Here's a charming scene done by a well known folk artist - Mary Michael Shelley. There is much online about her. She is in many collections and museums. The following I found online about her beginnings -- "Shelley was born in Doylestown, Pa. in 1950. Her father was a commercial artist and her grandmother was from Pennsylvania Dutch stock, and always had a multitude of art projects going. It was the influence of these two well-loved people that would determine Mary's future".
This piece dated 1885 is early for her - she started her carvings about 1973. The carving is signed and dated on the side. She most always works in carved pine and acrylic paint and uses gold leaf as well. The gold leaf in this one is in the back "wall" of the barn. The piece is 13 1/2" long and about 10" high. The subject is a lovely cow chewing away, with a chicken sitting on top of her, complete with her nest. Other details include the hay fork on the back wall and the white fence wrapping around the front.
Shelley's work can go into the thousands for larger works. I have priced this piece well. But most important is the joy of living with such a fun and beautifully executed piece of original folk art by this self taught artist.
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