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Framed Chalkware Folk Art Sculpture 'It Is To Laugh' (c.1900s)

RushCreekVintage

Regular price $148.00

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If you are looking for a unique piece of framed folk art - uncommon and quirky  - this is it!! 

Our vintage chalkware sculpture in a lovely aged wooden frame is titled 'It Is To Laugh!' The origin of this phrase is the  French phrase "C'est à rire," which, translated literally as "It is to laugh."

This hand painted plaster relief is inscribed “Copyright M. F. O. 1909” to the lower right corner and includes a brass title placard to lower center of frame.
Unsigned .. artist unknown.

This style of painted plaster, (ie: carnival chalkware), is considered folk art by today's collectors. There is evidence of re-painting and previous layers of chipped paint throughout; the most recent layer is a matte paint.

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Listing Includes

- ONE framed chalk ware artwork titled "Its Is To Laugh." (as shown)

Item Condition

Shows age-related wear and accretion throughout with surface chips and scratches. There is also slight separation to frame corners though it is sturdy and strong with hanging wire intact. 

There is evidence of re-painting and previous layers of chipped paint throughout; the most recent layer is a matte paint.

Product Details

- Material: wood, plaster/chalk ware, paint, wire and metal eyes

- Color: brown, flesh, white, bluish green, yellow, black

- Dimensions: 

  • Frame: 23.25" W x 10.5" H x 1.5" D
  • Painted Area: 18.25" W x 5.5" H