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Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Main photo of the box. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Photo showing the artwork on one side of the box, a scene of Mexican village life. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Photo of another part of the box, showing a Mexican gentleman with his horse courting a lovely Mexican noblewoman in a lovely dress. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Another side of the box showing a Mexican peasant and birds. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Another side of the box, showing Mexican peasants carrying their burdens. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Another scene from the box, showing a Mexican man courting a lovely Mexican peasant woman. Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on every side and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. Another scene of a Mexican peasant courting a lovely Mexican woman in her lovely rebozo.
AI-5: Mexican vintage woodcarving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a carved and lacquered wooden keepsake box with lovely painted scenes on three sides and on the top, signed Corona from Mexico, c. 1940's. The scenes decorating the box are of Mexican nobility and peasantry of an earlier era; the painting is exquisite and very endearing. Gold leaf is skillfully used to accent a woman's gown, and is also used on the saddle of a horse. Condition is very good. Size: 9 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/4 inches high. Price: $235.

 

Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a carved wooden figure depicting the famous Mexican artist, Dr. Atl (Gerado Murillo), by the also famous Mexican folk artist, Manuel Jimenez, Arazola, Oaxaca, c. 1950-60's. Main photo of the wooden figure of Dr. Atl. Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a carved wooden figure depicting the famous Mexican artist, Dr. Atl (Gerado Murillo), by the also famous Mexican folk artist, Manuel Jimenez, Arazola, Oaxaca, c. 1950-60's. Closeup photo of the wooden figures face and glasses. Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a carved wooden figure depicting the famous Mexican artist, Dr. Atl (Gerado Murillo), by the also famous Mexican folk artist, Manuel Jimenez, Arazola, Oaxaca, c. 1950-60's. A side-view of the wooden figure.
AI-15: Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a carved wooden figure depicting the famous Mexican artist, Dr. Atl (Gerado Murillo), by the also famous Mexican folk artist, Manuel Jimenez, Arazola, Oaxaca, c. 1950-60's. Jimenez is the father of folk art woodcarving in Oaxaca. In his early career, he mainly carved figures of animals: cows, doggies, deer, and all his pieces were unsigned. This is an early Jimenez piece, and it also is unsigned. This is a Mexican folk art collector's dream. Condition is very good. Size: 11 1/2 inches high by 3 1/4 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches deep (thickness, front to back). Price: $675.

 

Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a beautifully carved, laquer-ware box with incredible artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Main photo of box. Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a beautifully carved, laquer-ware box with incredible artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Photo showing the top of the box. Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a beautifully carved, laquer-ware box with incredible artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Photo showing the front side of the box. Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a beautifully carved, laquer-ware box with incredible artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Photo showing one side of the box.
AD-4: Mexican vintage folk art, and Mexican vintage woodcarving, a beautifully carved, laquer-ware box with incredible artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The laquer work is excellent; layers of laquer with very fine hand-painted artwork, featuring lovely floral designs and two very beautiful exotic birds on the lid. This is an incredible piece of fine/folk art!
SOLD. Thank you!

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a beautiful carved and hand-painted batea from Quiroga, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Main photo of the batea. Mexican vintage wood-carving, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a beautiful carved and hand-painted batea from Quiroga, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Closeup photo of part of the rim of the batea. Mexican vintage wood-carving, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a beautiful carved and hand-painted batea from Quiroga, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Closeup photo of the front of the batea, showing the lovely painted flowers. Mexican vintage wood-carving, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a beautiful carved and hand-painted batea from Quiroga, Michoacan, c. 1930's. Photo of the back side of the batea.
VV-11: Mexican vintage wood-carving, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a beautiful carved and hand-painted batea from Quiroga, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The batea is hand-adzed, and the painting decorating the front of the batea is uniquely beautiful. This is an older and a very collectible piece! Condition is very good. Size: 17 inches diameter. Price: $225.

