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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.

Date:

1800–60

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, active 19th century
Pennsylvania

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Peacock Weather Vane

Place

Pennsylvania (Object made in)

Date

c. 1800–1860

Medium

Pennsylvania Iron

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Elizabeth R. Vaughan Fund

Reference Number

1952.549

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