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.
(l) A Folk Art Cane for Elias H. Gilbert Pottstown, Pennsylvania Circa: 1890 Size: 37" (oah) Gilbert was the owner of the Merchants’ Hotel in Pottstown, PA and was one of the town’s most popular citizens. In 1904 a newspaper wrote about Gilbert’s trained pig and noted that it could “count, walk on two feet and do some clever stunts.” Gilbert went on to become a PA State Representative from 1907-1910. The cane features Gambrinus atop a beer keg with his right arm making a toast with a stein. Behind him, a goat and a dog appear at opposite ends of a barrel.
(c) Folk Art Cane of a Black Man Circa: 1880 Size: 37 1/2" (oah) Likely Southern and African American carved. Very powerful piece. (r) Folk Art Cane of a Monkey, Snake and Lizard Circa: 1880-1900 Size: 36" (oah) Very fine and skillfully carved with a monkey atop a pole with inset mother-of-pearl eyes— the snake with hundreds of individually carved scales and inset blue glass eyes.