Matched Pair of Cat Carvings by Linvel Barker, Kentucky

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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.
Linvel Barker (Artist)
Of the Period
Folk Art
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Carved   Wood
Excellent. Legs have small expansion cracks between the legs and tail, this is normal due to age.
Wear consistent with age and use
17.5 in. H x 12 in. W x 5.5 in. D
44 cm H x 30 cm W x 14 cm D
Dealer Location
Kilmarnock, VA
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