1 of 9 images

Matched Pair of Cat Carvings by Linvel Barker, Kentucky


Linvel Barker was a retired metalworker turned folk artist. He didn't start carving until 1984 and he would rough out the shapes on a band saw and his wife would help him finish these. These particular cats were done in 1996 and a very similar cat was featured on the spine of the book “Contemporary American Folk Art – A Collector’s Guide". I have yet to see another matching set of animals by Linvel Barker, so I believe these are unique. “If you can see what’s in the wood, you can carve it out. There ain’t no paint in wood, and you don’t need none.” -Linvel Barker.


  • Condition
    Excellent. legs have small expansion cracks between the legs and tail, this is normal due to age.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 17.5 in. x W 12 in. x D 5.5 in.

    H 44.45 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 13.97 cm

  • Seller location
    Kilmarnock, VA
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2009
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN / set

Early 18th Century Forged Iron Andirons

Alberto and Diego Giacometti

Iron, Wrought Iron

Stunning Folk Art andirons with very Giacometti lines but pre-Giacometti. I believe these are American and from Shanendoah Valley region of Virginia. One is signed with an E stamp on...

You May Also Like

Native American Folk Art Carving of a Lizard by...

Navajo Indian Art

American Outsider and Self Taught Art

Bog Wood

A lizard form carved of cottonwood with pigments. About the Artist: A Navajo Sheepherder and medicine man, Charlie Willeto began carving in 1960, just four years before his death...

NaN / set

American Folk Art Wood Carved Male and Female B...

American Sculptures and Carvings


A mesmerizing most powerful poignant pair of Outsider American Folk Art black male and female busts wood carvings/sculpture that we have ever seen. To view them is to be impressed wi...

NaN Sale Price
20% Off

Folk Art Hand-Carved Double Faced Cherubs

American Sculptures and Carvings

Bog Wood

Folk Art hand-carved double faced cherubs.

NaN Sale Price
46% Off

18th Century Danish Tape Loom

Danish Sculptures and Carvings

Wood, Paint

Charming small tape loom with deep carvings, original paint and some unclear text.


Huge Ethnographic ExoticWood Carved Pair of Bag...

African Animal Sculptures


Impressive scale pair of 32 “ high. exotic large African wood baga bird ethnographic carved sculptures. Detailed wood carved designs on the head sitting on the intricately hand carv...


Incredible Carving of the Standing Ram Golden F...

American Sculptures and Carvings

Gold Leaf, Wood

Intricately carved and gilded with an iron hook and chain. This sculpture is a copy of a traditional trade sign of a London woolen draper’s shop. The trade sign was an accessible m...


A Philippine Mottled Brown Painted Wood Carving...

Philippine Sculptures and Carvings

Paint, Wood

Seated on his haunches with mouth open having once held a piece of bread for the saint. Repair to mouth, paint flakes, otherwise good condition. See Esperanza Bunag Gatbonton, ...


Maori Oceana blessing carving Folk Arts & Craft...

New Zealand Sculptures and Carvings

Abalone, Mother-of-Pearl, Wood

Highly decorative and unique late 19th-early 20th century New Zealand/ Maori style Arts & Crafts/ tribal art beautifully carved wooden panel with mother-of-pearl/abalone shell highli...