SITTING BULL cigar store indian statue vtg tobacco antique native american sioux For Sale
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SITTING BULL cigar store indian statue vtg tobacco antique native american sioux:
Samuel Anderson Robb (1851–1928)A Young Sitting Bull Life-size Cigar Store Indian Countertop Store Display
Pictured here next to a standard size 19th century tobacco humidor.
Early American folk art at it's very finest. 19th century lifelike tobacco store prop.He was designed to sit onthe counter, just left of the register,frightening little childrenwithhis *menacing glancewhile theirfathers chatted with the clerk! Stands about 17" tall. We are attributing the carving to Samuel A. Robb of New YorkCity who is bestknown for hiscigar store indian& circus carvings.
Art historians authenticate paintings by the artist's brush strokes and this same technique can be appliedto wood carvers. Search online for the super clear, magnifiedimages ofRobb's Santa Claus (carved in 1923)and compare the painting & carving styles. Theeyebrow carving and the eyebrow painting are nearly identical(one with white paint, one with black). Same withthe carved sharp-edged eyelids (identical!). And compare Santa's long flowing beard to this bust's long flowing head of hair (identical!). Compare the dent in the cheek (pic3 above) to those onthe back of Santa's arm. Also, this paint is raw/rough, identical to his Santa. Both carvingswere spared a century of outdoor abuse and the original paint shows no signs of aging. This is best seen in the rough textured brown paint on Santa's belt which isidentical to the rough textured browns onthis bust.
Do the same with Robb's Lord Dundreary (carved 1880). Find the online images that can be magnified and compare side by side with this bust. Compare how the pupils of the eyes are painted. Also,the sharp-detailing in Dundreary's long flowing hair,most notablythe identical center-hair-part found on theback of Lord Dundreary's head. Keep in mind that Lord Dundreary's hair is not quite as 'sharp' because it's had several added coats of paint, this bust has just its one,original coat of paint, as it left the artist's studio.
Again, with Robb's "Jack Tar" and "Baseball Player Show Figure": compare hair carving and the sharp cut of the eye lids.
As with most antiques, the bottom is the best way to authenticate an object. We have yet to compare the bottom of this bust with a confirmed Robb carving butthey should have similar bottoms (pic 10 above).
*Menacingeyes.The finest trade carvings are animated and this scary fellow is 'alive!' ...he follows you around the room! We would argue that this is the finest cigar store indian to ever reach a public market!The 19th century Yellowstone geyser painting seenin the photo above was painted on a large, rare cigar box lid in the late 1800sby an early American explorer. The paintingis also for saleso be sure tovisit our store where we are currently offering a nice selection of other hugely important and historically significant pieces of Art. A five pound sterling silver "Bug Basket" from Buckingham Palace, the most-prized possession of the last reigning monarch of The Kingdom of Hawai'i, an artifact from The White House and Porcellian Club (the birthplace of Facebook) and the first man to the moon's first appearance in Space are but a few of our most interesting pieces.
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