 

Mexican antique wood-carving, a pair of wooden candleholders, c. early to mid-19th century, and possibly from the colonial period.  Main photo. Mexican antique wood-carving, a pair of wooden candleholders, c. early to mid-19th century, and possibly from the colonial period.  A photo shot from above the candleholders. Mexican antique wood-carving, a pair of wooden candleholders, c. early to mid-19th century, and possibly from the colonial period.  A closeup photo of the wood-carved top on one candleholder.
NN-6: Mexican antique wood-carving and vintage Mexican folk art, a pair of wooden candleholders, c. early to mid-19th century, and possibly from the colonial period. The candleholders are wonderfully hand-carved, and show great age and grace!
SOLD. Thank you!

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden oval charger from Olinala, Guerrero, laquered and with beautifully incised decorations, c. 1930's. Main photo of Olinala laquer-ware charger. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden oval charger from Olinala, Guerrero, laquered and with beautifully incised decorations, c. 1930's. Closeup photo of the incised decorations on the Olinala laquer-ware charger. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden oval charger from Olinala, Guerrero, laquered and with beautifully incised decorations, c. 1930's. Photo showing the back side of the Olinala laquer-ware charger.
LL-10: Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden oval charger from Olinala, Guerrero, laquered and with beautifully incised decorations, c. 1930's. The tray is decorated with flowers, cats (or jaguars), and rabbits. This is an exquisite piece of vintage Mexican fine/folk art! Condition is excellent. Size: 17 1/4 inches wide by 15 1/4 inches high. Price: $325.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and vintage folk art, a carved wooden mask from Puebla, 1930 or earlier. The mask is from the Danza de Abonicos (Dance of the Fans), and originates from Huauchinango, in the state of Puebla. Main photo of the mask. Mexican vintage wood-carving and vintage folk art, a carved wooden mask from Puebla, 1930 or earlier. The mask is from the Danza de Abonicos (Dance of the Fans), and originates from Huauchinango, in the state of Puebla. Side view of the Puebla mask. Mexican vintage wood-carving and vintage folk art, a carved wooden mask from Puebla, 1930 or earlier. The mask is from the Danza de Abonicos (Dance of the Fans), and originates from Huauchinango, in the state of Puebla. Photo showing the back side of the Puebla mask.
JJ-14: Mexican vintage wood-carving and vintage folk art, a carved wooden mask from Puebla, 1930 or earlier. The mask is from the Danza de Abonicos (Dance of the Fans), and originates from Huauchinango, in the state of Puebla. This is a beautiful and highly collectible mask. Condition is very good; there is paint loss and fading, given the age and probable repeated use of the mask. Size: 7 3/4 inches high by 6 1/4 inches wide by 5 inches deep (front to back). Price: $425.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk-art, a beautiful wooden batea from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. The batea is beautifully hand-carved and has exquisite floral decorations. Main photo of the batea. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk-art, a beautiful wooden batea from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. The batea is beautifully hand-carved and has exquisite floral decorations. Closeup photo of the floral decorations on the front center of the batea. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk-art, a beautiful wooden batea from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. The batea is beautifully hand-carved and has exquisite floral decorations. Photo of the back side of the Uruapan batea.
HH-6: Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk-art, a beautiful wooden batea from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1920. The batea is beautifully hand-carved and then carefully laquered, and finally is painted with exquisite floral decorations. This is a great piece of vintage Mexican folk-art! Condition is excellent. Size: 18 inches diameter. Price: $1300.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a wonderfully carved and decorated helmet-style jaguar mask, used in dances and folk-festivals, from the Mexican state of Guerrero, c. 1950's. Main photo of the front of the Guerrero jaguar mask. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a wonderfully carved and decorated helmet-style jaguar mask, used in dances and folk-festivals, from the Mexican state of Guerrero, c. 1950's. Photo showing the side of the Guerrero jaguar mask. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a wonderfully carved and decorated helmet-style jaguar mask, used in dances and folk-festivals, from the Mexican state of Guerrero, c. 1950's. Photo showing the inside of the Guerrero jaguar mask. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a wonderfully carved and decorated helmet-style jaguar mask, used in dances and folk-festivals, from the Mexican state of Guerrero, c. 1950's. Photo showing the back side of the Guerrero jaguar mask.
HH-12: Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a wonderfully carved and decorated helmet-style jaguar mask, used in dances and folk-festivals, from the Mexican state of Guerrero, c. 1950's. Condition is excellent. Size: 8 3/4 inches high by 8 1/2 inches wide. Price: $650.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a hand-carved laquer-ware batea with wonderful artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The batea features lovely floral decorations, painted on top of the fine laquer finish.  Main photo. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a hand-carved laquer-ware batea with wonderful artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The batea features lovely floral decorations, painted on top of the fine laquer finish.  Closeup photo of the floral decorations on the batea. Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a hand-carved laquer-ware batea with wonderful artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The batea features lovely floral decorations, painted on top of the fine laquer finish.  Photo of the back side of the wooden batea.
DD-7: Mexican vintage wood-carving and folk art, a hand-carved laquer-ware batea with wonderful artwork, Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The batea features lovely floral decorations, painted on top of the fine laquer finish. This is an amazing piece of Mexican vintage fine/folk art! Condition is excellent. Size: 14 inches diameter. Price: $350.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Main photo. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Closeup of Mayan face on front of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Silver plaque and top of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Photo showing one side of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Another view of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. Closeup of the top of the box.
Z-1: Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wooden box beautifully carved with Mayan faces and designs, c. 1930-40. The top of the box bears a silver plaque with wonderful Mayan symbols or faces. This is a true work of Mexican fine/folk art! The quality of the carving is incredible. The back of the box is decorated with "chip" carving. Condition is excellent/mint. Size: 6 inches long by 4 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches high. Price: $145.

