I am proud to offer one of the more amazing folk art creations I have been honored to own in my lifetime. That being an incredible 19th century set of hand-carved and created animals in theme of Noah’s Ark from a Lake County, Florida Mormon family that lived on a large orange grove plantation on Lake Harris. The creatures represent the type of animals including fowl & fish that roamed the countryside and this plantation,including a family of strange, creepy and menacing “cat like creatures” with razor sharp teeth. There is also a wonderful carved example of Florida birds including flamingos,storks, cormorant,owls, herons and egrets. In addition there are gopher turtles and unbelievable carved fishes. And let’s not forget the multiple water lilies that decorated the lake. There is also an exact duplicate the well that was on the grounds including cypress trees. Each creature and piece was hand painted with such precision that the body of work is nothing short of a masterpiece. Finding folk art from Florida is a difficult task to begin with. Finding this collection is when the impossible became the improbable.
The term museum worthy is often overused and abused in the antique business. This is not the case here by any measure of exaggeration. I have included a picture of the estate where this treasure came from. Now boarded up and lost in time. But this ark southern inhabits survive.