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    Sale 12186

    Important American Furniture, Silver, Outsider and Folk Art

    20 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 834

    Sam Doyle (1906-1985)

    Pistol (Sleeping Deer), circa 1983

    Price Realised  


    Sam Doyle (1906-1985)
    Pistol (Sleeping Deer), circa 1983
    initialed S.D. lower right
    paint on repurposed board
    37 ½ x 47 ½ in.

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    The present owner's account of acquiring Pistol (Sleeping Deer) in 1983:
    I finished college in the spring of 1982. After graduation, I moved down to Beaufort, South Carolina. I would “go motoring” on the weekends and explore the islands, and on one such occasion, I could not believe my eyes when I saw a yard full of paintings that depicted the history of the South Carolina Sea Islands. When I met Sam Doyle, I was so impressed by his grace and kindness. He talked to me about his paintings and how the ideas came to him in dreams. I picked out a painting called Sleeping Deer because of its intriguing story. Mr. Doyle told me that it was the story of a man named Pistol who had always wanted to ride on a deer, and when he saw one asleep in the woods, he had tried to do so. When I came back to pick up the painting, the artist had modified parts of it. I have kept my piece all these years because of what in incredible person Sam Doyle was, and how his work depicted the strength and beauty of the people of the Sea Islands.


    Acquired by present owner directly from the artist, 1983

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