Offering a very scarce vintage Halloween art piece from Leo Smith’s Folk Art Series II. She is from my own collection and it is time for me to thin out some pieces. I have never found another on the market, but I did learn that this piece is a limited edition. Other Leo Smith limited edition pieces for the Department 56 Company are generally capped between 1,000 to 1,500, but I am not certain if this is the same because the bottom stamp smeared when applied; however, the bottom does clearly indicate that is #353 (making it within the first third of the production if capped at 1,500).
Leo Smith III is an American listed sculptor / artist and his artist wife, Marilyn, work as a team in the Mississippi River region of Wisconsin. Leo would carve a wooden art piece, it would be casted in resin (limited edition reproduction), and then Marilyn would hand paint each one produced. Afterword, Leo would hand sign the base (see pic). They are very well known, listed artists whose pieces are also in museums.
This witch is done in a German inspired folk art style of the American Midwest. Her companions are a black cat in one pocket, a frog in another pocket, and a raven (or crow) on her shoulder. She is holding a red apple (reminiscent of Cinderella) in her hands and wearing striped stockings (like the wicked witch of the west). She also stands upon a wonderful base of flowers, stars, crescent moon, cats, and a heart. The colors are true to the Autumn theme of orange, green, black, brown, rose, and copper.
Measures 12”(30.5cm) tall, 5.25”(13.5cm) wide, by 5-7/8”(15cm) deep. She weighs a substantial 4-lbs. 7-oz.
Condition is just beautiful! The only flaws I detected are some surface scuffs to the bottom of the base and one minuscule flake off her right cheek (1mm x 2mm). She does not have her original box. She never came with a paper COA because she is marked on the bottom, so I genuinely had no idea she was a part of a limited edition for twenty years until I began researching to list. *NOTE: She is securely assembled from three pieces. Therefore, don't be concerned that the raven is a little loose on the should and her feet are a little loose at the base. They are not glued and assembled per how the Smith's had intended, so I have not messed with her.
If you like her, grab her! Again, not many of Leo Smith’s limited edition pieces, or even older series, come on the market and I have yet to find one like her. Her folk art style will make you smile all year long and she will make a fantastic Halloween centerpiece. Happy Halloween!
*NOTE: Will be on vacation until 10.24.18, so will ship priority no later than 10.25.18 to arrive before HALLOWEEN!!!
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