Swan with Two Cygnets
Charles "Shang" Wheeler (1872-1949)
Stratford, CT, c. 1938
swan is 16 in. long
cygnets are 5 in. long
This unique one-third size swan family is peerless among all known vintage American bird carvings. As seen in the spring time, the mother has her cygnets resting on her hollow body while holding her wings up to protect them. Shang used this natural phenomenon to showcase this elaborate carving.
This piece was acquired by the Igleheart family directly from the artist and it resided in their Myrtle Grove Plantation in Green Pond, SC.
Original paint with even wear, slight seam separation at head-neck joint. Right wing has been reset in two places with touch-up to lines on inside of wing and to much of outside of wing.
Provenance: Austin and Suzanne Igleheart Collection
Myrtle Grove Plantation, Green Pond, South Carolina
Private Collection, by descent from above
Literature: Dixon MacD. Merkt, "Shang: A Biography of Charles E. Wheeler," Spanish Fork, UT, 1984, p. 178, exact carving illustrated.
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