Marching Band Cymbal Player Whirligig

American, in the manner of or possibly attributed to Rocco Pavese (Italian/American 1852-1950).
Western Michigan, late 19th c./early 20th c.
Carved and painted wood.
Over-all in great condition, retaining original paint, minor losses and wear consistent with age and exposure missing paddles.

Provenance: Private collector, Western Michigan
From the Collection of Donald Moylan
Hindman Auctions, Cincinnati, Ohio

This marching band cymbal player whirligig exhibits wonderful sculpture design and form while surviving in a remarkable state of preservation. The figure, most likely inspired by the artist, is carved with elaborately worked shoes, leather collar, moustache and belt. U.S. City Directories record a Rocco Pavese in Saginaw, Michigan as early as 1887. Born in Italy around 1852, he immigrated to the United States in 1868. By 1908, Pavese appears to have relocated to Grand Rapids and is most frequently listed as a musician. Pavese died on November 26, 1950.

Dealer Jeffrey Tillou Antiques
Measurements 33 ¼” h (on base)
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price $22,500
Contact Jeffrey Tillou, 860-567-9693 or

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