Lot 143
Elijah Pierce (American, 1892-1984) Folk Art Carving of a Standing Tiger
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Carved in a three dimensional style, painted and attached to a shaped platform, signed on the underside "E. Pierce 9-12-1979".

8 x 9 x 1.75 in.

From the Collection of the late Leon Schenker. Born in Switzerland, Mr. Schenker was a professor emeritus of art and an artist who lived in New York, Ohio, and North Carolina.

Purchased directly from the artist.

A similar tiger, 1972, was gifted to the Columbus Museum of Art. (See exhibit catalogue "Elijah Pierce Woodcarver January 24-May 16, 1993).

Pierce was a self taught carver who eschewed the family farming tradition to follow his own path. That path led him eventually from Mississippi to Columbus, Ohio, and a unique two room barber shop with one room reserved for carving. When a carving was complete, Elijah used paint and shellac as finishing touches. Pierce's work is a staple of many private collections; the Columbus Museum has many examples in its permanent collection.

The tiger appears to have been separated from the platform base and re-attached, now stable.

$1,000 - 2,000