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Lot 2: Gilt Copper Weathervane Depicting a Steer
American Furniture, Paintings Folk Art and Decorative Arts
January 22, 2013
New York, NY, USA
Probably L. W. Cushing & Sons
Waltham, Massachusetts, second half 19th century
H. 12 ¾ in.; L. 23 in.
Estimate: $300 - $600
James (1912-1999) and Kathryn Abbe shared a passion for photography, each with well-established careers in the profession, as well as a love for art and antiques. They liked the juxtaposition of one object with another and the myriad effects of light. Each had a great eye that came in handy when they worked as a team. James Abbe was a well-known dealer in folk art and other quality Americana for many years and was known for his excellent taste. Kathryn, an identical twin and the author of several wonderful books, has lived a storied life as a photographer.
Condition Report: Dents throughout and horns bent. Small crack on one horn, old patch to lower part of Steer's chest. Now on a modern wooden base.