Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fred Alten horse


The carvings of Fred Alten (d. 1945), the son of German immigrants, were discovered at an estate sale in Wyandotte, Mich., 30 years after his death. Like many of Alten's animals, this horse was made with interlocking parts, in a style similar to the foundry patterns used in the family business. He lined up many of his animals in handmade cages. Alten produced "more than 150 animal figures" during a 20-year stretch, according to the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art.

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