An American carved giltwood and painted carousel horse on stand attributed to Charles Looff, Brooklyn, New York circa 1900
number 17M written in black on saddle and number 2 impressed on bridle. height 58in (147.3cm); length 64in (162.6cm); depth 14in (35.6cm)
Provenance: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida. Phillips New York, sale 622, May 1986, lot 35.
Charles Looff, a master carver, was trained in his native Germany and emigrated to New York City as a young man. In his lifetime he built over fifty carousels, many of which are still operating today, including the first carousel on Coney Island, New York in 1876, Slater Memorial Park, Rhode Island, and Zeum in San Francisco.