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Folk Art Whirligig of a Mermaid, Nicolas Arena

Lot 0232
contemporary polychrome figure of a mermaid with whirligig paddle arms, raised on a metal rod above a wave-form plinth, signed "N. Arena '90".
17.5 x 17.5 in.

Additional high-resolution photos are available at LelandLittle.comThe Arenas began collecting wood carvings on their honeymoon in Italy and Sicily in 1958. Then, in retirement, Nicholas began carving for himself. He carved more than 30 figures; one was of Uncle Sam protesting "U.S. flag burning" during Desert Storm in 1991. He sent this carving to the president of the United States and received a phone call and official letter of thanks from the White House. Another of Arena's carvings is at the Smithsonian Institution. He exhibited his work at the Jay Johnson Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York and the Hunt's Gallery in Greenwich, Conn.

Condition

Good estate condition.

Starting Bid

$25.00

Buyer's Premium

  • 23%

Folk Art Whirligig of a Mermaid, Nicolas Arena

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620 Cornerstone Court
Hillsborough, NC 27278
United States
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