Painted Box

Medium: Wood, Paint

Dimensions: H: 9 3/4 x W: 12 3/8 x D: 8 1/4 in.

Accession: 2009.0009.1

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Purchased.

born ca. 1851

Carousel Horse

Date: ca. late 1800s

Many a Shenandoah Valley child once rode this charming fellow! He was one of eight horses on a traveling carousel that operated at fairs and Confederate Veterans' Reunions throughout the Shenandoah County in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tradition holds that James Sheetz, listed as a 29 - year - old carpenter in the 1880 county census, made this horse. Others likely aided him in the effort. The horse's pine body is hollow. Its neck and head are separate and feature an applied mane, ears, and forelock. His eyes are glass marbles, and his hooves sport wooden shoes affixed with nails.

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Medium: Yellow pine, glass, horsehair

Dimensions: H: 50 x L: 44 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia

Accession: 2007.0014

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Carousel , Horse , Confederate , Shenandoah

English, active 1760 - 1766

Side Chairs

Date: 1765 - 1770

This is a set of four chairs. At the time they were made, it was the style to line such chairs against a wall. So positioned, their elaborately carved backs became part of the wall’s decorative treatment. Julian Wood Glass Jr. displayed this set of chairs in just that way in his New York residences. Photographs and paintings spanning nearly fifty years show the four chairs lined up against the wall, making a powerful impact beneath an arrangement of paintings.

Medium: Mahogany, white oak, modern upholstery

Dimensions: H: 32 1/2 x W: 22 x D: 19 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 0549.1-4

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: White Oak , Mahogany , Modern Upholstery

Purchased on January 18 and May 16, 1946 from French & Company.

1913 - 1999

Cowboy Figurine

It appears this little man with a cowboy hat has tipped his liquor bottle a little too much.  Artist Edward Ambrose showed artistic talent early, and made airplanes out of cigar boxes when he was about nine or ten years old. Then he began making decoys, figures, and room settings, and continued that craft throughout his life.  Ambrose wanted to attend the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.

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Medium: Wood (Pine), Paint

Inscriptions: Marked EA in a stylized fashion

Dimensions: H: 15 x W: 6 x D: 4 3/10 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Accession: 2001.0013.825

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Cowboy , Figurine , Green , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.

Cabinet Bookcase

Date: 1800 - 1805

The pointed arches of the doors on this bookcase imitate the tracery in the windows of Gothic architecture. The doors feature exquisite gilded colonettes, or small columns, that support the arches. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, this style was common in bookcase doors. Here these Gothic elements are applied to a form whose balanced proportions embody the ideals of ancient Greek art. So, this small bookcase is quite eclectic. English landowner Lord Camoys commissioned it for Stonor Park, his family’s seat outside London, in the early 1800s.

Medium: Rosewood, satinwood veneer, white oak, pine, brass, and modern fabric

Dimensions: H: 32 3/4 x W: 46 1/2 x D: 13 1/2 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 0324

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: White Oak , Modern Fabric , Brass , Pine , Rosewood , Satinwood , Veneer

Purchased from Blairman & Sons on September 6, 1988.

? - 1961

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Figurine

This figurine of a horse-drawn sleigh with a man and woman aboard has a simple charm.  The group consists of eight pieces in all. The artist took care with this work, and even gave the man a hat made of a separate piece of wood. The man is seated next to a female figure that wears a red bonnet. The wooden horse is painted as a pinto, and its leather harness is lashed to a moveable hitch.  The horse is glued to its harness to discourage escape, and the sleigh is joined with glue and nails. The mark is in pencil on the sleigh.

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Medium: Wood, Leather, Metal, Paint

Inscriptions: Signed: “A.B.S.”

Dimensions: L: 5 3/4 x W: 12 1/4 x D 3 1/4 in.

Accession: 2001.0013.452

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Horse , Sleigh , Figurine , Wood

Purchased in 2001.

Tramp Art Poison Bottle

Date: ca. 1900

This carved bottle is “tramp art.”  In this art form, an artist often carved everyday items to make them more decorative, as was the case with this bottle.  Cigar boxes often served as raw materials to be carved. Tramp artists also dismantled discarded items, such as shipping crates, used the wood to make a new object, and then carved or decorated it. This art form takes it name from unemployed itinerant men who often created it in exchange for food or lodging. But other people created tramp art, too. Some did so to be thrifty and recycle a discarded object.

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Medium: Wood (Maple)

Dimensions: H: 6 x Diam: 2 1/5 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.256

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Poison , Bottle

Purchased in 2001.

active 1810 - after 1840

Queen Charlotte’s Sofa

Date: 1811 - 1812

Collectors of British furniture highly value objects with a history of royal ownership. So Julian Wood Glass Jr. would have jumped at the chance to acquire this amazing sofa. The British royal family commissioned it as part of a set of sofas and armchairs that furnished the stunning Blue Velvet Room. This dressing room was in the private apartments of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, at Buckingham House (later Buckingham Palace). Queen Victoria and her family also likely used the sofa.

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Medium: Ash, oak, gilt, gesso, brass, and modern fabric

Inscriptions: Stamped ID denoting the 1866 Windsor Castle inventory: “235”

Dimensions: H: 37 1/2 x W: 75 1/2 x D: 30 in.

Place: London, England

Accession: 0321

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - English

Tags: Royalty , Ash , Gilt , Gesso , Modern Fabric , Brass , Oak

Purchased May 31, 1985 from Blairman & Sons.

1906 - 1990

Pitcher

Date: ca. 1970

This pitcher or small jug shows the face of a man. The features of the face are exaggerated, and he is wearing a blue cap or head wrap. This likeness is almost certainly of a specific man whom artist Billy Landis knew; perhaps its display here will help uncover the featured man’s identity! In addition to pitchers like this one, the artist made ceramic mugs that depicted people he knew. He also wrote poetry, and sometimes he put his poems on his mugs. Often those poems described the people on the mugs. Landis also made ceramic figures depicting scenes from everyday life.

Medium: Earthenware

Dimensions: H: 7 1/2 x W: 7 1/2 x D: 5 5/8 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.091

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Ceramic , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.

1906 - 1990

Fieldworkers at Lunch Break Figurine Group

Date: 1960s

This object is typical of this artist’s ceramic folk art scenes of everyday life. It shows four field workers and a dog resting beside a fence where a child sits. Billy Landis also made ceramic objects that depicted people he knew. This artist also painted a large mural of an Indian village in a school. Billy Landis was eighty-four years old when he died on Christmas Day of 1990. His death notice in the local newspaper said, “he owned and operated the Landis Cannery and General Store at Mount Jackson and was a painter and sculptor.” 

Medium: Earthenware, with iron oxide glaze

Dimensions: H: 5 1/8 x W: 14 x D: 6 1/4 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.074

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Figurine , Earthenware

Purchased in 2001.

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