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Dollar Bay, Michigan Folk Art Painting

Dollar Bay, Houghton County, Michigan, ca 1890s, oil on copper, signed lower right Rhoda ? Pearce. A folk art painting of Dollar Bay, Michigan, with Portage Lake in the background. The smoke stacks are the Lake Superior Smelting Co. and the Tamarack-Osceola Copper Mfg. Co. In the foreground, a train for the Hancock and Calumet railroad. Also depicted are horses pulling wagon, horse and carriages, and bicycle with rider. Included with painting is a personal letter, dated 1963, from the owner to the son of the painting's original owner. He states that he is giving back the painting that his father purchased from the artist Miss Pierce [sic]. Also in the letter, the owner, a former native of the town, describes in detail, the town during the time period of this painting. In a period gilt frame; 10.5 x 22 in. (w/o frame).

This painting represents the days when copper was king in the rich mining history of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. More than 10 billion pounds of copper were pulled out of the Keweenaw between 1844 and 1968.

Condition:Scattered loss of paint.

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$764
02/15/2010

 

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