WALK THE WALK, TALK THE TALK

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“Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk” is more than a clever title for this mix of carved walking sticks, figural ceramics and folk art, but also a philosophy of collecting with courage—of not playing it too safe and embracing outliers. It is finding examples of a genre that push boundaries and surprise us, yet still overlap its predecessors—objects that break preconceived notions and move the line forward.

Come see this collection and more at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 21-23, 2017.

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T A L K T H E T A L K

PHILADELPHIA ANTIQUES & ART SHOW • A P R I L 2 1 - 2 3


S T E V E N S . P O W E R S

W A L K T H E W A L K

T A L K T H E T A L K

“Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk” is more than a clever title

for this mix of carved walking sticks, figural ceramics

and folk art, but also a philosophy of collecting with

courage—of not playing it too safe and embracing

outliers. Finding examples of a genre that push

boundaries and surprise us, yet still overlap its

predecessors—objects that break preconceived

notions and move the line forward.

Come see this collection and more at The Philadelphia Antiques

& Art Show, April 21-23, 2017.

Location: The Navy Yard, Marine Parade Grounds

4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

additional show information: philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

W O R K S O F

A R T

& a m e r i c a n a

360 Court Street #28, Brooklyn, NY 11231 | 718.625.1715 or 917.518.0809 | stevenspowers.com | member: ADA


Eight is Enough (detail)

Iowa

Concrete and polychrome

Circa: 1920-1930

*full details pages 28-29.


Important Southern Figural Folk Art Stick

North Carolina

Walnut

Circa: 1880

Size: 28" (h)

Provenance: Peter Brams

This is one of the finest figures to appear

on a folk art walking stick extant.

Though the artist is unknown it is

initialed “JE” in script below the male

figure and marked “NC” [North

Carolina] below the rattlesnake.

The surface is untouched and complex

with a rich patina and oxidation.


Rare Redware Monkey Bank & Whistle

Pennsylvania

Circa: 1860

Size: 5" (oah)

Provenance: David Good, Peter Brams


Massive Covered Ash Burl Bowl

Ash burl

Circa: 1780

Size: 14 3/8" (d) x 10" (h)

Provenance: DeVere Card, Avis & Rockwell Gardiner,

Private, Sam Forsythe & David Good, Leigh Keno

Exhibited: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1971

Pictured and discussed: North American Burl Treen:

Colonial & Native American, page 62-63; and The

Use of Burl in America, page 25.

This is the largest covered ash burl bowl extant.

Covered burl bowls are typically of a vague sugar

bowl size, this enormous example would have likely

been a serving piece brought to the table.

It maintains its original shellac and complex surface.


Southern Stoneware Face Jug

Attributed to E. Galloway

Paducah, KY

Circa: 1880

Size: 9" (oah)

Provenance: Peter Brams

A highly unusual and rare

“Caucasian” face jug sporting

a Van Dyke mustache and

beard. The life-sized face is

made from a stoneware body

and covered with a white

bristol glaze and detailed

with cobalt.


Exceptional English Treen Cheese Scoop

England

Circa: 1760

Size: 6 5/8" (oah)

The ultimate cheese scoop! A great large

folk art face with tight, intricate details

on her sleeves and bodice.

This example is a recent discovery—a

sister scoop, by the same hand and dated

1757, was in The Longridge Collection

of treen.


Folk Art Cane of Man with Bow-tie

New England

Tiger maple / cherry

Circa: 1880

Size: 35"

Provenance: Steve Miller, Peter Brams

Literature: for a cane by the same hand

see, Carved & Whittled Sculpture:

American Folk Art Walking Sticks, Selections

from the Pamela and Tim Hill

Collection, pages 110-111


On The Moors

Peter Coker (1926-2004)

Oil on newspaper

Circa: 1970

Size: 11 3/4" (w) x 11" (h) (sight)

Literature: Catalogue raisonné #183,

illustrated on p. 89.


The Newport Zoo

Newport, KY

Dated: April 6, 1925

Size: 11 1/2" (w) x 5 1/4" (d) x 3 1/2" (h)

A large and unusual piece of Southern

ceramics featuring a menagerie of

animals—an alligator, birds, a fish, and a

turtle.


Nine Hands Cane with Shorebird and Dog

Georgia (attributed)

Circa: 1880

Size: 35" (h)

Provenance: Southern collection

Literature: for a cane by the same hand

see, Carved & Whittled Sculpture:

American Folk Art Walking Sticks,

Selections from the Pamela and Tim Hill

Collection, page 98.

A fascinating and mysterious carving

with nine hands around the stick,

interspersed with carpentry tools and

lizards. The top has a conjoined

shorebird feeding its young and a dog’s

head.

Though the meaning is not known—the

tools and hands make me think of

“helping hands.” Or from a different

perspective, the religious act of “laying

on of hands.”


Important African American

Folk Art Carved Cane

Circa: 1881

Size: 36" (h)

This spirited carving is not

only remarkable for its’

prodigious carvings, it is

the inspired, non-formulaic

execution that makes

it exceptional.

The forty or so carvings

feature; a large capuchin

monkey at the top with a

turtle fetish set into it

(under glass). What

follows is a whole lot of

carving; clusters of shore

birds, 16 or so African

American male heads, a

few snakes, an elephant, a

few dogs, etc.

The male heads all appear

to be African American

which would point to the

race of its carver. The cane

is signed and dated, “BY

TG 1881.”


