WAYNE AYERS COLLECTION
We are proud to offer the last of the body of work of American Folk Artist, Wayne Ayers (1952-2011)
His works are so spirited, sublime, whimsical… Respected by experienced collectors, admired by the casual eye.
This small seabird is a replica of one that graces the dust cover of the book by Robert Bishop, “American Folk Sculpture”. It is featured in the book on page 176.
Measures 14″l x 11″h x 4 1/2″w
Fancy Copper Rooster
Inspired by the original rooster as shown in “Spiritually Moving”, figure 34, this replication was made from sheet copper. He has a full body and head, riveted and soldered and completed with his fancy tail and his comb.
Measures 25″w x 22″h
Carved from a single pine log with applied wings, Ayers created this replica of the weathervane now in the American Folk Art Museum, ex. Ralph Esmerian, ex. David Scorsch. Original found on the Albert Shriber property in Georgetown, CT. The vintage finial forms the stand.
Measures 31″l x 30″h
Large Wooden and Copper Salmon
The original salmon weathervane is shown in figure 53 in the book “Spiritually Moving”. Ayers piece is carved wood, molded copper, and painted to replicate the original in every detail.
Measures 35″l x 19.5″h
Watchfulness is a primary attribute of the rare Snowy Owl. This replica shows a naturalistic approach with deep incisions and a characteristic turn of the head. See figure 40 in “Spiritually Moving” for the original.
Measures 26″h x 8″w
Running Long-Billed Curlews
Named by Ayers, this pair was created after the example in “Spiritually Moving” by an unknown artist but most likely coastal New Jersey. This replica was carved in cedar with maple bills and mounted in the classic decoy manner.
Measures 30″l x 17″h
One can feel the forward motion to this running horse as the mane and tail are lifted. Painted to replicate aged wood and to indicate age, this horse was then mounted on a vintage spool.
Measures 17″l x 20″h
Red Bird on White Arrow
Created after Albert Zahn example pictured in “Spiritually Moving”. Carved from white pine and painted with intentional paint loss and faux patina to resemble aged wood. Mounted to old finial.
Measures 36″l x 29 1/2″h
This is a unique creation intended to move in three different directions depending on the wind. Carved and painted, both wings rotate as does the body.
Measures 36″l x 34″h
Tennis Playing Woman
The original was once a copper weathervane circa 1900. Wayne Ayers replication, also in copper, is a delicate form showing grace and movement and mounted on a cast iron Eiffel Tower.
Measures 47″h x 22″w