 carved figures total. Poplar and other secondary woods. Excellent old, possibly original, surface with warm color and expected wear. Circa 1920-1930. 38" HOA, 31" WOA, 16" DOA.

Sold for $3,250.00 (w/o premium) at Jeffrey Evans.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

"Step Right Up and Test Your Strength!"

Extremely rare tintype of a circus carney and a High Striker carnival game.

Available here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Biennial #27

Emil James Bisttram
c. 1941
Oil on masonite
39 1/4" x 30" x 1 1/2"

Available at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.