Shadfly Folk Art Gallery and Antiques

 Early Carving Of A Farmer And His Dog On A Hay Wagon


PhilShadfly Folk Art Gallery and Antiques is located in Port Dover, Ontario

This delightfully disproportionate, primitive carving of a farmer and his dog riding on a hay wagon comes from Kent County, Ontario. Circa 1920.  Signed "Winter" in pencil on the bottom.  Notice the tiny nails used for eyes in the horses and man.  What a good boy his dog is to sit there so calmly.  It is wired to the rough wood base, as I found it.  It could be easily removed and the base stored (for provenance) if you would prefer the piece to being free standing. I like it fine the way it is. I bought this in Croton, Ontario from a distant cousin about 30 years ago.  He had bought it locally at auction.  17 1/2" long,  6" wide, 7 1/2" tall.

As found.

Shortly after listing this I was happy to receive an e-mail from a collector friend who has identified the artist as Ira Armstrong from Sarnia, Ontario.  Sarnia is quite near Kent county but actually located in the adjacent, Lambton county. He bought a similar piece by the same hand at the fall Christie show and the information was on the bottom.  Thanks Craig.