Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Folk Art Piece for the Holidays

Turkey Mountain Traders specializes in fine antique American Indian Art, but those who have known us for years know that we also love American folk art, and are always actively searching for great examples. Truly superior pieces are rare, which is why it is so exciting when something outstanding comes along--something like this wonderful crèche.

It was made in Illinois in the late 1940s or 1950s, and is carved and painted wood with two small electrical fixtures (the wiring has been recently redone, for safety reasons.) There are all the expected things--the baby, the mother, the Wise Men, the animals, and the Star of Bethlehem at the top. And then, there is a surprise--on the roof, there is a skunk, because the artist figured that there had to be a skunk present in the manger somewhere.

At 23 1/2" wide and 14" high, it is large enough to show great detail but small enough to fit easily into any room setting.

Folk art is always a representation of the artist's culture, but the best folk art also gives a window into the soul of the maker. The carver who made this crèche may not have been a well-educated man, but he was clearly someone with a deep reverence and love for the story behind the scene. This was very possibly made as a gift for a family member, something to be treasured for years to come during the holiday season.

We recently found this wonderful object in the Midwest, and are proud to offer it for sale. For more details, visit the Folk Art section of our website at