White washed desk and chair; desk features carved and brightly painted western scene carved around the desk; the front feet are carved in the shape of horse hooves, the top of the desk features a central painted stereotyped plains warrior head and arrows and tomahawks in each corner; the chair features an asymmetrical design with a carved-painted mule head in the center and carved front feet in the shape of cowboy boots; desk measurements, height 29.5 in. x depth 31 in. x length 54.5 in.; chair measurements, height 43 in. x depth 31 in. x width 20.25 in.
second quarter 20th century
Dr. Harley Niblack, (1894-1966) started as a pharmaceutical salesman prior to becoming a Denver chiropractor. By inventing a weight-reducing machine, he became financially secure at the age of 42 and took up carving and animation with a vengeance. He started with carving faces in peach pits.
Niblack worked with Disney Productions on animation projects, and created dioramas with motorized figures that were so appealing that the Smithsonian Institute exhibited them. In addition to his hundreds of figural carvings, Niblack created his own version of Western furniture. As a credit to his folk art skills, the National Museum of Woodcarving was erected in Custer, South Dakota, with Harley Niblack's work as its most prominent collection.
Thanks to Dale Schaffer, National Museum of Woodcarving, for sharing information on Dr. Niblack.