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Folk Art Mask Shadowbox

US$1,645

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Folk Art mask shadowbox: A very curious and unique vintage Folk Art shadowbox comprising six miniature hand-sculpted earthenware masks mounted in an antique wooden Coca Cola crate. Each hand molded clay face differs to a greater or lesser extent from its mates, and has a darkened patina with accretions that make them look like ancient artifacts. The expressions lie somewhere between serene and very mysterious. Each mask has been fastened onto a wooden dowel on the reverse with an epoxy that has darkened to an amber color; the dowels are mounted into the back of the crate, allowing each face to “float” in their cubby, creating an amazing effect. The shadowbox itself is a very old wooden Coca Cola crate, weathered and much eroded from use and age, and retains traces of its original yellow paint and the words Coca Cola and Family Size. It has the original rusted metal reinforced corners, twelve divisions, and dates from the early 1940s. The artist deliberately chose the crate in this condition; the faded script and weathered wooden is not a defect or imperfection, but rather an intentional aspect of the artwork's overall presence and mood. This piece is not signed, but is purportedly by an itinerant folk artist from the New York – Connecticut area, David Eugene Hill, and probably dates from the 1970s or 1980s. The piece came from his estate. Measures: Crate 12 ¼ in H x 16 ¾ in W x 6 ¼ in Deep Masks 2 ¼ in H x 1 3/8 in W to 3 in H x 2 1/8 in W $2200.

Details

  • Creator
    David Eugene Hill (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)Width: 16.75 in. (42.55 cm)Depth: 6.25 in. (15.88 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Nantucket, MA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AD-2019-WOE1stDibs: LU903913915822

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