Skip to main content
Want more images or videos?
Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 21

Large Antique East African Carved Wood & Bronze Antelope Deer Folk Art Sculpture

About the Item

A large, rare, and most impressive antique hand carved and painted wood and metal stylized antelope African folk art sculpture with beautifully aged distressed patina. Handmade in East Africa, dating to around the late 19th / early 20th century, possibly earlier, this scarce, one-of-a-kind, museum quality work, features a richly detailed patinated bronze head and tail with etched textural elements, tall ears and faux ringed horn spike antlers, mounted on hand sculpted primitive solid wooden body, adorded with scattered remnants of the original gesso and polychrome paint decoration, including floral saddle, collar, and intricate trompe-l'œil graining detail over the whole. circa 1890 Provenance / Acquisition: From the estate of the honorable Mrs. Penne and Mr. Andrew Peacock (1939-2021), former Minister for Home Affairs of Australia and former Ambassador of Australia to the United States. 2022: We acquired this remarkable antique from distinguished auction house, Austin Auction Gallery, established 1983, Austin, Texas. Important Firearms, Western, Ethnographic Art catalog Dimensions: (approx) 35" high, 34.5" wide, 11" deep, 38lbs Condition Report: A superb example, museum exhibition quality, in great original unrestored antique condition. The rare, one-off, artistic mixed media / material original folk art work is freestanding, strong, sturdy, structurally sound, with now stable finish. It presents splendidly, retaining highly desirable original antique character marks and heavily worn, faded, organically distressed patina with substantial old chippy paint finish losses, all wear consistent with age, nothing that detracts from the overall display, but adds a unique visual layer of dimension, elegant rustic warmth, and rich historical depth to this already most distinctive and whimsical near life size animal statue! Professional Shipping / In-home Delivery available worldwide. Pickup / Local Delivery available in the Dallas, TX area.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 35 in (88.9 cm)Width: 34.5 in (87.63 cm)Depth: 11 in (27.94 cm)
  • Style:
    Folk Art (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1890
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Great original antique condition. Museum quality. Strong, sturdy, with stable finish. Presents well, with nicely aged warm patina, heavily worn, distressed, faded, having substantial chippy paint finish losses, all wear consistent with age.
  • Seller Location:
    Forney, TX
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU5977231348092
More From This SellerView All
  • Antique Indonesian Carved Deer Architectural Temple Sculpture
    Located in Forney, TX
    A rare and incredible Indonesian hand carved and painted red deer architectural salvaged temple ornament. Dating to the 19th century or earlier, hand-...
    Category

    Antique 19th Century Southeast Asian Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Wood, Paint

  • Large Whimsical Mexican Folk Art Carved Polychrome Mermaid Statue
    Located in Forney, TX
    A whimsical large Mexican folk art wooden mermaid statue. Handmade in Mexico in the mid-20th century, hand carved, gessoed, polychrome painted, modeled...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Gesso, Wood, Paint

  • Monumental Mexican Carved Polychrome Mermaid Dance Mask, Folk Art Sculpture
    Located in Forney, TX
    A magnificent life-size Mexican folk art hand carved and painted wood body dance mask, in the form of a mermaid, dating to the early 20th century, most likely originating in Guerrero, Mexico. Featuring a large nude female form, exquisitely detailed throughout, including intricately painted eyes, sculpted wavy hair and rich polychrome decorated scaled tail mounted with fish figure, having cutout for wearing around waist, moderately hollowed body reduces overall weight, and arms jointed at the shoulder allowing the arms to rotate and freely move when worn. Retaining later looped wires for hanging from the ceiling or wall. Great original antique / vintage condition with expected heavily distressed patina and chippy paint finish losses. All wear consistent with age and indicative of use. Provenance / Acquisition: From the collection of Mrs. Bettye Wellons, Austin, Texas. Acquired from highly reputable auction house Austin Auction Gallery, established in 1983, Austin, Texas. 2022 Texas Mansion Carved Antiques & Decor catalog. Overall dimensions: (approx) Raised on arms angled back with back head up...
    Category

    Early 20th Century Mexican Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Wood

