Seated Man with Pipe

  • Unidentified, Seated Man with Pipe, ca. 1900, iron, spruce, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.324

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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.

Title
Seated Man with Pipe
Artists
Date
ca. 1900
On View
Dimensions
12 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. (32.4 x 11.5 x 21.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
  • Figure male – full length
  • Object – furniture – chair
Object Number
1986.65.324
Palette
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