I have an announcement to make. I have managed to find the time to make a pick of the week two weeks in a row! Please be prepared for heavy snowfall this week! The auction for June 24th and 25th from the estate of Joyce Bowes Collis is packed full of picks of the week candidates. I am going through the catalog and stop on one lot after another thinking that’s going to be the piece to highlight. I turn the page and find something else. So, my picks start at dozens, get whittled down to a handful, and I then flip a coin on the final two. This week it landed on tails. It just so happens that was a fitting outcome as my choice is known for its famous tail. Lot #390 has a tail and it’s a curly-que. This carved and painted pig with an unusual canvas-covered hollow body is a whimsical pull toy. I am wondering if the purpose was for the storage of smaller toys. I could fit a lot of little toys inside. Adding to its character are great leather ears and a spotted coat. It measures 14” long and has a very nice presence. Who wants to bring home the bacon and buy this great piece of folk art.
by: Jamie Shearer