  • Duluth Fish Decoy American Folk Art Carved Painted Orca Killer Whale Sculpture
    By Duluth
    Located in Forney, TX
    A scarce early Duluth Fish Decoy American folk art sculpture, depicting a Orca killer whale, hand-carved by the late David Earl Perkins (Duluth, Minnesota, 1934-2018), featuring the realistic original hand-painted black finish with cream white accents, glass eyes and metal fins, signed at the underside "DFD", on a lead weight. circa 1960s/1970s Originally based on lures used for winter spear fishing, see below for the Duluth Fish Decoy story. - Dimensions: (approx) 8" Wide, 3.25" High, 4.75" Deep - Provenance / Acquisition: Property from a prominent Dallas, Texas estate Acquired from highly reputable auction house, Austin Auction Gallery, est.1983, Austin, Texas - Very good original vintage condition with beautifully aged patina and typical wear, character and charm - The Duluth Fish Decoys Story: (From the DFD website and in the words of Dave & Jim Perkins) "I guess it all started when I speared my first northern pike – what a thrill.  The only thing better was to spear one lured in with a decoy I made myself. I made more decoys to spear more fish and found out I liked making decoys as much as spearing northerns.  Well, soon enough, my decoy/lunch box had more decoys than lunch. So I laid off the making and stepped up the spearing. Then when the fish tore them up and they scraped up against each other in the lunch box and they rolled around on the floor of the dark-house they weathered with an aged, charactered, antique patina.  It wasn't long before friends paid more mind to my spearing decoys than my fish stories.  Said they’d like to have some to set on the mantle – said they were folky.  So I laid off the spearing and stepped up the carving. Now I've been making DFD (Duluth Fish Decoys) spearing  decoys for longer than I want to admit – they say you’re only as old as you think you are. Being on the north side of seventy, I been making them for… let’s just say a long time.   I don’t know a web site from a stick of fire wood but the kids and grand-kids have been pestering me to get one for years. In fact, I told Jim, you make the web thing and I'll make the decoys that go on it.  But with the demand being more than I can keep up with, he's been making them right alongside of me - just like when he was a kid. Great to keep it in the family - two generations of DFD. Who'd of thunk it.   What a hoot it’s been to create something so enjoyed by others. Along the way our DFD decoys have ended up in The American Museum of Folk Art, on a limited edition print, in a governor’s mansion, in Hollywood actors' homes, in fishing decoy books, with interior designers, in art galleries, on a DVD, and now in a coffee table book devoted entirely to DFD.  What a hobby it’s been – what a blessing of God.   I hope to continue as long as my health holds out.   Lo, these many years later our DFD spearing decoys are still hand-crafted with that aged, weathered, antique patina.  As with all folk art there’s no two alike.  The pictures give the length of the decoy but it may vary by a half an inch.  They all have glass eyes and are hand painted with a brush – no air brush for us. The lead belly...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Metal

  • Large Whimsical Antique Hand Carved Wooden Horse Sculpture
    Located in Forney, TX
    A large antique hand carved wooden horse sculpture on stand. Most likely from Southeast Asia, (Indonesian, Burmese, Thai) early 20th c...
    Category

    Early 20th Century Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Wood

  • Vintage American Folk Art Carved Painted Candlestick Statue Pair
    Located in Forney, TX
    Add rich decorative character, whimsical elegance and rustic warmth with this one-of-a-kind pair of two vintage American folk art candle sculptures. Primitive handmade slatted solid...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Wood, Paint

You May Also Like
  • Late 19th Century Carved Wooden Angel
    Located in Santa Monica, CA
    Impressive wood carved angel with amazing detail. Certainly the work of a master carver. Found among the entire contents of a Catholic Church in the Midwest which was said to have cl...
    Category

    Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Statues

    Materials

    Gesso, Wood, Paint

  • Antique Folk Art Wire/Wood Birdcage
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    The antique bird house is composed of wire and wood framing and floor. The front facade has an arched center section and side "towers." There are th...
    Category

    Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Planters and Jardinieres

    Materials

    Wood

  • 19th Century Carved and Polychrome Pair of Continental Laplander Painted Figures
    Located in New York, NY
    Pair of Continental Laplander (19th Century) carousel style carved and painted life-size figures.
    Category

    Antique 19th Century Folk Art Statues

    Materials

    Wood

  • Carved Statue of a Saint
    Located in Chicago, IL
    Carved statue of a saint with great patina on newer stand.
    Category

    Antique Early 1800s Italian Statues

    Materials

    Wood

  • Folk Art Rare Antique Gnome Sculpture
    Located in Douglas Manor, NY
    Gnome hand cast and painted American antique garden sculpture and coin bank In great condition considering its age.
    Category

    Vintage 1930s Garden Ornaments

    Materials

    Iron

  • Lifesize Garden Sculpture of a Woman by artist Jon Westberg
    By Jon Westberg
    Located in Redding, CT
    Lifesize Sculpture of a Woman by artist Jon Westberg. This stunnning Industrial sculpture of a woman with umbrella is entitled "Silent Rain". Steam punk in style the figures body p...
    Category

    Vintage 1960s American Industrial Sculptures and Carvings

    Materials

    Aluminum, Metal, Steel

Recently Viewed

View All