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Mexican Folk Art


We are pleased to offer a selection of Art from Mexico.

Mexican Coin Bank

SKU # 072099

From the 1950's the bank is typical of the tourist items sold in Mexico. The sitting young boy has a slit in his sombero for coins and usually the bank is broken to retrive the money. 

Sitting 8" high 7 1/2" wide and 4 3/4" deep

Price: $85



Sun Face Coin Bank -  Tonala

# 072001

One of the many wonderful fork art pieces Tonala Artisians produce for the tourist industury. Created between the 1960's and 1970's the Sun Face bank is in excellent condition. 

Standing 7" tall 5" wide and 6" deep.

Price: $65



Wooden Monkey

SKU #108010

You are looking at a great piece of Mexican Folk Art. Standing on a wood base, this wonderful monkey is poised on one foot . At one time there was something in his right hand, a piece of pink fruit? The carving is very well executed and carved from one piece of wood. The arm at the elbow are attached with small nails and the tail is from a twisted branch and well attached to the body. It has a charming face painted white, red, and black. The overall body has been painted black. Due to the ware and age, paint has been chipped from the over all piece which adds to it's character.  I believe this is from the 1940's.

Standing 23" high by 7" wide and 14" deep.

Price: $850



Mexican Folk Art Clay Whistles

SKU #971258

This group of owl whistles came from a gas station gift store that closed in the 1950's. All of the items were packed away in boxes when the building closed. The four owls are in the colors of blue, pink, orange and red. They are from low-fire clay. Each whistle does sound like an owl when blown. On each back side of the figure a blue stamp of made in Mexico is clearly seen. This is a fun collection to own.

Price: $100



Mexican Folk Art Owl Whistles

SKU #971253

This group of owl whistles came from a gas station gift store that closed in the 1950's. All of the items were packed away in boxes when the building closed. The five owls are various colors of blue, pink, orange and red. The whistle does sound like an owl when blown. On each back side of the figure a blue stamp of made in Mexico is clearly seen. A fun collection to own.

Price: $125



Mexican Minature Folk Art Soccer Team

SKU #971249

Presenting a wonderful piece of Mexican Folk Art. This set came form an old gas station and gift store that was closed in the 1950's and everything was put in a box for storage. I was fortunate to acquire many pieces from this great treasure trove. The figures stand 2 1/2" tall and are made from wire for the form and clay to make the body. After the clay dries a poster paint is used for decorating. The little bases the figures stand on are also of clay. The entire set contains nine players on each team (18 total), a referee, two sets of gold post and side post. This is a great piece of miniature folk art from Mexico. To have a complete set is unusual.

Figures: 2 1/2" tall

Price: $150



St. Michael Statue

SKU #720099B

A wonderful 19th century carving form a decommissioned church in Mexico. The carving of this saint is very nicely executed and as with all pieces of this age the wood is first covered with gesso then painted. The blue-green gown has a red shawl going over the shoulder and down the back of the figure. The plumb on the top of the head has red, yellow and blue coloring to make it look like feathers. Wings, sword, cross and hat plum are removable. Standing on a red and green color base this St. Michael is carved from one piece of wood.

As with all items that were coming from Mexico and brought into Santa Fe, the word Mexico is written on the bottom of the base. This is in red felt tip marker. Because of the age and years of use, the colors are muted and soft which gives this a great feel.

Standing 17" high and a wing span of 11" Front to back measures 7".

Price: Sold


St. Anthony Wood Statue

SKU #720099

This 19th Century Saint Anthony came from a decommissioned Church in Mexico. The wood carving is quite good and is covered with gesso and then painted. Holding a child in his right hand and a staff in the right. The halo is red on the underside and can be removed. The base is green and red/orange on the sides. The colors are not bright but have a very nice subtle color from age. No broken fingers or toes on this great piece of art.

As everyone knows, when bringing an item out of Mexico the name Mexico must be on the piece, so the dealer wrote MEXICO in red felt tip ink on the bottom. Staff and halo can be removed for shipping. I purchased this while we were in Santa Fe in the middle 1990's.

Standing 18 1/2" high and 6" deep

Price: Sold


Day of the Dead - Tree of Life

SKU #0225006

This wonderful tree of life is the epitome of what Mexican Folk Art is all about.  The vibrant colors expected with good Folk Art are present. The tree has the traditional bride and groom.  The bride has a painted parasol and a blue feather on her hat. There are 6 skeletons, 2 leopards, 3 skulls (one with a serpent slithering down the tree trunk), 10 sitting birds, and 5 candle holders on the top of the tree.

This piece is signed MEX and AD by the artist(s). One hanging ball is missing, but is not noticeable. This tree is a very good piece Mexican Folk Art and will brighten any room.

Dimensions:

Standing 17 1/4" high 22" wide and a 5 1/2" base.

Price: Sold



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