Quality craftsmanship, an unusual form, and fine condition make this gilded, chip carved piece a striking example of American tramp art. The cross rises from a trapezoidal base that’s both sculptural and architectural, giving the object real authority. And the verdigris patina over gold paint is the proverbial icing on the cake. The cross stands 20” H and measures 11” across at the widest. According to the former owner, the cross was found in Iowa. Probably 1920s to 1930s.