Dutch Man Folk Art Hand-painted Wooden Doorstop

Regular price $80.00

I'm completely in love with the color combination of luscious matte orange, navy, yellow, black and green on this old handmade wooden door stop. I think its maker was too, as they seemed rather less concerned with the details of the face of this presumably Dutch man--sweetly and a bit hesitantly penciling in eyes, nose and chin, then painting a thin red line for the lips. The black painted buttons down the front of his shirt and along the top of his pants make him even better, and then those clogged feet, screwed into the doorstop itself. So relaxed he looks, hands in pockets, as if completely confident in his ability to perform his function! Really terrific.

Unsigned, I'd guess he dates to the early 20th century. He's seen some use, with lots of wear/loss to the green paint of the door stop and his black shoes; some surface scratching to the paint on his front and aging to the paint in general; and one thin split in the wood on on side of his hair and hat. All the better for it, I think, with many years of service still in him, though I'd be most inclined to retire him to a shelf! 8 7/8" tall x 3 5/8" wide x 3 1/4" deep.