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Lot 1401Carved and Polychrome Painted Tobacconist 'Indian Warrior' Trade Figure
Attributed to Thomas V. Brooks (1828-1895), New York and Chicago, 1860-1880
Height 6 feet 8 inches, width 27 1/2 inches, depth 25 1/2 inches.

Mark P. Finlay, Southport, Connecticut, 2012

Thomas V . Brooks of New York apprenticed under John Cromwell (1805-1873) beginning in 1841 to learn the art of ship and trade figure carving. The monumental trade figures by Brooks are often seen supporting their weight leaning on stumps, such as this example. After working on South Street downtown, Brooks moved to Chicago where he continued to work for several decades selling to buyers throughout the United States.

Sold for $40,950
Estimate $25,000-50,000

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