AMERICAN, POSSIBLY VIRGINIA CARVED AND PAINTED PINE FOLK ART WALL SHELF, elaborate form featuring exuberant cut-outs, arrow/lighting-like devices, and original red-, black-, and gold-painted surface. Possibly John W. Nail (1853-1938), Winchester, VA. 1880-1900. 12" HOA, 12" WOA.
Good overall condition with minor scattered wear and discoloration. Old minor break and repair to proper left lower arrow.
Literature: See Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., 6/18/16, lot 546, for a similar example bearing Nail's printed label.
Provenance: From a Virginia private collection.
Catalogue Note: John Walter Nail (1853-1938), sometimes known as Tap Nail, was born in New Jersey, the son of John Nagle and Anna Kimberley Nagle. Both of his parents were German immigrants. It is not known at what date Nail moved to Winchester; however, he married Julia V. Pingley on July 6, 1876 in Frederick Co. He is recorded in the 1880 Federal Census for Winchester as a painter living on South Loudoun St. His death certificate records his occupations as artist and wood carver. Nail is buried at the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester._x000D_
Nail is also known to have made picture frames including a fine example with American flags.