 

Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. Main photo. Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. Photo of the top of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. Another view of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. A closeup photo of the top of the marquetry box. Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. Another side view of the box. Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. Photo showing the inside of the box.
Z-3: Mexican vintage wood-carving, a marquetry box with beautiful inlaid wood designs from Oaxaca, c. 1890. This is an incredible form of artwork from an historically important center for marquetry in the state of Oaxaca, an artform developed there very soon after the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Condition is very good; the box shows some age and the original lock and key are missing. Size: 9 3/8 inches long by 5 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/8 inches high. Price: $475.

 

Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. Main photo. Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. Side view. Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. Top view. Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. A view of another side. Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. Another view of another side of box.
V-2: Mexican vintage wood carving, and Mexican vintage folk art, a laquered box from Olinala, Michoacan, with fantastic birds and foliage, c. 1950. The painted decorations of birds and flowers are incredible. The artist begins by hand-carving the box from wood, which is plentiful in the state of Michoacan. The box is then carefully laquered, with a black slip. After this has dried, the artist paints the decorative scenery. This method of laquer and painting has pre-hispanic origins in the region of the Tarascan natives (the Purephecha, in their own language). Condition is excellent. Size: 10 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches high by 5 3/4 inches deep (front to back of box). Price: $175.

 

Mexican vintage woodcarving, a laquer-ware box from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. Beautifully decorated with hand-painted flowers and foliage.  Main photo. Mexican vintage woodcarving, a laquer-ware box from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. Beautifully decorated with hand-painted flowers and foliage.  Photo of top of box. Mexican vintage woodcarving, a laquer-ware box from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. Beautifully decorated with hand-painted flowers and foliage.  Photo of bottom of box. Mexican vintage woodcarving, a laquer-ware box from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. Beautifully decorated with hand-painted flowers and foliage.  Photo of the inside of the box with lid open.
U-3: Mexican vintage woodcarving, a laquer-ware box from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930. Beautifully decorated with hand-painted flowers and foliage. The box still has the original lock and key, and they work! Condition is very good, given the age of this piece; there is some very minor loss of laquer in places. It is a very unique and rare piece from Uruapan. Size: 11 1/2 inches long by 4 inches wide by 2 inches high. Price: $245.

 

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