Horse and Sulky Weathervane

  • Unidentified, Horse and Sulky Weathervane, early 20th century, carved and painted pine and pneumatic tires, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies, 1992.12.1A-F

Luce Center Label

The first known weather vane sat on top of the Tower of the Winds in Athens during the first century BC. The rooster weather vane, or weathercock, appeared a thousand years later when a papal edict announced that every church must carry the symbol of a rooster. This was to remind the faithful of Peter's betrayal of Jesus, who said that the cock would not crow until Peter had denied him three times. In the nineteenth century, people made weather vanes showing everyday activities.

Luce Object Quote
"Wind from the east---bad for man and beast; Wind from the south is too hot for them both; Wind from the north is of very little worth; Wind from the west is the softest and the best." The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1851, quoted in Charles Klamkin, Weather Vanes, 1973
Title
Horse and Sulky Weathervane
Artist
Date
early 20th century
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
A (man and sulky): 18 1/4 x 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (46.2 x 29.2 x 19.7 cm.)
B (pole and ball): 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm.); 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) diam.
C (east directional): 14 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1/4 in. (36.8 x 11.3 x 0.5 cm.)
D (north directional): 14 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 1/4 in. (36.2 x 11.1 x 0.5 cm.)
E (south directional): 14 x 4 1/4 x 1/2 in. (35.6 x 10.8 x 1.1 cm.)
F (west directional): 14 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1/4 in. (36.8 x 11.4 x 0.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the folk art collection of David L. Davies

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted pine and pneumatic tires
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male
  • Animal – horse
  • Architecture – vehicle – cart
Object Number
1992.12.1A-F
Palette
Linked Open Data
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