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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 37

Exceptional Folk Art Carved Giltwood Sunburst Trade Sign

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

19th century, made for the Sun Insurance Society, London, large dramatic form, rays centering a deeply carved detailed face, fine old surface, 54 x 54 x 8 in.

Note: The Sun Fire Office, later Sun Insurance, was founded in London in 1710, and developed into a leading national insurance business. The business expanded greatly over the 18th and 19th century, ultimately entering the American marketplace in the late 19th century. Early images of the Sun Fire Office depict this distinctive form with alternating straight and curved sun rays.


excellent condition with fine old surface, expected gilding wear and losses, especially at forehead, other surface distress, cracks, wear and other flaws with minor separations at laminations and face

Woodard and Greenstein, New York; 
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow