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    In the Manner of Julius Theodore Melchers

    Hand Carved American Tobacconist Cigar Store Indian. It was the American Indian who first brought tobacco to the white settlers. Much later, that same colorfully-dressed Indian could be seen beckoning patrons into cigar stores. In the manner of Cigar Store Indians carved by Julius Melchers, this statue captures the great detail Melchers was known for. Melchers immigrated to the U. S. from Prussia in 1848 and became well known for his use of live Indian subjects for his detailed carvings. This tobacconist figure wearing a bear claw necklace and medallion with colorful polychrome paint exhibits Melcher's attention to detail and appears to be mostly original. The features are so distinct that you feel you are in the presence of a great Indian chief. A darkened patina overall the Chief is exquisite in his dress. One can easily appreciate the work it took to create this nostalgic, iconic piece of Americana. The wear to the form is typical for its age, with some cracking to the wood carved hand and around the raised folds of his dress. Wearing a pelt over his right shoulder, the carved eyes of the animal show its resignation to being a decorative but necessary piece of clothing. The figure is holding a block of tobacco in one hand as he stands straight and proud. Several of the feathers in his head dress have had some professional repair but the work is hard to detect. Just for accuracy there are a few places of over paint on the shoulders and the dress and it appears the war paint on the face may have been added at some point.
    This is one of the finest Tobacconist figures we have sold to date. Nice surface, a solid carving by an early artist of the period.
    Please view this lot on our website for a series of additional photos that will allow detailed examination and evaluation of its condition. 67.5" Tall.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
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