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Americana

Thu, Sep 8, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 79

Gilt Copper Goddess of Liberty Weathervane, Attributed to Cushing and White, Waltham, MA (active 1867-1933)

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

Mounted on a standard with directionals. Figure 21 1/2 in. high; with standard 44 in. high.

Note: An identical model of The Goddess of Liberty is illustrated in Deborah Harding, Stars and Stripes: Patriotic Motifs in American Folk Art, December 6, 2002. She notes The Goddess of Liberty was a requisite figure for weathervane makers. Many extant vanes of this image are attributed to Cushing and White. This piece bears a patent mark 'September 12, 1865,' meaning it had to be one of Jewell's original designs before Cushing acquired the company, circa 1867. Characteristics of Jewell/Cushing & White vanes including asymmetrical rows of stars; a gown with fringed girdle rather than a togalike drape; the absence of a mantle; and a laurel wreath as well as a liberty cap on the head. The Harding Goddess of Liberty vane is in the collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York.

Similar models of the Goddess of Liberty weathervanes have sold at Sotheby's, NY, January 30, 1986, Lot 491 and May 19, 2015, Lot 114.

Condition

The figure in good restored condition. Denting and wear to the orb on the directional. The letters on the directional have been patinated. Structurally sound.The molded copper with weathered gilt surface. Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.