1987 Hand Carved Wood Polychrome Painted Folk Art Santa By Daniel Strawser
Description: A hand carved wood and polychrome painted American Folk Art figure. The carving shows Santa Clause or Father Christmas standing with one hand to his side and the other holding a bag over his shoulder. The figure which was carved and painted by Daniel Strawser shows Santa wearing a red coat, a red hat, red pants, brown shirt, and black boots. The hat has a white ball attached to its tip with a wire. Santa has a grayish beard with dark highlights. A great looking carving that is very well done. Santa has carved and painted eyes. The coat, boots, and hat have white border along the edges and the face is painted in grayish flesh tone and shows an interesting expression. The piece is signed and dated by the artist on the bottom of the rectangular green painted base. The carving shows quite a bit of details. The entire piece appears to be carved from a single piece of wood. Just a wonderful and nicely done piece of American Folk Art to add to your Americana Collection. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~9 3/4" high with the base measuring ~4 1/2" by ~2". The piece weighs slightly over 7 ounces.
Maker: Daniel Strawser originally from Lancaster County, PA now living in Maine.
Marks: Marked DS 87 in black on the bottom of the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a nice and colorful piece of Americana, which would make a worthy addition to your collection of American Folk Art.
Condition: The carving is in very good condition, with no breaks, cracks, losses, or repairs. It does have minor scratches, a minimal loss to the paint and a few minor nicks. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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