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Seated Man with Pipe

ca. 1900 Unidentified carved spruce with iron screws and traces of paint and stain 12 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (32.4 x 11.5 x 21.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.324 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

Early-twentieth-century wood-carvers often made toy figures with movable parts to amuse their children. The Fiddler’s arms and legs can be moved to suggest that he is playing the violin and dancing; in Seated Man with Pipe the figure’s left arm can move up and down to simulate the gesture of smoking. In both sculptures the artists paid more attention to animating the figures than they did to detail or color.


Figure male - full length

Object - furniture - chair

Recreation - leisure - smoking


folk art

metal - iron

wood - spruce