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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 416

    A CARVED AND PAINTED LION'S HEAD

    JAMES WALTER FOLGER (1851-1918) NANTUCKET, DATED 1883

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    A CARVED AND PAINTED LION'S HEAD
    James Walter Folger (1851-1918) Nantucket, Dated 1883
    Signed, inscribed and dated Jas Walter Folger Woodcarver/Nantucket Mass 1883
    19½ in. high, 18 in. wide


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    James Walter Folger (1851-1918), a Nantucket artisan, was largely self-taught. In 1869, he worked briefly as journeyman to a wood carver in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon his return to Nantucket, Folger specialized in carved animal heads, historic dioramas, and other ornamental carvings. He was equally adept as a painter, both in oil and watercolor, and is known for his views of local Nantucket scenes. A Nantucket newspaper, The Inquiry Mirror, reported on February 3, 1883 the exhibition of the present lot in the window of Pitman Ellis's pharmacy, where Folger had previously displayed other carved animal heads.

    Literature

    Charles H. Carpenter, Jr. and Mary Grace Carpenter The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket (New York, 1987) pp. 203-206, pl. LXIII.