A small Bavarian sculpted wood figural group of Saint Francis of Assisi liberating the wild doves on their way to market. As the storied event goes, the young man surrendering the doves was also invited (and obliged) to become a friar in the Order. Note the original story from "The Little Flowers of St...
A delightful polychrome hand carved wood nutcracker in the form of a lady carrying an umbrella and wearing a scarf. She stands 8" high. Early 20th Century. Very charming, in excellent condition.
This Oaxacan folkart carving is by the very talented and well-known artisan Avelino Perez.
The Skeleton Monk has a purple robe and an open book in his hand. Approximate dimensions: 2" Long x 3" Wide x 6" High.
This gorgeous standing mantis is from the talented and well-known Mixe Artisan Group from Oaxaca. It is painted a wide variety of bright colors and has large red eyes and appropriate long antennae. Approximate dimensions: 7" Long x 7" Wide x 11" High.
The Mixe Artisan group from Oaxaca has created this lovely group of seven birds nesting in a tree. The birds are painted in a vast variety of colors in intricate patterns. Approximate dimensions: Tree with base: 17" high with two limbs.
Well-known and talented Oaxacan artisan Avelino Perez has used his imagination in creating this unusual angel. It has a white robe with red trim and beautiful wings in blue, green, red, and yellow. A good addition for the collector of unusual Oaxacan carvings. Approximate dimensions: 2" Long x 6" Wide (with wings) x 8" High.
San Miguel con el Diablo is the title of this wonderful hojalata (tin) sculpture by talented Oaxacan artisan Alfonso Santiago. San Miguel has a silver halo and gold embossed wings, with a blue tunic and green shield. The devil is appropriately red with gold embossed wings. It is anchored on a rectangular base, and is lacquered to protect the finish. Approximate dimensions: 9" Long x 4" Wide x 13" High.
This charming hojalata (tin) sculpture by Oaxacan artisan Alfonso Santiago is of a lighthearted couple on a see-saw. The figures,very intricately made, are painted bright colors - - the artist's style resembles the tin man in the movie "The Wizard of Oz." The see-saw moves back and forth and is anchored on a rectangular base. Approximate dimensions: 11" Long x 4" Wide x 11" High.
Highly talented Oaxacan hojalata (tin) artisan Alfonso Santiago has created this charming mermaid. Santiago's work is very imaginative and this red mermaid with blue hair wears a gold crown and is playing a lyre. The mermaid and multi-colored fish are mounted on a rectangular base. The tin is lacquered to protect the finish and colors. Approximate dimensions: 10" Long x 3" Wide x 9" High.
Highly praised Oaxacan artisan Avelino Perez had created these imaginative pumpkin head monks. The monk on the left wears a brown robe and seems to be smiling and waving hello and the monk on the right is wearing a black robe and appears to be sadly saying adios. Note the Dia de los Muertos skeleton hands and necks - - the two carvings show a bit of Oaxacan humor. Approximate dimensions for each carving: 9" High x 3" Wide.
This unusual carving of a toucan sitting on a watermelon has been created by the talented Mixe group of artisans from Oaxaca. The bird is beautifully painted with a soft, natural sheen. The toucan's back feathers are black and gray and its breast finely detailed in yellow and white. Its beak is orange, green, brown and white. The watermelon is a nice, luscious red, with just a few seeds. Approximate dimensions of watermelon and toucan: 12" Long x 6" Wide x 10" High
Well-known Oaxacan artisan Moises Jimenez ' armadillo carving adds just the right touch of color to a collection of Oaxacan folkart. This unusual armadillo has a black body with a combination of both a pale yellow oval and line design. The surprise is the red head, legs and tail detailed with Jimenez' signature line design. The tail had blue highlights. Approximate dimensions: 12" Long x 5" Wide x 12" High.
This beautiful Ocelot carving is by well-known Oaxacan artisan Eleazar Morales. It is painted shades of rust, black and gold/orange with a beautiful, finely detailed head. The Ocelot's lower legs are a spotted design. Approximate dimensions: 9" Long (with tail) x 3" Wide x 3" High.
Well-known and talented Oaxacan artisan Eleazar Morales has created this handsome Ibex carving. The body is a gray speckled pattern with a green freeform design. The head is light gray with black markings, bright turquoise eyes and magnificent long, tan and brown horns. The Ibex' s legs are black and gray, with blue hooves. Approximate dimensions: 8" Long x 5" Wide x 12" High.
Well-known Oaxacan artisan Eleazar Morales is the creator of this beautiful gorilla carving. It is a powerful figure, with the body painted purple with a freeform design in lavender and white. Its face is gray and black tones, with fine details in various colors. The stomach is also painted gray and black; feet are brown, with peach details. Approximate dimensions: 6" Long x 5" Wide x 8" High.
A wonderful addition to a folkart collection.
This bright green mantis is checking you out with orange eyes and bronze antennae and is the creation of the Mixe artisan group of eastern Oaxaca state. It has colorfully painted and detailed wings of green, black, pale blue and orange. Its legs are painted a freeform dot pattern of yellow and green and the underside and back are multiple patterns and colors. Approximate dimensions: 9" Long x 6" Wide x 11" High.
This charming panda with a book is the creation of well-known Oaxacan artisan Moises Jimenez. It is painted black and white, with Jimenez' signature black line markings on the white. The panda is reading a book in which a small panda with apples and flowers are painted on the left and on the right is painted, "I Love." The book is a separate piece. Colorful accents are evident on the carving, with pink eyes, green whiskers and pink toes. Approximate dimensions: 4" Long x 4" Wide x 7" High...
This unique squash with bees is the creation of the imaginative and talented Mixe group of artisans, who are from the eastern region of Oaxaca state. The colorfully painted squash carving is shades of green and orange, with intricately crafted orange and yellow flowers and detailed dark green leaves made of leather. The flower stems are natural wood painted green. The bees are separate pieces and can be moved about as desired. Approximate dimensions: 5" Long x 6" Wide x 16" High.