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Peacock Weather Vane

A work made of pennsylvania iron.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pennsylvania iron.




Artist unknown (American, active 19th century)

About this artwork

Early American weather vanes, such as this silhouetted peacock, were collected in the 20th century for their sculptural qualities and celebrated as precursors to modernism. The Art Institute acquired this hand-forged vane from gallerist Edith Halpert, who distinguished herself in the New York art world by focusing on modern American art and vernacular arts from centuries prior. She operated two galleries in the same building: the Downtown Gallery, which focused on modern American art like the painting My Man (1944.426) by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and the American Folk Art Gallery. Weather vanes were popular among Halpert’s clients; as Time magazine reported, she “busily stripped the New England skyline of more than 100 vanes” for sale to collectors and museums.


On View, Gallery 265


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Peacock Weather Vane


Pennsylvania (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1800–1860


Pennsylvania Iron


131.8 × 71.1 × 2.5 cm (51 7/8 × 28 × 1 in.)

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Elizabeth R. Vaughan Fund

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