Unusual and exceptional Tramp Art doll swing that came from a North Carolina home. The doll swing is quite intricate in design, strength and mobility and stands 17' inches tall. In the photos provided I have place a bisque signed doll that is quite heavy on the swing which supports the doll's weight with ease. The use of combined materials is a signature of Tramp Art and this treasure has Carolina regional river cane, cigar box pieces and what appears to be pine.
The artist like nearly all Tramp Art examples remains anonymous.
Tramp Art is also a wanderer's art form: so again, there are no written records of the carvers' work. The stories of this art form became the facts; the misconceptions became the truths. There were no rules for constructing the pieces; materials were whatever the carver had available; decorations were whatever he could produce or find. Within the context of his own imagination, experience, and abilities, the carver assimilated what he saw with what he had to work with. He then translated and created what he saw into works of art by using his pocketknife and the ever-present cigar box. Given the fragility of the piece it is remarkable that this swing is in the fine condition it is in today.
One of the better and truly unique examples of Tramp Art I have come across in years.
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