Early Isaac Smith Carved Snake

Self-taught Louisiana-born artist Isaac Smith is widely known for his inventive animal creations. This example is one of his earliest carvings. It was originally collected by Dallas folk art dealer Ralph Willard, a longtime Isaac Smith fan, and remained in his collection for years.

The carving features a snake winding its way up a tree, at the top of which the snake is swallowing a crow. Carved from a burley branch, with four sturdy legs, the piece is 15″ X 13″ X 57″ tall. A rare, hard to find example of Isaac’s early work.


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