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Sale 289 Lot 539
Sold for US$3,200

Charles Looff painted wood carousel camel on stand Charles I. D. Looff Company, Brooklyn NY, circa 1876-1918, standing figure with glass jewel-inset accents, H48" W9 1/2" L52"

Provenance: South Carolina collection

Other Notes: Charles I. D. Looff (1852-1918) Danish-born American immigrant master carver and builder of hand-carved carousels and amusement rides. Looff found work as a carver at a furniture factory from which he would take home scraps of wood to begin carving animal figures. Looff assembled his wooden horses and animals on a circle platform and created the first merry-go-ground. In 1876, he installed his ride at Lucy Vandeveer's Bathing Pavilion at West Sixth Street and Surf Avenue. This was Coney Island's first carousel and first amusement ride. During his life, Looff built over 40 carousels, numerous roller coasters and Ferris wheels around the country including at California's famous Santa Monica Pier.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000

Condition statement: old repairs and restorations, flaking painting, shrinkage, scuffs and wear consistent with age and use.


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