Jonathan Bastian 2009 Beautiful Carved Wood Red Polychrome Painted Bird Cardinal On Green & Blue Base
Description: A nice primitive polychrome painted carved wood sculpture in the form of a red Cardinal bird by Jonathan Bastian. The bird has a large red beak and a red tuft on top of its head. It has a black stripe above the beak and around the eyes. The eyes are yellow in color and have a black center. Other than that the bird is entirely colored in red. It has two wire legs planted in a round base that is colored in green and blue on the bottom with yellow and red thin lines as highlights. The piece is signed JB 09 on the bottom of the bird's body where the tail begins. This piece is very much in the Pennsylvania Dutch wood carving tradition instituted by Wilhelm Schimmel of Cumberland County Pennsylvania in mid to late 1800s. Just a beautiful piece of Americana. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Was purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The bird itself is ~5 3/4" long and ~5 3/4" at its highest. The base is ~2 1/2" in diameter and is ~2 1/4" high. The piece weighs about 3.5 ounces.
Maker: Jonathan Bastian. Marks: Marked JB 09 on the on the underside of the bird.
Condition: The piece is in very good condition with minimal wear to the finish. The piece has some minor scratches, one or two small dings to the surface of the wood and general light soiling. Be that as it may, the piece is solid, beautiful, has a lot of character, and would display very nicely in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
In Closing: Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this nice piece. It is really a nice piece and deserves a good spot in your wood carving collection.