It is not easy coming up with compelling and complex material show after show. This catalog is thinner than usual, but phat as ever—quality over quantity with no filler! Of course, we will be bringing more than these works of art to the fair, but herein are a group of well-winnowed works that deserve special attention. Enjoy! Come see this collection and more at The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 20-22 (*preview party April 19, 2018). Location: The Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112.
The Venus of Baltimore Carved walnut by A. Leibniz Baltimore, Maryland Dated: 1909 Size: 15 3/4" (h) x 10" (w) x 10" (l) Provenance: Harris Diamant; Hill Gallery; Private Southern collection Related: see American Vernacular, p. 164 for a walnut carved female figure found in Baltimore. A striking, bold and sensual folk art carving by a very skilled artisan. A young nude woman stands with her arms above her head, leaning contrapposto against a tree stump above an elaborate carved floral base, which is cornered by dogs and elephants(?). The animals have black glass beads and rhinestone inset eyes. It should be noted that each side of the base is carved slightly different than the other—each with a different floral and base molding motif.