Evan M. Maurer, Director Emeritus, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts writes of this ladle, “With careful renditions of anatomical details like the open mouth, the bright staring eyes, and the ears that stand up at attention, this canine is clearly a portrait of the owner’s favorite companion who participated in the hunt and protected the family.”
This powerful ladle descended within the carving family of John Young Bear and was likely made by his father or
grandfather. It is quite large with a wide and thinly hewn bowl. The dog’s head maintains a darkened and complex surface from generations of use.
Provenance: by descent through the family of John Young Bear, Gaylord Torrence, Ned Jalbert, Steve Powers, Peter Brams, Private collection.
HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES AVAILABLE.
Condition: Excellent with wear commensurate with age.