Vintage Mexican Wood Carvings and Masks
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.
TT-4: Mexican vintage wood-carving and masks, and Mexican vintage folk-art, a wonderful dance-mask in the form of a deer's head, very possibly from Michoacan, c. 1940's. The mask is finely carved, covered with a gesso, and then is very well-painted. The mouth of the deer opens and closes. The deer is prized for its strength, and is believed to be a symbol for rain and a good harvest. This is a great and highly collectible piece of Mexican vintage folk-art. Condition is very good; there are some places which show wear and some minor paint-loss, especially on parts of the antlers (please, see photos). Size: 17 inches long by 7 3/4 inches high (including the antlers) by 7 inches wide, including the ears. The opening at the back of the mask is c. 5 1/2 inches diameter. Price: $375.
QQ-7: Mexican vintage devotional art and wood-carving, a beautifully carved wooden nicho, with lovely doors and holding a truly beautiful image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, c. 1930's. This piece is from the state of Michoacan, and it is a wonderful and very collectible piece of Mexican vintage devotional art.
SOLD. Thank you!
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! Condition is good considering their age; one has wood-loss on a part of the base and both show some paint-loss. Size: 11 1/2 inches high by 3 1/2 inches diameter at the widest part. Price: $225.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Z-15: Mexican vintage wood-carving and laquer-ware art, a wonderful batella from Uruapan, Michoacan, c. 1930's. The large batella is decorated with an exquisite exotic bird with a lovely long tail, perhaps the famed quetzal. It is hand-painted on a cream-colored undercoat, and the colors are bright and very beautiful. Condition of the batella is excellent; it shows some crazing and wear, natural considering the age of this masterpiece. Size: 16 3/4 inches diameter.
SOLD. Thank you!
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.
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.
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.
U-1: Mexican vintage wood-carving and Mexican vintage folk art, a wonderful marquetry picture frame, c. 1930. Beautifully hand-crafted with inlays of different kinds of wood. This is a great piece of vintage Mexican fine/folk art! Condition is excellent. Size: 9 1/2 inches wide by 11 1/2 inches high. The inside opening for a picture is: 4 1/4 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches high. Price: $400.
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.
This page was last revised: February 27, 2014