African American Folk Art head

Circa: 1900

Size: 11 3/8" (oah)


Railroad Station, Randolph

George E. Morgan (1870-1969)

Oil on canvas board

Circa: December 1962

Size: 16" x 20"

Provenance: Anne K. Wardwell; Mr. & Mrs. Sumner and Helen Johnston; Joe

Wetherell; Raymond Saroff and Howard Rose; Peter Brams

Exhibitions: The Playhouse, Boothbay, ME 1963; Farnsworth Art Museum,

Rockland, ME, July 16 - October 11, 1998; The Center for Intuitive and

Outsider Art, Chicago, IL, February 5 - April 10,1999

Literature: “Painter Makes Primitives of Early Boyhood Scenes” KENNEBEC

JOURNAL, February 18, 1966, Ruth Henderson

The Kennebec Central Railroad was a narrow gauge line that ran for five miles

and connected Randolph to the National Veterans Home in Togus, Maine (the

nation’s first veterans home).


Ontario Stoneware Face Jug

Ontario

Circa: 1880

Size: 9" (oah)

Provenance: Ron Korman, Robert

Girourd, Peter Brams

With its dripped manganese glaze, this

rare life-sized face jug is quite wild. The

rich reddish/purple color and wavy

patterning over the hand-built face is

striking.

Handle on back is missing and the ears

are chipped.


Eight is Enough

Iowa

Concrete and polychrome

Circa: 1920-1930

Size: range from 4 1/4" (h) - 7 1/4" (h)

A family of eight concrete dolls.

Found as a group in Iowa, these

“dolls” are unique and mysterious.

Sensational surfaces.


Howard Rackliffe (American, 1917–1987)

Acadian Cliffs

Mixed media on board

Circa: 1968

Size: 21 1/2" (h) x 27 1/2" (w)

Rackliffe’s work is currently the focus of a

centennial retrospective at the New Britain

Museum of American Art.

Rackliffe’s works are represented in the

collections of the Barnes Foundation; New

Britain Museum of American Art; Portland

Museum of Art; and The Farnsworth Museum.


Wild Folk Art Pipe by Richard Wessel, 5th OVI

Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Circa: 1865

Size: 9" (w) x 5" (h)

Provenance: Norman Flayderman

An over the top Civil War carved pipe—using

the natural form of the root, Wessel carves a

recumbent lion, panther, lizard and a snake.

Along the body, in relief carved letters, he

states, “This / Root was / Found on / the Banks

of / the Potomac / Near / Harpers Ferry, This

Pipe was / Made By / R. Wessel / A Member / of

/ the 5 OVI / C.A.”

In addition to the animals, Wessel carves and

wax fills an American Flag with the motto, “E.

Pluribus Unum.”


Northern Plains Speaker’s Staff

probably Sioux

Ash with brass tacks

Circa: 1840-1860

Size: 34 1/4" (h)

Beautifully designed with an

overall flat, lizard pattern—the

handle as stylized eagle talons.

Maintaining an exceptional

surface.


Eastern Woodlands Ash Burl Maple Syrup Ladle

Ash burl

Circa: 1800-1820

Size: 40" (oal)

Dark patina exhibiting an extensive use history.


Tattoo You, You and You

San Francisco Bay Area

Reverse painting on glass, paper

Circa: late 1980’s-early 1990’s

Size: 20" (w) x 10 1/2" (h) (sight)

Provenance: Aarne Anton, Peter Brams


Rare Stoneware Monkey Spill Vase

Signed “H. Stell”

York County, Pennsylvania

Circa: 1860-1870

Size: 7" (h) x 6" (w)

Provenance: Robert Girourd, Peter Brams

Henry Stell appears in the 1850 census as

being a potter and living with the Knisely

family.


Maple Burl Civil War Folk Art Carved Pipe,

“The Union and The Constitution Must & Shall

be Preserved”

Circa: 1864

Size: 6" (w) x 3 1/2" (h)

Provenance: Norman Flayderman

A massive pipe with bold, high relief carvings

of crossed cannons and guns with a heart

centered above a star. “The Union and Constitution

Must & Shall be Preserv’d” frames the

upper most part of the pipe, while the owners

initials, “MB” are carved below.


"A Woman's Touch"

Folk Art Carved & Painted Cane

Circa: 1860

Size: 33 1/4" (oal)

The whole in high relief—a large

bird's claw, followed by acorns

wrapped with a rose, which leads to

a woman's forearm and hand, a

rattlesnake wraps a branch and then

another rose, and a turtle near the

end.


The Family Homestead

Folk Art Painted Tintype

Circa: 1870

Size: +/- 7" x 10" (outsized)

Unusual for the amount of people

within one tintype and for being outside

of the studio. The folk art painting over

it, with the symmetrically placed

flowers in the foreground is great.


Circus Cherub

Circa: 1880

Size: 14" (w) x 25" (h)

Provenance: Frederick Fried, Frank Maresca,

Peter Brams

A fragment of a circus wagon figure made

more mysterious and artful through

incidence and age.


Deco Diva

Mahogany

Circa: 1920-1930

Size: 11" (h)

Provenance: Marvill Collection


Yosemite

Signed: “A. Gomer”

Oil on masonite

Circa: 1940-1950

Size: 23 1/2" (w) x 14 1/4" (h)

Provenance: Peter Brams


Rare Ash Burl Reversible Tazza/Bowl

Ash burl

Circa: 1720-1740

Size: 13" (d) x 4" (h)

A recent discovery of an early, undocumented

form. An ingenious two-for-one—a tazza for

serving cheese or pie on one side and when

flipped over a bowl for fruit or nuts.


The Unknown Soldier

Folk Art Painted Tintype

Circa: 1861-1865

Size: +/- 7" x 10" (outsized)

A striking portrait of an Union soldier.


Steven Powers (1968 -)

Broken Branches

Oil on panel

2017

Size: 11" (h) x 14" (w)


Steven Powers (1968 -)

Broken Branches II

Oil on panel

2017

Size: 11" (h) x 14" (w)


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