Charles Hart (1862-1960)
Gloucester, MA, c. 1930
An eighteen-inch high standing penguin with carved eyes and incised detail on an inserted bill. The bird also exhibits the maker's classic, stylized attached wings, and a rare inletted tail. The mortised legs are inserted into the body and extend through the gently chamfered edge base. A large Hart carving presented to Admiral Byrd, noted South Pole explorer, was exhibited in a Massachusetts decoy exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Old paint with appropriate wear for its age, a vertical age crack and missing feet.
Donald Kirson Collection
Richard Bishop, "American Folk Sculpture," New York, NY, 1985, p. 177, similar carving illustrated.