EXCEPTIONAL, FINE AND IMPORTANT TOBACCONIST FIGURE OF INDIAN MAIDEN ATTRIBUTED TO SAMUEL ROBB.
Circa 1880, Samuel Robb (1851 – 1928), New York. This rare figure of an Indian maiden with a feather headdress, long flowing hair and feather decorated tunic holding a box of cigars in the crook of her left arm and a bundle of cigars and box of plug tobacco held in her right hand. The figure is rare in that she is holding a rose in her left hand. These figures were created by Robb as a portrait of his wife Emma and carved as a tribute after her death in 1878 and is often referred to as “Robb Roses” and only a handful are known to exist. This example also retains mostly all original paint and decoration. SIZE: 56″ h x 15″ w x 16″ d. CONDITION: As previously stated, figure mostly original in very fine condition with only minor and small old repairs, losses and imperfections, including small filled repair, back of right shoulder, also small loss to banded trim on bodice of tunic is filled in an painted over, but not restored. A small loss probably a replacement to section at bottom of cigar bunch including portion of forefinger on hand. Loss to feather of headdress Otherwise good. 50883-2 (45,000-65,000) – Lot 2164
Auction: Fine Art, Asian & Antique Auction - August 2016
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