A fantastically decorative sign for a sign painter’s business. A curious mixture of worn, textured, stylized lettering flanked by silver or aluminum painted figural flourishes that have withstood the weather quite well, making for an unconventional contrast and producing, finally, all these many years later, an idiosyncratic object with an eccentric appeal.
The text reads:
a b bitterling
in all its branches
For the Home - Club or Business
I am told that this sign was originally produced and hung in the Catskills to advertise a local business. The piece has honest age even though it appears to have been originally created to look old. The choice of words slightly quaint, outdated - not the punchy sound bites we're used to in this age of electronic everything.
CONDITION is still sturdy after all these years. Actual weathering has produced an honest patina over the originally distressed piece. The hooks are still solid and appear to be handmade, and the back is a beautiful, pure blue. Measures 24" wide x 36 1/4" tall x 1 5/8" thick, exclusive of the hooks which add about an inch to the height, and weighs nearly 22 pounds.
A first rate piece of Americana, this beautiful American Folk Art Sign is a decorator's dream. Enjoy!
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