Vintage Carved and Painted Wood Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Art Distelfink Signed .Kp. Southeastern Pennsylvania
Description: A nice primitive folk art small carved solid wood sculpture in the form of a Distelfink bird. The body of the bird is dark yellow with a maroon painted wing having a black border with a central white star on its sides. The bird's head is a dark yellow with a black beak and black eyes having a white border. The typical feathers on the distelfink's head are made of a formed wire. The bird has a long dark yellow tail and the piece is signed on the underside near the tip of the tail with the letters .Kp. The bird is looking forward and stands on a wooden perch having a black square base, red and yellow short riser and having a dark black cylinder. The body shows no detail except for a general shape of the head, and tail. The bird has three shaped wires on its head to mimic feathers. The surface of the bird shows the marks of whittling knife. The piece is made in the best Folk Art tradition of the Pennsylvania Germans common in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. A nice Folk Art wood carving that is well done and worthy of a spot in your collection of primitive wood carvings. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the 1970s or 1980s.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The bird measures ~3 7/8" long, is ~4" high, and is ~3/4" at its widest. The base is ~1 3/4" by ~1 3/4" and is ~2 1/4" high. The piece weighs about one and a half ounces.
Marks: Marked .Kp. on the underside of the bird's tail.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Truly a beautiful and interesting piece of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art or primitive Americana, which would make a great addition to your collection.
Condition: The carving is in excellent condition, with no breaks, cracks, losses, or repairs. It does have some minor scratches, a few minor dings to the surface, and some minor soiling. It may have some paint losses, or the lighter and darker areas which look like losses maybe just the way the bird was painted to make it look older, which we believe is the case. The wire feathers on top of its head are in there but can be rotated to change their orientation if you so desire. The feathers on the head show signs of rust or may just be painted that way to give it the impression of being old, or as one would say antiquing. Be that as it may, this is a beautiful piece to add to your collection. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty of the piece and for additional condition information.
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