Life-size Cigar Store Indian Countertop Store Display. Pictured here next to a standard size 19th century tobacco humidor.
Early American folk art at it's very finest. We are attributing the carving to Samuel A. Robb of New York City who is best known for his cigar store indian & circus carvings.Art historians authenticate paintings by the artist's brush strokes and this same technique can be applied to wood carvers. This bust best matches Robb's later carvings. Search online for the super clear, magnified images of Robb's Santa Claus (1923) and compare the paint & carving styles.
The eyebrow carving and the eyebrow painting are nearly identical (one with white paint, one with black). Same with the carved sharp-edged eyelids identical!
And compare Santa's long flowing beard to this bust's long flowing head of hair identical! Compare the dent in the cheek (pic 1 above) to those on the back of Santa's arm. Also, this paint is raw/rough, identical to his Santa. Both carvings were spared a century of outdoor abuse and the original paint shows no signs of aging.
This is best seen in the rough textured brown paint on Santa's belt which is identical to the rough textured browns on this bust. The 19th century Yellowstone geyser painting seen in the photo above is not included in this sale. It was painted in the late 1800s by an early American explorer on a very large & rarest cigar box lid.
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The item "SITTING BULL statue vtg tobacco antique american folk art nyc cigar store indian" is in sale since Monday, March 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tobacciana\Cigars\Other Cigar Collectibles". The seller is "theurbanarcheologist" and is located in Tracyton, Washington.
This item can be shipped worldwide.