About the Collection:
This impressive folk art shrine is one of four examples acquired from the family of Martin F. Werth (1893-1973), a Swiss-born immigrant to the United States who settled in Anoka, Minnesota, where he became a dairy farmer. Mr. Werth was also an accomplished craftsman and, in his later years, created these small architectural gems — all of which are featured individually in the Folk Art Gallery. Note the photos of Mr. Werth and one of his shrines as it appeared in his home.
About this Example:
With its honey-toned wood, stair-stepped balusters and glittered spires, the smallest of the four shrines takes on a fairy tale quality all its own. The shrine features twin niches with an open platform or alter above — perfect for small votive candles — and above it all, 18 perfect spires. The puzzlework construction of this 16-1/2” X 8” w X by 3” d piece is truly outstanding. As the photos show, on the underside of the shrine is a sticker with the maker’s name and address.
The shrine dates from the 1950s and is in excellent, original condition.