Portrait of a Heroic Fireman
Polychrome painted and carved wood
Overall: 100 x 66 x 44 in. ( 254 x 167.6 x 111.8 cm )
Polychrome carved wooden sculpture of male figure in fireman's uniform and hat; left arm raised with finger pointed, right hand holding a speaking horn; on square pedestal. The sculpture is fashioned from primarily one piece of wood with additions in multiple pieces for the arms, horn, left foot, drapes and pockets of the coat, helmet, medallion, and base. The wood has been carved and painted, there are multiple layers (5-6) of paint, and a coating layer that covers portions of the sculpture.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Firemen's Hall, Mercer Street, 1850s-after 1865; Volunteer Firehouse, Paterson, New Jersey, after 1865-1936; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
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