Featured Native American pyrographic portrait

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by David Askett, Sep 26, 2023.

  1. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Earlier today, I found this pyrographic portrait of a native American in a local thrift shop. It “feels” quite old, with the unvarnished wood on the back having a fair amount of oxidation. Any ideas on when it might date to?

  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Pyrographed art like this was a hot hobby in the 1890s up until about WWI. Guys got to play with fire and it didn't require electricity, which most people didn't have on the earlier end.
  3. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

    Thanks! In the course of researching this piece, I found another very similar example. This makes me wonder if they are commercially-produced. Flemish Art Company of New York, perhaps?

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  4. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Certainly could be, although Flemish Art usually marked their pieces as far as I know. There were others. Somebody probably went to the local five and dime and bought the Indian to play with.
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  5. ola402

    ola402 Well-Known Member

    Something is really wrong with this picture.
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the bells
    the pearls
    the headband above the forehead
    the feathers
    the Afghan earrings
    The White Woman...

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  7. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    "Indian Princess" a la Alphonse Mucha.
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  9. David Askett

    David Askett Well-Known Member

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