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    Cigar Store Tobacconist's Indian Maid, Split Headdress, Probably Carved by John Yaeger. Measuring 72" tall with a base 20" x 18". Draped in a dark colored robe and holding a round of cigars in her left hand. As an outdoor trade sign she looks almost as she would have in the 1880s. Looking closer there is the appearance of overall weathering and cracks to the wood that have been over painted and touched up. The figure has a rich overall patina. The box that surrounds the base appears to be refurbished but looks almost original. The positioning of her feet, the face, clothing, and the uplifted arm holding cigars are quite reminiscent of the work done by Baltimore carver John Yaeger circa 1880.

    John Philip Yaeger (1823-1899) was a German-born sculptor who showed a definite talent and love for art from an early age but, at the behest of his parents, studied for the priesthood instead. He and his two brothers left Germany in 1846 for Montreal but after a financial setback, John traveled to Baltimore where he settled in with the substantial German population. His love for art soon overtook his divinity studies and, by 1848, he was a full-time carver and decorator, making signs and figures for local merchants, churches, and shipbuilders. His first shop was established in 1853 at the corner of Lombard and Concord streets. Later, he brought two of his sons into the business and continued to ply his trade, making tobacconist's figures of all sizes, until his death in 1899.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    18th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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