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Folk Art Hooked Rug of Fanciful Leaping Horse within Delightfully Colored Borders
American, ca. late 19th century, a mix of cottons and wools. Soft hues of blue, salmon, beige, pink, brown, and red would bring a focal point of quiet color to a contemporary setting, or fit equally well within a collection of early folk art and paint. The leaping horse in silhouette, likely inspired by the family’s own horse or weathervane, is whimsically rendered in red, sporting a red and white blanket, while he affably lowers his head. The artist has rendered the hour-glass-like geometrics within the borders organically, i.e., without stiff adherence to consistent measurement, and brilliantly expressed harmonious colors within these shapes. Fine condition with minor repairs. Recently professionally remounted. About 37 inches square. Provenance: Stephen Score; private collections.
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