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A vintage New Mexico Folk Art wooden church

with a pressed tin roof, circa 1930’s,

ex: Carlos Vierra estate, Santa Fe, New Mexico

A fascinating and wonderful piece of New Mexican folk art, this high-steepled church is made of carved, fashioned, painted and unpainted wood with a steeply-pitched roof made of stamped or pressed tin, with colored-glass windows under Gothic-style arched eaves.

The church is mounted on its original rectangular-shaped pine wood base. This piece has a fine provenance, it comes directly from the estate collection of the noted Santa Fe painter and architectural preservationist Carlos Vierra (1876-1936) and we purchased it at his former home in Santa Fe. Among other things, Vierra was well known for his deep interest in preserving and his highly- accomplished paintings of New Mexico’s historic churches.

The church measures 53 1/2" in maximum height (the steeple), roof height is 36", width is 10 3/4" and it is 28 1/2" deep. The church is in very good condition overall with various areas of paint exfoliation and rust from being kept outdoors, likely under a portal, for years. We think all the weathering and age gives the piece a really nice patina and interesting surface.

Price $1,750 plus shipping

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