A fine incised French and Indian War era powder horn

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Lot 2627
A fine incised French and Indian War era powder horn
Attributed to the 'Pointed Tree' carver

Sold for US$ 3,162 inc. premium
A fine incised French and Indian War era powder horn
Attributed to the 'Pointed Tree' carver
The 12 inch horn extending to a raised spout of tapered octagonal section. Flat wooden plug secured by four iron nails. Shaped lobe above the plug pierced with two circular suspension holes. Body of horn finely carved with the Royal coat-of-arms and motto above a town vignette labeled New York, with a harbor below containing five fully rigged vessels. Reverse of the horn incised above the base with the scene of a hunter, with two hounds, firing at a leaping stag and with a doe and rabbit below. Above this, a blank escutcheon with a flowering plant extending from the top. Red and black polychrome shading. Immediately above the plug is a lightly incised date 1776, obviously added by a different hand.
Condition: Inner side of horn showing a 6 inch panel of deeply incised scratches obscuring parts of the left hand side of the decoration, evidently wear incurred during period of use.
See Illustration

Footnotes

  • Note: One of a group of horns attributable to the rather prolific craftsman identified as the Pointed Tree carver. See The Engraved Powder Horn by Dresslar and Wesbrook, specifically 'The Pointed Tree Horn', pages 22-23, 'The Fort Pitt Horn', pages 110-111 and 'The Wilhelm Herman Double Crest Horn', pages 112-113 for examples by this carver. Note the extensive use of ochre tinted shading, the characteristic and robust rendering of the unicorn and the carver's signature motif of the hunter firing his gun. In particular, the form the stag on the Wilhelm horn is almost exactly the same as on the present example.
A fine incised French and Indian War era powder horn
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