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AARON MOUNTZ WOODEN CARVING of POODLE
Circa late 19th century – early 20th century
Attributed to Aaron W. Mountz (1873-1949)
Carved pine – No breaks or restorations.
Dimensions: Height: 4 1/4″ Width: 5″
Aaron Mountz’s carvings were shown at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum along with William Schimmel.
A small round eagle sits next to a large carving of William Schimmel at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
Following Information on Aaron W. Mountz from: Gardner Digital Library – Author: Kristin Senecal
Aaron learned to carve wood as a boy from the itinerant woodcarver Wilhelm Schimmel. His output was not extensive, numbering less than 100, and is thought to have been done mostly when he was a boy and young man. Like Schimmel he specialized in animals, including eagles, chickens, squirrels, sheep and dogs. He is especially known for his eagles and his dogs, and the Cumberland County Historical Society has one of each in their collection. His work shows the influence of Schimmel’s teaching, but most critics consider his work more careful and precise, if less exciting, than that of Schimmel. Unlike Schimmel very few of his carvings are painted, and of those that are, the paint was applied directly to the wood. Today Aaron Mountz’ carvings are much prized. “The small birds and animals done by Wilhelm Schimmel and Aaron Mountz … are cited in every treatise on American folk art, and they are the standard against which primitive or naïve American wood carving is judged.”
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