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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 48

An Exceptional American Folk Art Carved and Painted Pig Trade Sign

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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$100,000 $10,000

ca. 1890, in painted pine with pointed ears and curled tail, with incised hair, carved and green painted grassy plinth, with modern custom iron hanger, 33-1/2 x 73 x 4-3/4 in.

Note: Frank & Barbara Pollack's invoice describes this wonderful pig as a "powerful and imaginative expression of folk art." It is indeed an exuberant pig and of unusually large scale.


old dry weathered surface with traces of pink to brown paint, scattered paint drips with traces of yellow, repaint to green grass (green over green), tail restored, back with later hanging brackets (scars from previous hangers, now removed), iron braces at legs (likely as made), glass eye replaced, crack at one rear foot

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Frederic C. and Evelyn Bartlett. The pig was displayed in front of the barn on their farm "Bothays" in Essex, Massachusetts and at the Bonnet House Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; 
Frank & Barbara Pollack, purchased January 2004 (accompanied by original invoice, write up and provenance documentation, invoice for $85,000); 
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow