Lot Details & Additional Photographs
To include: a signed photographic reprint of Pierce, framed under glass (DOA 24 x 18.5 in.) (slight scratches to glass; small scuffs to frame); a carved and painted flower signed "E. Pierce 1980" (10 in.) (break and repair to right side leaf); a standing gent signed on the bottom of the shoes "Elijah" and "Pierce" (some separation of legs from feet; slight re-touch to shoe) (12.25 in. ); a wall plaque "JEWEL PATILLO" with leafy and sparkle relief decoration, integral frame, signed "E. Pierce 7-27-1979" (DOA 12 7/8 x 16 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.
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.
$800 - 1,200