English Folk Art Newel Post Figure of a Wildman
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Most unusual English early 19th Century folk art carving of a wild man, most likely a newel post figure, depicted with groomed European hair, beard and mustache, but otherwise “native” possibly inspired by Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe” or perhaps the real life castaways Alexander Selkirk or Robert Knox. Carved from a single block of oak, this figure has glass eyes, a flattened head (for placement of the handrail) and charming character throughout.
- Circa 1820
- United Kingdom
Height 19 inches
Width 8 inches
Depth 3 inches