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Rare 19th century Pennsylvania chalkware tabby cat

Rare 19th century Pennsylvania chalkware tabby cat

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: chalk, plaster of paris, gypsum, paint
  • Favorited by: 1 person
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A very rare 19th century Pennsylvania Chalkware cat. This charming feline does show some wear, which is to be expected considering her age and composition. Chalkware (either gypsym or plaster of paris) is notoriously fragile.

A beautifully rendered smoke-decorated tabby cat, with beige coloring, offset with black stripes and splodges. Black painted base. Red spotted collar, long elegant whiskers, expressive yellow eyes with double eyebrows and black-tipped ears. Hollow. Paint is noticeably rubbed and chipped, and base shows significant chip below front paws. Ears rubbed down to the plaster. And yet, despite these signs of the passage of time, a beautiful thing...

Chalkware epitomizes American Folk Art. It was popularized in the 19th century, as it enabled the less wealthy to decorate their homes with inexpensive, locally painted figurines, often produced using old molds from Staffordshire, England. Animals were common, and included poodles, cats, birds and deer among others.

In the late 19th century, carnivals began to give out chalkware animals as prizes. While these too are sought after, they lack the rarity and simplistic beauty of the early animals.

19th century Pennsylvania chalk animals have become highly collectable as not only are they charming and a lovely piece of American history but their fragility has ensured that not many have survived to today. They can be found in museums and collections around the country.

Measurements: 5.25" inches high, 3.5" wide.

Condition: Good vintage.

Provenance: From the Estate of William Steinkraus, (Olympic Equestrian), Darien CT
A very rare 19th century Pennsylvania Chalkware cat. This charming feline does show some wear, which is to be expected considering her age and composition. Chalkware (either gypsym or plaster of paris) is notoriously fragile.

A beautifully rendered smoke-decorated tabby cat, with beige coloring, offset with black stripes and splodges. Black painted base. Red spotted collar, long elegant whiskers, expressive yellow eyes with double eyebrows and black-tipped ears. Hollow. Paint is noticeably rubbed and chipped, and base shows significant chip below front paws. Ears rubbed down to the plaster. And yet, despite these signs of the passage of time, a beautiful thing...

Chalkware epitomizes American Folk Art. It was popularized in the 19th century, as it enabled the less wealthy to decorate their homes with inexpensive, locally painted figurines, often produced using old molds from Staffordshire, England. Animals were common, and included poodles, cats, birds and deer among others.

In the late 19th century, carnivals began to give out chalkware animals as prizes. While these too are sought after, they lack the rarity and simplistic beauty of the early animals.

19th century Pennsylvania chalk animals have become highly collectable as not only are they charming and a lovely piece of American history but their fragility has ensured that not many have survived to today. They can be found in museums and collections around the country.

Measurements: 5.25" inches high, 3.5" wide.

Condition: Good vintage.

Provenance: From the Estate of William Steinkraus, (Olympic Equestrian), Darien CT

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