Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
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December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 2184


Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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FRANK FINNEY (CAPEVILLE, VIRGINIA, B. 1947) FOLK ART CARVED AND PAINTED FIGURE OF A CAT, a large depiction of a recumbent yellow tabby cat, his proper right paw on a mouse, his face with a smug expression, applied whiskers, and glass eyes, artist signed to the underside. Retaining an aged polychrome surface. Fourth quarter 20th/early 21st century. 10" HOA, 15 1/2" x 8 1/2" OA.
Catalogue Note: Frank Finney (b. 1947) is one of America's finest living folk art carvers. Frank's father, Herman Finney, who worked as a carver for the U. S. Navy and later as a culinary artist for diplomatic functions, was an important early influence. Herman Finney's ability to transform fruits and vegetables into flowers or animals undoubtedly had a major impact on the artistic development of his son. After Frank's service during the Vietnam War, where he earned numerous medals, including a Purple Heart and the V-Valor Battalion Award, the artist returned to his home on the Eastern Shore, where he worked as a commercial fisherman and began his career as a carver in earnest. Known especially for his birds and animals, particularly those native to his beloved Eastern Shore habitat, Finney is also fascinated by the mostly anonymous American folk art carving traditions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The present carving is the result of this life-long interest on the artist's part, culminating in a unique creation in which he is able to mesh his abilities as a carver with an identifiable regional American style.


Excellent condition with some minor breaks to the whiskers.

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