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Prisioner Artist "Gus" Wynn's Tramp Art Box

Lot 0007
A fine historically important tramp art box by the colorful ‘Gus’ Wynn. One of the largest known by his hand and only the second found with three drawers. The box exhibits the unique characteristics of his signature style having the outside handles, sliding top, scalloped skirt, and drawers. The box is finely chip carved and has a rich color. It appears to be an early example from the period when he first preformed in his ‘Wynn’s Carnival’. He preformed for visitors to the Tennessee State Prison where he spent 30 years for murdering his brother-in-law in 1936. In the enclosed photograph Wynn is preforming on a stage and there are several of the tramp art boxes visible. He would open the sliding tops on the tramp art so the audience could deposit their mostly silver coins. At one time he was considered to be the richest man in the prison system. 12.5" high x 12" wide x 10.5" deep

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    Prisioner Artist "Gus" Wynn's Tramp Art Box

    Estimate $1,100 - $1,500Apr 10, 2018
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    Ships from verified Jasper52 seller #14546 in New Jersey
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    New York, NY, USA
    Auction Curated By:
    Clifford Wallach
    Tramp Art, Folk Art & Americana Expert